September 27, 2010

Two Trips to the ER

Well until this weekend I had never had to dial ‘911’ or ever rode in an ambulance. But now --- I have done both.

Thank goodness everything is fine, but on Saturday my son Mason hit his head while we were outside unloading the car. He stopped breathing and turned blue. I am so glad my mom –who is a nurse- was with me when it happened. She had to do a chest rub on him to keep him conscious. That was SO scary. After taking the ambulance to the hospital and staying in the ER for observation he was fine. He got a big knot on his head, but no concussion. (I must mention that when the doctor told us to let him down to walk around – he fell and hit his head on the opposite side and now has two matching bruises)

Then on Sunday around 10:30 in the morning, I was stripping the bed and cleaning my bedroom. The boys crawled up on my bed and were jumping and playing. No sooner did I tell them to be careful – Wyatt gave Mason a nudge and Mason hit the footboard of the bed. I picked him up since I was standing less than 3 feet away. As I started to pat his back I felt something wet. I looked at him and there was blood gushing from his forehead. Again, scared out of my mind I dialed ‘911’. By the time the ambulance arrived at our house I had the bleeding under control. Though it looked as someone was murdered in our house because blood was EVERYWHERE! Took him to the ER again and he got 3 stitches. WHEW!! What a crazy weekend – but at least my little man is okay!!

Both days my husband was at work and got called over the radio that there was a 911 call from our house. He works for the sheriff’s office – so he was able to rush home both times. I am so thankful to everyone that helped us this weekend. After all the stress I called my work and told them I needed a few days off to spend with my family.

Mason was already clumsy – but now we are getting him a helmet and calling him Bam-Bam. I think we’ll make him Frankenstein for Halloween :-)

September 22, 2010

Disney World Tips and Tricks

*As a kid, we lived in Illinois, so I went to Disney once. When I met my husband who grew up less than an hour from Disney, his family went there at least once a year if not more. We bought FL resident passes last spring, so we’ve been taking advantage of them this past month since (they are in their slow time). It has been great! Now that I have been to Disney 10+ times I’m going to share my Disney World tips with you.
1. The two best times to go to Disney World are in late January to mid February (before spring break!!) and then from September to mid November (after Labor Day and before Thanksgiving). This  month we went twice with the majority of the lines being 15 minute wait times or less.
2. Magic Kingdom is usually the busiest! I attribute this to the fact that families that just have one day for Disney head here. (By the way… Peter Pan always has the longest wait times! It was 45 minutes when everything else was- like I said – 15 minutes or less!)
Mason in the pirate bed at The Caribbean Beach Resort.
3. If you can afford it – stay on Disney property. The Disney transportation is awesome and you can get from place to place much easier. I have stayed off Disney property for years but after staying on property I won’t ever do it again! The best part is that you can head back to your room mid-day to rest up or swim.
4. Book dinner reservations EARLY or you will have to wait until last minute. If I don’t get something I really want then I’ll book my second option, but keep looking until my 1st option becomes available.
Wyatt with Cinderella’s step-sister at 1900 Park Fare for dinner
5. Book a character breakfast if your kids are still excited about seeing Mickey! They do have character spots in the park, but the lines are always pretty long and the line for Mickey at Magic Kingdom is REALLY long. If you book a character breakfast with Mickey you will also get to see 3 other characters. Plus – the food is always great! Try Tusker House in Animal Kingdom, or O’Hana.
Wyatt and Mickey at ‘Ohana. Our favorite breakfast spot!
6. There is a trick to booking meals too! I always try to book breakfast at the hotel or at the park we are going to be at that morning. It is a pain going to breakfast then going all the way across Disney property to the park – I don’t like to waste park time. For lunch we usually do a quick service meal and a nice big dinner. (If you get the dining plan then you get more for your money by doing a table service meal for dinner.)
Mason in his Mickey ears!
7. Pack light for a day at the park! Remember that you have to carry everything you take and you are probably going to accumulate more while you are there. I take one diaper bag full of the essentials and put it around the stroller. Also- the smaller the stroller the better. You will be folding it up every time you get on or off a bus. Luckily you don’t have to fold it up on the monorail. DON’T FORGET YOUR PASS OR YOUR ROOM KEY!
I have a lot more tips – which I will be sharing throughout the next week. I can’t wait for the food and wine festival at Epcot starting October 1st!! Mike and I are planning a trip without the boys!

September 9, 2010

Gyro Recipe

Last night I made some Gyros! Boy are these good! I think it is the Z-sauce that really makes it rock.

The ingredients you will need -
    • 2 lbs. sirloin steak (1 inch thick)
    • Olive oil (2 tbsp)
    • Salt & Pepper
    • 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
    • Plain Greek Yogurt (6oz)
    • Juice from 1 lemon
    • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
    • 1/2  cucumber (peeled, seeded, cubed)
    • Italian Seasoning
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. ground coriander
    • Flatbread
    • Gyro toppings – cucumber, more feta cheese, red onion, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, kalamata olives or whatever you like.
  1. Mix the ingredients for your cucumber gyro sauce in a food processor or blender. Add 1 cup of crumbled feta, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cucumber, a few shakes of Italian seasoning, cumin and coriander.  (You can do this ahead of time and refrigerate)
Gyro Recipe with 'Z' Sauce
2. Drizzle steak with olive oil and then season with S&P. I also rub minced garlic on it for flavoring. Broil or grill for 10-14 minutes flipping once for medium. I usually cook mine a little longer if I use the broiler.
3. While the steak is cooking get your toppings ready.
Gyro Recipe with 'Z' Sauce
4. When the steak is done let it sit for a few minutes before thinly slicing. This is when I pop some french fries in the oven and set the table! Seasoning tip – We love to lightly dust our finished french fries with S&P as well as Everglade’s Seasoning.
Gyro Recipe with 'Z' Sauce
5. Through the flatbread under the broiler to quickly warm them up and then SERVE!
Gyro Recipe with 'Z' Sauce