I'm mostly going to let the pictures speak for themselves.
First of all, we thought it'd be best to leave Emmy behind. And we were very glad that we did. It was much easier on us. But I'm sure that this will be an issue someday when she's old enough to understand so we will just have to go again sometime.
Our kids experienced their first airplane ride!! They were so excited for this. Charlie had been asking almost everyday for weeks if that day would be the day for flying on the airplane. Most of us wore comfy clothes but Ruby had to travel in a dress, of course!!
We got to our 'Florida House', Fantasyland, and went to the closest fast food place. We were all ready for dinner. Afterwards, we all got in the water. And by that time, it was dark. The place was so gorgeous at night. The girls loved the lazy river, all dimly lit, and Charlie loved the pool and splash pad. We all said throughout the weekend that we will have to stay here again.
We went back to our villas that night and mom and dad had put together Disney goody bags for all the kids, complete with bubble gum, drawing pads and crayons, lipstick, and cash!!
The next morning, we were DISNEY WORLD bound!!! All 18 of us had coordinating shirts, again thanks to mom and dad, and the little girls had their princess gowns. Ruby stayed in hers the whole day at the park until just before we left.
Then a monorail ride into the Magic Kingdom! Another first for the kiddos which they loved!
Disney was decorated for Halloween! So fun! But it made me a little sick, the park was only open until 7p that night with our park tickets :( From 7p on, more people started pouring into the park for a special trick or treating night. How fun would that be, too?!
The girls both went on their first rollar coaster rides, too! And while Jordan and I did those couple roller coasters with them, Charlie went on 'It's a Small World' with grandpa and grandma. And he can't stop talking about it. They said it was pretty hilarious how he loved it so much! It was just such a great day.
The next morning, we got out to the pool asap. We got out to eat and Ruby used the bathroom about 15 times that day, but other than that, we were in that water all day long. I was thinking that I'd lay out, or even just sit on a lawn chair, but I think I was in that water just as much as my kids. We had so much fun. And it was a blast just hanging out with all of my nieces and nephews. They all get along with each other so well. Even my lazy river rides were always with the kids and not exactly relaxing. But FUN! And every time mom went on the lazy river, the grandkids tortured her by pushing her under the waterfalls and making sure the fountains thoroughly blasted her. We got pizza that night and everyone went to bed 'early'.
And then we were on our way back home. To the airport by 6:30am and back in Grand Rapids by noon. Our family slept pretty much the whole flight home and we were able to just chill out the rest of the day. And now, I'm afraid I want to go back to Disney more than I did before we even went! Of course, we didn't get to see it all... that wouldn't have been possible. So we've got to get back to show our kids the rest of it. The weekend was magical! Plus, we owe Emmy a trip there now, so we will be back in the next couple of years!!
Jordan and I have been wondering when and how we'd be able to do a trip like this for the kids (it's so expensive!!) We have been wanting to go so bad knowing that the three oldest kids are at such perfect ages. And then mom and dad made it happen. They are beyond amazing... even if they hadn't taken us to Florida! We are so blessed by their love and encouragement. They are young at heart and have such a spirit of adventure. I hope they enjoyed it even half as much as we did! We are so thankful! Dreams really DO come true!! This trip was magical!!