Wow! What a whirlwind the past couple of weeks have been!
So, we survived our BIG trip, and very thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We left last Monday, the 28th, and returned home on Monday the 4th. In those 8 days, we packed a serious amount of fun into 4 Disney parks in 5 days. FIVE days of theme parks...I don't know what we were thinking???! The girls were such troupers. Sometimes I can't believe how flippin lucky I am to have such awesome kids. They are so much fun, and have such sweet and interesting personalities, that I can't help but fall more and more in love with them every day.
On Tuesday we did the Magic Kingdom, Wednesday was Animal Kingdom, Thursday Epcot, Friday Hollywood Studios, and Saturday back to Magic Kingdom. We got to see a Lion King musical, Beauty and the Beast on stage, a Nemo musical, have a princess breakfast, ride Cinderella's carousel, play in Ariel's grotto, check out Pooh's treehouse, talk to Crush (the sea turtle from Finding Nemo), see a Monster's Inc. comedy show with Mike Wazowski, check out Mickey and Minnie's country homes, take an African safari, see Playhouse Disney Live on Stage, see the Spectral Magic Light Parade and the fireworks over Cinderella's castle, and meet LOTS and LOTS of Disney characters. Holland and Eden loved the rides and the shows, but meeting the characters was by far the highlight for them, and thus for us.
They got SO excited when they saw any character, complete with squeals and waves. We actually had to hold them back on a few occasions because it was just SO hard to wait their turn! Every character we met got huge arms wide open hugs from Holland, and kisses on the nose from Eden. Eden especially couldn't take her eyes off of them, and we had to work hard to get them to look at us for pictures. They were big hams with Holland showing off her wacky knee dance, and Eden spinning her wheelchair.
We had an exceptionally awesome experience on their birthday at Epcot. Near the end of the day we thought we would leave the park a little early, and go back to the condo for dinner. On the way out, we passed a character greeting area, and Eden spotted Minnie Mouse through the window. We wheeled up to the window, and I crouched down next to her to wave to Minnie. Minnie saw us, and came to the window to blow Eden some kisses. Next thing we knew, one of the greeters came around to get us, saying that Miss Minnie had requested to meet us. We bypassed the entire line to go meet Minnie, who was so amazingly sweet and kind to my kids that it brought tears to all of our eyes. She then took us down to meet Mickey, and Pluto joined us for a group photo. The girls were completely overjoyed and excited. Everyone in the room was watching them, laughing, and enjoying the moment along with them. Their excitement was contagious. It was truly an awesome day, and I was so happy to be able to celebrate their lives with such joy.
Four years ago, I might never have imagined that such a day would come, and I am forever grateful.