Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Sunday, February 28, 2016


No more morning nap.  He's now my once-a-day napper.  (And I sure do love the freedom that gives us!)
It's no longer a crib.  It's a big girl bed for my big girl!!
She's really taking off with her reading and writing skills.  (Not yet reading books, but sounding out much longer and complex words.)  And she can now read a digital clock to tell the time. 
They're all growing and changing so fast.  I love it and dread it all at the same time. 


Friday, February 26, 2016

That's Also My Girl

Today Staley and Adelie were having a discussion over lunch about which emotion they would like to be.  Staley said to Adelie, "You need to pick an emotion.  Do you want to be Mrs. Happy, Mrs. Sad, or Mrs. Angry."  Adelie responded, "I want to be Mrs. Naughty."

I wish I could say I was surprised.

Monday, February 22, 2016

That's My Girl

I know I frequently post about how Staley is so slow to get things accomplished.  Well, here's another one.  Staley spent the night at Lila's house last night.  This morning, Jill sent me this text:

"I asked the girls to go get ready.  I went upstairs to check and Lila was dressed, brushing her teeth.  She announced that she had cleaned up her room and repacked Staley's bag and set out Staley's clothes.  Staley had one arm out of her nightgown."

Yep.  That's my girl.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Best Friends

Staley and Lila (her same-age cousin) are best friends!  They see each other two times every week at pre-school, but still get so excited each and every time they get to play together.  They are constant play mates at school, but love having play dates and sleep overs as well.  I love the bond that they have and am already feeling sad that they will be attending different schools for kindergarten.  For as different as their personalities are, they compliment each other perfectly.  Staley is a planner.  She has lots of ideas and strong opinions about the way things should be.  Although she is very sweet and gets along well with others, she struggles sometimes if other kids don't want to play the way she does.  Luckily, Lila is an enthusiastic participant in all of Staley's grand ideas.

Staley is having a sleep-over at Lila's house tonight.  Of course, she spent plenty of time over the past few days thinking and planning and coming up with ideas, determining that they would be having a fairy party sleepover.  When she packed her suitcase today, she included fairy wings, ladybug wings, a few dress-up dresses, brushes and combs to play beauty shop, multiple gifts that she sewed for her cousins, a few books, doll clothes, and a backpack full of items they would need for "sciencing rocks."  However, she did initially forget to pack underwear, pajamas, socks, a toothbrush, and only included part of an outfit to wear tomorrow.  :)

This morning, Jill sent me a text about a conversation that she and Lila had:

Jill to Lila:  "What do you think you and Staley will do at your sleepover?"
Lila:  "I have no idea."
Jill:  Maybe Staley has some ideas."
Lila:  "Staley always has ideas.  She likes to make plans."
Jill:  "Do you like her plans?"
Lila:  "Always!  She has the best plans and says-'I have a great idea-let's play hide and seek!'  Except she wouldn't just say 'hide and seek.'  It would be better!"

I'm so glad that my Staley, with her big plans and many ideas, has found a best friend who embraces those qualities and is so enthusiastic about sharing in them.  And the fact that her best friend also happens to be her cousin...well, that's just the icing on the cake fairy wings at the fairy party sleepover.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Life at 5

This morning on the way home from an outing, I told Staley that she was going to have a sleepover at her cousin's house on Sunday.  Staley told me, "I'll need to pack right when we get home because I'm going to be really busy and might not have time to pack before Sunday."  When I mentioned that she might have to pack later since we'd need to be eating lunch right when we got home, Staley countered, "When we get home, maybe I'll just pack my stuffed animals and fairy wings."

Oh to be 5, when an empty week-end calendar translates into "really busy" and priorities when packing for an overnight include fairy wings.  Wouldn't it be fun if we all lived life that way???

