Menu Monday

Well, I haven't quite gotten my blogging groove back, but it is getting a little better. Right? sigh. I'm trying! I am doing something different this week in hopes of making my hectic Sundays a little easier: Wal-Mart grocery pickup! If you know me at all, you know that I would rather stick hot needles in my eye than shop at Wal-Mart. Grayson has called it "Dirty Target" since he was 2 and he couldn't be more spot on. BUT, if the Wal-Mart people want to shop for me, who am I to say no?! I am hoping it is the greatest thing ever.  Here is what the Mays are eating this week!


Monday: Marlboro Man Pasta w/ garlic bread


Tuesday: Tamale Pie

chicken zucchini casserole 2
Wednesday: Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Bang Bang Chicken - Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo - so good, you'll want to double or triple the recipe!

Thursday: Bang Bang Chicken with jasmine rice

Taco-Filled Pasta Shells Recipe

Friday: Taco Stuffed Shells


Disney World {Days 5 & 6}

Our 5th day was spent at Hollywood Studios. I was excited for the boys to go there because they are currently loving all things Star Wars.

Right when the park opened we headed back to the Pixar area. We had fast passes for the Toy Story ride & we wanted to meet Buzz & Woody.
I really loved the Photo Pass people. This was first time we had used Memory Maker & I am so glad I got so many family pictures!
I was a little worried that Cheney would be afraid of Buzz & Woody because they are huge. But, in typical Cheney fashion, she loved them and gave them hugs!

We had breakfast (or really brunch) reservations at Hollywood & Vine at 9:45 that morning. They do a great Disney Junior character breakfast!
 we met Jake!
 ..and Handy Manny!
 Griffin was enthralled with Sophia the First just like when he was a toddler;)

and Cheney met her very favorite, Doc McStuffins!

They have a good breakfast buffet & the characters are so fun. We are big fans of Hollywood & Vine!

We met Olaf after breakfast & gave him a nice, warm hug. He still loves summer:)

Grayson & I rode the Star Wars ride together & he loved it. Griffin was about an inch too short...I hate when that happens! BUT, Griffin did get to watch a Jedi fight Darth Vader (who he calls Darth Mader) and he was obsessed. He also loved that Storm Troopers just walked around the park frequently! Everything is so magical to him right now. I love it!
 Our live for the thrill 6 year old was obsessed with Tower of Terror. He rode it twice!

While he rode with Mimi & Ben, the rest of us went to the Little Mermaid show. It was nice and cold (hooray!) inside and the show was great. Griffin loved it!
He was also really bummed that he was a couple inches too short for Aerosmith's Rockin' Rollercoaster. Ben, being the clown that he is, nailed his rollercoaster picture. Again. That one was really fun!

The last thing we did that day was meet Chewbacca! He is ENORMOUS. He also doesn't sign autograph books. hmph. This made their day! Poor Cheney girl fell asleep in the line so she didn't get to see him.

We left the park at 4:00 and hopped on a bus to Disney Springs. We had reservations that night at the T-Rex restaurant! We walked through there last time we went to Disney World & with Griffin's current dinosaur obsession, knew we had to try and get reservations! It is the craziest place. Huge (some lifesize) dinosaurs everywhere that move and make noise. Every 20 minutes there is also a "meteor shower" & it gets really dark & really loud. The boys thought this was awesome; Cheney kept saying "no like that. too loud!"
 We sat right by this lifesize Triceratops. It was pretty cool!
We ended our night celebrating Grayson again! They brought out a volcano of dry ice and a really good dessert! Hooray for birthdays at Disney World!

Our LAST (boohoo) day was spent at Magic Kingdom again. I don't think I could end a trip at any other park! 3 Magic Kingdom days was perfect.

 G had to rock that birthday pin one last time!

The little ones rode the rockets first thing that morning while Ben, Mimi, & G rode Space Mountain. Cheney thought that was super fun! I even got a real smile!
 She also rode Dumbo with me:) I love her little Snow White outfit!
We met Chip & Dale in the carnival area & they were hilarious! They spent a few minutes making the kids laugh.
 we also finally met Daisy!
who was with her best pal, Minnie. Cheney loves her some Minnie Mouse!

We rode the Teacups one last time & I want to bottle up these sweet, magical faces forever!
 We rode Buzz Lightyear several times because the boys were trying to max out the score--this is seriously their favorite!
 Sweet Cheney took a hot & sweaty stroller nap. The City Mini is the best because it reclines all the way back!

Grayson & Ben did more posing on Space Mountain...I need to make a collage of all their roller coaster pictures. Haha!
The one thing Griff was so excited about was "doing the rollercoaster I can do!" He loved the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & his face lit up when he found out he got to ride it twice that day! He was such a good sport about G getting to ride more things than him & the joy he got from this ride was the best.  Look at that face!
 One last picture before we left Magical Kingdom! Put a fork in us...we were done!

