It's hard to believe, just one week ago we were in sunny Florida (sunny maybe, warm...not so much). It definitely was great to get away and spend time with the girls. It was good to reconnect with our children while not having to think about work, laundry, dishes, errands, and the daily routines of life.
We decided to drive the trip this year. We've always flown in the past, but between trying to save a few pennies and not wanting to carry 3 car seats into the airport, we figured it best to drive. Plus this way we could visit my Grandma and Aunts in Georgia. It has been nearly 2 years since I saw them last, and I thought it was high time for a visit. I was still a bit nervous about this long trek with an 8 month old though. I knew the girls would do fairly well, but we had just gotten Andrew to sleep through the night not more than a month ago, and I wasn't sure if this would mess up our beloved schedule. Fortunately, to our surprise he did great. Not only was he a great traveler, he pretty much kept to his same routine during our whole weeks stay in Florida. He was a bit fussy on the way back home, although so were the girls. I think they just knew we would be getting back to the reality of winter for 8 more weeks.
Our final big adventure of the week was going to Magic Kingdom. We had debated whether or not we should go, since we only had one day to pack it all in, but threw caution to the wind and decided to go for it. We are very glad we did. My sister in-law kindly offered to take Andrew for the day, so we could focus on spending time with the girls. And after the packed day we had, we were glad we were sans Andrew that day. We truly packed in everything we could that day. I think the first time we stopped for a break was close to 5:30 pm. I worried about tiring our girls out by doing too much, but at the same time wanted to make sure we did and saw everything we wanted to for that day. I wasn't disappointed, except for the weather (which started out with 46 degrees!). But even the colder temps didn't slow us down that much. We started the day off by meeting Arial. She was the only princess we met, but fortunately the girls aren't really in to having their picture taken with characters so that worked out okay (more time to do rides). We went on almost all the rides too. I wasn't sure how they would do on many of them (since their are a few with elements of pitch black...a little scary for Katie), but they did fine. A few of the rides Katie told us at the end that she never ever wanted to go on that ride again, but at least she didn't cry. The parades were fantastic too. The girls were glued to music and dancing. But perhaps the best was the light show at the end. Tinker Bell flew from Cinderella's Castle, and the girls were facinated by that.
When I asked the girls what the favorite part of their day was, they both mentioned the Jungle Cruise, exploration on the Swiss Family Robinson tree house, and watching the Bear Jamboree. Although, I'm sure Katie would say her favorite part of the trip was just swimming. I'm hoping they aren't too young to remember this fun filled day. Fortunately we have many pictures to mark the occasion. Yes, it was another memorable vacation, and I'm thankful that we were blessed enough to have been able to go.