Thursday, February 18, 2016


I love the ages my kids are right now.  There are so many little moments that I enjoy in each day.  I love how all my kids still sit on my lap to read books.  How my girls will happily hold my hand in public and snuggle with me on the couch.  How my baby rests so perfectly under my chin, happily cuddling in as he sucks his thumb.  I love how Briggs is saying new words and making new connections  How Staley loves to practice her reading and writing in preparation for Kindergarten.  How Adelie wraps her little wiry legs around me when I pick her up.  These ages are full of joy and enthusiasm and learning and growing.  It's just so fun.  But there are also things that I look forward to as my kids grow; things that I know will happen someday.

Someday I will be able to take a shower uninterrupted.
Someday my kids will be able to take care of their middle-of-the-night needs on their own.
Someday Briggs will stop eating things off the floor.
Someday Adelie won't cry every time I ask her to use the potty.
Someday I'll be able to just feed myself at a meal.
Someday I won't have to leave 5 minutes early to get everyone buckled into their carseats.
Someday saying "no" will actually make Briggs stop what he's doing.  And Adelie too.
Someday a week-end trip won't require packing up half the house.
Someday minor things won't send my children dissolving into a puddle of tears.
Someday less of each meal will end up on my children and the floor.
Someday the door will stay closed when I'm using the bathroom.
Someday my house will be diaper-free.

I am not wishing away these days that I have right now.  I love these ages and stages that my kids are in.  But there are definitely some days when I can't help looking forward to someday and thinking about how nice that will be.

Someday photo attempts with my children won't end like this.

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Picure is Worth a Thousand Words

You know how a photo can sometimes just capture the essence of a child?  I was going through pictures this morning, getting ready to make Staley's photo book from the past year, and stumbled across this gem from back in October.  I feel like this photo truly captures who Adelie is... silly, crazy, wild, goof-ball of a little girl.

Question of the Day

Should I be proud that my baby is now officially singing along to his first song...

or concerned that his song of choice is "Let It Go"?

I guess my son is just destined to grow up surrounded by princesses, Barbies, and all things "Frozen."  Might as well embrace it early.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Eleven Months

My baby is almost one year old.  How can that be??  He is changing so quickly, but still remains my happy, cuddly, social, easy baby boy.  Briggs is now weighing 18.5 lbs.  He is wearing his 6-12 month and 12 month clothes and his size 3 diapers.  Briggs nurses 2 times, eats 3 meals, and usually takes 2 naps during the day.  (If he sleeps in, some days he'll only take one nap.)  He usually sleeps for 11-12 hours at night, going to bed between 7:30 and 8:00.  He has 5 teeth, and is really working on his 6th one.  He goes to the nursery at church, took his first airplane ride, went to Disney World, and had his first haircut.  He's growing up so fast!!!

My big boy on the airplane
(Shockingly, no one wanted to sit in a middle seat next to the woman with a baby on our return flight, so Briggs got to sit in his own seat for awhile.)

Likes:  Briggs is still really happy and fun.  Many of his likes remain the same:  bath time, eating, music, Mommy, his sisters, outings, his right thumb...  He does great just going along on outings (or trips to Disney), happily riding along in a baby carrier, cart, or stroller, and smiling at everyone who talks to him.  He plays with a variety of toys, but favorites include his tow truck/garage toy, the Paw Patrol dogs and vehicles, his cars/trucks, the house in the basement, and the Little People zoo.  He also really likes playing with Staley and Adelie's princess figurines.  He still loves things that aren't really toys--paper, anything out of my purse, Desitin, DVDs, spoons,...  He likes to crawl around while pushing things.  (On our vacation, one of his favorite activities in the hotel room was crawling around while pushing the double stroller.)  Emptying drawers and emptying shelves remain favorite activities.  Briggs is a great eater.  Favorite foods include crackers, grilled cheese, any and all fruit, Puffs, Cheerios, and meatballs.  He still enjoys books, still preferring those with sounds, flaps, and textures.  And playing with his sisters is one of his favorite activities.

