Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Disney ... Fastpass Forever Day 2

Happy Wednesday friends! Hump Dayyyyyy. I should be posting this month's What's Up Wednesday post, buuuuut that's just not gonna happen. We've had another "week" around here, but unfortunately this time it wasn't a big fun one with lots to talk about. It was a big sick one where the stomach bug met hand, foot and mouth disease (it's a nasty virus that I am not sad to see coming to an end), and it's been pretty downright terrible. YUCK!  And therefore I'm here today to chat about something MUCH happier than all of that (and because this blog post was basically complete and I didn't have to spend any time creating a new one, HA!).  I'm back today and with Part 2 of our awesome Disney trip. If you missed Part 1 you can check that out here.

We began our second day by coasting into the morning ... we were all a little sleepy from the big magical day we'd had just a mere 10 hours before so we grabbed a little hotel breakfast and then made our way for a full day at the Magic Kingdom! Let's do this team!
We entered the park and headed straight to meet TinkerBell. If you follow me on Instagram you already know how absolutely smitten little mister Bennett was with the pint sized fairy, but in case you don't here's a little sneak of all the magical wonder. She was everything a fairy should be, and maybe even a little bit more.

 As we left town square and made our way to the first ride I asked Bennett to hand me his autograph book and pen ... he turns around gripping his pen ever so tight and says "Mommy, I think I'm just going to to hold onto this for a while longer ..." he wanted to hold onto TinkerBell's magical touch as long as he could and yep, you guessed it ... I cried ... again! :)

So, without spending too much time on this topic, I have to give a shout out to my hubs for hooking us up with the ultimate Magic Kingdom day. Hubs has an old work acquaintance that knows someone at Disney kind of story and long story short we had unlimited fast passes (anytime/any ride we wanted) for 4.5 hours. Therefore we skipped the lines all day, and were about to ride around 12+ rides in a very short time frame. And it AMAZING.

If you read Part 1 of Disney, I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you that our first ride of the day was none other than Dumbo :) and little Mister chose me as his riding partner so guess what else?! I cried, again. WAHAHAHA.
As we were leaving he knew we wouldn't be able to ride Dumbo again until the next time we returned to Disney (which could be a few years) so he gave Dumbo the sweetest most genuine hug!
 And off we went to It's a Small World ... and little just couldn't hack it. Bless her heart. She slept on daddy through the next two rides.

Then boarded our ship to ride Peter Pan and soar through Neverland.

 And then we went Under the Sea to see my favorite gal, Ariel.
Is anyone else starting to notice, I am in zero pictures ever because I'm the only one that ever takes them?! Geeze!
 Next up, storybook hoping along with Winnie the Pooh and Tiger.

And then a quick spin around the Tea Cups (strategically BEFORE lunch).
And a much needed lunch break in Tomorrowland!
 Followed by one of our most favorite rides, Buzz Lightyear!

 Then we headed to the Magic Carpet of Aladin, and we all were in need of a little shade and big ole' water.

 So we took a little break and rode around the Jungle Cruise to sit for a bit.
 And looky there, little Dumbos :)
 Next up, Pirates of the Caribbean (and apparently someone got the memo momma needs to be in the pics too! hehehe)

 We said goodbye to our guide and started making our way to the front of the park.
 Before we left I read all kind of things that said, "know when it's time to go", "don't stay too long or the kids will start to lose it" "cool off before you get hott" etc. and thought to myself well duh, obviously we'll do all of that. But wouldn't you know ... we even witnessed this from our three year old (baahaha) while waiting for the last parade of the day and rather than "knowing it was time to go" we just purchased some ice cream and gave them a little sugar buzz to last 30 more minutes. What were we thinking?!?!

 Mickey eared ice cream is what we were thinking! DUH!
And giant ice cream sandwiches! Also, DUH!
And parades with PaPaw ... all the feels.
 But before we even made it out of the park, he was done. D-O-N-E.
 Both kiddos took a good long rest and we had a little adult time in the club lounge.
 Everyone was exhausted, so we cleaned up and hung around the hotel for the rest of the night.

It was low-key and just what we needed ... because Part 3 was another BIG day(s)! Stay tuned :)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Disney ... Dumbo on Day 1

Guys it's been a week. The kiddos have some weird thing going on, I'm exhausted, Hubs is gone - AGAIN, the basement flooded at the new house, AGAIN, and just general blah blah blah. BUT~ in the midst of all of that ... Disney recap is finally here. YAYYYYY!

Whew, this post took me way longer to get all together than I thought, but I legit had 1065165405646546513215684354 pictures to sort through. (ProTip: Delete the bad ones as you go, and most definitely bring a portable phone battery backup for your trip - holy photo op). And without further adieu I bring to you ... drum roll please ... DISNEY WORLD 2017!!!

