Vacation Part 3 – Magic Kingdom

Tuesday, the kids were really excited as we headed to Magic Kingdom first thing in the morning.  We had the day all planned out from beginning to end!  We used this website to help guide us along the way.   We were basically able to do everything there was to do at Magic Kingdom!  We had a really fun day – the kids were all troopers as we made our way all through the park!

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We were a little concerned that Lucy would not want to participate in a number of the rides.  She tends to be. . . . .hesitant when it comes to new things.  She was such a trooper!  She tried almost every ride willingly. . . . . almost.  There were a few rides that made her panic before we even got on, but she ended up loving most of them!  She wasn’t a big fan of Splash Mountain, which was Daphne and Norah’s favorite.

 

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Vacation Part 2

On Monday morning we went to Hollywood Studios.  We started out at the Toy Story ride – that was definitely the favorite of the day!  For Daphne’s sake we went to a Disney Jr. show.  She thought that was fun – and, actually, Lucy loved it, too!  Norah and Savannah probably thought it was a little babyish, but they were both great sports about it.

Food was tricky and since this was our first day – I didn’t feel as prepared as I should have been.  However, we were able to get Daphne a Power Pack Lunch at Pizza Planet.  This boxed lunch had yogurt, carrots, apple slices, goldfish, and milk.  She was thrilled with this lunch!  There was a breakfast bar in box that was processed with peanuts – so Norah and Lucy shared that instead.

We saw a 3D Little Mermaid show, a 3D Muppet show, and a Beauty and the Beast show.   We had a great day at Hollywood Studios.  We were home in time for the kids to swim, have dinner, and get to bed at a decent time.

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Adoption Update

Taking a quick break from vacation posts to give an adoption update.

Our dossier is in Eastern Europe now – being translated.  Our contact with our agency is hoping that it is submitted to the IAC next week!  This is a big step!  Once it is submitted, we just wait for a verbal referral and written referral for travel dates for our first trip!   She said that the last set of verbal referrals to travel was about a month.  There is no guarantee that we will be submitted next week, but we are hoping!

Please continue to pray for us as things continue to move forward.   If you feel lead to help us financially, you can click on the link in the sidebar and that will take you to our fundraising page through Reece’s Rainbow.  Thanks!

Vacation (Part 1)

(I am going to divide vacation post into several – otherwise, this one would be crazy long!)

We went on vacation the first week of October.  We made plans to go to Disney World with our friends, the Morrisons.  Lucy and Daphne had never flown before (Norah was only 21 months when she flew before), so we decided this was the perfect opportunity to fly with the girls.  We knew that driving would involve an overnight stay at a hotel – as well as gas – so opted for an airplane.

We didn’t tell the girls about our trip until about 2 week before we left.  We actually debated telling them the morning we were getting on the plane, but Lucy deals with some anxiety issues. We knew that could cause some problems if she didn’t have time to ask questions and mentally prepare.  We told them over a 5 day period – using clues.  The first day, we gave them an envelope with a the month of October printed out on a piece of paper.  We put an airplane on the Oct. 6.  Clue #2 was a picture of the United States (they seemed to think there was a chance we might go outside the U.S.  Clue #3 was a picture of Florida.  Clue #4 was a picture of the house in which we were staying. Clue #5 included this MadLib and a picture of Cinderella’s castle.

They were thrilled to be going to Disney World!  We kept the fact that Morrisons were meeting us there a surprise until we arrived at the house in Florida.

After a few minor hiccups in regards to our airplane and seat assignments, we actually ended up in business class altogether.  Our flight could not have been better – smooth take-off, smooth flight, smooth landing.  This helped Lucy – as she was a little nervous!

Once we landed, jumped into the rental car, and drove to the house, Kevin and I were anxious to see the girls faces when they saw Morrisons.  Although, their response was not quite what we expected.   Maybe they were in shock – combined with being exhausted from flying.      ImageImage

The best part of the house (besides the fact that everyone had a bed!!) was the pool!  The kids swam almost everyday – except for a couple of days when we were gone until late.

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