David said that at some point this week. We are absolutely not pushy parents, so I thought it was a funny thing for him to say. It totally worked though.
The boys had their big school Variety Show performance on Friday. This was something that I've never let them do in the past, because the show tends to run quite late at night, and they have never before convinced me that they had a specific plan for a performance. This year they begged and prepared in advance, so we said yes.
Charlie did a "Michael Jackson Tribute Dance" to the song Hollywood Tonight. It's a very obscure Michael Jackson song, but I couldn't convince him to do his dance to one of the more well-known songs. He was adorable in his Michael Jackson outfit. I probably should have recorded his performance with my phone, but I was too nervous for him to do that. He REALLY enjoyed participating in the Variety Show, and his performance was a big hit, so I suspect we'll be doing this every year from now on.
Tommy played one of his piano pieces called The Happy Farmer for his Variety Show performance. He worked really hard on it, and did quite well. He didn't seem quite as stage-struck as Charlie, but it was nice for him to play the piano for a larger audience for the first time. I was appalled at how out-of-tune the high school stage piano was, but Tommy didn't let it throw him off.
Whew! I'm glad the boys had a good first experience. I always enjoyed performing at our school talent show. It's much more nerve-wracking to be a parent in the audience, I think. Watching the few children who struggled, blanked out or left the stage crying was really hard for me. (Not that it's about me!) I'm really glad Tommy and Charlie weren't in that small minority.
The boys also had their last basketball games of the season this weekend. This was Charlie's first season of basketball, and he learned an incredible amount from his coaches. Charlie even made TWO baskets during his final game. He hadn't made a basket during a game all season, so this was a big deal for him. He was so happy!
This was Tommy's third year of basketball, and he has continued to really enjoy it. He's starting to really use his height to his advantage, and seems to know what he's doing (at least from my perspective.)
Between the Variety Show on Friday, the last day of basketball on Saturday, and the first day of soccer which was also on Saturday, the boys were pretty tired by last night. I've declared that today is pajama day in our house, so we're all being very slothful today. It is no longer time to perform. Now it is time to rest.
I promise this will be my last Disney World post for at least 8 months. Why 8 months? Well, I loved Disney World enough to want to go back, so I'm planning a girls' trip to Epcot in November. The boys and David have given me their blessing to go to the Food & Wine Expo in the World Showcase area of Epcot for a couple of days, as long as I don't do any rides that they would enjoy. (Whee! I'm so excited!) In the meantime, I will try to stop thinking about Disney World. I think David would appreciate it if I talk about something else for a few months.
Before I go back to talking about other things, however, I wanted to write one more follow-up blog post. This was our first Disney World trip, and we will never be First-Timers again. I thought I'd share some of the things we learned. I know a few of my friends are thinking about planning their first family trips to Disney World, so maybe some of our experiences and lessons will help you.
1. It's worth going! I didn't have a clear idea of what Disney World would be like, even after all my research. People say things like "there are so many things to do" and "there's something for everyone" and "you feel cared for inside the Disney bubble," and those statements are actually true. Sure, you'll enjoy the classic attractions of the Magic Kingdom more if you have a bit of child-like whimsy in your personality, but that's only one type of experience. I can think of different multi-day itineraries that would be enjoyed by every person I know, including older relatives and friends without children. (Just ask if you ever want me to write out a personalized one for you.)
2. Go for the maximum number of days that you can. The more time you have, the less exhausted you will be. Even if you choose just to do the highlights, and are very careful to pick and choose how you spend your time, you'll wish you had more time in the end. Plus, if you stay on property then it's worth it to enjoy the amenities - relax a bit, swim in the pool, slow down and enjoy everything. As an added incentive, each day becomes a bit less expensive on average the more days you go because of the way Disney prices their tickets. We stayed 6 nights and I think we could have done 8 nights for EXACTLY the same amount of money. Seriously. How? Well...
3. Don't do the dining plan. Don't get me wrong, it was a good value for us. We didn't lose money on it or anything. However, we would have made different choices if we hadn't pre-paid for the number of meals included in the dining plan. If we had only ordered/eaten what we were actually hungry for, and enjoyed some snacks or quick bites instead of full meals occasionally, we would have been happier and probably would have saved enough money to pay for two extra nights. Without the dining plan, you have more flexibility and will probably spend less money. My suggestion is to price out the entire cost of the dining plan for your family, but don't buy it. Think of that amount as your upper-limit food budget. Food is very expensive at Disney, so if you expect to spend that amount, but only eat what you want when you want it (instead of trying to fit your choices into the rubric of the plan) you'll be happier in the end.
