Thursday, March 11, 2010

It was delightful...

Too many pictures, too much to write and too little time. So this will have to do...

My Favorite Pictures Of Our Florida Vacation

Eden giving Aric a massage during our five+ hours in Minneapolis.

After only two hours of sleep the night before...this little nap of mine was well deserved!

Due to Delta's ridiculous "You have to pay 25 bucks for every bag you check" rule, my poor children became pack mules.

The girls running to the monorail on our very first day at Disney World...umm...priceless! (at least that is what A and I keep telling ourselves after we tallied up the bill)

I just love this picture of Maya with Grandma Kathy. Seriously...does this woman look like she has cancer...just so you know, this is what "LIVING" with cancer looks like.

Another one of my faves...this one was taken in "It's a small world" thankfully we didn't get stuck inside for 20  minutes like we did the last time we rode it.

Do I really need to explain why this would be one of my faves...

Camden loved all the characters...
...but he especially loved Minnie.

This is Eden doing the happy dance because we got in the best row for the "Soarin'" ride.

This is what C looked like every time we let him out of the stroller.

I love this picture of Aric and Eeds.

I love that Maya left this note for the housekeeper, I had no idea she had left it until we got home later that night.

If only C would have made it into this picture, then we could have used it for this years Christmas card!

The Nemo show was AMAZING, it really could have been a broadway production.

Camden absolutely loved it! I took this next picture during the show.

Oh how I wish I had a better camera...this shot is so perfect if it weren't so blurry...

I love this picture because this is what Grandma K looked like most of the time we were at Disney, she was always cold.

Another "I wish I had a better camera" shot. This was taken on the Peter Pan ride. It is easily one of my most favorite rides.

I tried so hard to get a shot of the girls watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom...this was the best one. There were too many people and it was dark. Even though it wasn't exactly what I wanted, I still think it captures their expressions well.

The beach was absolutely gorgeous! I wish the weather had been better, but I still got some pictures that make me happy.

The trip was long and tiresome. We were busy everyday. I even managed to get 21 miles worth of running in while I was there. There is no vacation from marathon training, but running in the warm sun made it feel like a treat instead of a chore.

The traveling itself was unfortunate and too ridiculous to write about. But the 15 hours (one way) of annoyingness was 100% worth it. Grandma K made sure that our every need was met. The girls will treasure their memories of shell searching, and convertible driving with their papa Ron. If Camden could remember, he would remember trying to escape so he could run free and climb onto everything he wasn't supposed to. He would also remember being snuggled enough to last his lifetime.

Disney World was definitely delightful but I am so glad to be home. As far as I am concerned I live in "the happiest place on earth".  Well as long as you don't count the hours between 4pm and 6pm...those definitely aren't happy hours around here...but overall, I would say that I've got it pretty darn good.

And that, believe it or not, is the short version. I am saving the other 90 pictures, and obnoxious journaling for my photo book.

***If you are still reading this post, it means you must really, REALLY love us (me).


Lauren in GA said...

I read the whole thing...thus proving that I really love you ;).

That picture of Camden bookin' it once he was out of his stroller is so cute.

That note that Maya left is so, so sweet. I love that the housekeeper answered her!!!!

That picture you captured is pretty incredible. It was only a little blurry.

Natalie said...

Looks like your trip was (FAN)tastic!:) (haha)

21 miles?! you rock. maya's note was so cute! i'm glad that you took a picture. priceless. i'm glad you guys are back safe and sound and that you had a fun time together with eachother and the grandparents. it was well deserved:).

Shirley said...

Still reading....and yes totally love you (even though we have never OFFICIALLY met)! One thing.... HOW SURPRISED WERE THE KIDS???

Jean McKendrick said...

The ocean was warm enough for the girls to play in??
This is the coldest winter we have had. Your pictures in the airport give me serious anxiety, I hate making that cross country trip, loathe it.
I am glad you had a good time at Disney, memories your children will never forget.

Rochelleht said...

Oh, I just LOVE Disney. And I am dying over your daughter's darling manners by leaving that note. I am struggling with a certain 6 year old around here and I'm just a tad jealous when I see super good manners. We are working on it..

Ashley said...

What wonderful pictures... I was going to write about my favorite, but as I went back through there were too many. Such precious expressions and Grandma Kathy is a rock star! I am so glad the trip went well and that you guys were able to have this wonderful time together.

Erin said...

I REALLY do love you guys and I REALLY was waiting for that update. :) Looks so fun and makes me feel a bit more brave for our big east coast adventure this summer!

mrsmonje said...

I am so glad your back! I have been patiently waiting the return of you and blogging!! I am so glad you all had a wonderful time and if you want to post more pictures feel free! I love Disneyland and hope to someday visit Disney World! Thank goodness your back!!

Lindsey said...

Yay! I love you! (read til the end) I am glad you had so much fun. I want to do that someday.. I guess add it to the list :) I think cross country and Hawaii travel should be saved until every child in my house hold is 5. I just can't do it. :)

Jess said...

I'm coming out of lurking mode to tell you that I have been waiting for an update. I love all of your pictures - it looks like everyone had such a magical time! We are planning a Disney trip in September - any recommendations for hotel or activities?


the wrath of khandrea said...

that picture of pork chop running for dear life is the best. "SWEET FREEDOM!" he's tastin it.

Becky said...

I read it all and I do love you all! What a fun trip, so glad you got to make those memories!

Mrs Ana said...

Kathy is my hero! What precious pictures and memories. You have raised such thoughtful girls. To think of writing thank you notes to the housekeepers? Awesome! Camden is such a handsome young man I'm proud to be his tia. Edie is adorable giving her daddy a massage. Love to all!

Jenny Erazo said...

I have been waiting for your vacation post! It looks like so much fun! My aunts are giving the kids and I a trip to Disneyland for my graduation present and I CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE MY KIDS!

kthom said...

Oh I've been anxiously waiting...excellent documentation. Such fun memories for all of you, and the bed making note.....are you kidding me? That little gal is a doll. The fact that she did something like that without anyone knowing says alot about her...and her parents. Nicely done. Welcome home! How's the laundry coming?? :)

calibosmom said...

LOVE IT!!! Disney is such a great place-memories for a lifetime. Looks like you guys had a blast but i agree, HOME is the best place on earth.

Alison said...

Sooo fun! You got some AWESOME pictures!! Glad you guys had fun!

♥Shally said...

Disney is the best.


Love the pics.

And that beach is TOTALLY calling my name...

Elena said...

Great pictures. Great times and great children. Way to go Albrechts for making such great memories with your babies. Love you.