Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vacation is all I ever wanted...

Vacation had to get awaaayy....(The Go-Go's in case you're wondering).

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Aaaah my heart melts for vacation.

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This one has been in the works since last January, yes that's correct over a year of planning. I take my vacations pretty seriously and my usual obsessive-compulsive-self planned all of our meals, activities, packing items, well in advance. I had lists upon list of websites I used for my planning, things I needed to take for the girls, crucial tips for getting to places I wanted to take the girls and also fun ideas for all of us to enjoy while on vacation.

Me and the peanuts worked on the preparations. They got their favorite outfits from all of the great birthday gifts they got this year & we were ready to go!

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And J was in charge of figuring out how to get me and everything I absolutely needed to our vacation spot, ORLANDO! Contrary to popular belief you can take two 2-year-olds to Orlando. And yes we visited the Disney parks and lived to tell about it. It was one of the best family vacations we've ever had & the girls had a blast. And I have a feeling they might just remember this trip. Sometimes I hear the Dumbo song being sung by someone randomly. It's a song we made up while waiting on line to ride Dumbo.

Here are some of our favorite moments of our family vacation.

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We made lots of new friends!

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Turns out Valentina is a real charmer :)

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Catalina showed The Mouses' a new dance. LOL! Too funny!

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And here are my little dancing queens strutting their stuff at Minnie & Mickey's party.


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And these fuzzy little chefs made us a fabulous BBQ dinner that day. Yummy!

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We were a little skeptical about the chipmunks but eventually the girls warmed up to our chefs.

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Disney is no place to lounge around all day so we made sure to keep active....in the sweltering suffocating heat.

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There's no place to beat the heat than in the pool! The peanuts learned the word "pool" real quick & every day they asked about it. Not sure how we're going to break the news that we don't have one of these at home. uh oh.

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And sometimes the rain would come and set us back but we would patiently wait until it stopped so we could get on with our vacation business.

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And sometime we would hide from the rain so it wouldn't find us...

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But OUT came the sun & so would the peanuts!

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So off we would go again on another adventure.

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And after lots of running around you must refuel with great food & DRINKS!!!

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I swear I didn't give her any of my mojito :)

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Cati truly enjoys a good meal.

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And so does Val

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And so does J

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And these were some our absolutely fun fun fun moments...it's Dumbo!! Dumbo! Dumbo!

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We're next!...on the TEA CUPs Yippee!

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Round round & round we go..

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And my daughters enjoy even the simpler adventures like

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...the slide.

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...and the choo choo train.

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But if you ever decide to take your toddler to Disney here's a few tips I can now offer after having experienced it myself.

-Pack appropriately...food, drinks, strollers, child harness of some sort, a water mist fan, and caffeine for yourself.

-Get a hold of a map & plan out your visit to the park. Break it up into 2 parts early morning & late afternoon. In the middle go back to your hotel and take a nice bath, nap,& have a hearty lunch. Your kids will thank you and so will your psychiatrist. I promise the park isn't going anywhere & they're open late.

-For the little ones it's easy to just pick 2 maybe 3 places that has appropriate entertainment for their age group. We picked 2 parks, Magic Kingdom & Hollywood Studios.

-Pick a character meal that's also age appropriate & there are LOTS to choose from. Oh yes, and before I forget book & pay for these at least 3 months in advance. We picked Mickey's Backyard BBQ, it's a little known secret that this one doesn't get booked too fast & the characters just hang out on the dance floor the whole time. This was very much our style. I loved the laid back and real home style BBQ atmosphere.

-Hang out at your resort pool and use ALL the amenities it offers. We had a great time just minutes away from our room. The kids had no idea we never left the complex!

-And take some time to enjoy nice meals, naps, and just lounging around when the kids are fast asleep.

Oh my little peanuts I can't wait to tell you all about your very first visit to Disney. You girls had such a great time & so did we.

Till next year vacation...we will miss you!

1 comment:

Pretty Lady said...

aweeeesome! they look like they loved it. My mom and stepdad are going this yr for the first time with the 6 yr old twins and the 5 yr old. lol

The pics came our great.