Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Whenever Carson would go under the water, his teacher would let him give her a high-five that knocked her into the water. He thought that was so funny and mentioned it to me afterwards several times. Also, then he got to go to the toy basket and get a new water toy. I don't think he got to the point where it didn't bother him, but he was willing to do it!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
There was lots of splashing and kicking...
and jumping! Carson was probably the biggest one in the class, which ranges from infants to 3 years old, I think. There was one girl older than him, but she was smaller.
These videos are from Wednesday night. This first one you can see Trent trying to get him to put his face underwater, and Carson's answer with his shaking head!
But eventually...they did it! Sorry the quality of the videos is showing so poorly.
Tonight was our last night and they gave out certificates of completion. All the classes stood around soaking wet and they called out "Carson T. has completed level one!" and we walked up to get his certificate while people clapped. He was pretty proud! I cracked up when I saw the names of the different levels, referring to the skill learned, like: float and stroke, freestyle, etc. Level one? "Bubbles" WOOHOO!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Then there was Brooke. Who doesn't like Brooke?! I mean she's sweet, she's pretty, she has a pleasant voice and is a musician as well. Of course there's no way in heck she's going to win! I almost dropped my Magic Shell last night when she told the band she needed to start the song over! I could not believe it. Trent and I have watched this show most seasons, and I have NEVER seen any contestant do that during a live performance. I felt so bad for her. But (for ONCE) I think I agreed with Paula--I don't think she should have done that. (Simon and Randy said it was the right thing to do.) You just make it up, hum, or let the band vamp--whatever you have to do to Get. It. Together. Unfortunately, there are times when it is unavoidable and not your decision. Maybe that's why I was so sad for her--I was having flashbacks! My freshman year in college I was starting a song for our big choir while out on tour. The solo led to a trio of tight harmony--I think it was with JJ and Ember. Well, I started the song out on the wrong notes..I was singing the harmonies not the melodies. Our director stopped the band and said quietly to me "Let's try it again, Jen." (Yes, BTW, this is with an audience, and 80 pairs of eyes boring into the back of my head thinking: I should have had that solo!) Then I did it--AGAIN!! She stopped again and looked at JJ, who hummed the right note in my ear. Third time's a charm! Still one of the top 3 (no-4) embarassing moments on stage. Someday I'll elaborate on the other three.
PS: Does anyone know what it up with the spacing on the new blogger template? Double spaced or crammed together--and I don't remember choosing either?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Monday: 5:55 with stalling and computer games until 6:25
Friday, April 18, 2008
This room is called The Dig Pit. Pretty much a little boys dream land.
Carson lasted about 2 minutes during story time.
All three boys contentedly playing in one place! This didn't happen a lot, so it was fun to catch it on film.
This is where you get to paint your face! Every morning Carson asks if he can put my make-up on, and finally he had some of his own!
This is inside the pretend ambulance.
Dr. Tompkins, MD?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This pic was actually taken at the end of the day, when my ankles had kind of disappeared. But we wanted to remember it.
Even though most of our friends had to go back to their home state or go back to work on this Tuesday, three of the mommies joined us with their kiddos. Tiffaney and Keenan, Sarah and Tanner and Kristi with Lex and Haley. Sarah and Tanner came early with us, and they filled us in on this cool little show (right next to Monsters, Inc) that had three very talented singers doing a medley ode to Disney animation. Then at the end, Mickey, Woody and Cinderella come out.
Well, most tourists don't know that, and if they do, they don't know where these three characters will be walking right after the show. We did! So we sat right in the front row where Woody would be. Sure enough, we cheered really loud and made a big fuss over him, and he walked right off stage to us and held Carson's hand, walking him over to his assigned "character" spot so we could take some more pictures. Carson was stoked! Woody was really nice and spent several minutes with Carson and Tanner.
Then, high on our victory of having met Buzz and Woody in two days, we went over to the area with rides based on A Bug's Life. These were all great rides for Carson's age.
Trent was even able to sneak away and ride some of the adult rides that I couldn't ride on. This is the Little Mermaid carousel, and unfortunately, the best pic we got of Tiff and Keenan. (Sorry, guys.)
I kind of dropped the ball on a lot of pictures that afternoon--the time flew by and also I was losing steam fast. Tiff and Howie watched several of the kids so Kristi, Haley, Trent and I could ride California Soarin', which was a totally unique and fun ride, and one of the only grown-up rides that let preggos go. Then I got my second wind when we went to see the parade, which turned out to be a Pixar parade. Again, we don't have the Disney channel, so these Pixar movies are our bread and butter! Carson has either seen or is familiar with all these movies. The only downer was that EVERY. SINGLE. FLOAT. shot out tons of water, and it wasn't that warm of a day.
Potato Head from Toy Story.
Rex from TS.
Nemo! There was one special moment that I did not get on camera. The guy controlling Nemo really seemed to be responding to people cheering in the audience. He would bring Nemo right over and down to the kids so they could say hi and even touch him. Trent took advantage and picked Carson up and started yelling for Nemo, and he came right over and paused about 10 inches from Carsons face and blinked his eyes and flapped his fins. Carson backed away a little, but smiled and then touched Nemo's nose. It is so silly, but something like this just left us grinning, because it was so exciting for Carson.
Crush from Nemo.
And there you have it, people. We've been home a week, so it's probably time to stop with all the vacation posts. Two things I am bummed I didn't take pics of: I got to visit with my friends the Hills and their kids were awesome entertaining Carson so the adults could talk. And also, we waited to visit my family, Ron, Leota, Nicole and GGma, until our last day of vacation, and I'm so sad that Carson was not feeling well and therefore was not his normal charming self. They adore Carson, so this was an extra bummer. We promise next time we'll come see you guys first! I also want to give a huge shout-out to Stephanie again, who went way out of her way to finagle free Disney tix, making our fun days possible. You rock, Mama!