A little over a week ago we surprised the kids with a trip to Orlando. It was hard keeping it a secret from them and the fact that leading up to our trip happened to be one of the busiest ever didn't help. I was making up excuses as to why I needed them to try on summer clothes to see what would fit, researching Disney tips while they weren't looking, and packing their suitcases while they were at school.
We woke them up very early on Thursday morning and told them to get dressed because we had a surprise. They didn't expect anything and they couldn't wait to find out what the surprise was. As we got everyone in the car they saw the suitcases and knew something was up. Their guesses were so funny and then finally we played the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse music to give them a clue and I kept thinking someone would get it, but they were still clueless! I kept giving them hints and they finally guessed Disney World! The girls were screaming with excitement and Hudson just looked confused because he had no clue what Disney World even was. Then we shared the next big news...that we were taking an airplane there! That is when he really got excited. :-)
The entire airport experiences was fun for them from pulling their suitcases, riding the train, and seeing the planes out the window at our gate.
The girls have flown before, but it has been almost 4 years since their last flight, so they didn't remember anything and this was Hudson's first flight.
When we arrived in sunny Florida it was hot, hot, hot and we all loved it. This winter has felt so long and it was nice to finally have warm sunshine.
We at lunch, got changed into our swimsuits and made our way for the pool. My kids were in heaven! Seriously, we could have just gone to the pool the entire trip and they would have been happy. They have missed swimming so much and love the water.
Our hotel had a lot of different sections to it and there were multiple restaurants, pool bars, a playground, putt-putt and multiple pools with lazy rivers and water slides. As a guest at any of the sections you had access to all of the amenities and pools.
The week before we had left I texted Kathy and her know we would be down there for the weekend. We had a very busy schedule, but we were going be there a day ahead of our scheduled events if they wanted to come over and meet us after their kids got out of school for dinner and to swim. It worked out that they were going to be out of school on Friday for the beginning of their spring break so they got a room at the hotel stayed for the night, which was so much fun!
We were able to swim together and then ate dinner at one of the on-site restaurants. It was so much fun! We stayed up way too late, but the kids were doing awesome and it as great for us to be able to catch up. At one point, the fireworks at Disney began and the kids could see them from where we were eating so they all lined up and watched the show.
When we finally got back to our rooms we all crashed. Our kids had been up for 18 hours (we got up at 5 AM to make our flight!) so everyone was fast asleep after such a fun and busy day.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to read about our fun the next day!