Happy to be hanging out in his carrier.

Briggs is great at making friends wherever he goes.
Pushing our stroller around the hotel room
Dislikes:  Briggs will get mad if he's in his highchair without food on his tray.  He still sometimes has a preference for Mommy, getting mad if someone else is holding him.  And he can get a little testy if a toy/item that he's playing with gets taken away or if he's removed from a fun activity, like crawling up the stairs.  But he's generally just a happy little guy.

Happy to be hanging out with Mommy
Skills:  Briggs is a fast crawler.  He pulls to stand (on everything), climbs onto low furniture, is starting to cruise along furniture a little, is starting to walk with his push toy, and will even let go and stand unsupported for 1-2 seconds at a time before plopping to the ground.  Briggs loves to put things in and take things out.  He can activate his toys, clap, poke with an isolated index finger, and pick up teeny-tiny things with his pincer grasp.  He can put balls into his ball toys or animals into the swing and slide on his zoo.  Briggs finger feeds, holds his own spout cup to drink, removes his socks and hats, and opens his mouth for his teeth to be brushed.  He will put a comb or brush up to his head for brushing.  Briggs is starting to say so much.  He consistently says (without prompting):  Mama, Dada, Staley/Sissy, uh-oh, thank you, kitty.  With prompting, he will imitate lots of different words like Grandpa, Grammie, Papa, Adelie, up, cracker, bye, night-night, Ariel...  He signs "more" and "drink" and sometimes "book."   He will tell you that a cow says "boo" and will imitate "baa" for sheep.  Briggs understands so much and will hand toys to us when we ask, give kisses, wave, shake his head no, clap, and is starting to sing along (in his own Briggy way) when I sing him lullabies for nap and bedtime.  He has the best laugh, and the sweetest personality.  I just love this boy!!

My boys!

My big 11 month old

Saturday, February 6, 2016


She has to put on her sunscream to keep her from getting a sunburn.

It's not Epcot.  It's Apricot.

When she gets in trouble, Adelie often loses a prigileve instead of a privilege.

Instead of bed-time, Adelie always asks, "Is it bed-night?"

On our trip, Adelie was a little apprehensive about meeting Dark Vader.

Adelie likes to practice walking on her balance bean.

When Adelie uses the bathroom, she either has to go poop or peep.

The other morning, I was wearing a shirt with a big star on the front of it.  Adelie said, "You are wearing your rock star shirt."  Then, looking down at her dress with the big heart on the front of it, she said, "I am wearing my rock heart shirt."

I heart this girl!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Disney: The End

