Tuesday, August 14, 2018

First Day of School

Monday was the very first day of school here in Lake County. It started early for us. Parker has to be up at 5:45am to catch the bus by 6:15am. School starts at Leesburg High at 7:15am. That's MUCH different than last year when middle school didn't start until 9:20am. Fortunately, the next round of dropoff happens a little bit later. Wesley and Davis don't need to be to school until 8am. 

Everyone seemed to have a good day, well as good as you can have when you have to go back to the routine of school after a summer off! The big two thought that classes were fine and teachers were good. Davis proclaimed his day to be AMAZING! He's been asking to go back to school for the last couple of weeks of summer anyway.

Here's our obligatory first day of school pictures! 

Parker - First Day of High School - 9th grade at Leesburg High

Wesley - First Day of 5th grade - Fruitland Park Elementary 

Davis - First Day of 3rd Grade - Fruitland Park Elementary 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Family Fun Day at Toy Story Land

For our last Family Fun Friday of the summer, we slept in and then around noon headed down to Disney's Hollywood Studios to explore the new Toy Story Land. We were all anxious to see it since we visited the original Toy Story Land in Hong Kong 5 years ago. The amazing theming is the same - but the rides here are all originals. 

Slinky Dog Dash is an awesome roller coaster! 

This was Davis' grumpy race after the coaster. 

Next up was some lunch at the ABC Commissary with burgers for all (including a vegan burger for me) and then Wesley wanted to see the last Indiana Jones Stunt Show of the day. 

Then it was back to Toy Story Land for Alien Swirling Saucers. Someone told us it was like the teacups, but it was way better. 

Here's a sneak peek at the Star Wars Land construction still going on in the park - it opens next year. 

And then we headed over to Midway Mania. Same wonderful ride, but completely different entrance and line for the building with all new decorations. Parker ended up with the high score not only for a family and even beat the family seated behind him in the same car. 

We finished up the day with one last old-school fastpass that Daryl got as a gift from a cast member - to the MuppetVision 3D show and then we headed home!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Meet the Teacher Night

We went on Thursday night to Meet the Teacher Night at Fruitland Park Elementary. As we were headed in we noticed the new mulch and spruced up flower bed at the entrance - done by one of our Summer Gardens groups from the church as a service project. 

We headed to third grade first for Davis - he's with Mrs. Miller!!! (Wesley had her for 3rd grade too). And one of Davis' very best friends is also in his class - Shya. 

Then we headed over to find Wesley's 5th grade teacher - Mrs. Frampton. We've heard awesome things about her and she is the chair of the 5th grade teachers. 

We also found some of Wesley's pictures in the trophy case of the front hallway from last year's JAG games. He's got one more year to help FPE defend the school trophy. We're looking forward to another great year with our Fruitland Park family. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summer Fun with Friends

On Wednesday the kids went with the Cheshires and some other friends up to Ocala to SkyZone!!! They had a lot of fun playing arcade games, jumping and even playing dodge ball on the trampolines. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Disney After Hours

Last Sunday night we went down to Disney about 8:45pm and checked in for a Disney after hours event that started at 10pm for pass holders. Before the event we managed to ride Buzz, the Tomorrowland Speedway and Pirates of the Caribbean. Davis actually managed to beat my score in the last room of Buzz! And we watched the fireworks show while we were driving around on the Speedway. 

Once the regular park guests left at 10pm, we managed to hit six more rides and get a snack before midnight - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, Winnie The Pooh, Goofy's Barnstormer and Dumbo. It was really nice not to have the usual huge crowd of people. There were only a handful of people on Barnstormer and Dumbo and the Dumbo cast members let us stay on for a second ride, right as the event ended.

The view from Dumbo at night. 

Some snapshots of the family and the park on the way out. We had a lot of fun but boy were we all tired on Monday!