Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Our Trip to Disney World

Here are some pictures of the condo that we stayed at while we were in Florida the week of May 22-30. It was very nice. We arrived at our hotel at about 11:30 pm on Friday night and it was pouring rain. Our condo was great. It was completely furnished so we were able to make some of our meals at the condo and then one meal a day we ate out.

Saturday 24th- Hollywood Studios

On Saturday the 23rd we went to Hollywood Studios at Disney World. We had a great time. Here is a picture of Mike and Todd and AJ. This picture looks like a real city but it isn't

Here is a picture of me and Karrilyn and Angela at Hollywood Studios.

This is a picture of the Hollywood Hotel which is one of the coolest rides at Hollywood Studios. It is like a haunted house and you are put in an elevator but you are sitting down and go up and down real fast and can see out of the hotel while you are going up and down. It is great fun but scary at first. I quite breathing the first time and of course we went many times.

This is a picture of us waiting for the Haunted Hotel ride. You can tell who is excited to go on it and who is scared..... Angela was real worried at first but then after going she was begging us to go again and again.

A cool picture I took in Florida as the sun was going down. It was beautiful.

Sunday 25th- Day with Burrs

On Sunday the 25th, we went and spent the day with some friends that have moved to Florida in the last year. We went to church with them and had lunch and then they took us and showed us around their place. They took us crocodile hunting and we actually found an alive one and one dead. We also found an armidallo, rattle snake, and cool birds.

Here is a picture of us and our friends outside of the small visitor center that they have at the cattle ranch that the church owns there in Florida. Our friends moved there because Jan was given a job on the cattle ranch. It is very interesting. We all enjoyed our tour around the ranch. We especially loved seeing the crocodile and their swimming hole. My kids would die for a swimming hole like that.

We didn't get a picture of Nancy in the picture with the whole group so I made sure I got one with just her. It was so nice to see her again even though she really didn't care for getting her picture taken.
Monday 26th - Animal Kingdom
On Monday the 26th, we went the the Animal Kingdom at Disney World. It was amazing. We saw many real animals as we went on some of the safari rides. Here is a rhinoceros that we saw real close up.
AJ, Todd and I getting ready to go to "A Bugs Life" . It was in 3D. How would it be to live a bugs life. This was a funny ride, even though the girls didn't think so.
At Animal Kingdom, one of the best rides was Mount Everest Expedition ride. It was a roller coaster that was going to Mt. Everest. We loved it. Have you ever been on a ride that stopped at the top. One of the times we went on this ride it stopped at the top and we didn't know why. We thought they were going to have to have us walk down if that was possible. Quite an experience. I don't think I would want to be stuck on Mt. Everest.

Here is a picture of all of us in front of Raffiki's tree at the Animal Kingdom.

We just had to go see Raffiki in person. Mike really wanted to shake his hand.
Tuesday 27th- Magical Kingdom
On Tuesday the 27th, we went to the Magical Kingdom at Disney World. I think it is probably my favorite because there is so much to do that I enjoy and so many rides. Of course we had to go on the ride "It's a Small World".

Here is a goofy picture of my kids waiting to get on the ride.

It is just not vacation without getting ice cream on Main Street at Disney World. A little expensive though but well worth it. Our family LOVES ice cream. There is not much that my whole entire family enjoys but I can say that ice cream is definitely a favorite of all of us.
The whole reason to go to Disney World. How could you go to Disney World and not see Mickey and Minnie Mouse. We stood in line for over an hour to see them, but I think even though the kids and Mike and I are a little older we thought it was well worth the wait.
Wednesday 29th- Epcot Center
On Wednesday the 28th, we went to the Epcot Center at Disney World. By the end of the week I think we were all getting a little tired. This is a picture of one of the rides that we went on at Epcot. It was about our future.
Thursday 29th- Orlando temple and Melbourne Beach
We really try to go to the different temples when we travel and so we called the Orlando temple and set up a time that we could all go and do baptisms. We were able to go on Thursday the 29th. It was gorgeous and so peaceful. I am surprised how much my kids enjoy this even though there are so many other things that we are doing, they really enjoy the temple trips.
(sorry if the picture isn't so great, we dropped our camera on our trip and had to buy a disposable camera on the last two days, what a bummer)

After our trip to the temple, we headed off to go to the beach. It has been a long time since the kids have been to the beach. It took some getting used to but by the time it was time to go back they all wanted to stay.

Here is a picture of Mike teaching the boys how to body surf, or trying to while the girls are watching.
Of course Mike wouldn't let us go to the beach without me getting in too and trying to body surf. I am not too good but it is a lot of fun to play in the water and try.
Friday May 30th- AJ's birthday, movie, shopping and trip home.
We woke up and checked out of our condo and then we headed over to Downtown Disney to do some last minute shopping. We also went to the movie for AJ's birthday. We went to see Prince Caspian. It was a great movie and a great theater. When we came out to head to the airport to come home, our GPS wouldn't work any more. We were a little stressed because we had no idea how to get to the airport. We finally were able to get directions from someone and we were able to make it to the airport. We made it there in time to buy some airport food for dinner. Mike and AJ had Burger King and the rest of us had hot dogs and french fries or fish and chips. It was a very long day. We finally made it back to Las Vegas where our Expedition was and then we still had to drive home to Cedar City. We made it home about 2:30 am on Saturday morning.
This trip was once in a life time trip for us and we all had such a great time. It was so nice to get away and play together. This trip was so much fun. I have such great fun kids to help make it a great time.
My kids are getting bigger and older all the time and I am glad that we were able to go and splurge a little in Florida.
Kids, thanks for making this such a great trip. You are GREAT!

1 comment:

Kristi said...

Holy Crow, I am soooooo jealous. It really looks like you guys had a great time. I hope when my family gets that old that we all like to spend time together. I love you guys and I am glad you are home safely.