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Today we took the boys to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and despite the look of aggravation on Adam’s face, he really was excited about seeing the movie. It’s just that he wasn’t too thrilled with having to stop for a picture, which put him in direct conflict with his mom, who loves to take pictures, so you’d think he’d have learned by now that there’s no way he’s going to win, so just SMILE and get it over with.

After all, that’s what Alex did! You think that’s a real smile? Nope, he’s just good at it by now. 😉

Last Jedi

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Needless to say, the boys woke up to find Santa did indeed visit our house…

Presents

and he brought them SKATEBOARDS!

Skateboards

and an Xbox…

Xbox

and some Xbox games…

Xbox

including what is evidently the best Xbox game ever, Star Wars Battlefront

Xbox

And then it was over…

Aftermath

and Mom made the boys their traditional reindeer pancakes! Mmmm.

Pancakes Pancakes

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Today’s the DAY! The boys are EIGHT-years-old and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a STAR WARS JEDI TRAINING PARTY?!? So, we invited about a bazillion of their closest friends…

Star Wars Invite

Of course, Mom and Dad still have A LOT to do to get ready for the party this afternoon, but before we get started, the boys’ enjoy the pre-party opening of presents…

Pre-Party

Cindy really went all-out with the decorations and the food! Which, of course, made much more work for ME! Not really, Cindy put almost all of this together herself!! All the food was Star Wars themed, like “Obi-Wan Kabobbies”, “Jedi Juice”, and “Edible Ewoks”.

Happy Birthday Banner

Food Food
Food Darth Vader Mister
Happy Birthday Banner The Force is Strong

And R2D2, C3PO, and Yoda came for the party, too…

R2D2 and C3PO Yoda

F-I-N-A-L-L-y it was time for the party, so the boys put on their Padawan garb and the kids arrived, then more kids came, then even more kids. We had several games planned that served as Jedi Training, like Balance-The-Balloon-On-The-Lightsaber, Death-Star-Hot-Potato, etc., so on. Each game had a little poem the Jedi Master Trainer would read to explain the rules of the game, like this one for the Emperors-Lightening-Bolt-Silly-String-Game…

With the dark side, the Emperor is strong
To defeat him, you’ll need a good jolt
You’ll show him with the Jedi you belong
If you can withstand his lightening bolt

So, the kids all had a can of silly string and like Adam…

Adam Silly String

There was also plenty of time for the kids to make-up their own games, like Alex and Westin…

Alex and Westin Alex and Westin

The highlight of the party was this huge Star Wars pinata! In fact, it was the only time we really got any semblance of organization from this rowdy group of Padawans…

Alex and the Pinata Adam and the Pinata

and when the Pinata finally busted open, it was a mad scramble to get the goodies!

Pinata Scramble

So, after a delicious dinner of “Hut” Dogs, the Boys’ were regaled with a chorus of the “Happy Birthday” song from their fellow Padawans…

Happy Birthday

And later that evening, after all of the Padawans had received their Jedi certificates and “goodie bags”, the boys started the day much like it began, with a post-party opening of presents…

After Party
After Party Alex After Party Adam

Yoda, who always seems to know just what to say, summed it up pretty well as he headed back to Dagobah: “A GREAT DAY IT WAS!”

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Today, we slept-in a little later because we didn’t get home from Disney until after midnight. And the boys wanted to go to the pool for a bit, so we waited until late afternoon to head-out to Disney Hollywood Studios. My favorite Disney park. Here we go!

Sven

On our way into the park, Cindy was the lucky random winner of a special ride through the metal detector…

Security

Although there were still a lot of people in the park, it wasn’t near as crowded as the Magic Kingdom was yesterday. Which made it much easier to get to our first destination: Front row seats for Star Tours! And look! Everything is 3-D!!

Star Tours

The last time we were hear, the boys didn’t get a chance to visit Chewbacca. We tried, but he was called away for some reason…maybe something broke on the Millennium Falcon or maybe he was sick…anyway, he was “home” this time around and the boys, especially Alex, were thrilled…

Chewy Hug Chewy and the Boys

Our favorite Wookie…

Chewy and the Family

And I guess you just can’t get enough Star Wars…

Stormtrooper

Before long it was time for the Christmas show at the center stage, “Jingle Bell, Jungle BAM!” featuring the “Prep and Landing” elves, Wayne and Lanny…

Jingle Bam!

The light and firework was presented against the park’s full-scale replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home of The Great Movie Ride. The show was a lot of fun and we had a great spot right at the front of the stage.

Jingle Bam!

What an AWESOME night!

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The school year is over for the boys and to kick-off the summer, we heading down to Disney Hollywood Studios–which happens to be my favorite of the Disney theme parks!

DHS Entrance

So much to do! First things first: The Rockin’ Rollercoaster…

Rockin Rollercoaster Entrance

LOVE THIS RIDE!

Rockin Rollercoaster

What else? There are 3D specs and Jawas…

3D Specs Jawa Boys

and a couple Storm Troopers harass an old lady on her scooter…

Stormtrooper

which turned-out to be a prelude to a little storm trooper recruiting by Captain Phasma of the First Order…

Anyway, it wasn’t all about Star Wars. There was “Pigs in Space”…

Pigs in Space

and the live Frozen show, which was absolutely hilarious!!

