Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Just got back from Disney World!
Where we spent time with these guys...

and these guys.

It went a little something like this:
4 Days
4 different parks
Early mornings
Late (late) nights
and HEAT.

We left Jacksonville early on a wednesday morning and headed straight for Hollywood Studios.
We spent the day there, my parents and my sister's family spent the day on a plane.
The highlights:
Avery totally surprising me by loving the Beauty and the Beast Show (singing, dancing, cheering and clapping through the whole thing).
Noah's and Alex's faces as the elevator fell on Tower of Terror - yeah, I felt like a bad mom but I also couldn't stop laughing!
The take-off on the Rock'n Rollercoaster, 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. C.R.A.Z.Y.
Mango Slushie - best. thing. ever. in that heat.
Oh yeah, and Avery dancing at the Pixar Pals Parade : )

Spent the next day in Magic Kingdom with the whole fam.
Had to take a pool break back at the condo in the middle of the day, the heat was just too intense.
Not to worry though, we came back that evening and stayed till close - 11pm.
Which equaled getting home at 1am. With three small children.
A monorail ride, a tram ride, a car ride...with lots of waiting in between.
It was worth it though! (we think)
Saw the Main Street Electrical Parade, the light show on the castle, and the fireworks.
Space Mountain with Noah
Peter Pan with Alex
Magic Carpet Ride with Avery
Splash Mountain with Paul (who got soaked)
Buzz Lightyear with the cousins
and a whole lot more!

Day Three was spent at Blizzard Beach.
Avery loved the water...but man she drove me crazy that day!
And the ground was so scorching hot that I think we all felt like the skin had been scorched off the bottoms of our feet by the end of the day. Not to mention all the stairs we climbed...with struggling toddlers on our hips.
But fun, and nice and cool : )
Noah did some of the biggest and fastest slides with his dad.
Alex was super proud she did the tube slide that shoots you out into deep water.
But my favorite was Teamboat Springs, the family tube ride even Avery could go on - which was actually pretty crazy considering how wild and fast it was! She loved it : )

Our last day we went to Epcot.
It was so beautiful, we just happened to be there during the flower and garden festival.
Rode Test Track and Soarin (a definite favorite)
and even Mission Space (which made me sick for an hour).
Avery's favorite was Nemo.
Took a boat ride to "Morocco" where we ate a delicious lunch.
A great (hot) day!

And a great trip!
No one really wanted to go home - except for maybe the grown-ups : )
Not gonna lie, the heat and the crowds and the was exhausting.
But so worth it!

We'd go back in a second. In fact, I think I've converted Paul : )
Mission Accomplished.


Tiffany said...

Sounds like SO much fun!!! Too bad the heat was so bad...but I don't think even bad weather could ruin a Disney trip. Its the happiest place on earth!
p.s. LOVE Ave's new swimsuit!! :)

Ginger said...

Avery looks so big!!! I hate it. I love her. She's got some sweet moves...that comes from our side of the family in case you were wondering ;) love you and miss you guys!

Sarah said...

That looks like so much fun!!! I love that you have so many pictures of your whole family, that might be one of the best things about going with other people :) I'm glad that despite the crazy heat you guys were still able to have so much fun. And I'm so happy that you've converted Paul! I'm still working on Christian... but he's come a long way. He's almost there! :)

I am loving your life in Florida, Summer! :)

Carolyn Hanson said...

Summer! This looks like so much fun! Selfishly, I just keep thinking -this will be us in one year! Your trip has been a sneak peek of what's in store for us and I'm super excited! So thanks :)

And P.S. I am excited you're finally coming back! Can't wait to see you guys!!!

Carmen said...

Love the pictures of your dad :)

Shellie said...

Oh man that looks like SO much fun! I want to go back!!! Have I mentioned lately that I miss you.....I do.