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Torturing the Kids; TravelMamas Interest List

My Schedule…and A Little Extra:   We tortured the kids on two rides in the first hour of Disneyland Saturday morning.  The first ride was the Pirates of the Caribbean where my four-year-old boy held his hands over his eyes the entire time…my seven-year old daughter wasn’t too thrilled with it either.  So we reasoned that we should ease up and hit the Winnie the Pooh ride but the Pooh’s psychedelic dream didn’t really calm my son much.  And then we hit Splash Mountain…I know, I know…he’s only four years old and my daughter is just seven.  But hey, there was virtually no waiting line and they were both tall enough, right?  Check out the picture to the left.  I know I shouldn’t laugh at their scared faces but I can’t help it.  When we were off the ride I yelled, “let’s go again!” and my daughter replied, “Noooooooo!”  We took it easy for a while after that.  The remainder of the day was filled with screams of delight, full tummies of yummy treats, and, well, simple moments of pure joy.  Our Disneyland trip for two days and two nights may have been one of our best trips ever.  I think one of my favorite moments was Sunday night after we got to the hotel late and rustled the kids into bed way beyond their traditional bedtime.  My four-year old son in particular was a bit cuckoo as any parent truly understands trying to brush the teeth of a sleep-deprived over-stimulated child.  So, to calm them down and get some focus I recapped the day going over all the wonderful things we saw and did…their faces lit up as they remembered each thing like it happened weeks ago.  Then, in my most calming voice, I read a bed-time story…Lady and the Tramp.  I just kept reading and reading and reading until they both fell asleep.  It was one of those moments when you feel completely happy…when you know you just gave your child a wonderful memorable day.

My Market Watch:  Rates are practically the same as Friday with minor losses in spots.  I was extremely happy to see this since I anticipated traders would have taken profits and sold off bonds from Friday’s gains.  The trading this morning is flat so far…I hope the market stays this way all day.    My Disclaimer

My Mystery Lyric:  It’s a small world after all, It’s a small world after all, It’s a small world after all, It’s a small, small world — Answer

My Schedule: Working from home this morning and then out this afternoon.


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