Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 1: Part 2 ~ Dinner & Downtown Disney

Once we arrived in Orlando, we hitched a ride with Disney's Magical Express to our resort. Upon arrival, we were greeted & were given a red carpet entrance. Haha! No, seriously, they had a red carpet that was roped off for us when we arrived. We arrived 3 hours before check-in, but our room was already ready for us. And so was our stroller rental. So we dropped off our carry on bags, grabbed one of our 2 strollers and headed out for Downtown Disney!
We had a fun time. We shopped.
We took advantage of some great photo ops (which turned out to be a good thing since Elysa refused to have her pic made with any of the characters in the Parks, EXCEPT for Woody!).
We had dinner at T-Rex Cafe. Delicious!! And very entertaining!

We took advantage of some more photo ops.

We played in the water.
And we rented a boat for about an hour and we all took turns driving. It was so relaxing and the kids LOVED it!
This guy (I can't remember his name) showed us to our boat. I asked him if he would be so kind as to take a picture of us together and he said "sure!". So I gave him the camera and he turned and gave it to David and sat down beside me and put his arm around me as he said to David, "You mind taking a picture? She asked if I would take a picture of us together." It was so funny & I love the picture!!
After enjoying much of Downtown Disney, we decided to head back to the room to get rested for Day 2 @ Magic Kingdom. We ended up at the pool.
It was very late, and very cold, but I am happy that we decided to hop in for a few minutes. Little did I know, we wouldn't make it back to the pool for the rest of the trip!
This is a (very) brief summary of our first day at Disney. I'm sure I will share more detailed stories as time passes and I have more time to reflect back on the trip, but for the time being, this will conclude day 1 and I'll move on to Day 2 next time.

What? You want more? More of day 1? What's that? More pics? Well, you're in luck. And so am I!!! My friend, Crystal has made for us a video of the first day of our Disney trip with lots of extra pictures that are not included in this blog post. I'll post it tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check it out! I LOVE IT!!!

'Til then...Toodles!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Day 1: Part 1 ~ Flyin' High!

That's right. Day 1, Part 1. I told you I was gonna be bloggin' for weeks about our trip!

Ahem. So anyhow.

On the 23rd, we headed to Memphis International Airport at 5:30 to catch our plane to Disney! It was a first for the kids and they were so excited!!
We made it through check in, security, and on to the gate fairly easily. Actually, aside from Elysa's screaming fit about taking her shoes off to walk through security, it was all surprisingly easy! I haven't flown since September 11, so I was completely expecting to be pat down, wanded, luggage rummaged through, and everything else, but none of that happened. They didn't even ask us to open our carryons! It was a very pleasant experience. We saw our plane as we walked towards the gate. Of course, I took a pic. LOL!
And we stopped some random passenger to take our group pic in front of the plane. She obliged, although I think we stopped the wrong passenger. She apparently didn't have much experience in taking pics. Or maybe she did. She might just like having her pics off centered. ;) But it's a great picture of us, so who's complaining, right!? =)
Shortly thereafter, we boarded the plane which was the exact moment that everyone on board knew we were on vacation and that we were rookie flyers. I was a picture taking momma! I know I had to annoy everyone around me. lol!
Dylan preparing for takeoff:
Bryan anticipating the flight:
Lydia cheesin' for the camera:
Elysa getting ready to land. Gotta make sure "HeHaw Cowboy" (Woody) gets there safely too!
And we did get there safely. All 7 of us. And HeHaw Cowboy! Keep in mind that Elysa brought Bryan's "Woody" doll with her from home and watch in the pics to come and see how many he is in. It helps build the scene for the coolest story about what Woody and Buzz did for our kiddos! Be sure to check back so you won't miss it!! It was so. neat. :)
'Til then...Toodles!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

We're Baaa-aaa-aaack!


And I took 1,527 pictures. So brace yourselves: I may be blogging about Disney for weeks!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Way-Fewer Words Wednesday

Speed Limit Strictly Enforced!
If I could just figure out how to make this thing go!


I love my job!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things!

Sweet little girls and burgers half bitten
Lots of little kids around a table & they're sittin'
Playing with our friends outside on the swings
These are a few of my favorite things!

Looking at pictures and things my kids doodle
Knowing that I am the mother of oodles
Clouds up above near the birds and their wings
These are a few of my favorite things!

So many cameras you get lost in flashes
Fun little glasses with a fake nose and lashes
Play dates outside with my friends in the spring
These are a few of my favorite things!!

Field day relays
Favorite teachers

Friends from years in the past
These all are a few of my favorite things
Why must they go byyyyyyyy so fast?!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Way-Fewer Words Wednesday

In light of our upcoming Disney trip, Lydia tried to teach her Daddy how a princess should behave.
He wasn't very receptive to the lessons.
Which made Lydia laugh so hard she cried.
I'm thinking we don't have enough time left to teach Daddy OR Dylan how to behave like princesses. From the looks of it, it might take a while!!