My life seems to revolve around 'O' words these days.
There's the end of the Oprah show. I started watching her show when I was ten years old. I grew up with her. While I missed several years when she was in her weird spirituality phase, I started watching again when Sydney was a baby. I certainly skipped a lot of shows (I can't stand make-over shows), but I did wind up watching most of this last season. Most people say they'll just start watching her new network, but since we don't have cable or satellite, this truly is the end of an era for me.
And then there's my outstanding kids who surprise me everyday with their achievements and capacity to care for others. Sydney has finished 2nd grade with all A's and over 200 reading points (that's a lot for a 2nd grader). She proceeded to spend half of her reading points at the little library store on gifts for her brothers. Liam insisted on saving a cookie for Ryan (who missed dinner one evening) and giving his brother a turn at being first at something. And Evan has taken to sharing his snack with Liam. He won't share his drinks - that boys loves his liquids - but he has no problem giving his food to others.
And, finally, there's my feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the whole Disney vacation thing. I've read, researched, made notes, talked to dozens of experienced Disney travelers and I'm still overwhelmed. There is simply too much to do there and we're not even bothering with the character meals or extras like the dining plans. I'm going to let the kids watch YouTube videos on various attractions and make a list of things we just can't miss and then we'll fill in the rest of days with any other things we can fit in. I told Ryan that my biggest obstacle will be being able to throw my Type A personality out the window so that the kids can enjoy the experience without feeling like their mom is a drill sergeant. I know we won't get to ride everything or see everything, especially since all three kids are too short to ride a lot of things, and I just have to get it through my thick skull that the kids will enjoy whatever it is we get to do there. I guess we'll just have to plan to go back in a few years so that we can catch all the things we missed this time. :)