Our last full day at Disney, we went back to Magic Kingdom.  Since we'd already had one day there, both girls had things on their list that they wanted to do.  On our first day there, Staley and I had ridden Goofy's Barnstormer (a little roller coaster) together.  Staley was almost in tears on the ride and determined that she did not like it.  But she was convinced that she really wanted to ride the Seven Dwarves Mine Train (a bigger, longer roller coaster).  I was not going to wait in the long line (generally over an hour) to ride something that Staley might not even like, and there were no more fast passes for the week that we were there.  I told her that if she really wanted to do it, we'd have to get to the park early on our last day there and ride it before the lines got long.  She was all in for that, reminding me the night before to get her up early and mentioning it first thing when we got up that last morning.  (Luckily, Briggs woke us up in plenty of time to make it to the park early.)  We got to the park before it opened, and headed straight back for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train.  The line was already long-ish, but moved quickly and we only waited about 15-20 minutes.  Staley still looked terrified riding the ride and, when given the chance later in the day to ride it again, she declined.  However, she tells everyone that it was her very favorite thing about Disney.  (I think she's just really proud that she did it.  :))  While we rode the Mine Train, Adelie, Zach, and Briggs did the Little Mermaid ride again...twice.  And then we all did it two more times that day.  Since we were at the park so early, we were able to do a bunch of activities with little to no wait, and then were able to use our fast passes for other activities later in the day.  We met Rapunzel, Cinderella (for the 3rd time), mermaid Ariel (for a second time, as Adelie really wanted to see her again), and Tiana.  We rode It's a Small World, Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, Jungle Cruise, the carousel, and the tea cups.  It rained for much of the day, pouring down for periods in the afternoon, which was not ideal, but definitely decreased crowds and wait times.  Adelie FINALLY took a nap in the stroller.  I rode Thunder Mountain Railroad while Adelie slept and Staley rested.  (I gave Staley the opportunity to join me, but she declined this roller coaster too.)  And then Staley and Zach went on the Tomorrowland Speedway while Adelie slept.  She woke up in time for the Festival of Fantasy parade.  It was raining, but we inherited an umbrella from some nice people near us AND we got front row seats.  So really...winner, winner.  That night, we ate dinner at Cinderella's castle, where we met Cinderella (for the 4th time), Aurora (again), human Ariel (again), Jasmine (again), and Snow White.  The girls were very excited that Snow White was there, as she was the last princess we had yet to meet.  Although we were sopping wet (and a little chilly from being wet), we had an amazing table right by the stained glass window overlooking the carousel, the princesses were fun, the food was great, and the girls loved getting wands and making wishes on their wishing stars.  After dinner, we watched the Main Street Electrical parade (both girls LOVED it), the girls used their special money from Uma and Papa to buy a souvenir (a Snow White play set for Staley, a musical/light-up Little Mermaid bubble wand for Adelie), and then we watched the fireworks from the bus stop while waiting for our bus back to the resort.

Last day family time with Rapunzel (with Briggs and his ONE sock)

Staley and I on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train
(Not exactly the face of someone riding their favorite ride)

The Little Mermaid ride was Adelie's most favorite ride of our trip.  We rode it 5 times, and Adelie would have been happy if we could have ridden it even more.

Briggs was very interested in all there was to see on the "It's a Small World" ride.

Adelie's first nap of the entire trip happened on the last day.

A little wet, but still happy to be watching the Festival of Fantasy parade.

Briggs was happy to see Cinderella again, even if it was our 4th time.

Adelie making a wish on her wishing star at dinner.

Seeing the castle all lit up at night was a great way to end our Disney adventure

Disney is magical, but it doesn't mean that, while there, your children won't still be your children.  Staley was still Staley.  She was still slow to get ready in the morning and at night.  She was still sensitive about "scary things", making us evaluate each show or ride to make sure it wasn't going to be traumatic for Staley.  (Guess we didn't do a great job with "It's Tough to Be a Bug.")  And she still occasionally busted out her stubborn attitude, like some of the times I'd want to get our picture taken as a whole family.  And, even at Disney, Adelie was still Adelie.  She was always on the move, often climbing on dividers, hanging on us, wrestling with her sister, or trying to stand on our feet while waiting in line for rides or characters.  She was still a very messy eater.  And although we didn't have any major tantrums, busy days on end without a nap resulted in more than our fair share of toddler tears.  Of course, Disney didn't stop Briggs from being Briggs.  He still threw unwanted food on the floor, often making me embarrassed of the way our table looked after a meal at a nice restaurant with food all over the floor by both Briggs's and Adelie's seats.  And he still refused to keep his socks on.  So if you happen to be at Disney and see a lone sock somewhere on or around the Little Mermaid ride, it's probably ours.  :)

The trip was wonderful!  Yes, there were some lines.  Yes, there was some rain.  Yes, there was some sassiness, some tears, and some lost socks.  But there was way more of this...

and that made it totally worth it!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Disney: Day #4

The kids all slept very soundly each night of our vacation.  Not surprising since Adelie had yet to nap since we left home and most of Briggs's naps were the 20-30 minute cat-naps he'd take in the carrier as we walked around the parks.  We kept our schedule on Illinois time so that we'd have a little more time for evening fun before bedtime, but that also meant that we generally wouldn't get to the parks until 9:30 or 10:00 each morning.  Briggs was our alarm clock each morning.  He must have known that our trip was winding down because the last 2 days of our trip, he woke us up a little earlier to make sure we had ample park-time each day.

