Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Last Supper

Tonight was our last meal out in Florida,we hit Bob Evans again. We had a darling waiter who was very attentive and a laugh. We got home around 10pm the kids went for a dip, although it was a bit nippy only 75 degrees.Our room looks like a bomb site not sure how this lot is going to get packed.
On the last day Beth discovered pin trading another Disney money making experience she spent the last of her dollars on a lanyard and some pins to swap.After talking to a friendly cast member we found out some are more collectable than others,so while dodging the showers she went off in seach of secret mickey cast member pins.wish we had done this earlier she loved swapping.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Countdown to home...

We are into the final part of our holiday,it has flown. Lasr night we went for dinner at Planet Hollywood , what an experience !! I had never dined like that before. We met the Jacksons and what a night. It was hard to actually eat as felt like we were eating in a disco! The down side was it was crowded and Laura couldn't cope so she and Scott ended up waiting outside. I felt bad for her but what could we do ? In the end they decided to walk around Pleasure Island and found a couple of places they liked. After a very lively dinner we strolled around and had a HUGE one scoop chocolate icecream. We watched toffee apples being made and we raced some Lego creations.
Laura and Scott were waiting in the car, so we stopped off at Burger King on the way home.
Today we are going back to Epcot for half a day then back to Universal for the rest of the day.
Tonight will be packing followed by cleaning the villa.The biggest bonus is having the washing machine, we won't be bringing home any dirty washing.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Exhausted !

We have had another busy day, afull day at Islands of adventure,we got there at 10,and left at 7.30.Mid afternoon it poured with rain and the kids were already wet from the water rides,the rain chilled everyone. Carl,Hannah and Beth got friendly with one of the water ride attendents, JC, he magically got them onto all the coasters without any wait. I put it down to Hannahs wet t shirt catching his eye !! who cares it got them on. Tonight we went to Bob Evans for dinner,very nice !
For those of you still reading my foot blisters have now turned black, I think that is positive !!
Tomorrow we plan on doing the last bits of shopping and we may take in a park in the afternoon. Can't beleive its nearly over ........

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Home Again

Today we spent at Universal Studios, went on loads of things but mever managed Nickelodeon will have to do that another day. Beth had her photo taken with loads of characters,Dora the explorer,Spong Bob,Shrek to name a few, should be some scrapping out of that lot.Dodgy foot responding well to the anti inflammatory tablets and pain killing drugs so I am hoping tomorrow will be the same.
Tonight we are baby sitting to allow Wendy and Ian a meal together at 'Hooters' I have told them to be back before dark !!

Friday, October 26, 2007


Its Universal Studios ! we are heading into the last few days of our holiday updating my blog will help me scrap the trip afterwards. Mum if you are reading i have got you a few scraping bits. Bought an extra suitcase yesterday. Off to hhave fun if my blistery foot will allow !


Tonight i am supposed to be getting ready for dinner, but I can't get motivated ! Tom and I have had a good day shopping and chilling out the kids went to animal kingdom. Tonight its the turn of the waffle house.
Last night we went out with Debbie ,Malc,Sam and Georgie,we met them at All Stars Resort,had agreat dinner and lovely time!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Shuttle Launch .

Yesterday we got up at 6.30 am and headed for the coast, Cape Canaveral. The shuttle Discovery was leaving for a mission, it was launch 120. We arrived in Titusville around 8.30.We parked on the side of Interstate 1. To pass the time we chatted to the people nearby.It was a fantastic experience,eating doughnuts,drinking coke.When Discovery took off it was 'awesome'' I am so glad we made the trip. I have some great photos for when I get home. On the down side I now know that there are stinging ants in Florida, I trod on a mound and got stung loads of itchy blisters.

In the afternoon we went back to MGM Studios. We caught a few shows we had missed the first time around.Beth was thrilled to be picked out of the audience to join in with High School Musical, she knew all the steps !! bought a tear to my eye,she was SO SO Happy !!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I should be asleep because tomorrow we are getting up early to see the shuttle take off. its due to leave at 11.39.14 am precisely ! its only an hour away but you have to get there early to get a spot ! can't wait last time we missed it because of the traffic . we are planning to arrive at 7.30.
Went to Joannes today they have a huge sale bought 4 scrapbook albums 4 $6 each, about 3 quid,and they are decent ones. Also picked up some bits for mums cruise. So many bargains so little time !!

Monday, October 22, 2007


Yesterday we went to the shops and bought 4 Orlando Sentinels. The papers weighted a ton, full of adverts and it seems no news BUT there were 2 50% off coupons for Micheals and Joanns, so it was well worth the effort. Off to take a look. Micheals has a ton of stuff and i have 4 vouchers to use. Don't ya just lurve America ?

Monday, October 15, 2007

We're Off!!!

The day has arrived and we are off on our holiday, we allowed ourselves plenty of time so it hasn't been too traumatic. Hunny is at Mums, Sat nav is set ready to go, I'll see you all in two weeks when I hope to return groaning with armfuls of craft goodies!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

hellooo from Florida

Well here I am posting from my bedroom in Florida we are having a great time the weather is unbearable in th high 80's every day very very humid. The big news is that on Lauras birthday Scott proposed !!she now has a beautiful white gold solitaire ring ! Very romantic.

