Wednesday, March 26, 2014

enough already

Okay, Okay. I know it's a little excessive, but I just can't stop myself.  I found a few more Disney pictures on my cell phone, and I just had to post them. These are the last ones, I promise.... well, maybe :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ferarri car show

We were lucky enough to be in Naples during their Ferrari Car Show & charity event.  The boys were drooling, and I've never seen so many rare, exotic cars together before.  It really was unique, and I'm glad we got to stroll down the sunny, palm tree lined streets together.

Monday, March 24, 2014

beach time

I'm so frustrated with myself.  Somehow, I deleted all of the pictures I took after Disney when we went to visit Grandma & Grandpa.  I'm so disappointed.  I've tried recovery software and have scoured my computer files to no avail.  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to make due with some trusty old cell phone pics.
I'm so glad we decided to spend a few days at Grandma & Grandpa's after the Disney trip.  We were exhausted from all of our fun, and it was so nice to just be able to relax and spend time with loved ones.  We went to the beach, ate at our favorite restaurant, went to yard sales and thrift shops with Grandma, Sean helped fix a few things around the house, Grandma made us her famous shrimp & fries which we're now addicted to, loaded up on gluten free goodies at my favorite little market, and just relaxed together.  I think my favorite part of this visit though was when we got to watch old home movies from Grandma & Grandpa's travels to Germany & Australia.  I felt so lucky that they wanted to share them with me, and I really enjoyed seeing them enjoying themselves, smiling, and explaining the beautiful things they were seeing.  Sean's parents were also in several of the videos along with Sean's birthplace which was really interesting to see (that's on our bucket list...  to see his birthplace one day) I felt like I was peeking back in time and joining in on those special moments with them.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Downtown Disney

Well, we couldn't end on a rain out, so we went by Downtown Disney on our way out of town.  The area is still under construction, but there were lots of neat things there.  Our favorites were the Candy Cauldron, The HUGE Disney store with a  gigantic spitting stitch on the door frame, the Ghirardelli chocolate store (AKA Heaven), and the Disney movie music that hummed from the sound system along the boardwalk.  They also had a really neat lego store with huge lego statues around the store and waterfront, a Harley Davidson store where the kids could sit on motorcycles, a circ de sole show, several restaurants, a left handed store, a mismatched store, a make your own tshirt store, and a two story arcade, but we just walked through most of those not wanting to spend all day there.

 Well, that's it.  That's our whole Disney trip broken into a month's worth of posts.  We ate at our all time favorite restaurant Fogo De Chao, and then waved good bye to Lake Buena Vista Florida.  I feel so blessed to have had this time to spend with my family in a truly magical place. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rained out

 Of all the things on our to do list for Disney, the Fantasmic show is the only thing we didn't get to do.  We got rained out.  Not just a little sprinkle of a rain out, but a torrential down pour of a rain out.  Our much wiser and more experienced grandparents left us for the safety of the hotel room while we snuck in a few more rides and braved the weather, but our night ended in a chain of bus, ferry, and marta rides where we managed to stay pretty dry by taking a somewhat obscure route back and covering up in our ponchos that I bought and carried around the entire time in our backpack just in case.  You know me, always prepared for anything :)  Running through the rain from bus stop to bus stop was definitely an adventure we'll never forget. After all of our soggy fun, we had a nice dinner at the hotel thanks to the food Grandma brought and stocked the kitchen with, and enjoyed a little time together before crashing in bed after an exhausting four day marathon of fun.  I'm so glad we got this picture of all of us on the last day.  I wish we would have taken a bunch more together, but I will always cherish this one.