I have been away from the blog for some time now, for several reasons. The main one is that I’m pregnant! If you know me personally you may already know this, as I am just over the halfway point, which I almost can’t believe. We are very excited and the kids like to talk to my belly. Well, Ben likes to talk and Ella mostly gives raspberries. Thankfully everything is going fine and after an exhausted and nauseous first trimester I’m feeling good. However, it has been really difficult to get back to writing regularly. I certainly don’t want to abandon the blog, because life is interesting and I have so much to say, all of which has been thought of and passed along with the stream of days. I owe it to myself to sit down and sort it out.
For now, I’ll share a little bit of what we are up to. We just got back from Legoland, which was awesome. Every Monday during certain months they offer a homeschool day where tickets for the kids are $5 and accompanying adults are $25. This is a huge discount, as the usual price for two adults and one kid would be around $240! My dad was working in Orlando so he drove down to meet us at a Hampton Inn (which was a great hotel) and he and I took the kids to the theme park for about half a day. The park isn’t huge, and can certainly be covered in one day. The day was overcast which was perfect because it wasn’t too hot. We weren’t so committed to seeing everything, but we wanted to make sure we hit certain spots that Ben was interested in. He has a few books about the Chima series characters so he was very excited to go on the Chima ride, a water filled extravaganza which my dad was kind enough to accompany him on. As Ben ran toward the entrance he said, “Grandpa Jim, I’ve been waiting my whole life to go on this ride!” They both spent the rest of the day air drying as we saw Lego versions of various cities, and walked through the other areas of the park.
There weren’t many lines over five or ten minutes, which was extremely helpful for our five year old, and there were even a few rides Ella could go on. She loved the carousel and we took her with Ben to see a short 3D movie, which she enjoyed and wore the glasses the entire time. I prepared snacks and lunch ahead of time (thanks for the mini fridge Hampton Inn!) and we made it through the whole day without buying anything. Until the very end of course, when both kids got a few early birthday presents from Grandpa Jim. Ben picked out two colors of knights so they could duel, and an eagle toy which he built from the instructions by himself this morning (I’m always so impressed that he can do this). Ella, in true form, picked out a pair of flip flops and some bright red sunglasses.
For me, the trip was a welcome break from the usual what’s-for-dinner-time-to-switch-the- laundry routine. As always it was fun to go away, but after a 3 ½ hour drive each way alone with both kids, I was also very happy to be home. We were all thrilled to see Mo again, and as we walked through the store together the afternoon we returned, both kids demanded his attention and wanted to be in his arms. These little reunions can provide some of the sweetest moments.
As I drove home down stretches of two lane highways with cattle grazing on either side I appreciated the beauty of Florida. Growing up in the Northeast I have a bias toward the nature I am most familiar with, yet I have grown to appreciate the somewhat strange beauty of Florida. The tropical trees and plants, the swamps, the beaches, the weird trees… I love it at this point. I never would have expected to like living in Florida, but it has become a place I will always love, even if we move away.
I plan to follow up with an end of school year homeschool diary update soon (Ben’s classes are finishing up), and I have so many recipes I’ve been making and loving that I want to share.
I hope you have all been well and I look forward to being back on the blog!
Lots of love,