Staley resting on my lap before one of the shows at Hollywood Studios.
Day #4 was our day at Hollywood Studios.  We got there just after the park opened, so we enjoyed fitting in a few character meet-and-greets before any lines had formed.  The girls met Pluto (who they thought was hilarious when he signed their autograph books by putting them on his nose), and then we met Darth Vader and Chewbacca.  For some reason, Staley was adamant that she wanted to meet Darth Vader.  (For my daughter who still gets scared by cartoon movies, we obviously have not shown her Star Wars.)  Regardless, meeting Darth Vader was her top priority for our day at Hollywood Studios.  Adelie wasn't so sure about either Darth Vader or Chewbacca, but Briggs didn't hesitate one bit.  Chewbacca was probably his favorite character of the entire trip!  We then enjoyed the Frozen sing-a-long show (Staley's favorite show of the trip), which ended with Elsa making it 'snow' inside the theater.  I was less than impressed by the show itself (mostly just the audience singing along to snippets of the movie), but the last 2 minutes with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff on stage and the snow falling down made it totally worthwhile.  We rode the Toy Story ride (fun times!) and ate a quick lunch.  It then rained on and off throughout the rest of our day.  I had hoped to let the kids play at the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area, but it was closed due to the rain.  Instead, we enjoyed some indoor fun with some more shows (Little Mermaid, which was Adelie's favorite; Beauty and the Beast, and Disney Jr., which was Briggs's favorite since there were bubbles, music, snow, and confetti falling from the ceiling that he could try to eat) and some more characters (Sofia and Minnie).  I even took the opportunity to ride the Tower of Terror while the girls rested (still no naps!) in the stroller.  We then headed over to the Grand Floridian for our Happily Ever After dinner with Cinderella (again), Prince Charming, Cinderella's step-mother, and step-sisters.  The buffet was fabulous, and the dessert buffet was even better.  This was my favorite meal of the trip!!  And to add to the wonderful food, the step-mother and step-sisters were hilarious!  Upon coming to our table, Lady Tremaine gave Briggs a curt glance and said, "I like you.  You're quiet.  It's a good flavor."  She also gave Staley a hard time about having her sign the autograph book on the same page with the step-sisters, commenting that Cinderella probably had her own page.  After dinner (and a quick stroller mix-up), we rode the monorail to Magic Kingdom before catching our bus back to the hotel.

Ready for some Hollywood Studios fun

Pluto making the girls laugh when signing their autograph books.

Adelie wasn't so sure about Darth Vader

But Briggs had no qualms about Chewbacca.
And I know I already posted this picture, but I love it.
Minnie loved Briggs!!  She kept "asking" (in her Minnie way, since she doesn't actually talk) if he could stay there with her.  He got lots and lots of Minnie kisses.  And, of course, he didn't seem to mind.
So fun to meet Sofia too!
All princessed up for the Happily Ever After dinner

Posing with Lady Tremaine

A little quality dinner time with Anastasia

If you are wearing a princess dress and have a little time to kill while waiting for Daddy to return the stroller that wasn't ours in the hopes that ours would still be there, then what better way to pass the time than by twirling??
What a fun, full day!!
*Hang in there.  Only one day left...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Disney: Our First 3 Days

Our week in Disney was so much fun.  We started and ended our trip with days at Magic Kingdom, and then visited Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios the middle 3 days.  Although Magic Kingdom was our favorite park, we liked all the parks and had fun exploring all they had to offer.