Frozen

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It’s the last day of our Disney Weekend, and what better place to be than Hollywood Studios?

Disney Hollywood Studios

Naturally, we have a Fast-Pass to Star Tours, which is the number one ride for a couple of Star Wars geeks like Alex and Adam…

Star Tours

After the boys build a light saber in the Star Wars store, we still have about an hour before our Fast-Pass to the Rock-n-Roller Coaster, so we jump in line for one of my favorite rides: The Great Movie Ride…

The Great Movie Ride

This ride is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies, which happens to be my favorite cable channel. And movie host, Robert Osborne, introduces the crowd to a ride through some of Hollywood’s classic movies, like Casablanca…

Casablanca

There was enough action to keep the boys attention (although Adam commented that it moved too slowly), and plenty of nostalgia for me! And with that, we’re ready for Aerosmith and the Rock-n-Roller Coaster! Upon entering, we’re greeted by Steve, Joe and the rest of the band…

Aerosmith

This is a great roller caoster…and F-A-S-T! It goes from 0 to 60 in about 2-1/2-seconds as it thrusts you through a series of “loop-the-loops” (as Adam likes to call them) and corkscrews…and all the while you’re listening to Aerosmith: “Love in an Elevator,” “Walk this Way,” and “Lick and a Promise”. After we finished, we saw that it was raining outside, so decided to get back in line and ride AGAIN! AWESOME!

RocknRoller Coaster

Next, we grab a bite to eat, and head over to the “Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show”. Lots of tires screeching, fire, and car jumps to keep you riveted to the set. It’s a great glimpse into how movie studios film all those fancy car chase scenes! And who doesn’t liked the smell of burnt rubber?

We decided to wrap-up the day with the Indiana Jones Stunt Show, but was distracted by the face painting…

Alex wanted to be a Tribal Warrior…

Alex Face Paint Alex Face Paint

Adam, chose a Lion Prince…

Adam Face Paint Adam Face Paint

By the time we finished with the face painting, the Indiana Jones show was about half over, so we decided to call it a day. We made our way to the park entrance and picked-up the packages we had transferred there earlier, climbed aboard the tram and made our way back to the car. It’s been a whirlwind few days, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow, so I can relax a bit! 😉

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Tonight me and the boys are playing around with the new Star Wars app on my iPhone…

“I sense a disturbance in the Force. Of course, I heard the heavy breathing and ominous music well before that.”

Jody Wan Kenobi

“Okay, okay, I got it! Try-do-not-try-just-do-it. How ’bout you try to stick it in your pointy ear!”

Adam Wan Kenobi

“Okay, Boba Fett is a bad guy, but I really like Boba Fett. So, do I kill him or ask for his autograph?”

Alex Wan Kenobi

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Wherein, the film is determined by the color of a lightsaber.

Blue Lightsaber Green Lightsaber

On New Year’s Day, me and the boys rang in the new year with the 1977 original theatrical release of Star Wars, or as Adam calls it, “the one where Luke Skywalker has a blue lightsaber.” This is not to be confused with Adam’s favorite Star Wars movie, “the one where Luke Skywalker has a green lightsaber,” also known as Return of the Jedi. Of course, I tried to explain to Adam that he had not actually seen this version of Star Wars (i.e. “Han shot first”, etc.), but I couldn’t convince him because Luke Skywalker still had a blue lightsaber. And there’s no arguing with that logic.

Adam Vader

“I sense a lack of difference in the films”

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Both of the boys had their own advent calendars this year. And they both consisted of building things with Legos. Adam’s Star Wars themed (hard to believe, right?) calendar was a collection of characters and assorted ships and stuff from the movie…

Star Wars Advent Calendar

The month culminates in this little Darth Vader Santa character on Dec 24…

Darth Vader Santa

Alex’s calendar was made by our neighbor and consisted in these clothespins that held individually wrapped packages.

Lego Train Advent Calendar

Each package contained pieces of a Lego Christmas Train and each day, Alex would open one of the packages and slowly put the train together. On Christmas day, he opened the last package, which were the stockings that go in the little wagon being pulled by the train…

Lego Christmas Train

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Big surprise! We went to Disney World. Again! 😉 This is the last week of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and the last remnant of the boys’ sixth birthday celebration!

Happy Holidays

First order of business: Disney Hollywood Studios, where we found the day had a decidedly Star Wars focus. Why are the boys smiling? They just finished the Star Tours ride and are sitting atop a “speeder bike”.

Alex Speeder Adam Speeder

Anyway, the highlight of the day was an epic battle with Darth Maul.

Darth Maul Darth Maul

Adam was ecstatic, and grinning from ear-to-ear the entire time!

Adam Trains Adam Fights

As for Alex, he was worried, yet determined…

Alex is worried Alex is determined

Alex is ready Alex is ready

and in the end, his courage shines through…

Alex Courageous

Adam, on the other hand, was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force…

Adam and Alex

Oh, and then we went to the Christmas Party, which was a lot of waiting and crowding, lights and fireworks,

Fireworks

Sitting on the curb and waving…

Waving

and Santa!

Santa

Seriously, though, it was a great night, and I didn’t have to ride on “It’s a Small World”!

SCORE!

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