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Sunday morning - another late start. What is it with these kids? The park opens at 9am!!! We got to the park around 10:30. The forecast said that there would be some rain...

First thing we did? Space Mountain. They have a new policy - instead of the entire group going through the ride and then trading off the kids who are too small to ride, they give the person who is watching the kid a green ticket. The rest of the group go do the ride and then meet and trade off the kid at some designated spot. The person with the ticket may bring one other person with her, so she doesn't have to ride alone. They can go through the fastpass lane or via the exit and get on almost immediately. Ride was working! We were in line for less than half an hour. Kyle screamed the entire ride and loved it! Met Gayle at the exit, did the kid switch, and she & Kyle rode it together. The entrance to the ride is more "space station" like and you can't see the ride at all. Can't see anything at all when you're on the ride itself, so you can't anticipate the turns or dips. Need to ride it some more!

Alani at this point was getting a bit cranky. When were we going to ride something she liked??? So we rode It's a Small World. Then she wanted to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant, but Kyle wanted to do Autopia. Split time. K & G took Kyle to Autopia. Alani and I did the Dumbo ride, the spinning tea cup ride, the "scary" Alice in Wonderland ride.
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Met back up with K,K & G and then went over to the pizza space port for lunch. Cafeteria style restaurant. Pizza, pasta and salads. Alani's pasta had parsley flakes on it and she threw a hooey. She needed a nap. Ended up rinsing some of the pasta off in water and when that didn't work, Gayle did the bird thing and licked off the parsley. It worked.

As it was raining, Gayle bought us all Mickey Mouse clear plastic garbage bags ponchos. G had managed to get a hold of cousins Satomi & Darren and arranged to have them meet us at the park. While we were waiting for them, we discovered the joy that is Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster. Space Cadets are all loaded into their two person star cruisers. Having the ability to turn their cruisers 360 degrees - this allows the cadets to each fire their own astro blasters at the evil Emperor Zurg and his minions. After 3 trips through, my high score was 98K!


Took Kyle on Star Tours. Either it's changed or I can handle the ride better. Maybe all the video games I've been playing help? He loved that one too - especially with all the Star Wars stuff.

Rode the rockets immediately after. K & G were madly giggling. Alani had asked where's Auntie Debbie and one of my dear sisters piped up "She's up there with Kyle - the one in the yellow sweatshirt with the green face". Star Tours hadn't gotten to me, but Kyle's bumpy flying (up/down/up/down/up/down/bounce) did.

I sat on a bench, bought some popcorn to ease my queasy tummy and waited for the cousins.

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Satomi, Darren, 4 year old Joey & 2 year old Scotty finally showed up. Astro blaster again! Karen & Kyle went off to do Star Tours again, everybody else went to do the autopia. I took a few minutes of quiet time. =)

Watched the 50th anniversary parade. Kids liked it. Ooohing and aahhing as their favorite characters came by. Ariel, Lion King, Beauty and Beast...

Quick dinner at the hot dog place next to the plaza. Alani ate the whole foot long hot dog.

Got the kids to bed. By George, we'd managed to tire them out!

Karen & I went to Downtown Disney and shopped in the World of Disney store. Crashed around midnight. Oy.


Packed up the car. Then we met cousin Rick at the IHOP down the street. Kyle enjoyed his chocolate chip friend pancakes. Alani had scrambled eggs and pancakes. Much bacon.

Trip was pretty uneventful. Kids did nap a bit. Made all the necessary stops and we were home by 6pm.

Karen and I took about a dozen boxes of my books that were in G's garage and moved them to the storage unit.

Then we treated ourselves to a kidfree dinner at Applebees.

It was at dinner that she told me about Doug. We got back to her place and she immediately called Patty for more news. Damn.




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You Are Likely a First Born

At your darkest moments, you feel guilty.
At work and school, you do best when you're researching.
When you love someone, you tend to agree with them often.

In friendship, you are considerate and compromising.
Your ideal careers are: business, research, counseling, promotion, and speaking.
You will leave your mark on the world with discoveries, new information, and teaching people to dream.


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