My little Disney miracle (which I attribute more to the power of prayer than the power of Disney) came on Sunday morning.  I had worked so hard to keep our little family healthy for this trip to Disney.  So, of course, I came down with a cold a few days before we left.  On Saturday (our travel day), I was MISERABLE.  Constant runny nose, eyes watering, sneezing, headache.  (I went through all the little purse-sized Kleenex packs I  bought for the trip on the drive up to Chicago, so we had to stop at a gas station before the airport to get a box of Kleenex.  Uhggg!!)  Of course, the plane ride didn't help.  My ears got so plugged that I truly couldn't hear out of my right ear and my head felt like it might explode.  I felt awful that whole day, and was just praying that I could at least enjoy our trip in the midst of my illness AND that I wouldn't pass it on to the rest of my family.  Well, miracle of miracles, I woke up Sunday morning feeling fine.  Perfectly fine.  My nose had stopped running, my eyes weren't watery, my head didn't hurt.  I felt great for the entire trip, and no one else got sick.  It was an answer to prayer.

We spent our first full day of our trip at Magic Kingdom.  There was so much to see and do!!  We rode rides (Prince Charming's carousel, Dumbo, the teacups, Little Mermaid, Goofy's Barnstormer), met princesses/characters (mermaid Ariel, Peter Pan, Merida, Anna, Elsa), and did Enchanted Tales with Belle, where the girls got to help act out the story of Beauty and the Beast with Belle.  (Staley and Adelie were salt and pepper shakers.) We enjoyed just walking around the park and exploring.  We tried having the girls nap/rest in the stroller after our quick lunch of burgers and fries (and chocolate cake), but they were too excited.  And then we happened upon the Festival of Fantasy parade and any chance of resting was out the window as we watched an amazing parade of princesses and characters.  (Zach's favorite part was the huge mechanical dragon that really breathed fire.) The weather was in the high 50's (the coolest day we were there), but the sun was shining and it was just beautiful.  That evening, we ate dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant, which is designed to look like the Beast's castle.  (We ate in the grand ballroom, which is where Belle and the Beast danced.)  It was beautiful and the food was very good, but we had a later reservation (and then they were running behind), Adelie hadn't napped (which makes her extra squirrely), and Briggs was tired from only catching a few cat-naps during the day (he got really upset for about 5 minutes and then fell asleep before the food arrived).  Since Adelie couldn't sit still and we were worried that Briggs would wake up unhappy, we couldn't really relax and enjoy the meal.  Instead we ordered and ate quickly so we could get the kids back to the hotel for bedtime.  But we did have time to try the gray stuff, and it was delicious.  :)  We then watched part of the Magic Kingdom fireworks show at the bus stop while waiting for our bus back to the resort.

First views of the castle

A carousel ride is always a hit!

Staley loved trying to make the teacup spin faster and faster.

Meeting mermaid Ariel was a highlight for Adelie, who declared mermaid Ariel her favorite character, the Little Mermaid ride her favorite ride, and the Little Mermaid show her favorite show.  (Are you picking up a theme here??)

Staley said that Peter Pan was her favorite character we met, as evidenced by the fact that she is jumping up and down with joy in this photo.  Love it!

Briggs was a big fan of Peter Pan too.

I love how Adelie couldn't take her eyes off Merida...

or Elsa.

Briggs enjoyed his first tastes of french fries.  He also had his first taste of chocolate cake.  Thanks, Disney!

