Sunday, June 7, 2009

Number Ten and other stuff.

So, Will totally hijacked my blog last night, which meant I didn't get a chance to post the 10th random thing from my list on Friday.

Anyway, here it is:

I want your opinion (not that it will change mine, but I'm curious). In case you somehow missed me talking about it 800 times already, Liam was born with serious heart defects that have required two open heart surgeries and will require more in the future. Because of this, most amusement park rides (specifically those at Disney World, even the ones meant for little kids) are off limits to him. Forever.

So, we have decided that family vacations will simply not involve amusement parks. This is apparently a very controversial decision (who knew?). Several people think that we're "depriving" Ben and Amelia of the opportunity to experience places like Disney and that they'll grow up to resent Liam over it.

My opinion is this: I hope to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks that I'm raising kids that will not be so petty as to resent their sick brother over a Disney vacation. I think Disney is great, but I didn't get to go until I was a teenager and I wasn't scarred because of it. I know lots of well adjusted people who have (gasp!) never been to Disney World.

Personally, I feel sorry for the people who haven't visited the Louvre or swam in the Mediterranean Sea or Italy or collecte
d shells on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our vacations have been about beautiful places and relaxation and being together rather than amusement parks, which, let's face it, can be stressful, outrageously expensive and not the happiest place on Earth after a few days with small children.

Who looks like they're enjoying their family vacation more?

We're going to Orlando in 2 weeks and we're not going to Disney. Apparently, this makes us freaks. (I agree that Orlando is a silly place for a vacation if one is avoiding amusement parks--we're only going because Will's parents will be there for a conference and driving 5 hours to Orlando is easier and cheaper than flying 5 hours to Wyoming to see them).

So, what do you think? Are we horrible parents for depriving two of our three children of the wondrous experience that is Disney/Six Flags/Universal/Etc...?

In other news, my house is officially and completely unpacked. Even the garage. I think this is a record for me.

Weight loss update: I'm down 92 pound since surgery January 14th, 122 pounds since September 9th. I'm 4 pounds from no longer being classified as obese and 33 pounds from my goal weight (and being classified as "normal" weight). Sorry there's no picture. I think I've lost less than 5 pounds since the last picture I posted, so there's nothing new to see, really. I'll try to remember to take one next week. I've entered the exreeeeeeemely slow weight loss phase where I'll be lucky to lose 5 pounds a month, so pictures will be fewer. On the bright side, my hair isn't falling out anymore.

Finally, Thank you, Karen!! Amelia is finally fitting into all those cute shoes and clothes you gave me last year. Note to others: If someone with adorably dressed children offers you a box of outgrown items, take them.

Adorable dress and adorable shoes courtesy of the T. girls. Thanks for growing like weeds.

P.S. Sorry for the crazy fonts yet again. Blogger still hates me. I think it thinks I'm inappropriate.

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