Monday, March 25, 2013

December 2012 Florida Trip - Part 4 Legoland

Monday morning, we hopped into Grandpa & Gramma Taylor's car and headed to David's Christmas surprise...Legoland!
He was super excited! I woke up not feeling that well again, but was determined to have a fun day. It went by so fast and we explored many of the things that Legoland has to offer, you could definitely spend two days seeing and riding everything. It was a wonderful surprise for David and a perfect gift for him! Thank you Grandpa & Gramma!
 Ready to go in for a fun day
 Huge water spitting Lego dinosaur
We had to take a couple rides on the carousal! Lego horses!
The miniland was super cool! There were a bunch of major cities all done up in Legos, you literally could walk around here the entire day just to see everything.
 Washington D.C.
 On our way to the Lego Pirate Show
 This was a really cute show, including Lego men on jet skis and water skis :)
 Enjoying some fun rides with Gramma
 Lego Firefighters
 Taking a quiet stroll in the Lego boats, while trying to avoid getting sprayed with water. Aiden liked to steer us into the water sprays, nice.
 We had a great day at Legoland! Near closing David was starting to feel yucky, so he climbed into the stroller with Aiden for a rest. All three of us took a little nap on the way back to the hotel. That evening we were hit hard with feeling ill again, this time it was David's turn too. With the help of some meds we climbed in bed early again for some rest.
PJ time and one last goodbye to Mickey Mouse as we get ready to fly back home. We arrived late Tuesday evening and the Goodfellows were there to help us to the van. With one look they could tell we were not feeling well one bit. The next day I look Aiden to the doctor because he seemed to be taking a turn for the worst. We had a confirmed Influenza A, so much for that flu shot working this year! : ( Then Thursday I headed in and sure enough I had it too. The next week or so was rough for the three of us as we battled the flu. It really was the worst I can remember ever feeling. I know some may have their opinions on the flu shot, but I tell you what that is the last year I go without one! Our trip to Florida was great despite the awful sickness we battled. It was so great to see everyone and to have a sneak peak at Disney World before we headed back in January...

December 2012 Florida Trip Part 3 - Universal Studios & Meeting New Friends

Sunday afternoon, Grandma & Grandpa Van took the boys and I to Universal Studios. I was feeling a bit better that day after a good nights rest, and we were really looking forward to a fun-filled day. There was way more the see and do than I had excepted, but we picked the few that were more our style and had a great time! Thank you so much mom & Tom for the special day!
 Who wouldn't want to ride a tiger?
 Stopping in Jurassic Park. This dinosaur looked so real that David could barely stand turning his back on him just so we could take this picture.
 Dino-boys. They had a pretty cool gift shop.
 Mommy's favorite dinosaur, the triceratops.
 Heading into Dr. Seuss Land...
 There was hardly a line for anything the entire day which was so fun. This one ride was the only time we had to wait, and for only about 25 minutes. It was Aiden's first real ride and he was SUPER excited!!!
 Doing  like brother and putting his hands up in the air, "Wheee!!!"
 Any and all types of carousal rides are definitely Aiden's all time favorite!
 David enjoys them too!
 Having fun on the rides with Mommy, my sweet boys
 Hey, it's The Cat in the Hat!!
 It only took us 6 years, but finally David and Simon got to meet for the first time ever! Simon's Daddy was one of Jim's roommate's from the Naval Academy and their family is dear friends of ours. Our boys are barely one week apart in age and by a total "coincidence"of  God we found out that they were staying at Shades of Green the same time we were there. We were able to make a quick visit with them the night we headed back from Universal Studios.
 The boys hit it off right away and became instant friends.
 That evening Grandpa & Gramma Taylor met us for dinner at Universal and headed back to Shades of Green with us. We grabbed a quick ice cream cone before heading to bed for another adventure the next day.
David & Aiden's bed at Shades of Green. Time for some Zs because the yuckiness was returning...

December 2012 Florida Trip Part 2 - Wedding

Saturday afternoon we headed outside to the gazebo of Shades of Green to watch the wedding of Chris and Sarah Stover. It was a very sweet ceremony, the boys were very respectful and we enjoyed being a part of the special day.
 Catching a couple of pre-wedding pictures. It was a picture perfect day outside.
 Exchanging their vows... I LOVED her dress by the way, it was simply perfect!
 Posing for a picture with Grandma, it was so wonderful to be able to see her and Grandpa Van and to spend some time together.
 Reception time...(I was really feeling awful that evening and we headed to our room so I could rest early).
Mr. Aiden LOVES frosting and cake, yummy.It was a beautiful wedding! Chris and Sarah were so sweet to the boys too, ordering them special meals and the service staff was amazing. Thanks so much for thinking of us and going the extra mile. We love you and wish many blessings in your marriage! 

December 2012 Trip To Florida Part 1

I am struggling deciding whether to catch up on blogging or just pick up from today and move forward with blogging...oh decisions. For now I just can't seem to skip all the fun things we did the end of 2012 so I am going to pick up where I left off in yet another attempt at getting caught up. We will see.
December 1, 2012, my stepsister Sarah got married at Shades Of Green Resort in Walt Disney World. We were anticipating the return of my dear sweet hubby so he could join us, but the Lord had different plans, so David, Aiden and I hoped on a plane and headed down ourselves to meet up with my mom and Tom for the wedding. Aiden had been sick the week prior and I had started to feel a little yucky that week, but was looking forward to warm weather to cheer us all up...
 Arriving at the Orlando airport to meet Grandma & Grandpa Van. We were very excited to see Mickey Mouse greeting us.
 The whole place was decorated so beautifully for Christmas. Here is the huge tree in the lobby of Shades of Green.
 We arrived on Thursday evening so we pretty much just headed to our hotel, ordered a pizza and rested up. The following morning the wedding party had lots of plans so the boys and I decided to take the opportunity to ride to Downtown Disney for some shopping and exploring. The yucky feeling hadn't gone away, but we fought through the pain...
 We are off on bus...
 Stopping at the Lego store and seeing Buzz & Woody made out of Legos. Very cool, especially with my little cowboy.
 Our favorite store was called Once Upon a Toy. They had almost anything and everything we could have possibly wanted. Here is Woody Mickey Ears.
 Yes, and Little Goofy too.
 Snapping a picture at the t-shirt making shop. (We return here later on in January to make some awesome shirts!)
 Sweet boys enjoying some walking together. (This is right before Aiden has a MAJOR blow out, requiring a change near a bench and tree, where pants and shoes don't make it back on.)
 Another favorite Lego creature. This one was a huge serpent submerged in the water.
 The following morning at breakfast, meeting a friendly peacock

The boys and I picked out their first Disney pins to start their collection and to show the Goodfellow girls.
 
Day 3 of our trip, still not feeling so well, beginning to feel weak...