Roller coasters, Roller Coasters, Roller Coasters! Jake absolutely loved the intensity of Hollywood Studios. He rode the Rockin Roller Coaster three times, and the Tower of Terror twice. We all got sick on Star Tours, but the boys thoroughly enjoyed the Star Wars Theme. We came home with a Darth Vader Goofy, Luke Skywalker Mickey, and an R2D2. Boys, Boys Boys! They were in absolute Heaven!
Unfortunately Gavin started acting a bit unhappy on day four, and was really unhappy by the time we got home from our late night halloween party. Chris and I spent the morning driving around from urgent care to urgent care looking for a place that had less than a four hour wait. Meanwhile everyone else packed up and headed for a leisurely day at Epcot Center. With a diagnosis of ear infection, and a few drugs later we caught up with them. The big boys thoroughly enjoyed the race track, and everyone seemed to enjoy the finding Nemo ride and exhibits. I got to take the kids on my childhood favorites including "journey to imagination", or the figment ride as we always called it, and we even saw "Captain EO" in 3D. Classic! It was so fun to make new memories with my kiddos while reliving my childhood.
While preparing for our trip to Orlando I came across an advertisement for "Mickeys not so scary Halloween party", I knew instantly that we had to attend. Our family loves Halloween, and what could be better than trick or treating in Disney World? I was not disappointed! In order to attend you had to purchase special tickets, so the number of people in the park during the special after hours party was limited. We enjoyed a special Halloween fire works show and parade, and got to ride on anything we wanted to with relative ease. Who could forget the ride of the headless horseman? It was awesome! It was definitely one of our favorite experiences while there. We may never have another Halloween quite as exciting as that special night!
Just a warning that these disney posts are mainly for our own family history, feel free to scroll through the millions of pictures and skip the rest.
Tuesday was our trip to the Disney Animal Kingdom. This was a first for all of us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
We absolutely loved the Safari! I have never seen animals so close up. Jake couldn't get enough of the Mt everest roller coaster, and we found ourselves in need of some Zofran before we could finish the day. The Bugs life show was fun, and Brayden purchased his first souvenir, an african mask. We went home early to get ready for what may have been the most exciting evening of all!
Monday truly was Magical. As we entered Disney World childhood memories came flooding back to me. It was exactly as I remembered, only better, because I was watching my children beam as they took in the sights and sounds surrounding them. We were off in a flash, some of us heading for the Dumbo line, while others rushed for coveted "fast passes" to the most popular attractions. Despite some co plaining from the dads of the group we all enjoyed "its a small world", and then split up to take the "big kids" to thunder mountain railroad. Everywhere we looked there was another Disney character, or exciting ride. The parades were fun, and we thought that life couldn't get any better. It was a day not to be forgotten!
We flew to Orlando on a Saturday. We arrived via three different flights. Brayden and Jake flew with Grammy and Grampy, Chris and I took Logan and Gavin, and Dustin and Lisa flew with their little two, Cohen and Zander. Matt would arrive the following day. We Spent the day traveling, and then got settled into the beautiful seven bedroom home we rented, complete with pool and hot tub, three master suites, and a canal (with real alligators) out back. We attended church the following day and then drove around the Disney property mapping out our plan for the following day. We couldn't have been more excited to be in Orlando with so many of our loved ones. Six little boys in one house may have been noisy, but it was also wonderful!
The day after my Halloween post we all woke up early for a very exciting day! You see, thanks to my amazing in laws we had been planning a trip to Disney World for several months. The best part was that we managed to keep it all a secret from the kids. We got up early Saturday morning, and I could hardly contain my excitement. I was excited about the trip, but even more so I was thrilled by the thought of giving this gift of surprise to my children. I was nearly in tears by the time I woke them up. I had packed a backpack for each child to take on the plane. The backpacks held "clues" as to our plans for the day. The biggest clue was a T-shirt of Mickey Mouse on the front, complete with each child's name, and the caption, "my first Disney Experience". As I watched Jake and Brayden open their backpacks tears streamed down my cheeks. Then I realized they didn't seem to be getting it, because they certainly weren't jumping up and down. Finally Jake started crying. Tears of joy? No, he had figured out that we were leaving for Disney World, and his reaction was worry because he was going to be missing school. Brayden said he was excited, but wondered why he had to get up so early. It was definitely not the moment I had pictured so many times. I was mad! Luckily the rest of the trip was a lot more exciting!
I can't believe that it has been months since I have posted. So many things have happened since October! I am going to do my best to catch up over the next several days. If you are bored, feel free to skip i, but I need to get it all down before I completely Forget!