Fun was had. Memories were made. Love grew even bigger.
The afternoon parade began just as we arrived at the Magic Kingdom our first day. It was a perfect welcome.
I've been thinking a lot about what to share of our voyage to the Big D. This life we are living is largely focused on thriving without all the mass commercialism our society invites. We mostly avoid doing things that everyone else does because we don't find most of the masses flocking to things we find nurturing. But Disney offers something totally confusing to me. It is a place of many things: magic, commercialism to a "T", overindulgence, excitement, manic frenzy, creativity, inspiration, fun, and most of all larger than life dreaming. It really is like being in a storybook.
Larger than life usually doesn't do it for me. I like simplicity. Serenity. Think linen and flowers. But I have to say, this was a magical vacation for our family. Much anticipated and greatly enjoyed. We planned to spend enough time in Florida that we would not have to feel pressured to do it all at once. And our plan worked. We were able to spend a few hours a day in the parks and lots of time resting at our hotel and basking in the sun. The girls loved every minute of our time there. Disney certainly delivered. I was very concerned before we left that this was going to turn into a nightmare holiday. But the moment we walked through the gates I knew we had made a good vacation choice. There are so many people (cast members as they are called) working in the parks, and the systems are so highly organized, that guests are allowed to let their imaginations flow freely in a beautiful, creative environment. Especially if you have planned out exactly what you want to accomplish during your visit. Guidebooks STRONGLY recommended. (we like Birnbaum's best)
If you are five your mouth will be open most of the time.
If you are one...you won't know what to think, except that you really don't care if you are there or not. (But whatever, this is pretty fun.)
I have a gazillion photos which I won't burden you with. But these are some of my favorites, and since this kind of vacation will be very rare for us, I'm glad I took the pictures (all 175 of them. Yep. I did.). These are priceless memories.
Now back to real life. Which came bearing down on us somewhere between St. Louis and Salt Lake when Amelia screamed for a good solid 30 minutes on the plane (after we almost missed our flight because of a crash on I-4 in Orlando). And again when our flight was delayed almost an hour in from Salt Lake to Boise. And again when they forgot our car seat in St. Louis. And again when Phil had to get up at 6:15 and go back to work. Oh, and there's the mess you see below. But now that the sun is up and I'm looking at my 175 photos and telling you about this vacation all the real life stuff is still worth it for the trip we enjoyed. Really, really worth it. More to come.....