June 21, 2018

Disney World Part 2

We went on a 11 night, 8 park day trip to Disney World. Crazy, right? It was equally exhausting and magical! If you missed part one, check it out here. Alright, now that you're all caught up, here's Disney World Photos, Part 2.

Day 5
Rest day - Monorail and Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

Day 6
Animal Kingdom AM and Magic Kingdom PM

Ryan has some growing to do before he can ride this ride, but he was eager to take a picture "riding it." Zachary was tall enough and I went on it with him the first time. After you get seated on this motorcycle-type chair, safety guards come up on your back and both legs to make sure you are snug and safe. Once locked in and waiting for the ride to start, Zach freaked out! 

"I want to get off! I don't want to ride!" It was the major freak out. If he wasn't my child, I would be wondering about their parental choices, too. But what can you do past the point of no return? Once the ride started, he stopped screaming, and I talked him through the rest of the ride. When he was done, he wanted to do a rider switch and ride with Dad! I was so proud and relieved that this turned into a wonderful experience!

Keeping up the traditions of getting these gems. My sisters and I had ours done as kids, so of course we got some for the boys. The artist uses scissors and cuts out your silhouette in under 3 minutes. Amazing!

Day 7
Hollywood Studios AM Epcot PM

This was the day that we skipped our "chillax" - aka "nap" - time. We were unable to sign up for specific Jedi Training time, but signed up as alternates. Fortunately they did have a spot available! Zachary chose to not to participate, but Ryan did! It was great that Ryan got to do it, but it made our morning turn into afternoon. We decided to skip our nap, take cool slow rides, and not miss our dinner reservations in Epcot. Maybe we could make it a full park day?

Needless to say, we did not! We enjoyed dining in Japan and a few other things, then headed back to the resort before the fireworks. You know you are exhausted when you turn down watching fireworks, especially Disney fireworks!

The final, part 3, coming soon!

If you missed part 1, check it out here.

June 18, 2018

Disney World Part 1

Where's the most magical place on earth? Disney World! Growing up I had the pleasure of going three times with my family. I absolutely loved it!

Each family has their own decision as to how, when, or how long they go IF they even go. It's not cheap and if you've never gone it can seem not worth it. I get it. Having experienced it, however, Disney was something I was willing to save up for and experience again (Nick started off with the mindset that this is the one and only time we will ever go.... we'll see!) I always wanted to take my own family, but it was a debate of when to go. Few factors:
  • Boys had to be tall enough to ride most of the rides
  • Boys should be old enough to (hopefully) remember it
  • We should go sometime before our 10 year anniversary
  • We had to be debt free
Nick and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary in spring, so we're getting close on the 10 year imaginary deadline. Two years ago we sold our house and finished paying off our student loans (that's another story for another day!). Ryan just BARELY reaches 42 inches, and Zach is at 48 inches. It was the perfect time for our family to plan a trip!


We decided about Christmas 2017 to surprise and go this summer. AH! It was SO HARD, but somehow we pulled it off! We had to stake out the mailbox before the boys on several occasions.

The night before our trip we told the boys that we had to take my mom to the airport really early. Then in the morning we got up, had them open a present and told them. SURPRISE! It's us!

We went for 11 nights, 8 park days, and had park hoppers. We scheduled in down days and daily naps. It was exhausting and magical! With over 1,000 images on my DSLR camera alone, here are some of my favorites, part one.

Day 1
Travel day and resort day

Day 2
Magic Kingdom AM and Epcot PM

Day 3
Magic Kingdom AM and Animal Kingdom PM

"The wilderness must be explored! Caw, caw, ROAR!!"
They had Wilderness Explorer stations throughout Animal Kingdom where kids could earn Wilderness Explorer badges. So fun!

The Rivers of Light Show was phenomenal! I had never experienced it since when I went to Animal Kingdom it was a day park only. This show is easily tied as one of my top favorite Disney night shows. I am a huge firework lover, and even though this has no fire works, it was MIND BLOWING and so magical! This show is worth seeing!

Day 4
Typhoon Lagoon and Hollywood Studios

Part 2 coming soon...