Friday, October 31, 2008
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:27 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Woke up this morning to find a little bit of a chill in the Florida air...in fact...too much chill to even take a swim. But...we did go exploring and found all sorts of bigger than life fun stuff around the resort. We finished packing...and since we had to be at the Magical Express bus at 11:30...it was a very quick morning (considering we forced ourselves to finish our meal plans and ate breakfast and lunch within a 2 hour period!)
Our resort was just perfect for kids...with playgrounds...pools...giant climb on toys...so much color...fun pictures...fun wallpaper. It was perfect. But...I can't even begin to imagine what some of the upscale (adult) type resorts are like...considering this was a value resort...I'm sure some of the others are just out of this world! (The staircase was inside the bucket of soldiers...how cute is that)
The plane flight went smooth...we really ran into no problems at all. Seth even made sure his new friend, Slinky, was safe on the trip home.
We got back home around 8:30 this evening...and the boys are already both tucked in bed in our FREEZING house. So...what's up with this...it is absolutely freezing here...I can't believe 24 hours ago I was basking in the warm beautiful sun...and now...the heat won't kick on fast enough.
I did get all sentimental today...as we were walking around the resorts...we see a WDW balloon...just hovering over us. I chased it down a little...and the thought came out that it was just a little present from Kate. How sweet is that...I know there is probably some kid crying his eyes out...but for me...it was just a very simple reminder that our sweet little girl was still with us. Unfortunately...we had to deflate it for the plane ride home...so if anyone has a helium tank sitting around their house?
Well...I guess it's back at it...back at the real world. In fact...I am even subbing at Seth's preschool tomorrow morning...that should be fun. Plus...with laundry, no food in the house and tons of catching up to do w/ Kate's Kart...I think we'll stay pretty busy.
But needless to say...I'm just a little sad tonight...sad that the trip has to end....but there will be more...and that's what makes any trip so much fun...the anticipation of what's next? And I thought it was so cute...we weren't in our van in Indy for 2 minutes before Seth was saying...when are we going to go again? I think I will hear that a lot the next few days.
But most importantly...I have to say THANK YOU to Grandma...thanks for giving us all a magical trip that we definitely won't forget. We love you!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:25 PM
tAnd he even got his "mouse ears" today!
We made a special effort to watch the afternoon parade. Did I mention how much I love the parades. It was a little hot and I just have so much compassion for those characters...but you would never know it...they have so much energy! And...while we were waiting for the parade some friends from church walked by...it is a "small world" after all!
Then...we jumped back on the monorail to head over to Epcot...to finish it and see it in the daylight hours...plus that's where our dinner reservations were.We rode the space ride (the one that goes through the giant ball...Seth LOVES it cause it has the movie with your face in it at the end). Then...off to the World Showcase for dinner at the Mexican Restaurant.NOw...you may know I LOVE Mexican...however...this is was AUTHENTIC Mexican...not the TexMex stuff. But it was good (just different) and we were glad we tried it...it's one of those meals you would probably never order again...but you were glad you experienced it...once!
Andy had some "research" to do after dinner so we split up for a while. He is coaching the academic team and the topic is the Viking history this year. He was told at his seminar in Indy a few weeks ago that the best place to get info was in the Norway exhibit at EPCOT...how lucky was that? So while he was doing that Seth, Grandma and I went on a character hunt...and guess who we found over in England?
We actually headed back to the hotel at a decent hour tonight and FINALLY got a chance to go swimming in the resort pool. It was a little on the chilly side...at 8:30 at night...but then again...it is almost November! Seth loved it...and we promised him another quick dip in the morning. Back in the room...we did some packing and Seth also got a chance to dig into his stash (actually...it's Andy's and mine too) He was so excited...we had to sort it all out into piles based on the type of candy and then he sorted into the candy he likes and stuff he wants to give away.
So...it's late...but I just had to update...while the memories were still fresh. We head out at 11 tomorrow so we are done at the parks (boo hoo) but will have some time to enjoy and explore the resort...something we just haven't done yet.
The past 4 days...and especially these past 2 have been amazing...How I pray that Seth will hold onto some of these memories. I bought a scrapbook pad of Disney paper tonight...and can't wait to get started...although it doesn't seem like I took a lot of pictures...over 100 in 4 days will keep me plenty busy and give a great representation of the trip!
It was so fun to read your comments...and hear how our trip brings back your magical memories...how fun!
Posted by Krista Layman at 1:04 AM
Monday, October 27, 2008
WOW...How do I even begin to describe our day. I can honestly say that it was probably in the top 10 of the best days in my life. Everything about the day was magical...including the amazing turn-around behavior of Seth
1st thing...we are up early to catch the monorail to another resort. We heard from our neighbors that we could sit in the front...we asked...it was our lucky day and Seth got to be co-pilot. It wasn't busy that time of the morning...so we even rode the entire loop.
Driving the Indy cars...his FAVORITE ride!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:23 PM
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We were up bright and early again...only to find it raining again. But...yeah...it was done by the time we finished a quick muffin for breakfast. We jumped on the shuttle and tackled Hollywood Studios on Saturday. It turned out to be a beautiful and even hot in the afternoon day.We took a quick tour of the back lot...I had no idea it was a working studio. Amazing.
Then...it was off character hunting...we ran into a few!
We enjoyed a few more attractions...watched the over-the-top block party with a bunch of characters in a very upbeat street show....and then Andy, Seth and I tackled the line for the brand new Toy Story ride. It was crazy long all day...but we jumped in and over an hour later we shot 3D lasers...and it was very very cool. The highlight---the line was indoors and decorated for kids and had an entertaining Mr. Potatoe Head....and running into 2 old old friends from college...how cool is that? The downside---standing in line for over an hour with a 4 year old who just drank a huge bottle of $4 lemonade meant a nice little hike for mommy and Seth back through the line...and then back up to daddy who was still standing in line. I seriously said EXCUSE US to probably 300 people today. Aw...this is what memories are made of!
We enjoyed a few more attractions including: Narnia, The Little Mermaid, a flight simulated Star Wars, and A History of the Movies Ride.
Then...we had reservations for another fun restaurant...the Prime Time Cafe. It is set up like a 50's home and the waitresses are a little gruff....I was told several times to get my elbows off the tables. The best part...it was home-cooking which included green veges and some fresh fruit...I always miss those on vacations. Again...a fun atmosphere for dinner.
We headed back to the hotel after that and the rest of the crew are sacked. Me...just blogging away and catching up on some emails.
It's been an awesome 2 days so far...and we've run Seth pretty hard (even w/ a stroller) . Today was a little rough...but...tomorrow is the Magic Kingdom and it is more suited I think for the little guys. We have our big Halloween party tomorrow night...and based on some of the costumes we've seen so far...it will be a blast. Don't know if I'll update before getting home...as we're out late the next couple nights...plus it's costing me money (doesn't EVERYTHING at Disney!)
This is an awesome...magical place! I'm already dreading coming home.
Posted by Krista Layman at 12:18 AM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A stroller pass...the BEST investment of the trip!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:51 PM