Thursday, August 9, 2012


We were able to strain SOME fun out of July, thank goodness, once the pink eye went away and everyone got better.  Chandler had a convention in Orlando, so we got to tag along.  This momma was still feeling the effects of whatever was wrong with me and I had a migraine nearly the whole time.  Boo.  Luckily, my sweet kiddos are happy with just a hotel room and an occasional dip in a hotel pool.  We did manage to make it to Magic Kingdom one of the last days we were there, and after many prayers throughout the week (most from my sweet Charlee), I was feeling good and ready to do Disney!  One day of it anyways.  We had a blast!  The kids, and Chandler, had such a great first time to Mickey's place.  It WAS July.  It WAS hot.  And I WAS pregnant.  Those three things should probably not be allowed at Disney.  We planned to go at park opening, leave for a nap, then come back late afternoon for parades and fireworks.  By the time we were there, though, we knew we couldn't do everything we wanted if we left, and also knew if we left we would likely not go through the trouble to come back.  So we stayed.  14 hours. 

Some of our favorite things: 
  • meeting Mickey & Minnie
  • the Celebration parade (kids were mesmerized)
  • Goofy's Barnstormer roller coaster (Barrett's favorite ~ the top of his head BARELY hit the bottom of the height marker, but they let him go and he LOVED it.  Charlee wouldn't ride it.)
  • rented double stroller (until time to leave the park at 11 pm, when I would have probably paid an extra $500 if they would've let me take that thing straight to the car.  Instead we traded carrying two very tired little ones.)
  • spray bottle fan (Charlee wanted one thing and one thing only ~ until she got it and then there were hundreds of other things she wished she had chosen ~ the spray bottle fan that I knew I should have bought at Publix the night before for $10 cheaper.  Oh well.  That bad boy got lots of action that day, and lots of refills!  The looooooong trek back to the car was survived because of that thing.  Charlee was nearly sleep-walking but had it right in her face the whole way back.)
  • the water playground (Charlee's favorite where she got SOAKED while Barrett was riding Goofy)
  • waiting to ride Dumbo (They just opened an indoor, air-conditioned playroom where you can go to wait on your turn to ride Dumbo.  Genius!  They give you a buzzer like you get at a restaurant and they page you when it's your turn to ride so your kids can play, in AIR CONDITIONING, and you don't have to stand in line.  My kids did not want to ride the ride ~ they wanted to stay in the playroom.  Barrett pitched a fit!  Much like Taste of Texas ~ Oh, how I miss you ~ where you actually hope there IS a long wait so you can eat all of the free appetizers!)
  • THREE WORDS.....Dole. Pineapple. Float.  (Oh. Heavenly. Wonder.  That thing ~ well, we had more than one that day :) ~ was the most wonderful thing ever!  I never imagined I'd like pineapple juice and ice cream, but it was so delicious and so refreshing.  Mmmmmm.  Wish I had one now!  Definitely topped mine and Chandler's list of favorite things.)
Now for the pictures:

Had to throw that last one in there.  :)  No, he didn't do this the whole time.  Part of the time, but not the whole time.  Ha!  Hey, he's a busy guy.  I'm sure a lot of folks would like to be able to work from anywhere, including Disney World, right??  :)

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