First of all, let me tell you…I wasn’t worried about the world coming to an end Friday…1. because The Bible tells us no one will know b. I think the Myans are kookie. and 3.
This made me laugh. We love James Spann at our house. Apparently I blog about him quite a bit. For some reason, more people come to this blog because of James Spann than Cochlear Implants, go figure.
Now, onto Disney. We DROVE to Disney again. Jeb worked Tuesday and we were supposed to leave Wednesday. Tuesday morning I got the idea to leave Tuesday night. Jeb agreed, and I worked my tail off to get us packed by the time he got home. I worked from the time I dropped the kids off at school until Jeb came home at 7pm. We left and headed down 65 and onto I-20. We ended up stopping south of Atlanta around 1am eastern time. The trip was painless getting there. The kids were SO good. They watched movies, played with the iPad and 3DS. We stopped ONE TIME. Once we get on the road, I’m ready to get to our destination.
This time we stayed at the Art of Animation in the Cars Suites. It was such a neat hotel. We didn’t do the dining plan this time, just to see how it worked out money wise. We saved around $75, assuming we saved all the receipts. We would have gotten a lot more food if we had done the dining plan. With 3 kids and Disney just charging $11.99 per day for kids, it is totally worth it to do the dining plan (in our opinion). I ended up getting kid food some days (for myself) just because I didn’t want to pay $12 for what may or may not be a good plate of chicken.
The theming for the Cars section (and I’m sure the other sections too…we just didn’t walk through them) was phenomenal. There were little cars (just like the one the kids are sitting on) all through the area. The pool was like the motel in the movie and they had little cabana’s made to look like orange cones. So fun!
The kids got new hats this trip. Caden and EK opted for traditional Mickey ears. We are beyond thankful JL landed on this Perry boggin. The 2 he had decided on before this one were HIDEOUS. One of them included the little propeller on the top of it. JL is a treasure. A treasure.
The first full day we were at Disney it was misting all morning, so we took that opportunity to tour the hotels and see the awesome decorations they had. This was a gingerbread small world at The Contemporary. We also stopped at the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian. Grand Floridian was fantastic as usual. The tree was gigantic, as was the life size gingerbread house they sell cookies out of. We all got yummy treats.
She thought it would be beneficial to do some lunges while eating her cookie.
This was EK’s first experience with the characters. She was so excited. She was not a fan of waiting her turn. The boys were not as excited as she was. Caden is so over meeting characters. She was a little nervous once we actually got up to see goofy. She was more at ease when we got to Donald. By the next day when we saw Minnie, Pluto, and Mickey she acted like a pro. She *may* have tried to pull Pluto’s tongue out of his mouth.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the 2 of them ever. The little 2 were asleep in the stroller, so we played would you rather do, this or that with Caden. He kept asking me this or that questions all trip, so we gave him a turn. Such as, would you rather stay at Contemporary or Polynesian. Would you rather ride Big Thunder Mountain or Space Mountain. He loved all the attention.
We headed back to the Polynesian for dinner after a long day at Magic Kingdom. We were having a lovely time and EK had what we like to call a “poo-splosion.” She is not potty trained. It’s not because she can’t be…it’s because she doesn’t want to be. Good times. I smelled her and said, “Ella, did you poo poo in your pants?” She said, “bah eawl.” That’s “bad girl” if you have trouble understanding. So Jeb cleaned her up, and we put the pants in a bag, and wrapped her in a blanket. We didn’t let the poo-splosion keep us from this photo op though. ”Dad! A Tree! With ornaments bigger than our heads!!!”
Day 2 was spent at EPCOT Hollywood Studios (that night for Osborne Lights)
Love this picture of them. EK just wanted to touch and look at the characters. She didn’t want to look at the camera. She calls him “Mih Mow!”
This looks sweet and innocent, but she’s actually got her hand in his mouth trying to pull his tongue. She seriously LOVED all the characters this time.
Here’s Jeb and I in front of some of the lights. They were AMAZING. At this point in the day, JL was asleep. He doesn’t last too long without a nap.
Day 3 we went to Hollywood Studios again. Caden was excited to ride Rockin Roller coaster and JL wanted to ride Star Tours.
I got to ride Star Tours with the boys this time! Usually I let Jeb go first and then I’m so exhausted from entertaining EK while they rode that I wanted to move onto the next ride. I had so much fun with these 2.
We decided we were going to eat a late lunch at Downtown Disney and shop for the kids for Christmas. We had bought 1 thing for them prior to our Disney trip. Since we were eating later we decided we needed a mid morning snack. Ice cream, nuts, and popsicles!
These three delight me (most of the time). EK has to do EVERYTHING exactly like her brothers. They were stretching their arms out with popsicles, so of course she needed to as well.
And here’s Caden and EK doing their glow bracelet ninja moves on the way to dinner at the hotel. They are too much. I think JL was asleep again at this point. We did wake him up to eat.
We woke up Sunday morning, got ready, and headed out early. We got home around 4pm. It was a fairly short trip, but so much fun! We always have a blast at Disney, but are also ready to get back home to normalcy. It’s definitely tiring with 3 young ones. The memories, the smiles, the laughs, and the togetherness make it so very worth it! We’re headed back 2 weeks from today!! Roll Tide, Merry Christmas, and Happy Disney.