Sunday, April 8, 2012

Disneyworld!

The day we have been eagerly awaiting finally arrived, as we headed off to Disneyworld for spring break! We went down to Seattle Friday night, as we had a 6 am flight Saturday morning. The girls were so excited for their first flights, other than them coming to the USA, and the day went off without a hitch. Having snow at home a week previous, we were a bit shocked by the 90° weather, but boy, did it feel good to get some much needed Vitamin D.

If you haven't been to Disneyworld before, it is divided into four parks, with Magic Kingdom being most like Disneyland. We started off the day (us and about 60 thousand other people) at Magic Kingdom.  Don't we look fresh at the beginning of the day?
We hit a lot of classic rides in the morning; Jungle Ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain ended up being Kaia's favorite ride of the week. Most of the roller coaster type rides take action shots during the ride which you can buy at the end. Well being the cheap thrifty person I am, we took a photo of the photo, which I love....
 Of course, we spent lots of time hanging out with the characters too....


Just one of the many things I was looking forward to about this trip was in meeting my online friend Eva face to face for the first time. I think we first met through the adoptive families limb differences yahoo group, as she has two beautiful children from China who happen to also have limb differences, and we have followed each others blogs since then. We were both excited for our families to finally meet, as they are located in Florida, and both of our husbands had to listen to us wives tell them about these other families whom they did not know.  I think our husbands thought we were crazy, but when we all met up at Magic Kingdom, everyone hit it off perfectly! The husbands chatted away as Eva and I talked as if we knew each other for years, and our young children were instant buddies. In fact, we had to chuckle as Caleb and Kaia hit it off extremely well, even holding hands for a few steps, and although it was never spoken between the two of them, I know Jaelyn felt very comfortable spending time with someone who has a similar limb difference as hers, and I think Madeline felt the same.

We started off with the Tomorrowland Speedway, where the kids got to drive their own cars. Look how serious Kaia took her driving. Let's just hope this focus continues into the teen years....
 Caleb and his dad Patrick were right behind Kaia and I...
Dumbo, always a classic, and more fun with new friends...


The gang....
After a few rides we left the Magic Kingdom and hopped the Monorail to Epcot, where Patrick and Eva generously treated us all to a wonderful dinner at the Chinese Pavillion. We topped the evening off by watching the IllumiNations show, which was quite entertaining. It's a shame that our two families live across the country from one another, as I know if we lived nearer, this would be a frequent exchange. Just tell us when Eva, and we will show you the sights of Seattle and more (just don't forget a jacket!).
Eva, you can't even tell you can't see a thing without your glasses:)

A great photo to capture a memorable day! Thanks again to the Domkowski family.

Since I am still fighting jet lag and spent most of the day catching up on laundry, I will divide each day of the trip into its own post. And yes, today is Easter, and we did acknowledge that our Savior has risen, but arriving at our house at 2 am and spending the day grocery shopping and unpacking, we did little else to celebrate the day, and I am now heading to bed (and neglecting the school work I did not finish grading). I need a vacation from my vacation!

1 comment:

Eva said...

Ah, Toni! I loved reading this!

We had so, so much fun meeting you all. Truly an awesome time. I'm so glad that we finally pulled this meeting off. It seems like we've always known ya. I loved seeing your photos, too. We are definitely going to head your way some time in the near future.

I hope you recover from your vacation soon. lol.


I'll be blogging about our day soon.

Big hugs!