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One thing Orlando is not short on, is things to do. We are pretty fortunate to be able to visit so many great places. Last weekend we took Zachary to Universal’s Islands of Adventure for the first time. Just like Chris and I, the kid loves a roller coaster. Unfortunately, he was too short to ride the two best coasters, The Hulk ((My all-time favorite roller coaster))  and Dueling Dragons, but he still had a great day.

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In 16 years, either I will have two kids in college and I can pat myself on the back for a job well done, or I will have the best party $50,000 can buy. We just beat the deadline to lock in the current rates for the Florida pre-paid college plan, and I have now agreed to dish out over $200/month for the next 12 years to ensure that Zachary and Jonah will at least have their college tuitions paid for.

In these economic times, the thought of parting with another $200 a month doesn’t thrill me. The thought, however, of my boys having the opportunity to attend college and not worry about where the tuition is coming from does thrill me. Oh, and not having to pay the projected $141,000 (EACH) to send them tickles my fancy too. 🙂


This post was generously brought to you by Outer Banks rentals. The boys don’t go to college, I could buy a few rentals of my own!


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I know, totally lame and obvious title, but you know it’s true! I have always loved to read and from birth, both Zachary and Jonah have been surrounded by books. It seems to be working—Jonah drags books around like a security blanket, proclaiming “moose,” or “butterfly!” depending on what book he has latched on to.

Zachary was the same way—he’s always loved books and has been reading them with me from the age of 2. Now he’s in kindergarten and learning to really read, not just memorize the words. I’ll tell you this, there is nothing else quite like listening to your child read to you for the first time. Watching the reading process unfold in a child is amazing. Now I can’t find new books fast enough. Luckily, I have the internet to help in my search. If I wasn’t online, I wouldn’t have come across Frecklebox and their personalized books.

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Remember when you were a kid? What did you love to do? I remember I loved singing, coloring, and playing outside. I bet these were things you enjoyed also.

As we get older, life gets messier, and we don’t have time for all of the things we loved. Having kids makes up for that sometimes. I now have the opportunity to live vicariously through two fabulous boys—I just need to slow down and remember that. Especially when there is no yelling, crying, fighting, or throwing of non-throwable ((is that a word?)) objects. In an extremely rare moment, I actually had both boys sitting at their table painting together. It truly was a thing of beauty.

Want to see what that actually looks like?

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Or should I say, no more Johnson Family videos on YouTube. While I still have favorites, and will look to YouTube for humor, political, or just random videos, I will no longer be using their services to post our family videos. This has been a long time coming, as I’ve toyed with this thought for several months now. First when I saw they had added the feature to show other ‘like’ videos within my embedded videos, then when I compared their crappy video quality to the video quality I’m getting from Apple’s MobileMe (or a different provider, should I decide not to stick with MoblieMe) Daily Motion.

UPDATE 2/5/09: While MobileMe offers great features and wonderful video quality, I am not going to subscribe. I just don’t use enough of the features and options to justify the $99. I did find a great alternative: Daily Motion. ((I’ve edited the remaining text within this post to reflect the change to Daily Motion.))

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‘Tis the season for shopping, baking, decorating, and Christmas programs. Of course, two boys = two programs. This year we were lucky and both programs were in the same week. Zachary’s program was nice, except he didn’t really participate too much—he just can’t stand still! He did do some mean air trombone though.

I will apologize in advance for the “Blair Witch Project” filming of Zachary’s program. I was wearing heels and standing in the back. The result is not as smooth as I would like. 😉 Click on the play button to start (if you dare).

Jonah’s program was great for several reasons. First, I brought my tripod. Second, it was nice and short. His is the youngest class so they went first, meaning the boys were in bed on time. Of course, the entertainment value of Jonah’s program lies in the fact that there’s really not much too it except a bunch of 2-year olds crying and looking cute. Jonah was pretty funny. He was okay until he saw us. Then he would point to us and start to cry. Then he’d try and shake is shaker. Then he’d point and cry. Vicious circle. 🙂

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The Goose is trying so hard to be funny lately. He seriously gets upset if you don’t just know he’s trying to be funny. The only two jokes in his repertoire involve a fish with two knees and a hippo who cusses. Kids love animal jokes!

He did get it right the other night, though! Here is Zachary’s first, official joke:

Q: Why did the rubber chicken cross the playground?
A: To get to the other slide.

If that doesn’t make you laugh you must be dead. He says he just made it up and I’m inclined to believe him. He’s been trying for months!

On a side note, why would I write about auto air conditioning in December? I wouldn’t.

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We’ve had a busy month, which explains why I’m so behind at getting pictures uploaded and displayed. I’ve even lost more credits at dotphoto since I keep forgetting to go and order my pictures. I’d better head over there and do that before midnight! I just uploaded a gazillion pics to Flickr and am in the process of organizing them. Oy vey!

I do have the October slideshow ready, LOL!

(TIP: if you want to see a pic’s details, just click on it.)


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

I know my fans are dying for more. Okay, I know my kid’s fans are dying for more:


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Hang on for a busy December!

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