We have Animal Kingdom to do plus both Universal parks. Its been exhausting !

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Behind the Wheel.

This morning at 9am Carl took his first ever driving lesson, how scary is that?? He is being taught by our friend Brian Goodman. Today was a two hour lesson and he ended up driving home, so a good first step. He has to wait until we come home for his next lesson.

What a night!!!!

Last night I went to see Donny Osmond at Wembly Arena, well what a show and what a singer. He is every bit as good as he was when he was my teen idol back on the 70's. I went with my neighbour Karen and two other friends Lyn and Sue, Karen being the biggest fan had had the tickets for a while but had a last minute drop out so I was invited!!!
The atmosphere was fantastic and Donny can really sing!! We were the centre of row 11, just 11 rows from the front, we felt we could just about touch him, in fact at one point he came down into the audience and Karen managed to shake his hand. (before swooning and swearing never to wash her hand ever again !!!!)
At the end of the evening we headed home, the only way to finish the evening was a KFC, so we headed for Hatfield and bought ourselves one. When I was much younger and used to go out with Madeline we used eat out chicken and then throw the empty boxes up the poshest drives we could find, so as we were reliving our youth it just had to be done. So we packed up out rubbish and slung it in the back garden of a posh house in Panshanger. I hadn't laughed so much in ages, our ribs were aching!! I think we really led Sue off the straight and narrow, she'll not be able to hold her head up in public ever again!!!
Best bit is they are having an Osmonds Concert on the 30th of May next year, I have put our chief ticket getter (Karen)on the case!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Take a look.......


My not so little God Daughter, Rebecca has opened an online shop selling gorgeous books, stationery, pens, cards etc. Pop along and have a look, Its free postage at the moment as well!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


What can I say?? for the second week running Panshanger have won, last week 17-2 against Templewood and today 13-2 against Springmead, Long may this last!!!

Happy Birthday Carl.

Today is Carls 17th Birthday, where have those years gone?? I am sure its only 5 minutes ago that he was born!! Now he is taking his A levels, he is working as a life guard at a fitness centre and his driving licence arrived so he is having his first two hour driving lesson on Saturday morning!!! He celebrated this week by taking a bunch of friends to Quazar in Hemel Hempstead.He received loads of cards and presents, Beth bought him a Wii game, Nan and Grandad gave him a digital camera, We gave him Money for his driving lessons, and he received lots of money from other relatives and friends.
Happy Birthday Carl!!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Emily' Art Challenge - Not Anymore.

What are you 'Not anymore' ? Well I thought about this one and decided to use some photos that I have recently scanned in, of me when I was much younger!!The funny thing is my two younger children have looked at these shots and we can all see me in them. You know how it is everyone says that children look like their parents and you can never see it yourself. The bottom right photo is very like Carl, bottom left is like Laura and top centre has the look of Beth about it!! I must say that the hair cut in the bottom left has actually improved a little now !!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

7 More days!!

Only 8 days until we start our holiday. I can't believe its so close, it was in the high 400's when we booked it, where has the time gone?? I am now worried that it is going to go by too fast and I want to slow it down a bit. I want every minute to last for ten so that I can fully savour the moment!! All that's left is for me to pack the bags, WHOOPPEEEEE
This week is a busy one, Carl turns 17 on Thursday, he is going out with some mates on Tuesday to celebrate. His driving licence has finally turned up so he is having his first lesson next Saturday morning, how can my baby be old enough for driving lessons??

Last Friday night I spent a lovely evening with my friend and neighbour Karen, great company, the odd bottle of port, with lemonade, listening to classic 70's music on Magic on the TV. The really nice thing to come out of our evening is a trip to Wembley to see Donny Osmond in concert, I'll be able to sing along with all the classics, Puppy Love, 12Th of never......Dreamy.
Roll on Friday!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Could these bounces be the last of the summer?After such a terrible year weather wise we have decided to leave the trampoline up for the winter in an effort to catch any decent day that might crop up. We have had so many problems with the trampoline that we are going to bounce it into the ground!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Down by The water.

On our Sunday walk the girls agreed to pose for me, this shot was their idea, posing on the side of the lake !! Today I have as always been busy, Carl has got his sore throat back again and I couldn't get an appointment at the Doctors for him, so I ended up talking to the Doctor on the phone and he has given him more anti-biotics. I hope that it clears up before the holiday. Its been pretty miserable for him.
I am in a Christmas Card swap on the pad, organised by Mad Ginger Claire, so this evening I made my cards, I have packaged them up and will post them tomorrow. I can't believe that I'm so organised!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Emilys Art Challenge - Someone Special!

This weeks prompt is someone special, I have a special friend who I have known since we were both in infant school. We don't talk everyday or sometimes every week, but I know her, she knows me. I know what she likes, she knows what I like, we don't have to ask each other !!
So this is my best friend Madeline my mate forever!!
(I have made this card using Adobe, I have printed it out and added it to my ever growing pile!!)