Yes. That wonderful time of year where school is out, Mr. Cheese takes some time off of work and we all pile into a car to take a long road trip to…well just about anywhere but here, has come and gone. This year we decided to take the kids to Disney World. We left the day after school let out and stayed for 8 glorious days. (which is why there was hardly any posts done here for the first week or so of this month) oops.
This is where we stayed. It’s one of the great resorts on the Disney property.
Oh yeah, I was so loving it. This is a view from the back where the river runs through it. Hmm, ok I’ll avoid going there as that would end up being way too cheesy.
Beautiful isn’t it? You bet. It gets better though.
See? I told you so. The best part about it was that we were all there, happy and loving every single second of our time together. Since we stayed there a week, we were able to get to know quite a few people that we interacted with regularly. One of which was our housekeeper Judy. Who, to my kids thrill, decided to arrange their stuffed animals into different scenarios each day so that when we came back to our room, it looked like they had been doing something too.
The fun was seeing the excitement in my daughter’s eyes when we were making our way up to our room. She would give this huge smile and try to guess where her animals where going to be that day and what they were going to be doing. She was always surprised and thrilled at what she found. The memories one makes as a child can be so profound that even the smallest things can become etched in our brains forever. I’m guessing this is not a vacation either of the older two will forget. They had a blast. We had a blast.
Bubba and Cookie were pretty good sports most of the time considering it was hot, muggy and extremely crowded. Which I found unusual for late May early June. It was Memorial Day weekend, so I’ll give it that. But seriously, it was mid July hot and mid August busy.
Nugget loved every single minute of it. See this isn’t the first time I have been there. I have actually been there about six times. This was Bubba’s third and Cookie’s second, but they were each so little when we came last that it really hadn’t lost any magic for them. I have each park down to a science too. This really, and I mean really, makes life so much easier. You don’t avoid standing in line altogether because lets face it, it is Disney, but you do avoid 30, 45, 60+ minute waiting times. And when you have kids, that is HUGE!
Now the weather down in Florida is as predictable as anything else in life. It will rain each and every day, even if for only 20 minutes, but it will none the less. Why? Because you are on vacation. That’s why. I am convinced that if you lived there and had to work it would be a wonderfully sunny, not too humid day. However, between down pours we did get to see some really nice things.
There was the street parade in Magic Kingdom.
Got to love those crazy characters dancing as they stand precariously on moving floats… in 95+ degree weather.
We had a really nice stroll through the streets of Paris in Epcot. Which by the way also allowed us to travel through 12 or 13 different countries without having to go through customs. Come on, you can’t beat that.
China…. Doesn’t Bubba just look thrilled at this point? Oh yeah, we had short fuses that day because it kept raining off and on, not to mention the heat. But they were pretty good sports about it.
Especially since this happened.
Yup. She got to take a picture with Cinderella just as the last person in line had left and Cinderella herself was about to leave for a break. That was the highlight of her day… and secretly Mr. Cheese’s too as he reveled in not having had to stand in line with her for an inhuman amount of time in what he claims was 1000 degree weather with a 200% humidity level.
All while Bubba, Nugget and I stood near by watching it all go down.
Life is good. We are so blessed that sometimes, during the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we can lose sight of what we have. The day’s are consumed with ordinary happenings that it can be so easy to get overwhelmed and anxiety ridden. There has to be moments in our lives where we stand back, take a deep breath, and bask in the splendor that is our family. Whether you live in a mansion by the sea or a one bedroom apartment over the local laundry-mart, the greatest gift is the love, respect, and bond you share with those you call on when you want to laugh, cry or scream.
Here is hoping you all have a wonderful summer.