Thursday, April 28, 2011

Who is this boy and where is my son?

Zander had been on some mild roller coasters prior to the Spring Break trip. We weren't sure what to expect on the more exciting and scary attractions. After a few basic rides, we thought he was ready to try Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as his first thrill ride. From there we were going to gauge what to do next. Well, there was no looking back. He did the railroad coaster twice and moved straight on to Splash mountain which he also did twice. Later that afternoon, he experienced the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain (twice).

These rides might not mean much to anyone else, but I grew up in South Florida and went to Disney World many times. It blows my mind that now my child went on those same rides. It doubly blows my mind that Zander is that child.

The following day at Disney's Hollwood Studios, Zander rode the Tower of Terror (twice!). Here he is posing in front of the Rock n' Rollercoaster, which he also went on (thanks in large part to his father's fast pass skills):

Also at Hollywood Studieo, he tried out for American Idol. He was actually too young for an official tryout, but they let him go through the motions:

Below is a photo of him in front of Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom (third day), which he road three times (thanks to the child swap pass and fast pass). Are you getting tired yet? How about nauseous? 'Cause my stomach was queasy after Expedition Everest, but he wanted to keep right on going.

Not pictured, but also on the list of enjoyed rides: Mission: Space (Epcot), Soarin' (Epcot), and many, many more. For the record, he/we went on lots of non-rollercoaster rides too.

Finally, here he is during out last day in Florida jumping from a three-meter diving board:

Who is this boy and where is my son?!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Magical Spring Break

So much to blog about and so little time. My life is full and I feel blessed, but also (and always) guilty for not doing more.

Over an extended Spring Break, we took a magical trip to visit my parents in South Florida and then road trip with them to Disney World. I hope to do a few posts on the trip in the next few days, but the quick story is that Zander became a roller-coaster/thrill-ride aficionado and Cassandra basked in the joy of swimming daily and having grandpa read her the same book over and over and over again. In between it all we had a Passover Seder, caught up with Popi and Grandma Joan, visited with Aunt Nettie (age 92) and Nat (age 98), and had a rare visit with Uncle Alan.

Like I said, full and busy! More to come...

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Small Misunderstanding

mis·un·der·stand·ing/ˌmisˌəndərˈstandiNG/Noun

1. A failure to understand something correctly.

Here's the background:

Cassandra has a little self-propelled ride-on car which we keep in the house for reasons which I am still not sure. She often likes Zander to push her around in the car. By now, Zander is fairly used to requests from Cass, including thing like: "Zander: Ding Ding," which means he should feed her and simultaneously say "ding ding," etc.

So, one day recently Cassandra was scooting herself around on the little car. She decided she'd rather have Zander push her around, so she parked the car and went to find him.

In her cute little two-year-old voice she asked, "Zander...you push me?" To which Zander, somewhat surprised by the question said, "Sure!" Then he took both hands and gave her a good shove.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tree for Tu BiShvat in Honor of MLK

Each year for the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat there is a drive to plant trees in Israel. I remember doing this when I was growing up too (not the actual planting, but the sponsoring of the planting). Zander chose to plant his tree in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. We just received the certificate and today, being the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, seemed like a good day to post it.