Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multomah Publishers in exchange for a review on my blog.

I loved this book. It was well-written and the characters were varied and believable. Saphora Warren has spent her entire marriage being a good wife and mother. Her husband has spent his entire marriage chasing other women. Saphora finally has enough and is packing her bags to leave when her husband walks in and tells her he is dying. Shortly after, her son drops off his child with her and, even though he finds out his father is terminal, he insists Saphora babysit his son all summer. What was supposed to be her summer alone at her beach home, is now long days at hospitals and appointments, as well as supervising her grandson and his new friend. But even when our lives don't go as we'd like, they always work out exactly as God plans. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends. It was warm and uplifting and had the sweetest ending.

Vacation Wrap-Up

We went on vacation from March 30 until April 12. 
We went to Disneyworld, Augusta, Savannah, and St. Augustine.

We spent the first 6 days staying at
The Port Orleans French Quarter.
This is Nancy.

Nancy was waiting outside for us when we arrived at the resort.
This lovely soul informed us that we had been chosen as
Family of the Week.
What does that mean?
Well, we got an awesome room upgrade,
gold keys
(which means VIP - so people thought we were far more important that we are),
our room was decorated with balloons, mardi gras beads, and gifts,
and the kidlets got the joy of going behind the counter
to check us in and make our fancy keys.

We loved our resort!
Brendan especially loved the begnets!

After checking in, we headed to
The Magic Kingdom
where Katie got to see
Cinderella's Castle
for the very first time.

Then it rained,
and rained,
and rained. 

The next day was still wet and rainy,
which was fine because Katie had reservations for a 
Princess Makeover 
at The Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. 

 We spent the rest of the day at Downtown Disney shopping for cool
Mickey stuff...
like these golf ears.

And these awesome $80 Tron ears
(which we did NOT buy).

The kidlets also wanted to make their own Light Sabers
'cuz Jedi Princesses rock
and so do their awesome brothers.

Apparently there is a special recording for girls who are dressed as
Every time we got on the bus that day, the voice-over guy from the
Disney movies came over the speaker and proclaimed,
(cue the fancy royal trumpets)
"Everyone use your best royal manners because today
we are traveling with a Disney Princess!".

We met some friends at Chef Mickey
(they live in Denver but were at WDW, too).
The kids were not very hungry because we had eaten a very
late lunch, and a late snack.
Which worked out well because the food was not all that great.
Mickey needs to take a few more cooking classes, I guess.
And I think they use the term "Chef" quite liberally.

Katie and Mom began Day 3 at the Magic Kingdom
while Brendan and Dad hit the links.
When we got on the bus to go to the park
there was no fancy Princess proclamation.
Katie leaned over to me and whispered,
"They forgot to announce my arrival".
I told her the bus driver figured she wanted to be
incognito that day.

Katie found the most girlie Mickey ears ever
of course.

We met up with Dad and Brendan that afternoon
and had a great time riding rides and watching parades.

Next time:
Epcot and Animal Kingdom

Coming Soon:
The Masters

Friday, May 06, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I get to see all 4 of my kids PLUS my grandson this weekend!!! I am so excited for all of us to be together. Marc leaves next week for Alaska and will be gone until November. I will cherish each moment with him this weekend.

Katie brought home my gift: a darling magnet she made. The card was beautiful, too. It said:

If I could give you any present, I'd give you... some of your favorite flowers and I would give you the best day ever. You will be so proud. You are my best friend ever. I love you so much. I will give you a big kiss. Which is your favorite kid?


I will be back soon to update on the past couple of months...including pictures of Disneyworld AND The Masters! Life has been busy and wonderful and we are so blessed.

Happy Mother's Day!