4. However, you should definitely made Advance Dining Reservations for sit-down meals! I strongly recommend all first-time visitors make reservations for ONE sit-down meal each day even if you're not doing the dining plan. Touring the parks is tiring. It was wonderful to know that we had an hour (or more!) break built into our day, could sit down at our own table away from the crowds, and wouldn't have to stand in line for anything for a while. THAT is what makes a reservation for a sit-down meal worth it. If you're not on the dining plan, and aren't very hungry, you can share an entree, order off the kids' menu or just eat appetizers. Even if you're not very hungry, at least you'll be sitting down while everyone who doesn't have an ADR is hustling and bustling to feed themselves or their children. I woudn't do more than one per day, because they do take time away from all the other things you could be doing. The days that we did two felt more rushed than the other days. Also, I think this is less important on return trips to Disney World. Once you know what you're doing, then you can more easily pace yourself and skip the sit-down meals or add extra ones.
5. Know your limits and pace yourself. It seemed like we could DO stuff for about 6-7 hours without getting too tired. (Your mileage may vary.) We were fine with a sit-down meal at the end of that time. Our first day was a 12 hour day, and we were miserable after we hit that magical 7 hour mark. We handled the rest of the day without completely falling apart, but if we'd scheduled our ADR for lunch or at 4:00 instead of 6:00, we would have been able to leave when we got tired. Our Animal Kingdom day was just about perfect. We were at the park from 10:00 to 4:30 with a couple of stops for snacks, and then a nice long dinner at a restaurant before going home. Our Hollywood Studios day started with a long meal, and then we spent from 12:00 to 8:00 in the parks with another sit-down meal at 4:00 pm. Our Epcot day and last Magic Kingdom day were both really good too. We got to the parks before opening on those days and stayed from 9:00 to about 2:30 with a lunch ADR. Then we took a rest in the afternoon and did more stuff from about 5:00 to 9:00.
6. If you care about experiencing the maximum number of attractions/rides, then you must try to arrive as early as possible in the morning. It was crazy how many things we got to do stress-free in the mornings when we got an early start. I loved our early start days, because I don't like lines or crowds. You CAN avoid them at Disney World if you go in off-season and concentrate on things that have lines in the morning. In the later hours of the day, we either used a FastPass+ or chose large-capacity shows and less-popular attractions. The days that didn't arrive until later - 10 am one day and noon another - only really worked because of FastPass Plus. I was able to schedule our three FastPasses two months before our trip. If we'd shown up at noon on our Hollywood Studios day without them, we wouldn't have gotten to do anything without hour-long waits. As it was, we really only did 6 things in 6 hours (including a meal) at Hollywood Studios, and we had FastPasses for 3 of those things. Compare that to our first and last days at Magic Kingdom, when we did at least 10-12 things in the 2-3 hours before lunch.
7. Try it. You might like it. This might only apply to your first trip, which I think ends up feeling much more go-go-go than subsequent trips. I know that if I took the family back next week we would have a list of things we would want to do multiple times and a list of things that we don't need to ever try again. The funny thing is, I don't think I could have predicted what would be on those lists before our first trip. We decided to try to do as many things as we could ONE time each on our first trip. It was a good strategy. We ended up doing a few favorites a second time, but we had to choose not to experience some other unknown things to be able to do that. Who knows if we would have liked those things! I think that even six months ago, people could more easily repeat their favorites over and over again using the traditional paper FastPass system, but the new system doesn't really allow for this. There are so many things to do at the parks, however, that we could do a whole new set of things one time each next time.
8. Research some of the non-attractions things in each park so you have back-up plans. You don't have to do any rides at all at Disney World! There are scheduled live performances, characters to meet, nifty little shops, interesting snacks and at least one interactive game for kids at each park. Tommy and Charlie loved the Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom game, for example. Now that I know how much they love it, I would probably plan a MK day with rides/attractions from 9-12, eat a counter-service lunch (no reservation) and then set aside 2 hours for them to play that game before going back to the hotel for a rest. Then I'd make a dinner ADR for one of the great restaurants or fun dinner-shows at one of the resorts for the evening.