We booked the only nonstop flight to Orlando out of Louisville, KY EARRRLY Tuesday morning. We boarded the plane around 5:45 so that meant we had to be out the door well before that. But we didn't let that keep us from smiling. We were so excited and didn't even recognize we were tired! HA!
Because of all of my health issues last year, we postponed flying for a solid year to allow my leg and the swelling to return to normal. I had crossed into crazy town last February and took the kids to the Bahamas - SOLO - but that was the last big trip before the diagnosis and therefore Shane had never flown with both kiddos. Which was totally crazy to us when we started talking about it, because we flew SO often with Bennett as a little tyke that we couldn't believe we hadn't both flown with Lainey yet. Her first flight with daddy though, coupled with a trip to Disney will certainly be one we won't soon forget :)

 We landed around 8:30 am and hopped aboard the Magical Express to make the trek to the Grand Floridian!

 Our rooms weren't quite ready when we arrived, so we hit up the hotel restaurant for a little Mickey pancake breakfast, because is there really any other way to kick off the week?
Then we strolled around the hotel, took in all the shops, made use of our club level snacks and talked about all the fun we were about to have. I caught these two holding hands in the stroller (melt me) and had to sneak a pic. (I'll do a tips and tricks post later, but we rented a stroller so we didn't have to deal with the hassle of traveling with one. Kingdom Strollers was our choice and it was GREAT!)
 Big brother's early morning finally caught up with him and he took a little stroller snooze while Lainey Bug watched some Disney JR. and had some snacks while they finished up our rooms.

 We checked into our rooms, regrouped and hit the ground running.
 First up, the hotel gift shop right on the monorail to get us some Mickey Ears, because duh, first Disney Trip!
 "I can't believe it!" - Bennett (he was so excited).
 After we tried on nearly every hat in the store, Bennett had his heart set on the sweet Dumbo hat and off we went to the Magic Kingdom. Sidenote: Bennett LOVED his hat and truthfully wore it all week. Made me smile so big.
 Aboard the monorail the early morning finally caught up to little Lou too and another stroller snooze was in order.
 I'll spare you the details of this picture, but let's just say our arrival was not as magical as we imagined (the first time around) a little rain, a little monorail confusion, a little bit of people moving too slowly (hi, I'm impatient) and a lot of laughter between me and this guy ... but it was about 20 unexpected minutes we got to spend together while PaPaw and GoGo held down the sleeping baby and overly excited three year old fort while we snagged some ponchos. Ha! Love that man next to me.
 Once we returned from the 20 magical minutes away (sarcasm) the sun had come out and everything we stressed to do was no longer needed ... Oh vey ... but we put those Magic Bands to use ... and this picture right here unknowingly got us one extra day in the park at the end of the week - WIN! (if you're still with me come post 3 this will make more sense).
 Alas, we've arrived. And yes, I cried (happy tears of course) #WorthIt!
 This guy right here, and my mama, we owe a HUGE thank you to for treating us to such a magical weekend away. They're the real deal ya'll.

Lainey woke up just in time for a quick cookie and time to meet Merida, from Brave. The kiddos had their autograph books and were on it buddy. Bennett surprised us all before we even left for Disney telling us this was his favorite Princess ( I didn't even know he'd seen the movie) but I think some of his new friends from school must have talked about it - because he knew ALLLL about it. And was PUMPED.

 After we met Merida, we headed back to Main Street for a Dance Party Parade (could that be more perfect for our family, Dance parties happen regularly in our kitchen promptly when Daddy arrives home every day).

 And of course Mickey balloons were in order as well.

 The kids LOVED the parade, and right when it ended we had a Character dinner scheduled at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eyore and Tiger! And we arrived just in time for the kiddie parade!
 And we learned Lainey prefers a little mystery from her characters -- she's more of a mirage fan ... from far away it's beautiful and awesome, but get too close and it's a big scary mess. HA!

 Bennett on the other hand, couldn't get enough. The more characters the merrier!

 After dinner we made our way to the ride Bennett had been talking about and watching on YouTube for an entire week ~~ DUMBO!!!!!!!!!! We used our fast pass and headed straight for our very own amazing flying elephant.

 And bless his sweet heart, it was everything he imagined and more. I will never ever forget his face. He simply could not have loved it more. And yes, I cried, again.
 And then we made our way for the final time that day in front of the castle. We snuggled in with our popcorn and beverages and waited to watch the fireworks show, Wishes.

 And when the music began, and Tinkerbell flew from the castle window on a zipline, the fireworks started, my baby squealed with excitement, my little mister looked at his daddy and said he was having the best time of his life, I squeezed my parents, cried happy tears one again (sigh) and thought to myself ... this really is the most magical place on earth ... and I'm one lucky gal to get to celebrate another year of life with my people!
It was the best day ... until we did it again, the next day and that was the best day. But I'll tell you more about that in party two.
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