Monday, April 30, 2012

Disney World, Sea World, Islands of Adventure - 2012 Vacation!

We had an amazing time on vacation!!  We headed to Kissimmee, FL and stayed the week with plans to visit all the parks we really wanted to see!

We started with a long, long drive Saturday, followed by a visit to Downtown Disney on Sunday!!  Here we enjoyed eating at the Rainforest Cafe, playing and purchasing at the Lego Store (can we say AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and having a good time!!

Monday we headed to Sea World and we had a blast!!  Daniel loved the dolphins and the whales the most!  We even sat in the splash zone during the Shamu show and got soaked!!  Daniel rode the Shamu coaster and Cassandra (my sis) and I rode the Cracken!!  We saw plenty of other shows and had a great time.  I highly recommend Sea World as a must see for the kids!!

Tuesday we headed to the Magic Kingdom and had a magic day!  Daniel did great - he walked from 8:45 am to about 9:00 pm.  He refused a stroller and insisted on keeping up with us.  We rode everything in sight, except Space Mountain, which I wasn't comfortable putting him on just yet, even though he meets the height requirement.  He especially LOVED the Haunted Mansion and the Pirates ride!!  We never waited more than 20 minutes for a ride!!  We watched the electrical parade and made it back to a porch of a building to watch the night time castle show and the fireworks.  It was here I noticed Daniel could barely control his body movements and he was saying silly things we couldn't understand.  I picked him up and he fell sound asleep in the matter of an instant on my shoulder.  I sat on the porch and Troy laid a blanket over us and Daniel slept through the fireworks.  He never even budged during the loud booms!!  Troy took lots of pictures to show Daniel the next day!!

 Do you see how tired he is!!!!  He tends to hold my hair when he's exhausted!!

Wednesday was an easy day for us and we visited my mom at her campground and old friends came to visit.  It was great to see them, including a very old friend of mine that I used to play with when I was young and when we lived in Orlando.  I got to take my family by my old house and show them my elementary and middle schools.  Daniel spent the night with my mom while we headed back to the condo.

Thursday Troy, Cassandra, Brett and I headed to Islands of Adventure to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!  Cassandra is 13 years younger than I am and when she read Harry Potter as a young teen she begged me to read it with her.  I did and got hooked so this was great fun for the two of us to experience together!  We rode the rides, drank butterbeer and had a great time.  Cassandra and I also braved all the other coasters in the park, including the Hulk and one that shoots you straight up and back down!!   I came home with Luna's second wand and a Gryffindor keychain!!

During our trip we were called by dss and asked to accept 2 little boys into our home.  We said yes and my in-laws were helping to do some final preparations for us at home, while we were away.  It didn't pan out, so we're hoping for the best for the little ones and waiting for the next call.

I'll be posting on my other blog, some tips and tricks for a frugal trip to some of the places we went in a few days!!!


Jenny and Randy said...

Sounds like such a fun trip -- what great memories for your family! Will be thinking of your family with hopes of another DSS call soon...

Dede said...

Looks like a fun trip. I love the picture of Daniel sleeping holding your hair. ;-) I look forward to your tips for future travelers.

Amber said...

So glad you all had fun! :) LOVE the pictures.

JennStar said...

Sounds like a whril-wind of a trip- the very best kind!
PS- did you still need things for the upcoming- I think I wrote on your blog or FB wall, but can't remember if I did or just thought I would. We have some girl stuff that didn't work for Selah and some boy stuff that our boys no longer use (but I've just kep ahold of in case). We're happy to send some things your way if it will help prepare! :o)

JennStar said...

email me. I think you have my addy!

Gloria said...

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing them! Looks like it was a great time!

Mama Fish said...

Love seeing all these pics of Disney and Sea World! I agree Sea World is a must see for kids! We need to go again in a year or two as our youngest still hasn't been. I would love to hear your advice and tips on a frugal Disney trip. We found a great little Discovery Museum near Lakeland (I think) and all the boys loved it! It had a park across the street with benches and we enjoyed a picnic too. We will definitely go back there at least one more year. ~Jackie