OK, so it’s already May… you can’t rush into these things, right? Joe gives me a hard time because I spend way more time on editing and posting pictures than I really need to, as I spend time filtering out the not-so-good ones, editing/cleaning up the photos I like, adding captions and tags and then finally getting them posted on the site. But I really do like doing it this way, even if it does take a lot of time. We took *so* many pictures in Disney World (it was a great trip!) that it took me forever to get through them all, and now I’m behind – much to my mom’s dismay, lol. So here you go, Mom – the rest of the pics from 2012.
Visiting Santa’s factory at Macy’s after having breakfast with him
In the Nov-Dec 2012 album, there are pictures as we decorated for Christmas, the first big snow storm of the season, photos from our Breakfast with Santa at Macy’s with our friends from New Horizon, and a Cub Scout Go See It activity where our den got a behind-the-scenes tour of our local police station. There are also videos from OLP’s annual Christmas concert where the OLP School students performed a number of songs for the congregation.
There are also photo albums from our weekend trip to Chicago for Thanksgiving and from our Christmas celebration at home.
Now, on to all those pics from 2013!
Tags: Chicago, Christmas, Scouts, Thanksgiving
At the Magic Kingdom with Grandma and Papa
In November, the Vandermark and Belousek families took our annual family vacation together; this year was a trip to Disney World. We timed the trip so that we could catch the very end of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, where we grazed our way around the world (yum!) and the very start of their Christmas/Holiday festivities. We had a fabulous time, of course – so many fun things to see and do! One of the new things we tried on this trip was The Pirates’ League, where Joe, Cole, Zach and Alex all were transformed into pirates, even taking a pirate’s oath! We also made our away down to Kissimmee, FL, where the new Legoland amusement park opened up; some very cool things to see there.
Our fearsome pirate crew
I take a lot of pictures normally, but I went really camera-happy on this trip. There are lots of fun ones in the WDW – Nov 2012 photo album, including interactions with Disney characters, pictures captured on the rides, all the cool rides and exhibits at Legoland, some cool videos from the Osborne Christmas lights and a stunt show at Hollywood Studios, and of course, our crazy pirates.
Tags: Disney, Grandma Pat, Grandpa Dan, vacation
A family vacation and the holidays caused me to get behind on the photos, so I’m finally getting around to finishing up October and starting November.
The Scouts at the 1890′s school
Zach, Alex and the rest of their Scout Den had a fun field trip (known as a “Go See It”) to a historic place called The Landing (formerly known as Murphy’s Landing for those in MN). The park has historic homes and buildings from the 1850′s-1890′s to show how settlers in the area lived at the time. The Scouts got a taste of what family and school life would have been like for them – no video games or electricity! They all had a lot of fun.
Luigi and Mario
For Halloween, they dressed up as Mario and Luigi from the Super Mario Bros. game, an idea they came up with all on their own (so cute!). They were excited to be dressed up for school all day. After school, they went trick-or-treating at the local businesses downtown and scored a huge amount of candy.
In other news, Alex was soooo excited to finally lose his first tooth! It bugged him that Zach lost his much earlier, so we were all happy for him when it was time for the Tooth Fairy to visit. Just like Zach, the Tooth Fairy gave Alex a set of gold coins for his special first tooth.
Check out the Sept-Oct 2012 album and the Nov-Dec 2012 album to see these pics and a few more, as well as some videos of Cole practicing his trombone for us.
Tags: Alex, Halloween, Scouts, Zach