A Journey with Love and Laughter

Read about our family as we journey through life as a family, with siblings, school and spina bifida, and lots of fun and laughter along the way!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pool and then home ... day 7

Today was our last day in Florida.
We got a afternoon flight, so that meant we had time to spend in the pool!



Nick really liked that he could walk in the water


And float




Nick liked watching Katheryn on the slide, but was afraid to do it himself


After a lot of coaching and watching Katheryn do the smallest slide...
Nick "decided" that he would do a slide
(Look at his face, he was really nervous)


I got him all ready at the top


And then he was off!


He thought it was great!


And actually wanted to do it again!


After a dozen or so slides it was back into the pool



Katheryn is much more comfortable underwater


 
But pretty soon it was time to dry off, dry our wet clothes (on the car roof) and get something to eat before heading to the airport.
We did have a quick trip to the arcade, where of course there was a Ninja turtle game
 
 
Katheryn won some fake teeth that she didn't want to take off
 

We had lots of snacks, reading and waiting while we were at the airport.


And it was night before we took off.
Lots of sugar, blue teeth and pjs are perfect for a airplane ride home.


Nick slept through the whole ride


Katheryn woke up when we landed again and wanted pictures of lots of different stuff.
The airplane we had just gotten off of


A display of luggage


And a dino exhibit

And then we were home.
The kids were very excited to see their daddy and tell them what a great time they had! And of course they are already planning when we go back

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Magic Kingdom ... day 6

Today was our last day for Disney.
And it was pouring rain.
So we pulled out our rain ponchos and a change of clothes, and we headed out. The monorail was broken, so we got to take the boat in


They had a rainy day parade!


All of the characters came out in fire trucks and there was singing and dancing in the rain!


The dancers were all dressed in rain coats and Katheryn got a special shout out and greeted one of the dancers


After the parade we were on our way. We were going to different lands in Disney World to try to explore everything.


Our first fast pass was for the Ariel ride.
By the time we got there the rain had ended. Katheryn really liked the Ariel on the ship outside of the ride


And we went through a waterfall to get to the ride. Nick didn't like the noise that much.


One of the people that Nick really wanted to meet was Anna and Elsa.
The wait was over 2 hours at almost every time of the day, and Fast Passes were not available when I tried to get one. But Nick's Disability Access Pass let us get a time and then come back.


Katheryn got into her Anna dress while we were waiting (her 3rd princess dress for the trip)


I love the looks on both of the kids faces!
Nick and Katheryn were so excited to actually meet Elsa!


They got their autographs and got to ask questions and pose for pictures



Katheryn actually wanted to pose for some pictures while we were waiting for our next Fast Pass.

Next we went into Adventure Land to go to Pirates of the Caribbean.


There wasn't a big wait (about 15 minutes), so our Fast Pass didn't really make a difference.
The kids were a little nervous about going on the ride. I remembered the first initial drop of the ride. Katheryn didn't mind it, but Nick didn't like it. 
The part when the town is burning down, the kids weren't too sure. You could feel the heat, but we kept telling them it was fake fire.

After lunch we had another ride just for the kids.
The Aladdin carpets. My parents wanted to go back to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, so the 3 of us went ahead to the ride.
We tried to tell Nick that he would like it, but he didn't believe us.


This was another ride that didn't have a long wait (about 15 minutes). So we used our Fast Pass and got a time for Nick's Disability Pass, so we could go on it twice in a row.
The first time Nick wanted to sit with me, and he didn't want to go up high. But he really quickly started to enjoy himself. On the third ride he rode in the front alone with Katheryn, and I rode in the back.

 One of the things that had been recommended to me was the Fantasy Parade. I had been worried at first in the morning that the parade would be cancelled, but by parade time it was a beautiful day.

We raced to get to the parade route in time, and cut through a short cut and was there just in time!



All of our favorite characters were there!



And each float was related to a different Disney story.

Prince Charming came out and battled through the thorn bushes and fought the dragon


And he stopped to shake Nick's hand!


Of course the Parade ended with the classic Disney Characters



 Nick was waving good-bye to the parade


Of course we couldn't leave without going on the tea cups again!
And Katheryn, being 7 years old, is old enough to go on rides all by herself


Nick really enjoyed the tea cups.


Papa really enjoyed the tea cups too!


We went on the tea cups over and over again. It was another ride that we could almost walk on. We just had to wait at the exit and let them know we were waiting and we could go on almost every-other ride.

Nick only liked going backwards... not sure what the difference is between forwards and backwards, but we would stop the turning and then go the other way and Nick liked that better. Katheryn liked that she could turn it herself


Before leaving we got some pictures in front of the castle.
Katheryn wanted to get back into her Anna dress again


And we got a family picture as well

And some fun bubble pictures!
The area we got the pictures wasn't crowded, but still close enough for a great background

Katheryn had been asking about Married Mouse ears. This was our last opportunity. So I gave her some money and she could busy anything she wanted.


When we were walking back we lost papa and Nick. We stopped in one of the shops, and they kept going.
We knew we would eventually find them. We were heading to the exit. Of course none of us actually had cell phone service. We were using wifi, but I wasn't sure if my dad had connected or not. We did find them before we left though.


We left Disney and went back to the hotel for a siesta and dinner. We weren't sure how late the pool would be open and didn't want to tell the kids we could go swimming, but the pool was open until 9 am. So we went for a dip after dinner for a night swim!


We hadn't gone back to the room for Nick's puddle jumpers, so he got to wear a life-jacket.


It was another perfect finish of a go-go-go vacation!