disney world

The day after Christmas we flew back home to Florida to meet up with the rest of the crew for a trip to Disney! I hadn't been since college, and we hadn't taken any of the grandkids yet, so we were due! Turns out the week after Christmas is one of the busiest times of year at the park. Hah! At least it wasn't super-duper hot (well, it was in the glorious 80's, but December humidity is a thousand times better than like, July humidity. You have to pick your battles I guess.)

The day before we went down to Orlando I actually had a terrible stomach bug and pretty much sat on the couch all day. I was getting a little nervous, because you can't miss your kids' first trip to Disney! The morning of the big day was a little rough walking around, but fortunately I got a lot better as the day went on. By night time, I even had enough of an appetite for a Mickey Mouse ice cream head! It was delicious and one of the few things I'd eaten all day...then the last half of it fell on the ground. Wah-wah. 

Overall it was a great day, despite the crowds! Since it was our first trip with kids in tow, we certainly learned a lot for our next trip! 
As soon as we walked into the park, we randomly bumped into one of my friends from high school and his adorable family and they so graciously let us use one of their magic bands- thanks again Mattox family!!

When the kids start getting tired or grumpy- just fill 'em up with more ice cream and popsicles. I was so impressed with how well all of the kids did! When they got tired enough, they napped in the strollers and on we went. They all get trooper awards for sure.

I was really proud of Jillian for getting on all of the rides we went on! She gets super anxious in new situations and easily overwhelmed, but having her cousins there really helped her to be extra brave.

Their adorable matching shirts are from Jills DZigns on Etsy. I loved how they turned out!

Dance party with some of the Incredibles! 

Like I said, stuff 'em with sugar to keep 'em going!

I know "It's a Small World" gets a bad rap for being lame, but it's one of my favorites! You can't beat a classic. ;-) Jillian has been singing the song for days now though, so I may have to rethink how much I really like it...

Days before we went, I told James the only two things I wanted to do was the Haunted Mansion and eat a dole whip. Neither of those things happened...haha! But I quickly learned that this trip wasn't about me, but the girls and what they wanted to do and enjoy! But next time...those things must happen.

While we were waiting for the electrical parade to start, my Mom and Spencer disappeared and returned with enormous bowls of ice cream sundaes, appropriately named "the kitchen sink". 

Ryan, Addy, and Eliza on the Buzz Lightyear ride! Addy's face in this picture is everything.

Olivia's favorite part of the entire experience was her balloon.

The fireworks show and electrical parade at night was probably my favorite part of the whole day! I totally got goosebumps. Disney really IS magical!

Jillian was in awe during the parade and kept quietly waving to all of the characters as they passed her.


We ended up being there for 12 hours and left tired and sweaty, but happy! 

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