We ended our trip at the House of Blues restaurant in Disney Springs. The food is great & we sat right on the water. It was a beautiful night!

Disney World, you were magical & so much fun. If I had a money tree, we would go every single year!

Here are my tips from our trip:
-rent a stroller!!!! We used Apple Rental Company & they were fine. The first stroller we had was hard to fold up and they replaced it immediately once we called.
-bring a misting fan. I forgot ours and ended up with the $25 Disney one.
-bring at least one Brita water bottle. The water tastes funky & that filters it out and makes it taste normal. You can also get free cups of ice water all over the park to refill your own bottle.
-Do the Memory Maker package! We did not do this for our first trip & I wish we had. The pictures they took at each character experience are so great. We have almost 400 pictures just from them! So worth the money!
-Here is the planner we used. Jami Hill is awesome & has been doing this a long time! She is FREE and so helpful!


Disney World {Days 3 & 4}

The one thing we wished we had done differently on our last Disney trip was add in another Magic Kingdom day. Two days there just wasn't enough! Honestly, I could spend a whole week just going to that park--it really is the most magical! So, we did just that. Our 3rd day was spent at Magic Kingdom again!
You know Grayson is loving life when you can get him to happily wear a Mickey shirt and not a neon Nike shirt!
See how magical it is?? You can also see Cheney's new Disney smile that she did in 75% of our pictures--goofy girl!

One of our favorite rides is Pirates of the Caribbean!
 The boys just really loved the gift shop--all things pirate!
We rode on the Jungle Cruise and I forgot how hot that boat ride is!
We rode the Little Mermaid ride (and maybe I sang along the whole time) & then met Ariel in her Grotto. She is my favorite princess & Cheney is starting to love her, too. She picked out an Ariel doll before we left!
We took Grayson on Splash Mountain & he loved it. We had front row seats and got pretty wet...but when it feels like 100 degrees outside you don't complain!

One of the highlights of this day was watching the Festival of Fantasy Parade down Main Street! We got some popcorn & had front row seats. The kids all loved it--Griffin said it was his favorite part!

These three were mesmerized the whole time & just giggled and danced. It was fun to watch!
We spent the entire day at Magic Kingdom & Ben and Grayson rode Space Mountain several times. I think this picture was my favorite. G is currently all about dabbing in every picture--ha!

We headed to Disney Springs that night for a little shopping & eating. We ate at Earl of Sandwich which was really good & explored the toy store. The kids were delirious on the way home--Disney World equals many late nights! All the kids were sleeping in the living area of our suite. The boys had the sofa bed & Cheney slept on the murphy bed. I would check on them before we fell asleep and before I started getting ready in the morning--they literally never moved each night!

Our 4th day was spent at Animal Kingdom. I like Animal Kingdom, but it is not a place that we could spend the same amount of time at as Magic Kingdom. We did a half day there which worked out perfectly because we had late night reservations with Chef Mickey!
The first thing we did at Animal Kingdom was the Kilimanjaro Safari. Our kids all love this--especially Griffin!

 Griffin is obsessed with the Lion Guard right now & couldn't wait to see a real lion. They were all snoozing on the rocks but they are just so beautiful!
We also did the "It's Tough Being a Bug" show. Grayson and Griffin thought it was awesome but Cheney said it was "too loud" and she "no like that."
I was excited to ride the Everest roller coaster this time! It did not disappoint--my little ride buddy loved it, too!
While Grayson & Ben rode Everest together, the rest of us met safari Mickey and Minnie! Griff and Cheney love every single character meet & greet. I love watching their eyes light up!

We ate lunch at the Flame Tree Barbeque place and it was really good! They had a covered area by the water overlooking the Everest ride. It was a nice, shady spot!
Before we headed home for naps, we hit up the DinoLand! We played in the gigantic playground & rode the Triceratops Spin.
They had tons of carnival games & Ben made Griffin's dream come true when he won him a gigantic snake stuffed animal!!

We headed back to the resort around 2:00 that day because we knew the kids (and adults) had to nap since we had such a late dinner planned. Everyone slept for over 2 hours!

We explored the Cars section of the resort before we headed to dinner. It really is such a fun place to stay!

We had reservations at Chef Mickey's at 8:25 that night. I thought we were crazy to start an evening that late with 3 littles, but we couldn't pass up Chef Mickey's!

The food was pretty good & the character experience was so fun. They even brought out a signed birthday card for Grayson!
We ended our {very late} night celebrating Grayson's birthday again. You get to celebrate all week when you are in Disney World!