Dec 23, 2011

Family Vacation December 2011

As I mentioned in my last post, we have been planning for most of the year a trip to Disney with Reagan's sister and her family. (And by "we," I mean Reagan and Susan.) We tried to get Reagan's dad to join us but he just didn't feel he could make the trip and all the activities. He felt it would be too much for him physically. We hated he couldn't make it, but we all enjoyed our time together.

We waited until after SM's party at school last Thursday, then flew down to meet Susan and her gang. They had already been there for a day and a half. We met them Thursday night for dinner at Hollywood Studios. We really enjoyed our meal.

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SM enjoyed her first Shirley Temple.

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Friday morning we headed over to Animal Kingdom for breakfast and some play time.

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Mandy, Mitch, Reagan, and I rode the Expedition Everest roller coaster while SM stayed with David and Susan. There was an observation area, and she sat with David and watched the people on the roller coaster.

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Reagan and Susan went back up for a second ride. Mitch took SM closer to watch the people ride down the mountain. There was one empty cart that came down. We aren't sure why they sent an empty car, but Mitch told SM it was because the people had fallen out and the Yeti (in the ride) ate them. She re-told that story to any stranger that would listen to her for the rest of the week. David was with her one time later in the week when she was retelling it to some woman as we waited to eat dinner. He said SM was telling her about the people falling out and she said, "And it was serious!"

Later that evening, we went to Epcot for awhile. She got to see Snow White. She spent about 2 minutes with Snow White. Snow White looked at one of us and said, "She's a handful, isn't she? I can tell after just a couple minutes."

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Saturday was our Universal Studios day that I posted about already. Sunday we spent our day at Magic Kingdom. SM got to ride all the fun rides for her age. She rode the Snow White ride for the first, and probably last, time. She's not ridden it before because I thought she would be too afraid. She sat with Susan while she rode it. When she got off the ride she said, "I wasn't scared. I was really brave." We told her she certainly was.

Here she is with Mandy and Susan on the Dumbo ride. She didn't want to ride with us when they were around.

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She rode several other rides, including the Haunted Mansion, where she rode with Mandy and Mitch. They said she asked a million questions. After riding, we got a snack and sat and waited for the Celebration Parade. We had kept her from chocolate so far all week, but we did let her have one chocolate Mickey ice cream bar. She enjoyed every bite.

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This next picture cracks me up. Toward the end of the parade, the cast invites audience members to join them in the street and dance. They had only said it once and this girl was up on her feet. She never looked back at any of us, as most kids her age would do. She certainly doesn't need to ask Santa for self-confidence this year.

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After the parade, we went to a character meal where between seeing the characters, we fought SM to stay in her chair long enough for Reagan and I to eat our meal.

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Our last full day at Disney was spent at Epcot. We had breakfast with the Princesses to start our day.

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We spent a little time playing here, then headed back to the hotel for the rest of our day. We had a late flight out on Tuesday, so we went back to Hollywood Studios for part of the day. We had a terrible first leg of our flight home. It had been a long day. We were all tired. SM had not had a nap and the flight left right at the time she would have normally had dinner. She screamed most of the flight. She was beyond exhausted and didn't even know what she was saying most of the time. She finally fell asleep right before we landed for our lay-over. We arrived and found that our connecting flight was delayed for 3 hours and that we wouldn't be arriving at our destination until 11:30 that night. SM slept in her stroller in the airport until right before we boarded our connecting flight. She was in a much better mood and drank some milk and slept most of that flight. She and I have been spending the last couple days catching up on our rest and preparing for the weekend.

We had a great family vacation, but we are all glad to be home.

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