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Shannon asked for an avatar and Roland was kind enough to ask one of the best, Chris the Pontifex. He totally rules the avatar drawing and is has a wicked awesome portfolio. He kindly obliged with this:

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And as an added bonus sent along this:

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I love the stroller and an in awe of his ability to create drawings like this. You rule Chris!

Some super-parents

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One of the other cool things about MGM is their learn to draw a character thingy. It is unfortunately very short (you only have 9 minutes) and they don’t let you have an eraser, but I have fun every time I do it. So far we’ve seen Scrooge McDuck, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck. This time while we were waiting the Incredibles were hanging about and I got a picture of Bob, I mean, Mr. Incredible with my parents-in-law.

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Mrs. Incredible was also around, as well as Frozone. My outdoor pictures came out so nicely that I was a little suprised at the wierd grainy-ness on these indoor ones. Theoretically there is a picture of me with Mr. Incredible as well, but it was on Dad C’s camera so I don’t have it. We’ll have to see if he sends me pictures. Maybe there will be some other good ones as well.

Hey Roland! There’s a hidden Mickey! Oh, and another one…

The twins have landed!

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Congratulations to Shannon and Ronda! They are now the proud parents of:

Avery Grace and Eli Oliver
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Born 5/25/2006 at 11:11 pm. I’m sure they are super busy settling in and I wish them well . I sure hope you got that washing machine fixed, Shannon!

Everyone likes a parade

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One of my favorite days at Disney this time was our visit to MGM on the first day of the Star Wars Weekends. Normally EPCOT is hands down my favorite, but this time MGM was pretty high up there. We didn’t get to see the Lights, Motors, Action show this time, but that was because we decided it was simply to hot to sit out in the sun for that long. Plus MGM has the Fantasmic Show, which, along with the Living Seas are probably my absolutely favorite things at Disney.

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It also being the Flower and Garden festival there was a cool Mickey topiary next to the sign on the way to the entrance. When you came into the park there were storm troopers watching over things (and heckling the crowd). I’ve heard that this is especially cool if you are one of those people who get there before the park opens and watch their whole act. We, however, are generally not those people.

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I did insist that we get there in time for the morning parade. It was pretty cool, with a lot of different characters and led, of course, by Jedi Mickey.

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The 501st Storm Trooper Legion (Vader’s Fist) made a strong showing. Keep in mind that these people are just fans with sweet costumes. Rock star for a day! Due to shutter lag on my camera I didn’t get pictures of all of them, but there were Storm Troopers, Sand Troopers, Jedi, bounty hunters and even an Ewok.

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For the rest of the Disney supplied portion of the parade there were the usual suspects and some other cool characters.

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I have a few more pictures that I will put up later and hopefully I will be getting a few more from Dad C. when he has a chance to send them!

Frothy

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We have returned. It was a lovely week at Disney, although the high point for me was more about seeing Roland’s parents this time. We stayed at one of the All Star Resorts (Sports) which was nice. Nothing special, but being one of the budget resorts that is to be expected. We visited all the parks except Downtown Disney, some more than once.

In the past we have taken some tours that were very interesting and fun so this time, being the Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT, I wanted to go on the Gardens of the World Tour. Holy Giant Mistakes Batman! I think that tour could have been sweet…BUT, the guide was terrible and all she did was take us around the world and point out the things they put out for the festival (a lot of topiaries and whatnot). It was one of the most boring things I’ve done in a long time. I think it also sticks out so much because the other tours we’ve done have been so great. I got so bored during the tour that I was thinking about my boredom and the boredom of the people with me. So, to give myself something to do I decided to document this to show the world just how uninteresting this woman was.

Here are Chris and Jim listening to this women tell us that the flower we were looking at was an orchid (which was not only obvious from the flower, but the little placard they had posted right next to it also gave it away).

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Jim almost looks like he is in pain, which on further consideration he probably was. Then we have Mom and Dad C. trying to find it interesting that “Orchids are beautiful, if hard to grow plants.”

