Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Disney Day 8 – Our last day

We took our time on Friday morning loading the car with our bags and souvenirs before heading to Sea World for a couple of hours. Our flight was at 4 and we had some time to kill.

By this point, Nolan was in love with Shamu (still is a month later) and carried his little figurine around everywhere. He was pretty pumped to see Shamu greeting everyone again. Luke was not feeling well and just wanted to rest in the stroller.

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This is Shamu, holding Shamu, giving Nolan a kiss.

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Both boys wanted to pet Mr. Ray again!

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We saw 2 shows – the Sea Lion & Otter show and the Shamu Show. Luke was VERY tired and not feeling his best during the Shamu show so I just held him while Nolan was in awe of the whales.

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We had some ice cream before leaving the park. Nolan and Luke fell asleep in the car on the way to the airport and, thankfully, stayed that way when we transferred them to their strollers, checked our bags in and wheeled them to security.

This is all sort of like a blur to me because it was so hectic and stressful, but we arrived at the gate, I got the boys some lunch, thought I lost my purse, forgot to take my anxiety meds for the plane ride (not good), had to chase Luke down the terminal, caught some Lukie vomit in my hands as Justin was waving me to get onto the plane since we were the last to board.

We weren’t late for the flight at all, the airline crew just boarded the plane crazy-early.

We had to do some seat-shuffling since I wasn’t medicated (have I mentioned that I’m a REALLY paranoid & bad flyer?) and was nervous about having both boys sit with me in our 3 seats – which is what the boys wanted to do. What can I say, they love their mommy! Thankfully, my amazing husband got me some meds, took care of the boys and we had a relaxed trip once we were in the air.

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Also, you can tell from this last picture how nice my tan was from our week in Florida! Obviously I kid – we are an SPF family!

It was nice to walk through our front door and put the kids to sleep in their own beds, but I really did miss vacation and spending an entire week with my parents and sister. My mom even called the following day and told me she missed waking up with Nolan and Luke.

We have some small trips planned for the rest of this year, but nothing as big as Disney World. We’ll do some camping, spend time at the beach and drive out to Ohio to visit my parents and brothers. I love taking my little guys to fun places and am looking forward to a fun year with them!

Disney Day 7 - Hollywood Studios & repeat MK Day

I hadn’t been to Hollywood Studios (or MGM as I still call it) in years. I had fond memories of the Rock and Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror, but just hadn’t returned to the park since 2000. It was just as much fun as I remembered and we had an awesome day!

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The boys (obviously) couldn’t ride either of my two favorite rides, so we did them in shifts and luckily the lines were short enough that we were able to do the quickly!

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We still had fun just being together while waiting for Grammie, Pop & Aunt Danielle to finish a ride!

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After wandering around for a bit, we saw….

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Jake from The Neverland Pirates (which is a show on Disney that’s on rotation in our house)! This was a huge deal for Nolan & Luke. I hadn’t seen them this excited yet! Luke could barely contain himself.

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After the Little Mermaid Show (which was just amazing and the boys both enjoyed it) we went to the Prime Time CafĂ© for lunch. Since we had poor timing, we ended up waiting to be seated for an hour before we made it to our table. The boys were pretty upset by this point and I was starving, so it didn’t make for a happy combination. We sat, we ate, we left. The food was good (fried chicken – yum!), but I would have been happy grabbing a hot dog and ate that while walking around! There was so much more I wanted to do, but the boys were fading fast.

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Yep, didn't ask them to hold hands...it's just how they roll sometimes!

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We saw a couple more shows before Justin & I left with the boys while my family stayed. We took them home and gave them a nice nap before we met up with my parents at the Magic Kingdom later that evening.

Our last ferry ride over to MK!

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We stopped by The Confectionary and loaded up with some goodies before meeting the rest of the group on Main Street.

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We took a train ride halfway around the park then scoped out a good firework-watching spot.

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Afterwards, it was off to ride some more rides. Luke kept asking to “shoot the bad guys” so we went straight for the Buzz ride again!

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We had to sneak in a Space Mountain ride, so Nolan & Luke went on the People Mover with Grammie & Pop!

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As we were leaving the park, I thought about how much fun we had and how different it will be for all of us when we come again in a couple of years.

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A lot of people looked at me funny when I told them we were taking the boys to Disney at only 2 ½ years old, but I think it was the PERFECT age for them to really appreciate all that was going on. I know that they won’t remember this trip when they’re big, but I will remember it. A month later, they are STILL talking about Disney World and all of the fun things we did. Luke even remembers random, small events like dropping his “credit card” in the lake at Epcot!

I saved some events for future trips like having the characters sign autograph books and going to see the Luau at the Polynesian because I think they’ll appreciate that more when they’re a bit older.

I had a lot of trepidation about how the boys would behave during an 8 day vacation to Disney, but they blew my expectations out of the water. They were so well-behaved! I’m not saying both of them were perfect angels at every point on our trip, but they were both extremely good and really didn’t disappoint. I expected spending less time in the parks and more time at the resort resting, but they were troopers and wanted to keep going.

We still had a half day to spend in Orlando on Friday before our flight back home so we decided to pack on Thursday night and spend a couple of hours at Sea World again before we flew home the following day.