9. The Memory Maker photo service has a 50/50 chance of being a good deal. It costs $159, lets you ask any Disney photographer in any location to take your picture in a variety of poses, gives you full ownership to download all photos, and works for anyone in your party even if you aren't together. (It will be a great deal for my 6-8 girlfriends next November!) You have to look for the photographers, and I don't think we did a very good job of finding them. If you really made an effort, you could end up with hundreds of family photos. We got enough family photos with me in them to make it worth the cost.
10. Have a plan. I think this is the biggest thing we did right. You can't really "wing it" at Disney World. Actually, I think you can do that in the World Showcase at Epcot, and you can do that in the other parks if you care more about the atmosphere than the rides. However, I don't want to pay $60 to $100 per day per person for park entrance (price per day goes down the more days you stay) and not do anything! Read some lists of possible things to do, make your own list, plan to do the headliners and ones you care about most in the morning, and schedule FastPasses wisely. Try not to plan things so that you are running from one end of the park to the other, but also don't be afraid to skip the attractions that never have lines and come back to them later when it's busy. Have some idea of something you might like to eat in each area of the park, so you'll be prepared when people get hungry. We knew to spend $10 for a freshly-made nutella and fruit waffle rather than a dinky little pre-packaged breakfast sandwich because I had a plan. You don't have to plan every minute, but you do need some sort of plan. It's worth it.
Now I think I'm done talking about Disney World for a while! Thank you for reading all my words about our wonderful trip.
Just in case you're looking for them, here are the other Disney trip posts.
My Charlie Bean turned seven on Saturday! (His real name is Charles David, but I call him Charlie Bean because he's as long as a string bean. Nobody else calls him that.)
He had grand plans for the entire day. We told him he couldn't get up before 6:00 am, and he followed the letter of the law. At 6:01 am, he burst out of his room ready to open presents. We all rolled out of bed and obliged him, the little cutie.
He had an 8:00 am basketball game, so we all flashed into action after the presents had been opened. He did NOT want to go, but acquiesced when I promised him biscuits and sausages upon his return.
His present from David and me was the Disney Infinity video game. Both Tommy and his Uncle Terry had given him extra characters for the game, so the boys were very happy to spend the rest of the morning playing it. It's a very cool game, and our Magic Bands from our trip even unlock a special surprise.
His party was scheduled for 1:00 pm, so we had to turn off the game and finish up our party preparations at around 11:30. Charlie and I made the song play list for the dance portion of the party. Tommy set up the Lego portion of the party in Charlie's room. Then David and the boys moved the furniture to turn our living room into a great place for a dance party, while I went out to get the balloons and a disco ball.
(that's a Michael Jackson expression)
Charlie had made a request for our quick lunch before the party. Every time we drive past McDonald's he points out the sign advertising 40 chicken nuggets for $8. We stopped eating out when we started saving money for our Disney trip, so it's been a long time since he's eaten a McDonald's chicken nugget. He decided that all he wanted for his birthday lunch was for me to pick up that 40-pack so he could have "all the chicken nuggets I can eat." I brought a 40-pack home with the balloons. He was SO EXCITED.
I even let him have a soda. Don't tell Charlie, but I did count how many he actually ate. He ate six, exactly the same number that comes in the big-kid Happy Meal. We had nuggets left over, even though all four of us had them for lunch. One can only eat so many nuggets in one sitting. It doesn't matter though, because it was the IDEA of the giant 40-pack of nuggets that Charlie was so excited about. Hopefully the memory will last him a long time, since I doubt we'll buy McDonald's again anytime soon. We have more trips to save up for!
Charlie's friends arrived at 1:00, and the party was lots of fun. Setting up a Lego room away from the loud music was a good idea. Some of the kids stayed in the Lego room the whole time. Some of the kids danced the whole time. A few did a bit of both.
After a full hour of dancing and Lego building, Charlie opened his presents.
Then we had cake. Charlie had requested a yellow ice cream cake from Baskin-Robins, and it had white cake with strawberry icing under the yellow frosting. It was very pink, yellow and white, and exactly what he wanted.
