03 March 2016

Our Disney Trip

We are home from our Disney trip and already starting talk about another visit. Funny how the mind quickly forgets the chaos of traveling with kids. ;) We made it to, and through, the airport pretty easily and even had time to sit at the gate and watch the girls spot airplanes. And lucky for us, only one child had an entire drink spill on her and only one parent was covered in a strawberry banana yogurt pouch by the time we sat down on the plane, so we will call this a win. Plus, Brite seemed to really love her oversized jersey shirt from an airport kiosk anyway. ;) The flight was super fast and we were landing within an hour. 

We took the Disney shuttle to our hotel. Our section of the hotel was decorated in The Lion King theme which Marin LOVED, calling out all the characters when we walked by, "Hi, Mafiki!"  She raced down the hotel hallway, stepping on all the lion paw prints on the carpet and just all-around already thinking DISNEY IS AMAZING!

That night, a friend of ours who works for Disney met us at Hollywood Studios for the Frozen sing-a-long. And how cute was it when Marin busted out the dramatics for Let it Go? Arms flailing, singing-at-the-top-of-her-lungs cuteness! Andy and I were even able to snag a quick ride on the Rock-N-Roll roller coaster while there, a really terrifying and exhilarating mini date that filled up our date cup for weeks to come. SO fun.
The next day we ate a quick breakfast in the room so we could get to the Magic Kingdom for our allotted time to meet Repunzel. Andy has been to Disney before but for the rest of us, everything was so new and really GRAND, like bigger and more magical than I expected. That walk down Main Street to Cinderella's castle! Really amazing. 

We spent the day meeting princesses and riding a few rides. Marin can be a bit shy in unfamiliar situations, (even if they make her happy) so she acted pretty reserved when she met the princesses but got increasingly more comfortable the more we visited.
Belle was the last princess we met and I feel a bit silly saying this but she was such a beautiful person. When she noticed Marin looking down at the ground, she crouched down (in her big beautiful gown), scooted really close to Marin and whispered something about Marin's pretty, sparkly shoes and about being a big sister. And there it was, a beaming grin from our girl (who even looked up to take the picture)! I think I cried. I might be tearing up right now. ;) 
We stayed for the parade, one of my favorite parts of the day, and we were headed back to the hotel by early evening. Marin was having the time of her life, BUT I couldn't help but think she seemed a bit off. I even asked her a few times through out the day if she was feeling okay. We decided to spend the rest of the evening at the hotel.

At 6:00 am on Sunday we discovered the reason for Marin's "off" spirit the day before, a stomach bug struck. Poor girl was puking all day but was the sweetest sick person and after every throw up, seemed reinvigorated and ready for fun. Andy and I were hopeful that whatever was ailing her tummy would subside by the evening so we could take her back to the park. By 4:30 we decided to chance it since she seemed content. We spent the evening at the park and our little warrior even wanted to ride rides! Enter stunned face {here}. She giggled all the way through the race cars and sat enthralled with the Buzz Light Year ride. We stayed at the park for just a couple hours then headed back for early bedtime, not our dream day BUT only one of us got the stomach bug so we will continue to look for the magic here mmm k?

We made it home, safe and happy, even though big girl is STILL fighting this virus. Blah.
Despite a little sickness and craziness, our hearts are full from this magical time. May Beauty and her barf remain a distant memory. ;)

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