Monday, September 22, 2008
We stayed at Bella Vida, a condo development made solely for tourists. We stayed in a 4 bedroom, 3 bath condo (with a really-real kitchen, laundry room, etc) for $150 a night. it's on 192 about 6 miles East of I4 - I highly recommend it. Here are a few pics
The condo had a small private pool.
home (notice Colin's shoe and sock lying on the floor!)
Maggie, as always, was a real cutie.
We went to Disney Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM studios). We went on the new Toy Story Mania ride - an interactive 3D ride where you play amusement park midway games in 3D. DEFINITELY ride this one.
See the Kids sliding down a leaf below. Poor Maggie - She apparently was a little TOO shrunk to handle the slide very well.
Ry also got to meet Handy Manny.
J and I also slipped in some indoor skydiving at SkyVenture. We spent 30 minutes in the tunnel - about six 2-minute jumps each. I got to fly with my instructor in the tunnel with me (I can maintain my position well enough that he can fly with me). J finally overcame her fear of flying "high" in the tunnel (I put high in quotes, because it's only like 10 feet up...).
We all had a blast - we definitely like Orlando.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Today, Brandi had become so overcome with what I can only describe as "crazy behavior" (for example, she walked in circles today, sort of like chasing her tail, for literally 20 minutes straight) that we knew she wasn't going to recover.
J and I made the decision to put her down to keep her from suffering (she was no longer eating or drinking, nor responding to our voice or commands). It was a truly sad day for everyone in the family.
Brandi was put down at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2008. She will be missed.
Here are a few pics of her.
Brandi LOVED being at the lake - she would spend literally morning till night at the lake shore. We plan on taking her ashes and spreading them at the lake. It was her favorite place where she was happiest.
Brandi spent most of her time at the lake fishing. Mind you, she never caught a single fish in 6 years of summers at teh lake... but she never gave up. Perhaps it was the thrill of the chase...
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Colin hoping to meet some girls.
Here's a bit of video to show off the pool area. It was a blast hanging out with Brian and friends.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
J and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this week. I was out of town in Orlando at a Microsoft conference so I surprised J by flying her up to Orlando for the evening.
It was a complete blast! I DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone looking for a thrill like nothing else. I've always wanted to skydive, but wouldn't because of J and the kids (can't have them going through life without me!) so indoor skydiving is just right for me!
You first go to a classroom and learn how to lay your body while in the air (125MPH air blowing upwards to keep you afloat). Then you suit up: A diving suit, goggles, earplugs and a helmet are required.
Here's a picture of J and I ready for the challenge.
Each one of us got two 1-minute "skydives." this is the equivalent to 2 real skydives (which, according to our instructor, a real 10,000 foot skydive lasts about 50 seconds before you pull the chute). So J and I have "jumped" twice now!
You can see how well J did:
I was next:
Lastly, our instructor, Nick Scott-Tomlin (a very nice guy from South Africa), showed us how it's done (watch how easy he makes it look at watch how he lands at the end - AMAZING!). Nick has logged over 2000 HOURS in the wind tunnel, which translates to over 120,000 jumps!
I loved it so much, I showed the folks from work the video and 8 of us went again the next day! It is VERY addicting. It is amazing how the human mind can figure out how to interact with nothing but AIR and make the body perform amazing stunts.
Needless to say, our anniversay was one we definitely won't forget. 15 down, and the next 15 will be even better!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun. Here are a few pics to summarize our trip.
Colin LOVED bodysurfing in the waves.
Mike Lebeau (from ScriptLogic) used to be a swimming instructor, so he enjoyed teaching Ry how to kick and blow bubbles in the water.
Ryan met his first girlfriend, Ava (she was in the pic with Nicholas). More on these two in Ryan's Blog.The awards dinner was themed with palm fronds threaded into a net on the ceiling, pyramid ruins and more, all to make you feel like you were in the middle of the forest. J and I at dinner (and Tobin Cultrera, apperently there at the left!).
The trip was a nice departure from everyday work, responsibilities, etc. It was 4 days of pure heaven. I highly recommend a trip to Mexico if you ever have the chance.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Even Ry and Maggs got in on the act.
Colin and Nicholas wore two paris of sock as well, so they began slip-sliding down the hall and forgot they would need to stop themselves somehow.