It's a good thing we rolled up the rug for the dance party. Thirteen party guests can scatter a lot of crumbs...not that I cared.
The kiddos played for a while after they finished their cake. The mother of one of Charlie's friends took this sweet picture of the two of them during the chaos of parent pick-up time. This is Frank. He and Charlie are good buddies. I never think of Charlie as being as big-for-his-age as Tommy, but then I see a photo of him next to one of his friends...
After the party, Charlie added up his present-related funds. He had one Target gift card, a $20 bill and various other amounts that were burning a hole in his pocket. We went to Target right away! He really wanted to buy the Lego Movie Video Game. He and Tommy ended up playing that game the rest of the afternoon.
We went out to Dion's for Charlie's birthday dinner. It's his favorite restaurant. He always has cheese pizza and a fruit cup. Tommy has a chef salad with ranch. We were all so worn out from party socializing, that I suspect we may have eaten in happy silence. I love that my family is on the same page with our introverted coping skills. It was a nice end to a great day.
P.S. Please know that Charlie does eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors most other days. His birthday foods were all shades of tan and yellow, and not very healthy. We get to eat what we want on our birthdays in our house. ;-)
Technically, this was our second-to-last day, but all we did on the real last day was fly home. It was sad. I don't want to write about it.
We went back to the Magic Kingdom on our last day, just like everyone else always does. One benefit of spending Friday through Tuesday in Disney World was that our last day was the least crowded day of the week. It felt more crowded than Friday had to us, but that may just have been because the sun was shining on our last day.
We had a long talk the night before about what we really wanted to do on our last day. We had most of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland left to experience, but I was open to suggestions if the boys wanted to repeat any of their favorites from the first day. They did! They decided that they really didn't care at all to do the Enchanted Tales with Belle character meet and interactive experience. We had a FastPass for it, but I gave it up so they could do Big Thunder Mountain Railroad again. Charlie requested that we do Pirates of the Caribbean again, and Tommy wanted to do the Haunted Mansion again, so we re-worked the plan, and re-booked our FastPasses.
I felt so magnanimous and flexible!
In other news, we were able to get up and out the door in time to catch the Welcome Show! I was so excited! The boys were not quite as excited about it, but that's OK.
Charlie was saying, "We're here! Let's go! Why are we all standing around. What do you mean they aren't even open yet?" But then the train arrived, and the Main Street folks, Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins and lots of other characters welcomed us into the Magic Kingdom. I may have teared up. It was exactly the way I'd imagined it would be.
It really was a beautiful day for visiting the Magic Kingdom. The sun was shining. The high temperature was about 82 degrees. We were kind of hot just because we aren't used to humidity, but it really was quite comfortable most of the day.
We walked up Main Street and through Cinderella's Castle on our way to the farthest reaches of Fantasyland. The castle was open today! The boys were disappointed that we couldn't go IN the castle. I told them that we could go IN the castle if we wanted to do a fancy meal with all the princesses. They didn't like the sound of that.
We started the day with Winnie the Pooh. We had planned to do it a few steps later in the morning, but there was no line, and I just couldn't resist. I love Winnie the Pooh. This was Charlie's day to wear his birthday button, and the ride operators saw his button and asked us if we wanted to ride two times in a row. Yes please!
We then walked up to the circus-themed part of Fantasyland. We did the classic Dumbo ride, and David stayed on the ground so that he could take some pictures of us.
Next, we rode the Barnstormer little-kid roller coaster. It was very much for little kids. The boys were underwhelmed, although I thought it was kind of fun.
Then we walked down to the Mad Tea Party. It was still quite early in the day, so it was fun to hop from ride to ride without any waits. I love spinny rides, and David really does not, so he stayed behind to take pictures again.
We went up to the newest area of Fantasyland next. We did the Little Mermaid ride. None of us are big Little Mermaid fans. (David and I much prefer Beauty and the Beast, and the boys like a bit more action with their princesses.) The interactive queue was more interesting than the ride, even though we walked quickly through it without much of a wait.
We had to stop at Gaston's for cinnamon rolls at this point. Since we had decided not to to Enchanted Tales with Belle, that whole area seemed a bit empty. I'm sure that impression will change once the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens. It looks spectacular, and will probably open in just a few weeks. We just missed it!
