Sunday, May 17

The Wonderful World of Disney

Disney is a little like childbirth....

It sounds so magical.... you can't wait for the day to finally come.... then it does and you can't believe how much pain is involved..... and when it's all over, just like in childbirth, you soon forget all the bad and cherish only the really good parts....

I love Disney. Love it. We couldn't have asked for a better week with the weather, and BEST OF ALL.... Jacob was amazing!! He rode everything. I mean EVERYTHING!! Thank goodness he's just over the 40" height requirement for almost every big ride, so he was a trooper and rode right along side all of us. That made the week so much more fun.... no waiting with Jacob while the parents do the ride trade-off.

And except for a few fights with one another, the girls did really well, too. They've grown up alot since we were there 1 1/2 years ago. Madison, normally my scaredy-cat, rode just about everything, too. We couldn't have packed in any more fun..... full days at all the parks, then dinner and more fun at Downtown Disney at night. The Lego Imagination Center and Disney Quest, a 5 story arcade with all the latest technology, were the kids' favorites. And they loved the water parks, too.

I took over 350 pictures, so I posted quite a few.... enjoy our trip with us if you will.....

The kids' posing in a great white shark jaw at Typhoon Lagoon

Jacob taking a rafting ride by himself at Typhoon Lagoon

Madison snorkeling with sharks, stingrays and lots of fish at Typhoon Lagoon

Jonathan and Macy snorkeling in the shark tank, too

Maddie and me at Animal Kingdom by the Tree of Life

Macy & Maddie stopping to pose with the gorilla carving at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Parade

Daddy & Jacob watching the parade

Jacob & Macy snacking as usual...

Taking the safari ride at Animal Kingdom

Playing the bongos....

Strolling through the park

The kids riding Aladdin at Magic Kingdom

Jacob's been waiting 1 1/2 years to ride this one again!
It's the race cars at Magic Kingdom -- he loves to drive ALL BY HIMSELF

Madison & Macy take a break from walking for a while

The kids in front of the castle at dusk....
Jacob was not in the mood for a photo opp

Daddy & Maddie on the race cars

Outside of Buzz Lightyear.... Jacob wears that ride out!

The family castle shot

Loving the 3-D amazing Pirates of the Caribbean arcade game at Disney Quest

Another family shot at Epcot

Eating, eating and eating again!!!

Yikes!! More sharks!

Jacob keeping everyone laughing on the bus....

Maddie in front of Epcot with all the beautiful topiaries

Trolling through Epcot

The kids in Italy with their new puppets....

More topiaries at Epcot.... they were amazing!

Jacob's "Lego Land" as he kept calling it.... yes, that's a lego robot!

And more huge lego displays

And every kind of Lego piece you could imagine!

More Lego robots

And one of our favorites, lunch with Tigger,
Pooh, Eeyore & Piglet at the Crystal Palace

Me & Madison pigging out with Piglet

Macy sliding at our hotel pool

Jonathan and the kids playing in the pool at our hotel

Pooh laughing about how much he and Daddy look alike...

Outside of Lego Land making their own lego masterpieces

You've gotta go to this place at Downtown Disney!!

And the coolest of all, our dinner at the new T-Rex Cafe. We were lucky enough to be seated in the ice cave.... an absolutely unbelieveable replica of a prehistoric ice cave with dinosaur fossils and lots of sound and lighting effects.

The ice cave where we ate

Every few minutes the cave would change colors like this...

Maddie & Macy drinking their bone drinks at T-Rex

More T-Rex Cafe... the animatronics were mind boggling

One of many dinosaurs in the restaurant, and they moved and roared loudly too!

The Ocean Room at T-Rex Cafe

More rides at Disney Quest

Macy racing the motorcycles

Macy & Daddy at Crystal Palace

Posing with Tigger

Macy couldn't wait to take a picture with her favorite characters, Chip & Dale

The kids with their new tattoos at Hollywood Studios

And Jacob's other favorite, the stunt show at Hollywood Studios

It was rare to get a picture of Jacob smiling.... he was too busy having fun to stop for the camera

Jacob pretending he's saving the universe at Hollywood Studios

And another favorite, dinner at Chef Mickey's with all the characters

Finally, a shot with Mickey

And another smiling shot of Jacob with Minnie

Jonathan and I had such a great time spending a whole week together with the kids. He was very sweet to give up his birthday trip to take us to Disney. Love ya, babe!