Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happiest Week Ever!! (Very Long Post!!)

The time had finally come for our long awaited trip to Disney World. We have been planning for about a year and we were ready. Our flight was at 11:30am on Saturday Jan. 22nd. We checked in and got to the gate relatively smoothly with 6 people, 6 backpacks, and 2 strollers. The boys were so excited this was Cooper’s first plane ride and the first one Brock could remember. We were all in our seats ready to go and Cooper started coughing and then threw up all over his blanket and clothes. He had a bit of a cold so I figured he had just gagged when he was coughing nothing new here. The first flight was to Detroit and the boys did really well, Cooper didn’t get sick again. We deplaned, grabbed some dinner and I headed into the bathroom to try to rinse out and dry Cooper’s clothes. Luckily he got a snuggie for Christmas and I put him in that. Well wouldn’t ya know he coughed and gagged all over that too. So luckily I had a jacket and his pants were almost dried so I changed him into those clothes. We got on the plane headed to Orlando and he gagged again. So needless to say I was about done and I have a super sensitive smell so I was using all the wipes and hand sanitizer I had to get it smelling somewhat normal. But other than that the boys did really well! We got our bags and rental car and headed to our hotel.

Sunday Jan 23rd
We woke up and got ready for the day and headed over to Cracker Barrel for brunch. We had bought 7 day tickets so we decided to go to Hollywood Studios for the later part of the day to watch some shows and see Fantasmic! We were able to watch the parade and meet some of the Character. Caleb, Cole, and Brock all got autograph books for Christmas so they were eager to get them filled up. We saw Mater, Lightening, Mr. Incredible, Frozone, and Leo and Annie.

Monday Jan24th
We woke up and checked out of our Hotel, we had our timeshare for the rest of the week which was closer to Disney World. We headed over to the Magic Kingdom for a few hours before we had to go grocery shopping and check in to the timeshare. The boys got to ride a few rides and then we headed out. After the shopping was done and we had dinner, Tank, Caleb, Cole, and my brother Brandon all went to the Orlando Magic vs. Pistons Basketball game.
Tuesday Jan 25th
We got up early and headed over to the Pop Century Resort where the rest of the gang was staying. We got on their bus and headed over to the park. We had made these cool shirts to wear while we were there so since we had some time before the park opened, we took some pictures. It was so nice at the Magic Kingdom that day, there was hardly anyone there. The kids were able to go on every ride they wanted some multiple times and they got to see Mickey and Minnie. Cole was chosen to be part of the Jack Sparrow Show and he even got to sword fight with him. Then they called any of the other kids up who wanted to become honorary pirates up and Cooper and Brock joined Cole up on the stage. Right at the end of the day it started pouring rain!! We headed out to the bus stop and it took us an hour and 45 minutes to get back to our timeshare.

Wed Jan 26th
We went to Animal Kingdom today. It was really neat to see all the animals up close. The kids liked the expedition Everest ride. We saw the Finding Nemo show and The Lion King Show. The boys being total boys weren’t super excited about either show but I really liked them both.
Thursday Jan 27th
We went back to Hollywood Studios today. We had to make a mad dash to get fast passes for the Toy Story Mania ride. We went on Tower of Terror (even Brock), Rockin Roller Coaster, watched an awesome stunt show, the Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. Rachel was picked to be part of the Beauty and the Beast show. It was a lot of fun.

Friday Jan 28th
Today we went to Epcot Center. We rode Test Track, Mission Space, Soarin, and I took Cooper on Finding Nemo. We ate at the Steakhouse in Canada. It was really good food. Then we took a trip around the World at the World Showcase. They have a Kim Possible game the kids played. They loved it. They gave them a Kimunicator and they had to go to different countries and find clues to solve a mystery. It was really neat.
Sat Jan 29th
We headed to Magic Kingdom one more time. I was done by this point with rides but our friends the Sloan’s had moved to Florida since we had seen them last so they came down for the day to spend with all of us. It was good to see them. Then we headed for the airport, we had a late but much easier flight this time. We flew to Atlanta had a hour layover and then left at 10:00pm to fly back to Denver. By 10:30pm all the kids were asleep. They woke up long enough to make it out to the car and into their beds.
We had a great trip and we were so happy that we could spend it with family! Thanks for all our help with the kids so we could all enjoy everything together.



How fun! I wish the post had been even longer. My kids loved looking and hearing about everything. We miss you!

Heather Dodd

I bet the boys had so much fun.. I know ours would of loved all the stuff you guys did. What a nice time with family though. Hope you guys are doing well in Colorado.

Dana Day

Christel, it sounds like a dream vacation. It was so fun to read about it. We keep telling the kids now we live in Texas we ought to go to Disney World. I went with my family to DW when I was 15 (and sadly that is a long LONG time ago now. :) We miss you cute family so much. Megan is going to girls camp in March (because of a giant Jubilee Celebration this summer the youth are involved in. I can't help but think of the most AWESOME camp director in the ENTIRE world - YOU! Love You Guys, The Day Family.