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Other than that our trip was awesome…oh wait, except for where Roland got me sick and now I don’t feel particularly well. Stupid germs.

My remarkably slow progress

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AnneArchy

Mic-Key M-o-u-s-e

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I just emailed Shannon (woot-twins soon) about Disney and I got all excited about going there again. She is just as goofy as I am so we can relate about the fun of Disney together which is cool. I just really like sharing Disney with people who understand. I totally want Anne and Karl or my Mom and Dad to come so I can share it with them. The bonus with Anne is that she would enjoy the whole planning thing that Roland and I find to be a big part of the fun of the Disney Experience. Some people just sort of go there with a vague idea of what they want to do. Not Roland and I! Oh no, none of that for us. We go over maps and plan out where we will be eating and what fireworks show (or other fun evening thing) we will be doing. We go into the park with an idea of what fastpast to get first and what to do in the mean time. Not that we have every minute planned and we totally change our minds sometimes about what to do, when. But we rarely can’t get into dinner where we want to, because we’ve called ahead the appropriate number of days (sometimes that’s even as much as 90 days, or even 180 days in advance). We see a lot of people turned away and frustrated because they don’t get to do what they, or their children want to do. Sometimes it’s sad, disappointed child isn’t cool, sometimes it’s not, bratty whining child isn’t cool either.

Anyway, this just makes me excited for Disney and lonely for the people from back home.

T minus 7

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We are officially in the countdown to Disney. I’m getting excited about our trip next week to meet Roland’s parents at Disney World. We are leaving next Monday (as early as I can manage to get my act together) and returning the following Sunday. The plans we currently have are mostly in the evenings to see the various fireworks shows. I found a new tour that might be cool, seeing as how it’s the Flower and Garden Festival. It is the Gardens on the World Tour. Once again a tour that most people probably wouldn’t really care for, but I think sounds awesome. I wonder if Roland would fall for the Puppy Dog Eyes of Persuasion again? Maybe we will have time to watch Miyuki for a while (if you’re going to Disney you really should check her out. I could watch all day). Another mega bonus for the geekified like myself? Star Wars Weekend! This might actually get me to take my camera with me one day (at least for the parade). I really like my camera, but those super tiny cameras that can fit in your pocket are really tempting! I think this is going to be one of the warmer and busier times we’ve visited so that will be less great, but hey it’s Disney so who cares.

Shannon, succumb to the siren call of the Disney, so I can come visit you there!

Everythings better…

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We just got back from a lovely day on and under the ocean. We decided to go diving today (ok, ok, so I decided and Roland failed his will save against my Puppy-Dog-Eyes of Persuasion). We went over to ProDive again. I should probably check out some other operations, but ProDive has always been run so smoothly that it’s easy to go back rather than chance it on someone else. Thursdays are two shallow reef dives, which was one reason I wanted to go today. There was no military style Dive! Dive! Dive! this time and it was a lot more relaxed all together. The water is warming up, but I was still glad of my 3mm. Dave wore a 3mm shortie and was warm though. We went out to two different spots on Barracuda Reef, where we saw a lot of fish and coral. There were a bunch of Stoplight Parrot Fish, a gigundous Cushion Sea Star, and a lot more I don’t know the names of. I need to get a fish ID guide or something. I would also really like to get an underwater camera. However, that hobby is going to have to wait a while as the equipment is expensive. It was also very calm seas, good viz, and only a teeny tiny current. Overall a very nice and relaxing afternoon.

And you shall bring me…..a drapery

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I just finished (sort of) some drapes for the bedroom. I haven’t been sleeping super great and I’ve chosen to blame that on the fact that there is too much light in the bedroom at night. So, with my handy coupons I went to Joann and got some fabric and lining (both at 50% off!) to make a set of pinch pleated drapes. They turned out pretty well:

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As you might be able to see at the bottom, they aren’t hemmed yet. I still need to let them hang for a couple of days yet before they will be ready to hem. Until then, they are a little hard to open and close due to the pools of fabric on the floor. Also, sorry about the backlit window in the pic.