Less Hicupp-ing.

Last year I wrote a post about a little hiccup that we had here at Disney World.  This year, I wanted to make certain that didn’t happen.  I emailed, called and went to the Guest Relations gate at the park ahead of time.  All the Cast Members we encountered were amazing.  I was handed a…

Florida/Georgia Line

We are road trippin’ it to Florida this week.  While on the way, we try our hardest to minimize the amount of roadside food we eat, so we take every opportunity to enjoy picnics as soon as the weather allows.  Yesterday, it took until the Florida/Georgia line for the weather to allow.  It was in…

Count Your Blessings.

On this Christmas Day, we’re counting our blessings. Beyond the gifts, there are healthy girls, which is a true treasure. And girls who are enjoying their first Christmas with a family, and with TWO beautiful brown eyes. And new baby cousins, who share a common origin with our children, joining the family through the beautiful…

The Family Tree.

Sometimes there are moments with the kids where I purposely don’t take pictures, where I want to just be present, and not be behind the camera.  Decorating the tree is one of those times.  I have no pictures of it.  Ever.  Not one.  Decorating the tree is a sacred event.  Nothing interrupts it. Each of…

Child-Like Wonder

Our sweet Dolly has an obsession with “the holidays” and “the holiday spirit.”  She talks about Christmas endlessly.  The lights, the snow, Santa Clause, the sweet baby Jesus who is waiting to be set in our manger, she is abuzz about all of it.  When I was so worried about her, before her last heart…

A Neglected Summer.

Dolly did beautifully in the OR, and her recovery has been GREAT.  Once she got into the Recovery Room we had a few problems with her Oxygen levels dropping to the low 60s.  Scary business.  About 16 people came rushing into the room, which was about twice as many as needed to be there, but…

First Cook-Out.

For some of us, it was the first cook out of the year, a way to kick off the summer. For one of us, it is his first cook out with family. The wonder of these firsts will never be lost on me.  What might be just another day for any other kid in any…

On a Chilly Day at the Beach.

Yesterday was chilly and rainy at our purple beach house.  There had been a massive squall the night before (I’m relatively sure I should only use that term if I’m out ON the ocean, but the kids find it amusing, so we go with it).  The storm kept the spring breakers inside, but it made…

On the Last Day.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

EPCOT in Photos.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

And We’re Off…

You can follow us as we head to Disney World with NINE children.  Just add us to your Instagram feed to watch us in real time!   It will be so FUUNNNNN!!!!

How Do We Do It? Managing Christmas.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…