We are back. The laundry is almost folded. The suitcases are unpacked. And the tree is finally up. I think post-Disney weariness may be more severe than jet-lag!
I don't really know how to summarize a week-long trip to Disney, but for the sake of posterity, I want to try. Here's are a few high-lights:
- The family time was fantastic. The boys made fast friends with their cousins. They have never actually all been together. Both Violet and Silas were born after we left the US. It was especially sweet to see them having so much fun together. I'm afraid my boys were a rather wild influence at times on the little gals though:)
- Cousins aside, the grandparents definitely won the hearts of us all. I'm not sure Jude and Silas know just how generous a week at Disney was, but they seem to understand that NanNan and PopPop like to seriously spoil them! And they loved every minute of it.
- The trip was long enough that we really did get to see and do what we wanted to. We hit all 4 Disney Parks and had a good time at each of them. Because the kids are so small, we did spend the most time at Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland. Peter Pan just never gets old, does it?
- Yes, we donned Mickey apparel all week. Please note the Minnie sweatshirts below. My advice: if you're going to go to Disney, go all the way. It's the atmosphere. Cheesy is cool. Just let it go, friends. It was so fun!
- Our favorite "shows" were definitely Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios and The Lion King at Animal Kingdom. Worth the time and effort if you are around Disney this year! Jude is still singing "I just can't wait to be king!"
- We were on the dining plan, thanks to the grandparents:) So we dined with quite a few characters. Though they were all fun, our kids really loved breakfast at Chef Mickey's with the classic characters. The food was great too!
- If you want wild-ride reviews, you'll have to talk to hubs. Preggo ladies have to miss out on quite a bit! Jude was right at 40" this trip, so he did get to do Mine Train at Magic quite a few times…which was his favorite.
- We finally pushed ourselves to stay up past 9pm on the last night to go see a parade. The Electrical Parade on Main Street was just so classic and fun. I don't think we could have chosen a better time to go! Disney loves lights and Christmas is like an explosion! It was beautiful and such a fun memory with Jude. (Silas was indeed passed out:)
Want to know the truth? Even at Disney my kids were sinners. Even at Disney, I was a sinner. It wasn't a perfect week. There is no perfect vacation. At the risk of sounding trite, let me state the obvious. There were plenty of attitudes, melt downs and parent failures. Even Walt, in all his creativity, can't erase that nature. Jesus can. And in His promise of that completion, there is joy. He's the truest light. The most faithful friend. He is our hope and happiness. Through Him, we enjoy and are enjoyable.
He gave a good gift to our family last week.
We are grateful.