11 July 2011

disney world!!!

When we found out we were headed to Florida, andy and i had this moment in the car where we exchanged a look :: "you know while we're in florida we should go to . . . " nuf said..

we realized that we would just be a couple hours from disney and with the tinys in the backseat and our oldest knowing how to read; we had to talk in code...(its a sad day when you can't spell out your conversations anymore)

so the schemeing began. . . and 'operation tiny' was born!!

we've been once before with a tiny, Lillian, in early summer 2008.
Liam was about to turn one and i was 30 weeks pregnant with Lucy...so we left the boy here and just took her. . we went with some best friends...and to this day Lillian has said it was the BEST day of her life!!! right before we left i had just started our family blog!! you can read the posts about disney that year HERE and HERE!!

so yes this meant going to Disney at peak season, 4th of July week, pregnant again...
and this time with 3 tinys!!! praise jesus for double strollers!!

so we left for the beach, still no mention of 'operation tiny'
we had two full beach days and got up at 5am on Wednesday, July 6th.
we told them we were headed to breakfast.

i knew that as we got onto interstate 4 headed into Orlando we would see signs for Disney and we couldn't get away with our oldest not figuring it out..so right outside of Daytona we hopped off for bfast and told them!!
we weren't sure how the younger two would respond...they have no idea what disney world is...
but Lillian's reaction was priceless

we had a strategy going in : where we would start...which fast pass to get first...
we knew we would only be there for one day, so we had to make the most of it.
we packed one bag with kids nalgenes, powder gatorade, luna bars, a change of clothes for tiny cause she HATES to be wet...baby wipes & camera.

we chose NOT to do character meet 'n greets. most of them were in full sun and there was no way the tinys were gonna last in the heat.

so we waved at buz lightyear, woody and jesse. we waved at rapunzel and mickey & goofy. we didn't do mid day parades and camp out for the prime spot...it was just WAY TOO HOT.

we did however do EVERY ride!!!
we laughed and played and ate ice cream, i teared up and cried again as we were watching fireworks..call it fatigue or overwhelmed or pregnancy hormones :: but watching my tinys imagination and curiosity come to life is so much fun. i fell into the predictable category of sappy....
we didn't have a simple compliant or 'i'm hot' or 'im tired'. our first meltdown of the day was at 10pm, right before the fireworks started..and at that point i was wiped out too!!

so if you're still reading. i am uber-impressed! lol
it was such a fun day....i do however look forward to NOT ever being pregnant again while visiting Disney World!!
now brace yourself for the amount of photos!!!

pure excitement that we're actually at disney!!!

liam's most favorite part of our whole day!!

riding the steam engine!!!
mommy am i really gonna ride that!!??
crazy that actually all 3 of them were tall enough to ride splash mtn!!

sweaty nap time!!

its a small world!!!

we loved the 'people mover'!!

hot, sweaty but so so happy!!!

we climbed to the top of the swiss family robinson house!!!

and then back down!!!
belly evidence : thankfully this time, i didn't get asked if i were going to give birth at Disney!

riding the jungle cruise!

even though lillian is out of focus, i love the absolute fatigue on Lucy's face!!
my sweet lillibug!!
'dat's loud mommy' :: steam engine blowing its whistle!!!

Lillian's eyes amaze me!
we did catch the tail end of the 'celebrate' parade....
Liam was the only one awake as we left the park at midnight. we stopped right on the street corner as the light parade was passing ...cinderella made eye contact with Liam and blew him a kiss. he covered his mouth with both hands and said "mommy, she just made me a prince!!" if you ask him about it now he just about blushes!!

lillian make a pirate face!! 'arggghhhh'

this definetly goes down as one of our most fun family memories!!!
ps, they are already talking about when we go back :: when tiny #4 turns 3 . . .


Anonymous said...

this is so awesome arin! love to read your thoughts. can't wait to talk more. pics are incredible. you captured some great stuff-as usual! love you all!

Elizabeth said...

{big smile}

Jennifer said...

I finally got to read this and love it!!!! So glad you all had an amazing day. Your pictures are awesome!