Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer is Here + DISNEY!

Well, school is out and we have been SWIMMING!!!
Marcelo had private lessons through SWAP, (which I highly recommend) and after 4 sessions he is floating on his back, swimming to the sides of the pool and going under water easily.  I think by the end of the Summer he will be "swim safe".
For Father's Day the San Diego Padres were in town playing the Braves.  This was a no-brainer way to celebrate. 
 I had not been to the new stadium, and boy was it awesome.  So many restaurants and cool places to hang out.  But of course we just parked ourselves on the cement. haha!
 By far the BEST thing that has happened so far this Summer is our family trip to Disney World.
My parents gifted this trip to us and my brothers family for Christmas last year and we were super excited to experience see what all the hype was about!?!?!

Bill and his family drove to our house and stayed couple nights to break up the drive.

 These little girls got along great!

Marshmallows were anticipated all day, but even after all that sugar they slept like babies.
 Look how Marcelo's leg is on top of poor Luke. LOL
 The next morning we journeyed the 7 hour drive to Orlando.
 UGH!  Papiiiiiiii, why are you buying this crap at a rest stop???  I packed fruit and such.  Guys, if you didn't know this, I have FOUR kids.

We met our parents, who were already in Florida visiting friends.  
There was a little "movie theatre" in the lobby of our hotel ALL STAR MOVIES! Our rooms weren't ready so the kids (mostly mine-ha!) ran around in the lobby and also caught some of the movie playing.
Yes, my son is biting his toe nails.  Eleanor noticed and picture-ass Barbie captured it.  That picture cracks me up, but not as much as this one...
 Her face says it all right?  I interpret it as  "Mom!!  Do you see what Mateo is doing?? GROSS!"

Needless to say, everyone was excited to put on the wristbands and get to partying! 

We hung out all afternoon at the pool.

Grandma put together little bags for all of the kids.
They each got jammies and Disney stuffed animal and some other little goodies.
I think the most special thing though was the "fanny packs" that she SEWED for the bigger kids.  So Cute!! AND functional!

This was a great time to present them with the beautiful thank you card that the kids worked on.
The next morning, bright and early, we were in the line for the shuttle to Hollywood Studios.
My mom did a lot of [Disney] blog reading before the trip and presented us with many tips she had read.  One of which was that everyone in your party wears the same color shirt.  I'll admit, at first I wasn't too excited about my mom's color choices. haha!  But boy did she nail it!
It really worked.  You could pretty much scan an area and the orange shirts just popped out.  Ok mine wasn't a true orange, but it worked well enough.  Also not many people even wore bright colors at Disney, (accept other school/youth groups who color matched like us) See? Can you spot my mom?

On a related clothing note, of the 3 days were were in Disney parks, I saw one girl in a cute dress/outfit.  ONE.  Yes, everyone else was looking sweaty as hell in their t-shirts and shorts.  Including myself.
Yellow was the color for day two, and although not quite as "look-at-me" as the orange, it did the trick.
My normal Summer attire is a dress and I was going to be cute...Until the time rolled around and I realized, I don't have an orange, yellow or green dress. Haha
That's ok, the kids did all the looking cute.
I mean look at this YELLOW... cute enough that even aunt Jenny would say so.
We broke up day two in Magic Kingdom and went back to the hotel for a few hours after the 3pm parade extravaganza.

This was me walking back to the shuttle bus.

Yes, Marcelo is really sleeping with his head back like that. All three were OUT!

Day three was Animal Kingdom and maybe my favorite park (although I think Space Mountain was my favorite ride). It was also GREEN  shirt day!

Well, everything you hear is true.  It's a magical place.  The rides are fun, the workers go over the top to make sure you are happy, and the DISNEY APP makes getting around a breeze.

I am working on a video because between my camera and picture-ass Barbie's, we have sooooo many good ones to share.
Thanks again to my mom and dad for arranging this trip for all of us!  We had such a great time and these memories will last forever!

The boys are in British soccer camp this week and then we are off to San Diego! This Summer is going to be jam-packed of excitement.  Just how we like it!! 

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