Thursday, October 10, 2013


We started a tradition when Kyrie turned 4 that for our kid's 4th birthday they get a trip to Disney.  We don't do the whole week long Disney vacation thing or even stay on Disney property but, for our kids it is just a magical. 

We took Kyrie out of school Thursday and Friday last week and made the eight hour trek down to Orlando.  As usual the kids were rock stars in the car.  Because they woke us up at 5am screaming "We're going to Disney", we made it in plenty of time for a swim in the pool at the hotel and even a nice dinner out with some dear friends who recently moved back to Florida.  I am so bummed I didn't get a picture of our kids together.

The next morning after a decent night's sleep we headed to the Magic Kingdom.  The first ride was Buzz Lightyear as that was all Brooks had talked about going on for weeks.  It did not let him down.  We enjoyed a full first day and didn't make it back to the hotel until close to bed time.  Olivia was a trooper and took a great nap in her stroller.

Love this of Kyrie.  Brave girl had to wait in line all by herself to meet Merida.  Strollers weren't allowed and Olivia was asleep.  She stood in line for over 1/2 and hour sketching and writing in her autograph book.  Brooks and daddy were on the Buzz ride for the 3rd time.

The next day Nana and Poppie met us at the Magic Kingdom.  The kids were jumping out of their skin with excitement.  I truly think this was the highlight of their trip.  Nana and Poppie were so much fun for the kids.  They even went on all of the fast rides like Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Poppie got soaked on Splash Mountain.  We sure did miss having Oma there.  She planned to come on the trip but unfortunately has had some joint problems so we are keeping her healing in our prayers.

Jessie, his real life crush.  This hug lasted F.O.R.E.V.E.R.

I can't believe this is the best picture I got of Poppie.  He and Brooks had so much fun together.

After another full day at the park we headed home and told the kids they needed to take a quick rest and we could go back for the night parade.  They immediately told us they didn't want to nap and wanted to just hang out with Nana and Poppie.  We couldn't have been more thrilled.  The adults enjoyed an adult beverage after the long day while the kids played with the birthday gifts Nana and Poppie brought.  The day was topped off with a  sleepover in Nana and Poppie's room. 

What a great trip we had!

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