Friday, January 21, 2011

Disney World 2011

Our hotel, the All Star Sports Resort, complete with x's and o's to play on outside, great for energetic soccer players

Day 1 at the Hollywood Studios at the "Honey I shrunk the kids park."

One of the few time Eman stood still and smiled at the park!
Magic Kingdom on Day 2. My sister and her boys had a roller coaster all picked out for the first thing to do. Annie had other ideas, "didn't you know Cinderella's castle is here?"
Look Mom, it's Minnie Mouse!
Fireworks over Cinderella's castle. WOW!
The crew comes to see Eman
Day 3: Epcot Center

Day 3: Eman's team winning!
Day 4: Animal Kingdom. We never had everyone in our group together for a full picture, so this will do, finally a day to take off our winter coats (Florida isn't all that balmy in January) and wear matching short sleeve shirts
Rain Delay on Day 5... soon it's time to go home.

The kids all had a great time. But the parks were definitely challenging for Eman. Too much stimulus for that little brain to even allow him to walk straight. He went to Hollywood studios with us, then on day 2, he and Scott just spent an hour and a half at Magic Kingdom and on Day 3 Epcot was a short few hours until everyone in our family except Abegail crashed at the hotel. Having soccer was the perfect way to do Disney World with our family!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kick It! In Orlando, Florida

We believe soccer is the best thing for Eman. To us, it's better than any counselor. The coaches we have found who are willing to put up with him are better than any anti-psychotic medication (although we don't leave home without the pills). But this is why we took Eman and the rest of the family to Florida and Disney World for the Kick It 3 on 3 World Championships. It was exhausting. Eman was challenging and endearing all at the same time. The tournament was held at ESPN Wide World of Sports which is an amazing complex.
Seeing the complex was a bit overwhelming to Emmanuel. So much so he forgot how to put on his socks, shinguards, and shoes.
Practice was Friday afternoon and the boys were very psyched.
And Mom and Dad reached the point where we now had to pay to get into the complex and see Eman play soccer.
Look at this Eman, we are not in Virginia any more.
OK, so there are 34 teams just in the male U8 division, where in the world is field 22C?
A look at the complex
Eman was off at practice, but the sunshine was beautiful for Mommy and Daddy
After the first day, the boys lost both games. The level of play was quite eye opening and overwhelming, but they still had some smiles left.
Bring in the siblings
The second day, the boys (and Eman) will not be stopped! They lost the first game but played great and won the last two games.
Eman is hitting his groove
Great job guys, to a team they beat
The third day was met with thunderstorms, monsoon rains, and a tornado warning. No playing today although we were at the complex all day trying to wait it out with delay after delay.
The team, Franzke is missing, he came down with the flu, poor guy. But overall the team got fourth in the silver division and a great trophy. Great job Golden Jets.
Oh and one more thing, just because the tournament didn't go on the third day, didn't mean the boys didn't play. They found a u8 girls team from Colorado who all looked like Annie with names like Molly, Sophie, and Emma who they played inside on a carpet.
And these tough boys got smoked by the girls 4-2!
I'll write about the Disney part of the trip tomorrow.

Quotes from Eman:

We stayed at the All Star Resort Hotel on Disney property. It was filled with College Dancers and Cheerleaders who were also competing at ESPN Wide World of Sports in the NCAA Dance and Cheerleading championships.
Mommy talking to Auntie Caroline: "Remember when you were in college and had lots of energy, no one hanging on you, could eat a meal in peace, and looked good?"
Auntie C: "Yea, nice to see all these beautiful cheerleaders around here."
Eman: They're hot!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Abegail's Red Carpet Slumber Party

Walking the long red carpet, red carpet courtesy Auntie Caroline Christmas gift
Pinatas in the winter, blindfolded, next to the china cabinet. Great. When it burst more shrieking
The girls had to grab a partner, find something around the house, and make a gown
Yes, I did move all my furniture and made both the dining room and living room an entire red carpet with Christmas lights

The results of the house fashion contest, Nicole is going for the bathroom look
When I woke Annie up Friday morning she said she would only get up because it was the day of Abegail's birthday party. Eman did not have the same reaction.
Abegail directs "happy birthday" in spanish
My red carpet cake
Abegail turns 11 Monday. She had a red carpet slumber party for her birthday. All of Friday night my house sounded like a jet taking off. Girls shrieking on the top of their lungs. I don't know how Hannah Montana's mother does it. They were excited about everything. We had games, they played musical chairs, hide and seek in the dark, and gave themselves facials. At one point I noticed a 10 year old girl putting on my age defying make-up. What is wrong with this picture?
Scott was in Chicago that day and didn't get home til cake time. After eating cake he went to his room and never came out. I'm pretty sure he was scared to come out.
But the girls loved walking the red carpet. Although they were a little bland when answering the question, "who are you wearing?" Two girls did not stay the night. I was hoping it would be two of the loudest shriekers. When they left I found out they were not the loudest ones. I wanted to call the moms and tell them to try again, they took the wrong girls. We made it through.
Abegail has now been sleeping for five hours this afternoon. I guess we are successfully moving on the 11.
Notice no pictures of Eman. He went to Auntie Caroline's for the night. I guess I did have a diva night too!