Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Matt chose to go on the Jungle River Cruise - it is a funny ride if you get the right driver. We went on earlier last week and loved the tour guide - he was really funny. The one today was okay, but not nearly as funny as the last guy. Daniel chose to go on........Pirates of the Caribbean. He is so funny - it was the 5th time we had been on it - and by far the longest wait for that ride- 30 minutes! He really like that ride - though I have no idea why.
While we were exiting the park we discovered some characters that were posing for pictures and Pinocchio was one of them! For some reason this is Daniel's FAVORITE Disney character - he talks about him all the time and loves the movie. He was so excited to meet him and give him a hug. It was a great ending to our trip!
Here we sit at the airport, while depression slowly starts to set in. I really have NO DESIRE to go back to Philly. I am almost sick to my stomach with just the thought. Why do we have to go back? I am close to tears as I sit here thinking about arriving back to that dreadful house. If only there was someplace else I could live - but it is not to be. I fear we are stuck in this house for the rest of our days in Philly. And I am assuming that will include the awful guests we have living with us as it has been almost eight months of dealing with them and there is absolutely nothing else we can do except continue to treat - which seems to be having absolutely no effect. I continue to pray that God will reveal to me what the plan is for this trial so that I may get through with it.
I will post pictures to this entry when I get home....
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It was a great day at Discovery Cove. There was also swimming with the sting raysand snorkling in the coral reef. We spent the whole day there until a HUGE thunder storm rolled in and we didn't make it out of the park fast enough. We got stuck in one of the buildings. It was a really loud thunder storm and one crack hit right next to where we were standing - EVERYONE jumped it was so loud! Poor Sarah was a mess as she HATES thunderstorms, but she made it through.
I am so thankful for all we have been able to experience on this trip. It has been a true blessing and one of refreshment and family bonding. I am still not looking forward to Friday. I am praying for God to change my heart and mind.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Daniel loved Sea World. He loved seeing the Shamu show.... and petting the sting rays. He loved the Sea Lion and Walrus show - but really enjoyed Shamu's Happy Harbor - a play area for kids his size. He loved getting soaked in the fountains again as it was still 93 degrees today. I planned better today and packed a swimmy diaper for him to run around in! Unfortunately, pictures are few as I was bad and didn't charge the battery - boo! I missed a lot of good shots, but I guess we'll just have to go back later this week and take more.The kids all liked Shamu and were all fighting over who was going to get the stuffed animal - but I learned from my friends, the Hinsons, to NOT talk any one kid into a different animal - so they ALL got a stuffed Shamu. And they are all very happy with their Killer Whales! I tagged their initials on their tags so they don't get them confused. They all actually do play with their stuffed animals, so it will be fun to hear the stories they come up with when we get home.
Tomorrow is Discovery Cove - Matt and Sarah's birthday gift from my mom. The four of us, Daniel is too young, will be swimming with the dolphins. I really can't wait! My sister lent us her underwater camera to take pictures - hopefully it will work and I will have some great pictures to post. Thanks for all your prayers. We are still having a wonderful time and loving life in Florida!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Instead of going out to eat we went to Epcot tonight and used up the rest of our snacks and quick service meals (part of the Disney Dining plan - an excellent idea!). For our quick service meals we purchased fish and chips from England - I love their fish and chips! Totally bad for you! We then had 18 snacks left over from the week - and they expired at midnight! We headed over to France and had a four of us got a chocolate eclair - only they were filled with chocolate cream, They were still good. But Daniel got the most incredible chocolate chip cookie! The chips were the size of Hershey kisses! Andy got a raspberry schuss - it had lemon in it, so I didn't much care for it.
We then headed to America to try and get a funnel cake, but they weren't part of the plan - but the guy making them saw it was my birthday and gave me one for free! Cool! We then went to Germany and got one HUGE soft pretzel to share and a few sodas. Andy got an apple strudel with vanilla cream sauce - the sauce was wonderful! Since by this time we were completely full of JUNK - we got 3 Mickey Ears ice cream pops and 3 Mickey Ears ice cream sandwiches and a soda and brought them home to enjoy another day. The meal plan really is an excellent idea - it saved us so much money as meals can get pretty pricey here in the land of magic!
We are now at our new location - the Sheraton Vistana Resort. It is only about 10 minutes from the parks. I like this place better because it is a two bedroom suit and we are all in the same place. Last week Sarah and my mom shared a room while the boys and I shared the other room. The other good things about this resort is that 1) there is an exercise room - so I can exercise this week and 2) there is free Internet! So I can, hopefully, blog every day!
Right now it is off to bed. I am exhausted - must be that old age thing! Thanks for all the prayers - we are having a great time and loving every minute of this vacation. I'll put up pictures tomorrow!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tonight is our last night at the Port Orleans - Riverside Resort. We head to the timeshare my cousin gave us. I hope Internet is free or at least as cheap as this resorts. If it not as cheap, then I may have to find another place to blog. So be on the look out! Thanks for your continued prayers! They have been a blessing and God is hearing them - we are having a wonderful time together as a family and the weather is gorgeous! Praise God!
Today we started our day off at Downtown Disney and went to Disney Quest. Matt and Sarah have been looking forward to this trip for forever. Disney Quest is a huge indoor arcade. It has a ton of different virtual video games and activities for kids of all ages. My favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean Virtual game. You had to wear 3D glasses
After Disney Quest we headed over to Epcot where we started exploring the World Showcases. We only made it through Mexico, Norway,
Norweigan Troll - 1st time Sarah would even go near the thing!
and China before we had to head over the United Kingdom for dinner. After each country I asked Matt and Sarah three questions each about what they had just seen/ heard. It was a pass/ fail quiz as I counted this as a day of school. Thankfully, they each passed as they listened to what was being spoken. We ate dinner at the Rose and Crown Pub - excellent food!
Daniel play hopscotch while waiting for dinner - shocked us all by already knowing how to play!
Daniel's picture of fireworks over the Magic Kingdom Castle! Pretty smart!
We ate there tonight as you have the opportunity to stand outside their property to get a great view of the fireworks display. Daniel has been in his glory as each night we have seen fireworks - he LOVES fireworks! Epcot's display is by far the best one in all of Disney. He loved them.God is truly blessing us with wonderful weather and incredible opportunities to enjoy our kids. I am loving this vacation. I am still planning on NOT returning to Philly. Each day that goes by it gets more difficult to think about going back to the stress and craziness back there. Each day it gets easier to convince Andy to leave it all behind and find a life that is less stressful. He is sleeping so much more here and we are actually smiling a lot more at our kids and saying yes instead of no all the time. We have met several people who work for Disney that have actually grown up where we are currently living - they say, too, that they never want to go back and love life in Florida. God is going to have to do a mighty work in my heart to get me back there. We'll see......