We flew out of SLC on Nov. 9th in the beginnings of a snow storm and actually, by the time the storm stopped there was 30 inches in Bountiful... but we flew into beautiful blue, sunshiney skies! We had some mechanical airplane delays and ended up not making it to Orlando on Friday...but only to Kentucky. Delta put us up in a hotel and gave us food vouchers and a little overnight kit. We were stuck in our clothes, without our luggage, but it all turned out great. Erica Belnap Haskell and her two boys drove up to have dinner with us. Those kids are darling...and it was good to have some Erica time. Laila made sure to bring Winston ( Monson's stuffed panda) along...and represent Monson, so he wouldn't miss out.
|Stuck at the airport....|
Bre: The Viking ride in Norway, eating chocolate crepe in France, and seeing Goofy
Add: Mexico and all of the art
Lando: finally making it to Orlando, eating School bread in Norway
Tru: eating School Bread, eating a turkey leg and talking to the Brittish people in England.
Laila: Mission to Mars ride and having Alex and the cousins with me all week.
Wayne: eating Turkey legs and playing checkers with Truman
Melinda: Having everyone soak their legs in the giant hot tub at the end of the day, laughing a lot, eating school bread in Norway.
|How many people can fit in an English phone booth?|
Sunday was our Church-Ocean day! It was a gorgeous day...and the beach had some awesome waves with the softest sand.
We traveled around in a big 15 passenger van and told stories, joked and laughed a lot! I brought my Blendtec and Tami packed her Vitamix...and we made green smoothies every morning for any one who wanted one. We found time at the end of most days to go to the pool or atleast soak our feet in the giant tub in the Master bedroom at the condo.
We all had Butter Beer...Laila liked the Frozen, but Tru and I preferred the regular, it was more flavorful and didn't give me a brain freeze. Laila wasn't tall enough to do the Dragon roller coaster...so....we took Alex's shoes off..and Laila put them on and we put her hair in a high ponytail and... ta-dah...she got on the Dragon Coaster. Laila loves all of the coasters!! We got Landon a Wheelchair...which really helped his head situation, and reminded us of our trip here from 8 years ago. Only once did Addison push him onto a splash pad and try to walk away. Nash liked to ride on Landon. ( That was his best ride...most of the other ones scared him.) Add and Bre loved the Hogwarts castle ride, and HoneyDukes candy store. We went into Olivander's and Alex was chosen to get "the wand." It was magical. Most of the kids bought wands and cast spells on each other the rest of the time.
We went on all of the water rides in Universal....everyone eded up wringing wet...literally...we had to go into the bathrooms and take off clothes and wring them out and put them back on. It was crazy, wet fun. We also liked the Super hero comic book land with the giant Hulk coaster and Seussville.
Wayne took us all for deep dish pizza at Giordanno's to end our day!
Wednesday we headed to Hollywood Studios Disney-- if you like Movies, you like this park. Tower of Terror is the bomb! We all love it. Good thing for the Hunter pass because the lines were long, but not for us. Even Nash went on it after much cajoling and some bribery. Tami had to "talk" him into a lot of rides. He is so funny. One time as she is pulling him onto a ride, because she knows he will like it, he is reaching out and speaking to any worker who will listen, "Help me...my mom is making me go on this ride. Please. Anyone?" We all loved Fantasmic, and the Chrismas Street lights at the end of the day were Amazing!