December 29, 2010

Florida Fun Part 2: Family & Disney!!

I've already recapped our travel experience when heading to Florida.  So, here's the family and Disney recap!

As I mentioned, my sister picked us up from the airport.  We went straight back to my mom's house to unload the excessive amount of luggage I had with me.  We then headed out to go shopping.  Lauren, my sister, realized while out and about that Kate does indeed spit up a ridiculous amount and that my child really doesn't nap!

My sister's husband and boys came over soon after we got back from shopping.  Miles was a bit shy around Kate but Graham loved her instantly.  He had such a blast playing with her!

Kate loved seeing her Mimi for the first time in almost 4 months.  She made Mimi feel extra special and gave her huge smiles!  We hung out at mom's house Monday night because we were so tired after our early morning flight.

Tuesday my mom had to work so Kate and I met up with my sweet friend Heather and her son Ashton for coffee.  Except our coffee date lasted a solid 6 hours! Mom got off work early so we got to hang out with her all afternoon.

We had a great lunch with my Dad on Wednesday!  Kate loves her Pops!

Alex made it in super late Wednesday night.  We were so glad to have him back in the same city as us! 

Thursday afternoon we made our way down to Disney for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!  We rode the monorail to the Grand Floridian to see Christmas decorations before entering the park.

In front of the big Christmas tree in the lobby

We left the Grand Floridian to head to Magic Kingdom.  I was SO excited and proud to finally be pushing a stroller down Main Street USA.  I've waited so long to do that!

I love Disney World so much - but I especially love it all decorated for Christmas!

We rode the Carousel and Small World before grabbing dinner and a spot for the parade.  The weather was beautiful while the sun was out but it got chilly as soon as it got dark.
Kate really loved all of the music and bright colors in Small World!

One thing that makes Disney so easy with a baby is the Baby Care Centers.  A nice, warm area to change, feed, and entertain little ones.  We changed Kate out of her pretty dress and into jammies and a big warm suit for the night. 

Snoozing in her stroller before the parade:

My sister, brother in law, and nephews met up with us just in time for the parade!  Kate woke up right before the parade started so she hung out in her Ergo while it "snowed" on Main Street!

Kate loved the parade - she stayed awake for all of it and again, loved the lights and music!  This is a bit blurry but, she is totally fascinated by the parade.
Kate went back into the Ergo - and straight to sleep for the rest of the night!!! - after the parade ended.  We got a spot for the Holiday Fireworks which were absolutely amazing!  By far the best firework show I have ever seen - and the best I have ever seen Disney put on!

The castle all decorated!

My mom and Miles waiting for the fireworks!

After the fireworks we rode Pirates with the boys and then headed back to my mom's house.  We got up bright and early the next morning to head back to Epcot for the day!

Alex and I took Graham on Soarin' - he loved it!  We also rode the Finding Nemo ride at the Living Seas with Kate.  She loved the fish and the animated Nemo!

The big kids (Jeff, Alex, Justin, Graham and I) went to ride test track while Mom and Lauren stayed with the babies.

Graham and I waiting to take off!

Mimi, Miles, and Kate (under a blanket) while we rode Test Track
Miles holding Baby Kate

We headed to the Animal Kingdom lodge to have an early dinner in honor of my brother's 20th birthday.  We ate at Boma and it was delish!  I also got to meet his girlfriend - she's pretty awesome!

Justin, Jeff, Miles, Lauren, Graham, Me, Kate, and Alex!

Birthday boy!!

We celebrated Christmas Saturday!  Kate racked up on goodies from the family!  Playing with Uncle Justin!

I didn't really take many pictures other than our attempt to get formal Christmas pictures of a 4 month old, 2 year old, and 4 year old.

Sunday was a very laid back day.  We went up to Ocala to my sister's house and packed all of the crap that I thought we would need.  Yeah, learned that lesson - I don't need to bring 4587689234 outfits for Kate for a week trip. 

Mom and Kate on her 4 month birthday!

We said our goodbyes Monday morning and made our way to the airport.  We had such a great trip!  I can't wait to bring Kate back soon!  I know each Disney trip will be more exciting than the last as she grows and actually knows the characters!


Max said...

Such a sweet fam! Your next trip will be to NY to have coffee with ME! Lol

NicB said...

Or you can come to Fairbanks and have coffee with me! I am sure you would love the -30 degree temperature.

Megan and David said...

I might use you for your Disney connection in the coming years : ) Looks like fun!

Kitty Deschanel said...

What pretty photos! Yours is the 2nd blog in a row I've visited that posted about their vacation recently - and I am now dying to take a vacation! :)

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