Day Four: Making waves at Typhoon Lagoon

Ah! So nice to sleep in a bit. I wasn’t roused out of bed until 9am, which was a blessing after the last few days. After a leisurely breakfast, I made sure the kids were bathed and then was able to spend some time on the computer. This week, unless you count the random tweeting from my cell phone, or the time I’ve spent updating the blog, I’ve been mostly ‘disconnected’ from the outside world, both news-wise and socially. I apparently missed a tornado hitting Orlando near the Florida Mall last night, the space shuttle launch, and something about a bus accident at Disney. I was able to catch up on some correspondence and return some tweets, but that was it.

And Walter Cronkite died! Ouch. RIP Mr. Cronkite, you will be missed. Continue reading


Day Three: Discover the Wonder at Epcot

Another beautiful early morning. Ugh, more dirty water, please.

We actually ended up getting a slightly later start out of the hotel this morning; my parents in law ended up having to head to Tampa at 4am to retrieve my sister in law due to the van’s battery dying and OnStar being unable to revive it. Fail. Sadly, the few people that could pick her up with the other van and/or fix her van were all in Orlando, so they had no choice. They ended up staying at the hotel to catch up on some rest for a few hours while the Silva Jr. clan headed out. Continue reading

Day Two: Pass the dirty water, please

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Silva

Granted, it’s around the same time I get up for work, but mornings are always the bane of my existence. I’m just not a morning person, and refuse to apologize for bristling at any type of contact or movement before I’ve had a few cups of joe in me. It is safer for all to keep a distance, even while on vacation.

As it was, we were up bright and early again for round two. I really like the hotel room, with its high ceilings and space. The entire suite, the St. Lucia, itself is a few hundred square feet larger our house in Lakeland, and comfortable enough to house the seven of us comfortably. It’s a nice little home away from home. Though the kitchen is lacking in counter space, the glass dining table is big enough and there is a dishwasher! Oh how I’ve missed being able to load a dishwasher. Continue reading

Day One: The Magic Kingdom – The True Melting Pot

Photo Courtesy of Richard Silva Sr

I had forgotten how much I missed living with my in laws; not because of financial reasons, or for extra hands where chores are concerned, but for the company. I get along extremely well with my father, mother and younger sister-in-law, and there is always an easy companionship when we are together. The conversation never seems forced, and when there is silence, it is always a comfortable one. They are great people, and I feel as though I lucked out getting them as in laws. Continue reading

Time away from it all

A few more days, and the Lakeland branch of the Silva clan will be invading Orlando!

For a full week, July 12 though July 18th, seven of us will be slipping away from the daily grind of work, school, and responsibilities to play in Florida’s tourist trap – Disney. It will be our kids’ first real trip there (the oldest, my 10 year old step-son RickyJr, has been before, but doesn’t quite remember the trip as he was young at the time), and I’m very excited to share the experience with them. They are old enough now to fully enjoy the wonders and magic of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM/Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, and my inner-child is already jumping up and down at the thought of seeing the castle. Continue reading

>Round ‘Em Up!

>Tonight we took our five year old to her Kindergarten Roundup at the same Elementary school her brother attends. I’m still amazed that she’s old enough to be attending kindergarten already – somedays it seems like just yesterday she was still nursing and learning to walk. It makes me sad to see her grow up so fast, but she’s beautiful and intelligent, and always brings joy into my life even on the darkest days. I’m nervous, as a first time mother always is, but its a really good school, and I have faith in their abilities to educate my child.

>It could of turned out badly…

>After a week now of having a shattered glasstop, we have a new range!

The new one is beautiful and shiny! We can cook things in a skillet again instead of on the grill outside! But getting it delivered could of turned out horribly wrong.

My wonderful father in law brought it to our house for us yesterday while we were both at work. It was very unexpected, and I am grateful for the effort it took. Having to stare at the remains of what was once the centerpiece of the kitchen was depressing. When he arrived at our humble residence thou, he realized the key he assumed was to our front door, was not in fact the key to our front door. I’m not sure what transpired between this thought and the next, but apparently he checked all the windows. Finding our daughter’s window unlocked (something I will make sure never happens again), he preceeded to open it and climb inside.

This was mid day, perhaps afternoon. We don’t have a lot of neighbors (foreclosures popping up to the left and right of us), but the ones we do have we talk to, our children play together, friendly greetings all around. Were they all gone at that time? Perhaps.

No one found it suspicious that a man was climbing through the window in front of the house, in open view to everyone in our neighborhood, and from there opening to door to the garage. With a moving truck in the drive way. Granted, he was putting things inside the garage instead of wiping us out, but a part of me is alarmed at how easy it could of been for a complete stranger to violate the sanctity of our home. Since our dog passed away a few weeks ago, the feelings of security haven’t been the same.

I don’t believe there would of been trouble if someone had reported the suspicious activity as my father in law had every right to be there. At the same time, I would of felt better knowing that our home is safe when we are away.

A few more months, and we’ll be able to get a new puppy, and with it, peace of mind.