June 2015

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Wherein, Adam was upstairs playing a video game with a friend…

Friend: Adam, stop killing me.

Adam: I’m not killing you.

Friend: Yes, you are! Stop it!

Adam: I’m not killing you.

Friend: Yes, you are! Stop killing me!

Adam: You’re killing yourself.

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The weekend’s here and Cindy is at a scrapbooking event, so me and the boys are hitting the water!

Boys on the water The old man and the sea

We didn’t really have a destination in mind today, so we headed up the St John’s to the Jacksonville Landing, then back down to Fleming Island and home again.

Boys on the water The old man and the sea

It was great to just get away for the day, and leave the week behind!

Leaving the week behind

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It’s DAY TWO of our Star Wars Weekend and at the top of the agenda is Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. This is the last in our year-long pursuit to ride all of the Disney roller coasters. This one was BY FAR my and Adam’s favorite…mom and Alex, not so much.

Rock n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith

I mean, not only did we get to listen to Aerosmith, THIS THING WAS FAST!! Oh, and as Adam wouldn’t stop talking about, it had a loop-the-loop.

Riding the Rock n Roller Coaster

After we recovered from the roller coaster, we took a break and had some pictures taken…

Our Family

and with a little Disney magic, the boys are fighting Darth Vader!

Adam fights Darth Vader

Adam fights Darth Vader

While we were walking back to the Star Wars side of the park again, we witnessed Boba Fett, as her prepared to blast-off to Tatooine with Han Solo encased in carbonite.

Boba Fett

I couldn’t resist getting a picture of the boys loitering outside a shop on Tatooine. Evidently, Alex is using the Force to push-off some stormtroopers.

Tatooine Boys

Of course, the Empire was EVERYWHERE and questioning EVERYBODY! The boys couldn’t avoid being stopped and questioned…these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

Empire Questions

Finally as the day was coming to a close, we had dinner with Disney Star Wars characters at Hollywood and Vine. The food is good, but the company is GREAT!

Of course, Jedi Mickey greets the boys at the door!

The boys with Jedi Mickey

And Chip-and-Dale Ewoks, Donald the Stormtrooper, and Princess Minnie visit at the table.

The boys with Chip the Ewok The boys with Donald the Stormtrooper The boys with Princess Minnie

and last-but-not-least, was Darth Goofy, who was a blast!

The boys with Darth Goofy

This experience was the icing on the cake of a great weekend getaway! One our way to the car, we turn for a final look at the sun setting behind the Tower of Terror (which, by the way, I have absolutely no intention of riding!)

The sun sets behind the Tower of Terror

Tomorrow, we’ll be heading back home, but tonight the boys can relive their Disney Weekend Adventure in their dreams…

The boys are fast asleep

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As Alice Cooper once said, “school’s out for summer,” and what better way to kick-off the boys summer vacation than Star Wars Weekend at Disney Hollywood Studios! We drove down to Orlando and started-off bright-and-early this morning. We started DAY 1 with the “Legends of the Force” parade. The boys enjoyed watching the Star Wars characters they love so much, like

Jedi Mickey…

Jedi Mickey

the evil Darth Vader and a squad of Stormtroopers

Darth Vader Storm Troopers

the bounty-hunter, Boba Fett and R2D2

Boba Fett R2D2

And their favorite, the dreaded Darth Maul!

Darth Maul

One of the first rides (just about any time we come) is Star Tours. We had a “Fast Pass,” so there was virtually no wait! Afterward, the boys got to buy something in the gift shop. Adam picked-out a lightsaber favored by one of the characters on the Star Wars Rebels cartoons, while Alex chose to construct his own Darth Maul lightsaber…

Alex builds a lightsaber Alex builds a lightsaber Alex builds a lightsaber

Too cool! Of course, then we had to carry it around the rest of the day. We should’ve thought that one through. Anyway, waiting in line f-o-r-e-v-e-r for Alex’s lightsaber, it was time for our next Fast Pass event, Light’s, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. We had never seen this show before and it was AWESOME!

Stunt Cars

It was LOUD and FAST and the boys LOVED IT!

The boys watch the stunt car show

And what would a Star Wars Weekend be without a little hob-nobbing with the characters. Although he had bravely fought the Darth Maul during Padawan Training, Alex was a little apprehensive about meeting the Sith Lord…

Alex watches Darth Maul

But in the end, he mustered-up some courage, and stood his ground during a face-off with the evil villain…

Darth Maul Face Off

They also got to meet Commander Cody! Although the commander was a little perplexed at their “The Dark Side” tee-shirts…

Commander Cody Commander Cody

but in the end, it was all good!

Commander Cody

It was a very busy day and we can’t wait for the adventure to continue TOMORROW!

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Today’s the last day of school for the boys. Their classes put on a little show to close-out the year. All of the students looked cute wearing their class colors:

Class Graduation

The classes started off the show with a heartwarming pledge of allegiance:

Pledge by Adam Pledge by Alex

Then, they sang a number of songs they had learned, including America the Beautiful. Naturally, many of the songs were accompanied by hand gestures…

Singing

The event ended with a kindof hip-hop rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus,” which featured Adam busting a move…

Adam dances Adam dances

Hello Summer!

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Cindy’s dad and the boy’s “Granddad Tom” has traveled from the UK for a visit. He had a nice visit with the boys…

Granddad Tom with the boys

who think he’s a nut! 😉

Granddad Tom with the boys

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