Friday, March 12, 2010

Our Disney Vacation ...

When J and I decided to take the girls to Disney, the half marathon was an afterthought. We picked a date and it just happened to coinside with the race. The real reason for our trip was to celebrate the girls' birthdays. And since this trip was their gift this year, we decided not to tell them where we were going until we got there. We just loaded them up in the car and told them that Mommy had a race. Didn't tell them where. Or when. And they didn't question it.


We left at 8 p.m. so the girls (and I) slept through most of the drive. And somehow, despite there being signs EVERYWHERE, we made it to the hotel without them figuring out where we were. In fact, Dizzle thought we were in Rhode Island. Don't believe me? Well, look ...


Funny, right? They eventually figured it out.

They pretty much screamed the rest of the day. Talk about getting exactly the reaction you wanted. They were shocked and overwhelmed. J and I were beyond happy. I won't bore you with all of the details, but we spent the next six days living at the four Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios). We pretty much opened and closed the parks. I wore my Garmin one day and not including the time we were indoors standing in lines, we walked 5.3 miles. Add that up and we covered some 30 plus miles over the course of the week (and Dizzle walked every step). The kids were constantly exhausted, but always wanted more.

There were so many memorable moments on our trip. I learned that my children are 100% freaked out by 3-D films, but Dizzle will rock a fierce rollercoaster (Expedition Everest) that some adults can't even handle. Doodle showed us that she will do ANYTHING to get out of walking (J carried her on his shoulders most of the trip) and Dilly can sleep anywhere (she passed out during the Finding Nemo show). Most of all, I learned that there is nothing as amazing as experiencing pure joy through the eyes of your child. I can not wait to take them back to experience it all over again. But until then, here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip ...

14 comments:

Judi, et al said...

Sounds like you made some great memories.

momof3 said...

for some reason I got a little teary watching the video of them screaming. Hilarious. And thanks for wearing the Garmin that day, that pretty much nailed down that we're taking a stroller if we go.

Sarah said...

That great pics....you have such a cute family!!! I can't wait to take me kids there one day.

Alicia said...

I *almost* wore my Garmin at Disneyland, too. I figured we had to be walking at least 5 miles or more a day! Good to know.

Really cute pics and video. I bet it's totally different going to Disney with girls. I don't think we saw one princess the whole week. :)

Marlene said...

AW, I love that it was a surprise for the kiddos! Sounds like a fantastic week. That's what I felt like at Disney - constantly tired, but never ready to go home. :)

Katie A. said...

Priceless! Your girls are soooo cute! They will totally remember this! And wow! 5.3 miles! I will have to wear my Garmin next time!

Robyn said...

Aww that's awesome! I bet they never imagined they were going to Disney.

shortyontherun said...

What a beautiful family you have! And I bet that the fact you kept it a surprise for the girls will make it that much more special for them when they look back on those memories!

Kerrie T. said...

Palm trees in Rhode Island! Too cute. T Junior watched the videos with me and even he got excited. LOL! I got a little misty on that second video where they figured out where they were going. We used to go to Disneyland at least once a year and everytime we'd drive up to the entrance, I'd just be so excited -- tingly with excitement. Miss that. What an awesome gift to give your girls...and yourself (the race). :)

Tricia said...

great pics, thanks for sharing!

MCM Mama said...

What fun!! Too cool that the kiddos had no idea!

ajh said...

Loved the videos! It is so much fun to surprise your children so successfully! Glad you loved the trip.

shortyontherun said...

Thanks for stopping by! I understand that when you have other obligations, the treadmill can be a life saver and I lift my hat off to all of you running on treadmill, but while I still don't have children to look after, I will run outside as much as I can!

kilax said...

You are the best parents ever! What a great surprise. They will remember this forever :)