Adelie checking out Belle and the Beast in the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Day # 2 was our Epcot day.  (Or, as Adelie called it, "Apricot.")  We had breakfast at Akershus (in Norway), where we got to meet Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, Mulan, and human Ariel.  The food wasn't anything special, but having all the princesses come to our table and spend time with the girls was great.  The girls even got to parade around the room with Ariel leading the princess parade.  They loved it!!  We then spent most of the rest of the morning just walking around all the countries.  The weather was gorgeous (low 70's and sunny), and the girls just had the best time running around outside, chasing each other, and checking out the countries.  A man carved Adelie a little heart made out of wood in Africa, and Staley loved the miniature town and trains in Germany.  We also enjoyed some crepes in France.  We met a few characters (Jasmine and Aladdin in Morocco, Alice in England) and rode the Nemo ride before heading back to our hotel for naps (and swimming for the girls).  We then went back to Epcot in the evening for dinner (some good, quick Mexican food), walking around, and a few more rides (Spaceship Earth, where Staley got scared and Adelie fell asleep, and the Nemo ride again).  I had bought some cheap spinning light-up toys before our trip, so we gave those to the girls to play with on the way back to the hotel.  They LOVED them.  They might have been driving all the people on the bus crazy with the spinning lights, but they were having such a good time with them that I didn't have the heart to make them stop. 

Welcome to Apricot!
Staley and Adelie having races while we waited to check in for breakfast.
And yes, the weather was a gorgeous as it looks.
Staley and Aurora making a princess promise that Staley would tell Aunt Carrie thank you for the beautiful autograph books.   We got SO many compliments on the amazing autograph books that Aunt Carrie made for the girls for Christmas, especially from all the princesses and characters that signed the books.

Adelie showing me the heart that her new friend, Bernard, chiseled for her.

Staley had the best time running back and forth on this little walkway while "chasing" the trains that were driving through this miniature town in Germany.

Adelie loved meeting all the characters, but she was VERY taken with Aladdin. 

And Briggs was quite taken with Alice.

The girls just enjoyed the little things on our Epcot day.  Here Adelie was walking on her "balance bean" while waiting to meet Alice.

Epcot was very pretty at night.
The next day was our Animal Kingdom day.  A nice, warm (mid-70's), mostly cloudy day.  The kids were all pretty tired and started off the day a little lethargic.  Once at the park, we first tried taking the kids to the 3D show "It's Tough to Be a Bug", but Staley refused to wear the 3D glasses, Adelie got scared the first time things looked like they were flying towards her, and Briggs started crying when he got sprayed with water.  Needless to say, we left within the first 5 minutes.  Instead, we rode the Triceratops spin (which is the Dumbo ride with dinosaurs) and ate some Mickey ice cream treats.  Then we found a little dinosaur playground area with nets to climb in, caves to explore, and lots of  cool slides to slide down.  The girls loved it, and it really rejuvenated them while Briggs napped in the carrier.  After playing, we made a quick detour to meet Pocahontas before going on a safari (which both girls declared the highlight of the park for them).  We had lunch at the Tusker House, which was an incredible buffet (Zach's favorite of the trip), where we also met safari Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.  Since the kids had been so tired, we decided to head back to our hotel for the afternoon and evening.  On the way out of the park, we happened upon Flik (a highlight for the girls and one of Briggs's favorite characters as well) and saw a few animals.  Back at the resort, our tired girls still didn't nap, so we did more swimming, ate at our resort restaurant, explored the resort, and went to bed early.

Ready for our day at Animal Kingdom
My fearless Adelie climbing at the dinosaur playground.  There was a really big, twisty slide at the playground.  Adelie went down it about 5 times before Staley built up the nerve to do it.
Sister fun on the their super-cute shirts custom-made by my friend, Jenny!!

Adelie talking to Pocahontas...undoubtedly asking her where she sleeps.  :)
Adelie still more interested in looking at the characters than the camera.

Family fun with Goofy

They did a kid-parade during our lunch at the Tusker House with Donald in the lead.  Staley told me that it wasn't as much fun as the princess parade [at Epcot] because all the kids were clapping, but she couldn't clap because she needed to hold Adelie's hand.  :)

Flik was one of Briggs's favorite characters to meet.  Loved him!!

Briggs and Daddy checking out some exotic birds
We had a wild time at Animal Kingdom.
*If you haven't experienced Disney information and picture overload, feel free to stay tuned.  I'm not done yet!!  :)