We finally made it to Disney.
And first things first, was Cinderella's castle.
We got there just in time for a performance. How fun!
Then we walked around the park some. Actually quite a bit.
And took turns riding rides.
Grace, David, and I rode Splash Mountain together.
While Faith and Benjamin waited with MeeMee.
We watched the parade. I took this picture of Grace upside down. She was so excited to see the princesses.
Next up, Faith and I rode Dumbo.
And Grace rode with MeeMee.
Then we waited in line for well over an hour to see Ariel's Grotto in the new section of Magic Kingdom.
We didn't realize that we were in the line to meet Ariel and not ride a ride. But that was fine with Grace and Faith. They were both super excited to meet Ariel. Grace kept telling me that she didn't know that Ariel was a REAL LIVE MERMAID!
Then we went by Lego Land.
And played with Legos.
And we rode race cars. Faith drove me.
Grace drove David.
It was getting late and time for the fireworks so we pumped the kids full of chocolatey sugary icecream to keep them going for another half hour.
We admired Cinderella's castle and watched the show.
Poor Benjamin was tuckered out after a full day.
And so was Faith.
Grace and David.
Anyway we needed an adult per child just to get to and from the park. Once we got on the shuttle to head back to the hotel, David had to wake Grace up so he could carry the stroller on board. Poor Grace was walking around like a zombie. I held Faith while MeeMee took care of Benjamin. Once the shuttle finally arrived back at our hotel, David barreled his way out the back door of the shuttle. I blindly followed him while carrying Faith and got completely knocked off my feet. Literally. Those doors slammed so hard into me that they knocked me back into the steps where my knees buckled and I hit my bottom. I must have scared the wits out of everyone on the bus because everyone was shouting, "Ma'am! Ma'am! Are you okay?" And I just sat there somewhat dazed while taking inventory of all my aches and bruises. After coming to the conclusion that all those aches were already there and nothing on me or Faith was broken I assured everyone we were fine. Meanwhile the bus driver had climbed off the bus and raced around to the side and opened the door for me. I think he was fearful of a lawsuit but I was just thankful to be back at the hotel where a nice cozy bed was calling my name.
We all enjoyed our trip to Disney - especially Grace. But honestly I don't think we got any more enjoyment out of it than we would have if we had gone anywhere else. For us, we just enjoy spending time together as a family. The locale of our experiences together is just an added bonus. We try to keep our kids grounded and teach them that it is the time spent together that is meaningful not the place that we choose to spend that time together. Disney is just another amusement park in my mind. A place designed to entertain. And we were entertained. And I will admit that I thoroughly enjoyed riding the teacups. They were my absolute favorite and maybe one day I'll post a hilarious video from it. Anyway, I'm sure Disney will entertain us all again, but it will probably be 5 years or more before our next visit. Personally, I'd rather go to the beach, or on a cruise, or to the local park... And I think my kids would, too.