We decided that we had seen and done everything that we wanted to do in Fantasyland, so we walked down through Tomorrowland. We didn't do very much in Tomorrowland, because it was already late enough for us to see longer lines, and we were planning to do the big attractions there in the evening. We did ride the elevator to do the Astro Orbiter (like Dumbo, only up high in rockets.) The view across the park was quite nice. I wish we'd taken time to do the TTA People Mover, but we wanted to be back in Adventureland by 11:20.
We decided that we'd rather spend the rest of our morning back in the areas of the Magic Kingdom that the boys had loved so much the first day. We walked straight across from Tomorrowland into Adventureland.
We rode the Pirates of the Caribbean ride again. It was just a fun the second time. We hadn't been able to see the Pirate Tutorial with Captain Jack Sparrow our first day, because they don't do it in the rain. It was on for today at 11:20, so we staked out a good spot right in front. I left David and the boys there and made a Dole Whip run. I'd heard that these non-dairy frozen treats are really good, and they did not disappoint. I used the last of our snack credits on them, and must say that the pineapple Dole Whip float with fresh pineapple juice was one of the best treats I ate all week.
By the time I got back with our treats, the pirate show was about to start. Charlie was chosen to participate! It was a dream come true for him. (I think his birthday button came through for him again.) Tommy was a bit disappointed that he didn't get to participate too, but he did get to stand up at the end to recite the pirate's pledge. We really got our money's worth from the photo service during this show, so I have a lot of good photos to share.
"Look! It's Blackbeard's daughter!"
Didn't that look like fun! The boys were absolutely over the moon with happiness by the time we finished doing this.
We walked up to Liberty Square next. Tommy wanted to ride The Haunted Mansion a second time, so we used a FastPass for it. It was just as fun the second time. By the time we'd finished The Haunted Mansion, we were ready for lunch.
Charlie had chosen The Liberty Tree Tavern for his birthday lunch on this day. He wanted to eat in the George Washington room, since his actual birthday is on the same day as George Washington's birthday. Sadly, that room was closed for lunch. We had a great meal. I had the pot roast and ooey gooey toffee cake, and both were excellent. The boys didn't eat much, but Charlie declared that the Liberty Tree Tavern macaroni and cheese was the best of all the macaroni and cheeses he'd tried at Disney World. He had tried a lot of different versions of macaroni and cheese, so that's saying something.
Then, a wonderful thing happened. Our server offered to walk Charlie into the George Washington room so he could see it and take a picture. The boy was so happy.
After lunch, Tommy got to play another round of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. We picked up our packs of cards for the day, and did the portion of the game in Adventureland on our way out of the park. We had decided to go back to our room for a bit of a rest this afternoon, because we knew we wanted to stay late this last evening. We also stood for a lot of family pictures in front of the castle before leaving. We didn't have any trouble finding photographers on this sunny day, although they weren't in a wide variety of locations, and didn't seem to take any different or more interesting photos. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right places.
We rode the bus back to Riverside, had a nice two hour rest, and were ready and excited to return to the Magic Kingdom before 5:00. We had reservations for the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party at 7:00, so we had two hours for our last few attractions. The boys had wanted to re-ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, so we did that first. It's on the complete opposite side of the park from Tomorrowland, so that wasn't really good planning on my part. Coming up with a new plan at the last minute that fits in everyone's highlights isn't as easy as carefully planning our days months in advance with time to think and adjust for logistical things like distance.
We enjoyed the ride, so it was probably worth the extra walking. Our parent-logic told us that we should make everyone eat some "real" dinner before the dessert party. We decided to have a quick meal at Pecos Bills because it was convenient. Tommy was not happy that eating dinner meant that we didn't have time to walk up to Fantasyland for the next chapter in his Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game. He got over it, but he was neither hungry nor happy about it.
We walked all the way over to Tomorrowland after our quick dinner, and stopped for one last castle photo in the deepening twilight.
When we got into Tomorrowland, we did our final headliner ride of the trip -- Space Mountain. We used our last FastPass for it. Good-bye FastPasses. We loved you, and wish we'd had more of you. Space Mountain was an interesting experience for us. Charlie was nervous when he realized he would have to sit in a seat by himself, but he still wanted to do it. We ended up with the boys and me in one "rocket" and David in the front of the one behind us. I knew it was going to be completely dark, but I had a very odd reaction to the whole ride. I think I liked it, and had fun, but I giggled...loudly...the entire ride. It was kind of embarrassing.
