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Yes...this is ALL about me, and mine. Marvellously self indulgent, feel free to tell me how splendid I am, leave comments, nice ones please, I have little kids and teenagers who can do the rude stuff. I am a grandma, to the glorious Joshua, I'm allowed to look frazzled and weary, I earned it. The older I get, the more I see that hanging on and being patient is worth it! They ( whoever 'they' are) are so right when they say you never know what is around the corner, it isn't always an articulated truck! It is vital to make the time for making memories, friends are the greatest treasure, I love mine. I am rich!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

All good things must come to an end....

It's our last day / night at the hotel. Universal studios didn't happen ( for which I was desperately relieved!) so we took the shuttle to downtown Disney , which is the shopping area, and heaven. the kids think they went to win situation there, all the fun, none of the $300ish entrance fee. We had such fun, saw the Rain forest cafe, bought some new animals because the 78263 we have at home can't possibly be enough. We went to the ESPN store / play place and when Eli and I were just about ready to eat our own bored brains we left those other 3 and went to build a bear, Elijah made a bear with jeans, sketchers sneakers ( "betoz I dot nem don't I mum?") and, are you ready for this?? A HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL SHIRT OMG! He is beside himself with joy.

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We bought soft disney T-shirts to sleep in ( for me) and we ate glorious Jambalaya, we drank lemonade and bought more basketballs because 7354 quite clearly is not enough.
Seth and Isaac have Lakers and NBA build a bears ( which Eli made, he put in the hearts and kissed them first) the boys are so happy with these bears and H tried very hard not to show his disapproval at such nonsense ( and I am not stupid, I had the girl cut off and discard all evidence of prices and such like, ignorance is bliss and such joy as these bears have already given is priceless, mothers know these things) The fact that they are colouring in the boxes the bears travel and have been quiet for 30 minutes so far makes them even more valuable to me!!
Evan after our extravagant and frivolous day we still spent less than half the admission costs for Universal and we have all this STUFF to show for it! Perfect.

The rain forest Cafe is divine, Eli was a bit jumpy about the snakes coming out of the ceiling and we won't remind him of that nightmare sized butterfly that FLAPPED IT'S WINGS ---ARGH!

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I took pictures of the toilet paper while the boys were swimming with daddy, I breathed in the joy of clean beds, made for me, the towels folded, the beds, so soft and crisply clean every day. I will take the memories of this holiday with me for many years. It has so far been splendid beyond my dreams.

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Grandpa's house will be a different kind of joy, family and all in this together kind of joy. I am looking forward to it but this part is hard to let go of, I'll be honest.

We have had the loveliest day here today and will go out for a great dinner this evening, soak up our last night of pampered heaven and tomorrow we'll start the next leg of our holiday. Marvellous.

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Blogger Julie Q said...

Sounds like a very lovely day! And I hope it goes well at Grandpa's Helen. :)

4:11 am  
Blogger justLacey said...

What a wonderful time. the picture of Eli and the bear is priceless.

11:09 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love Eli's bear. So sad you have to leave the oasis of the hotel, but you're right about Grandpa's house being a different kind of joy. Hope you can be comfortable there!

5:48 pm  
Blogger LosingSanity said...

Oh it sounds like this holiday is turning out quite fun and Im sure you are all building memories that will last a lifetime! Those are priceless!

Don't blame you for missing the hotel. There is little else in life more glorious than having someone else pick up after you and do all the housekeeping, keeping everything clean and fresh and neat! The only other time that sort of thing happens is when you're in the hospital and well, the hotel scenario is just so much better!

3:35 am  
Blogger LosingSanity said...

Oh just wanted to add, yes the rainforest cafe is divine. I love it. I need to take the kids. We have one about an hour from here. Makenneh would love it for sure.

3:37 am  
Blogger Jessica said...

I was so tickled to read these updates, helen. I had to comment on this one, in particular, because you see.... I was less than 1 mile away from you. :( That makes me so unbelievably sad, to know that we were so close, and didn't happen.

I'm so glad that you had a good trip....from what I've read so far.

But clever you, even in the midst of chaos and trials, you always seem to have a positive outlook.
I've really missed you.

9:34 pm  

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