August 23, 2009

The Happiest Place on Earth

Ok, finally. The post you have all been anticipating. (Or not.) :) The long awaited pictures. That for some reason aren't showing up on my computer, so I am hoping they show up on yours. And, since I can't see the pictures, I can't add the captions. So maybe they'll explain themselves. :) But here's the run down of the week we had (3 months ago. . . I suck at this game.) We got to Florida late Saturday night and then spent all day Sunday driving around Florida on the A1A (Beach front Avenue! Name that song!) to St. Augustine. It was beautiful. Then we headed to Gatorville, aka Gainesville and spent Monday morning checking out the University. It was an amazing place. That afternoon, we headed back down to Orlando and then our journey to the happiest place on earth began! Monday was spent in the Magic Kingdom, which it was just that, totally magical. I was in heaven. If I was about 15 years younger, you better believe I would be decked out head to toe in princess gear. Heck, what am I saying, I still wanted to be decked out head to toe in princess gear! Disney music was playing all throughout the park, I saw princesses everywhere, and all things Disney were present at every corner. I felt like my childhood had just been re-opened. Suddenly memories came flooding into my mind and I thought how much Disney movies had been apart of my growing up years. Anyway, it was just fabulous. Next day was animal kingdom. Holy smokes, if you have a son or daughter who is in love with dinosaurs, that is the park to go to. There was a whole section of the park that was totally devoted to dinosaurs. So cool. And there was the roller-coaster Everest. Oh my amazing. Backward, forward and yeti. Need I say more? Needless to say, that was a sweet day. I did have some bloody feet by the end of it, but I survived. Nothing that a couple of band-aids wouldn't fix! Wednesday was Epcot. It was so awesome. Very different than the rest of the parks. I got to see Mary Poppins there and took a picture with her. Loved every minute of it. We saw a bunch of the different countries around the world, rode a space shuttle ride, felt crazy amount of G's, took a ride over California and smelled the oranges and felt the breeze at the ocean. I loved Epcot. I highly recommend it. Thursday was our beach day. We spent the better part of the day at Cocoa beach and had a blast. A few of the boys felt they needed accelerator instead of sun screen and paid dearly for it (especially Bradly. Oh my blistering back. Poor kid. . .) But we all loved it. That night we hit Hollywood Studios for a couple hours and rode Rockin Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror (Did the twilight zone music just start playing in your head?) This was my favorite park, I think. We spent all of Friday at Hollywood Studios and it was awesome. We saw a very cheesy Beauty and the Beast production, watched American Idol, got to play in Andy's room from Toy Story, saw backstage Disney, watched an insane car chase play out in front of us, and saw High School Musical 3 characters dancing and singing through the street. It was so much fun. Saturday we went to this amazing outlet mall and got some fun things (among our purchases were crocs, which Dallin and I are now in love with and wear everywhere) and then headed to the airport where we chased the sun back to Seattle. Needless to say, it was an EXHAUSTING week, but it was just amazing. Jeff and Valerie, THANK YOU! I had the time of my life and I am so grateful for all you two did for all of us. We had a fabulous time and it will be a vacation that will not soon be forgotten. When they say it's the happiest place on earth, trust me, they're not kidding. :)


























































































5 comments:

Megan said...

This does look like a happy vacation!! It would make me and my kids happy to be there. Glad you finally got around to blogging it. I can't believe the whole summer has gone by and we haven't really seen you guys. Hope you get to see more of your hubby now (when you go back to school).

PRP said...

Looks like a fantastic trip. Glad you had such a great time!

Heather said...

Vanilla Ice - Ice, Ice, Baby. I mean, really, who doesn't know that song by heart. Oh wait? It's just me, ok then.

Looks like a fun trip judging from the 900 pictures that did pop up on my computer!! I want to see a pic of you in princess gear... come on!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing all of these pictures! Looks like it was a great trip!

calawayfamily said...

not even joking that gorilla wanted me hes was giving me the eye remember haha