I think they took the photo right at the beginning, before I started to giggle.
David: the giant stoic. His 6'4" body looks way too big for that tiny car. He had to listen to me giggle the entire ride, so I probably shouldn't make fun of him.
After Space Mountain, we did the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Once again, Charlie was chosen to participate. He got to do a knock-knock joke with monster-comedian-in-training. His face was up on camera and everything. Lucky boy. I think both boys were hitting killer-fatigue time. They laughed just as uncontrollably as I did on Space Mountain. It was funny, but it wasn't THAT funny.
By the time we exited, it was time for us to go into the dessert party. Sadly, we didn't have time for the TTA People Mover. Rats. I had been looking forward to that one. Oh well.
The dessert party was well worth the price of admission. We were in the gated area before the parade started, so we avoided the chaos that had so bothered the boys our first night. We did see the parade from a distance, and that was enough for us. Then we saw the Celebrate the Magic and Wishes nighttime spectaculars. I can't ever remember which part of the show is which.
This was our view of the Crystal Palace restaurant from our viewing location.
We saw the light show projected on the castle face. Then Tinker Belle "flew" from the top of the castle right onto the roof of the area we were in on her zip line. It was great. I didn't get a photo of it, but the boys oohed and ahhhed. Finally, the fireworks began, and we got to watch them with no stress or hassle.
For my birthday, David had given me an amazing light-weight travel tripod with short bendy legs that you can wrap around any stable object, so I had lots of fun attaching it to the railing and playing around with my camera while he and the boys ate their desserts. I think I got a lot of really great photos. (Great for me - not professsionally great.) I will put them in a Flickr slideshow, so you don't have to look at them all one by one if you don't want to. As always, you can play the small slide show here, or click through to Flicker to see the slideshow with full-sized photos.
The fireworks ended at about 8:30, and there was another parade scheduled for 9:00. You'll be so proud of what we did next. Instead of choosing to flee before the parade trapped us, we decided to risk entrapment and let the boys each do one more thing of their choice. How brave of us!
Charlie chose to do Stitch's Great Escape. We had warned him that it's the least favorite attraction of most people who visit Disney World. He didn't care. David took him into it, and Charlie loved it, so I guess you can say that every attraction has a target audience. Stitch's Great Escape must take a special kind of boy to appreciate it.
I took Tommy up to the central area of Fantasyland around the carousel so he could do his third chapter in his Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game. It was really fun to do the game at night, because we attracted all sorts of attention when he started up the Magic Portals and stood on the player's circle with his cards out, ready to battle the bad guys. Sadly, he didn't get to finish the last chapter of the game. It required opening portals in the Liberty Square and Frontierland areas, and we knew that we'd only be able to reach half of them during the parade, and would definitely become trapped again. Poor Tommy. He was so disappointed.
He handled his disappointment with grace though. He and Charlie were So Tired by then, so we found each other and made our way around the edge of the parade and out to the busses. We now know that Tomorrowland and Fantasyland are good places to be if you want to do stuff during the parades. Liberty Square? Not so much.
We went back to our room, slept like the dead and had a very boring morning that involved breakfast and packing. Our trip was over. I snapped these parting shots of Port Orleans Riverside on our way to the airport bus.
Good bye Disney World! We had so much fun! I hope we get to return as a family again really soon!
(Whew! I feel like I just wrote a book. Thanks for reading. I've finished just in time for Charlie's birthday party tomorrow, so I will hopefully have a non-Disney post up for you soon.)
Sally The Mommy. Once a librarian, always a librarian, even if you don't get paid for it. The one who writes all this stuff.
David The Daddy. Engineer. Occasionally reads this blog, but usually just looks at the pictures.
Tommy The big brother. Ten years old. Loves dancing, reading, drawing, reading, piano, reading, Legos, reading, video games and reading. Wants to be sitting still and focusing on something...like a book. Doesn't like it when we tell him to stop reading for meals.
Charlie The little brother. Seven years old. Favorite characters: Prince of Persia, Iron Man, Hercules, Harry Potter and Captain Jack Sparrow. Wants to be DOING things - new things, active things, exciting things. Doesn't like sitting around.