Thursday, February 13, 2014

Disney last day

So the date night probably didn't need a post but let's just say we had lots of fun even though we lost our car.  Insert convo-

Me:  (while walking into the park) Do you know for sure where we parked?
Ryan: Yea yea.  I think I have a good idea.

The end.  We walked around for at least 30 minutes and I'm convinced we'd still be if it wasn't for my prayers.  I asked Ryan if he thought we should summon the bike security guard for help, but he didn't seem to think asking for help finding a MINI VAN would get us very far at Disney.  Go figure.

Back to our last day!  We brought our A-game to Epcot followed by a final visit to Magic Kingdom.  We spilt up from the rents for them to do a little country touring while we visited the beloveds.  Mickey and Minnie.  If you know my girl, you know, she sleeps and carries her "meow" everywhere.  Translate- Minnie Mouse.  She is obsessed.  It was really love at first sight for her and that lovey so seeing the real Minnie invoked sweet giggles and smooches.   Thankfully we didn't conclude the year with a strange virus after that.

Then we headed to check out some countries!  We snacked on fish and chips in England, crepes (they weren't super) in Paris and a pretzel in Germany.  Good thing we walked 500 miles that week.

The kids took some pics with princesses since they own Epcot and eventually we met up with the gparents before going to Magic Kingdom.

See Maeve checking out her belly button.  I'm surprise she didn't proceed to show Jasmine her own!
We arrived at Magic Kingdom as the afternoon parade was ending.  I still don't understand why Ryan was less enthused on jumping into the conga with 6 ft characters but whatevs.

We did a couple rides and called it a wrap.  Our trip was awesome.  The weather was perfect, our kids were troopers, and having Ryan's parents with us to experience it together was the cherry on top! Our hearts were full, but a little sad knowing we'd say goodbye the next day for quite a few months.

My final tips on Disney...

1.  Do your research.  Buy books.  Know everything you possibly can about the time of year you are going and from there, map out a sensible plan (with flexibility).

2.  Go armed with snacks, water, surprises, etc.  This will save your wallet.  We opted to eat most meals by lunch box or at the condo but would buy daily treats at the parks (Plaza sundae, dole whips etc).  Since it was Christmas, our elf came with us and brought the kids Disney themed treats each morning for good behavior the day before!  Worked like a charm.

3.  Attitude is everything.  If you are having fun and loving life, your kids will too.  Let tantrums roll off your back when they happen (bc they prob will) and enjoy the magic Disney has to offer through your kid's eyes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Animal Kingdom

Our third day at Disney we went to Animal Kingdom!  It's probably Ryan's favorite park!  I love it but my fav is Magic Kingdom.. always and forever!

Upon pulling into the parking gate, we asked if there was a military discount on parking (I think it just depends on who's at your gate if you get in free).  Ryan HATES asking but sometimes I make him. :) She didn't give us a freebie but she did give us a "magic moment" to park at the very front.. which was prob better than free!  High five!

We got there when the gates opened and divided to grab fast passes!  We found out there wasn't a line for the Safari (the fast pass stop) so we met there and took a ride.  It was perfect and fun!  Since the animals were up and moving we really got to see quite a bit!  

Next we stopped at Camp Mickey to meet some characters while Mom Epp went to get in line for the Animal Kingdom show.  It's Broadway quality and you will walk out wanting to belt "the circle of life."  We had awesome seats and Titus was chosen to be apart of the show and march around.  It was another big highlight for him.  I kinda wanted to cry watching him act so grown! 

Next Ryan and his Dad used the Fast Passes on Everest and the rest went to Dinosaur Land before heading the the Finding Nemo show.  Titus rode Dinosaur barely avoided a heart attack.  As for the show, it was fabulous!!  Like SO adorable.  I didn't want it to end!  

clearly Maeve needed a nap at this point!!!

Then we took a train to Rafiki's Animal planet.  My kids LOVED LOVED LOVED the petting zoo.  They love animals which just makes me laugh.  It's not like I hate animals, but I've never been in love.  I know.. that probably makes me a terrible person.  

While at the petting zoo, Maeve stalked a goat saying HUUUUUGGG over and over.  He was probably a male since we all know her love for men.  I really didn't think they would ever leave!  

Of course we bribed them to go and most of the crew went to A Bugs Life while Maeve napped with me in her stroller.  I browsed stores looking for our family ornament of the year.  

We called it a day after that and caught the end of the afternoon parade.  Animal Kingdom closes around 5 in the winter so it was a good excuse to head out and for Ryan and I to catch a date night.  Amen and AMEN!  That will get it's own post!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sea World!!!

I guess it's time I keep this vacation recap going.. like 4 months later!  A shout out goes to my sweet friend who's basically been on pins and needles.  ;) Here we go, Rebecca!

 We broke up our trip with a chill day at Sea World.  Bausch Gardens offers active duty military families to come to their park for free once a year.  We graciously obliged!  :)

We had a great time petting stingrays, dolphins and visiting penguins.  Titus enjoyed the rides and the best part was that some military friends from NC joined us there! We all happened to be at Disney the same week!  Late last summer we all talked about going but never really knew the dates the other was going!  It was fun that we were all there the same time and decided to meet up for Sea World!

 It was a perfect low key day checking out a different park.  We thought Sea World was fun but it didn't quite compare to the caliber of Disney World.  Disney is perfectly clean, everyone is friendly and giving it 100%. A-game to the max. Although Sea World was good, Disney def is better. So, all that to say, if your child is REALLY into marine life.. do it... but if not, I'd save my money.  Since it was free, it was completely worth it for us!

The two favs here was a pretty sweet roller coaster for adults called the mantis.  You lay down on your stomach with the track above your head.  It was quite the rush and I managed to keep my undies dry.  Barely.  Whew.  Titus also loved feeding the dolphins for $20, but hey.. when in Rome.  I mostly took pics since I wasn't dying to hold dead fish and feed something slimy!  We left early afternoon and enjoyed a chill evening.  It was a great middle of the week thing!  Thanks SeaWorld!

ryan.. no worries.. I'm your paparazzi! 

Yup.. she touch a stingray!

inside an aquarium