This year we decided to surprise the boys and take them to Disney World. They had been asking to go for about a year, but Jesse and I wanted to make sure they were old enough to enjoy it. I booked the trip in February and we were so excited. We decided to keep it a secret and just show up there and then tell the boys. We were so proud of ourselves for keeping it quite for so long. We drove down to Birmingham and dropped off Payton with my parents. This way we could really enjoy just spending some time with the boys. Then early the next morning we woke the boys up and told them we were going somewhere great and they needed to get ready. They were so sleepy that nothing registered. We arrived at the airport around 6 a.m. and the boys hadn't even asked where we were going. All they knew is that they were going on vacation. Eli feel asleep on the plane and Andrew colored and Jesse and I had the excitement building as we neared Orlando.
When we exited the plane there were Disney and Sea World stores everywhere in the airport and the boys stopped at the Sea World store staring in amazement. So not being able to contain the secret any longer I said "Do you guys want to go there?". They slowly turned and we told them where we were and where we were going. Andrew turned around and ran up to Jesse hugged his legs and said "thank you Daddy". Did I forget to mention that I booked, fretted, made all the reservations and planned this vacation? How come he gets the credit???? Anyways, Eli starts jumping up and down and we just knew we had done a great thing.........until we got started at the parks.
We ate supper at the 50's Prime Time Cafe and headed to the hotel to let the boys swim, because that was all they wanted to do all day!
Day 3: Today was the day I'd been waiting for...Disney World Magic Kingdom!!!! I was so excited for them to see the big castle and we talked it up all morning. I'll keep this one short for you guys....they weren't feeling it! Note to all parents: Disney World is not the best place to take your young children during Spring Break! It was so crowded and the lines were so long that we only made it to a few rides. I think we only saw a 3rd of the park......until they were ready to go and at this point Jesse and I agreed, we weren't feeling it either. So that night we had reservations to go to Mickey's Backyard BBQ, which was fabulous! The boys had a great time dancing with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Chip and Dale!
Day 4: Animal Kingdom was on the agenda and I have to say I wish we had started off here! The boys loved it and we loved it! We went to Africa, Asia, and Dino World. We also took the Safari and Andrew was very concerned about the "poachers" and that is what he talked about for the rest of the day. Only bad thing was we had to leave for the airport at 2:00. By the time we had to leave the boys were begging to stay and wanted to go back to Disney World and Sea World. We thought they hated it, but at the end they loved it!
I just gave you guys the highlights of the bad times (I have to have something to write about)....but we really did have a great time!