Monthly Archives: February 2019

Family Magic: Disney Cruise

When my daughter and niece were born, my mom started saving up to take the whole family on a Disney Cruise. Almost 10 years and 3 grandsons later, and we were ready to embark!

I had been on two previous cruises, but this was the first time with our kids, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. However, Disney did not disappoint! My only complaint would be that there were too many activities my kiddos wanted to do and it was difficult to fit it all in!

We were on the Disney Magic and our favorite dining experience was on our first night at the Animator’s Palate. It was really fun to watch the animations transform from simple sketches to full color animations. We also really loved the fireworks on Pirate Night, the endless activities in the kids club, and the 3 Broadway style shows we were able to catch.

Along with 2 days at sea, we also stopped at 2 ports. Our family of 4 decided to splurge on an excursion when we were in Cozumel and we went swimming with dolphins – specifically with Linco, who was great at backflips and had some sweet dance moves! I was so proud of the kids, who were a little nervous, but totally rocked it and now only have great memories!

My favorite day was in Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Aaron and I started the day by dropping the kids off in Scuttle’s Cove (the kids area on the island) and then did the Castaway Cay 5K. It was a great way to see the island and was actually nice to get some exercise after a few days on a boat – even if it was a huge boat!

After we made it to the beach with the kids, they didn’t want to leave. Thankfully, we could bring lunch to them! We found Oaken’s Trading Post on our way to the water slides, which was a plus, because Devon was really hoping to see Olaf somewhere along the way 🙂

It was such a lovely, sunshiny, low-key day and I would totally go for a cruise that just takes us to Castaway Cay and hangs out for a few days!

This will probably go down as one of my favorite vacations, because it was so fun to have all the cousins together! The delicious food and built-in babysitter didn’t hurt either 😉 If the amount of sleep on the airplane ride home correlates to the amount of fun experienced, I’d say my kids would agree!

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Murphy’s (Georges’) Law

I love my dog. I have loved all of my dogs through the years. But, (wo)man do they test the limits of my love sometimes! Georges has had his fair share of disasters the last couple of weeks, and his timing has been the worst. Definitely made me think of Murphy’s Law!

When Iowa was dealing with record low temperatures, with wind chills reaching -50, our back gate broke.

Of course, Georges took this opportunity to go explore the neighborhood. And I took off after him, wearing sweatpants, a thermal, and socks. That’s it. When it was below zero and there was snow on the ground.

Thankfully, Georges quickly decided it was too cold to go far and I was able to catch up to him and carry him home. A little inconvenient, but in the end, not a big deal.

Georges saved the big deal for a couple of days later when he decided that his dinner wasn’t enough and helped himself to some garbage. He was sick overnight and into the next morning – Friday morning. He wasn’t eating or drinking and was pretty lethargic, which if you know Georges, you know is not good. I called the vet, who said they were booked full and said I should take him to the ISU Emergency Vet.

Long story, short (too late!): Georges ended up under anesthesia to get an endoscopy to pull the garbage out manually.

We got him home at about 9PM – a full 9 hours before we had to leave for the airport to go on vacation for the week. Not just any vacation, but one out of the country where we would be unreachable.

We filled in our dog sitters, got him some special food and his meds. We checked in as long as we had service, but of course, as soon as we were out of range, Georges decided to keep everyone on their toes by refusing to eat. In the end, it turns out that he thought the expensive, special food was just gross, and he was fine once he went back to his regular food. But still.

It’s a good thing he’s cute. Even if he is still missing hair on his leg where his IV went.

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