Friday, January 29, 2010


Well, you guessed it. We drove our little butts alllllll the way down here to sunny Orlando. 14 "blissful" hours in the car! And already looking forward to the 14 hours on the way back! UGH!

I know most of you know this, but T Dawg's (had to, Mindy!) mom and dad live in Orlando. And, well, you can't exactly visit Orlando without skipping over to the parks!

Yesterday, we started at Magic Kingdom (pics to follow at later date), then because EPCOT is mom and dad's favorite!!, we headed there to shut 'er down!
and no big huge ball of metal in the sky would be complete without....

All that vim and vigor didn't last too long. She was BEAT! Big Daddy took care of that though! We, naturally, chose the wrong stroller (again) that doesnt' allow both girls to lie down at the same time. THing is, they get tired at the same time!
Ellie seemed to be a weee bit more "into" it this year, but I think 3 may actually be the magic age for really appreciating the characters and such. At 3, I don't really think there will be any recollection of the trip when she gets older, but I think she will have more fun at that age. At 2, really, just a lot of looking around!
But, looking definitely includes at the fish in the tanks at the Nemo exhibit!
We had been to the Confectionary (CANDY!!!) shop at Magic Kingdom, because MOM KNOWS how to content my baby girl!
Ellie really digs aquariums, (Shelbi, can we come see the babies?!), so today we hit SEA WORLD! More on that later too.

Gabbi Girl seemed to think it was pretty cool too.
Seems some things never change. Same aquarium, a year prior. And a puritanic hair cut on Mom.?! But... NO HAIR on Gabbi!
I asked Dad to take a pic of my with the baby girls. This is the only pic of the three of us on the day. I am the camera girl!
Ok, this is blurry, but I LOVE the SPUNK! She was walking and just a swingin' those arms! It was a sight to see. She was free, free as a bird!
Does anyone else have the WonderPets saving Little Red Riding Hood video?! Well, Little Red skips along singing, "tralala la la. Tralala la la!" This reminds me of that!
Can anyone tell if she has or has not already eaten her multi colored sucker?
Ok, so let's observe Ellie loving the ducks, Epcot 2009! And Ellie still loving the ducks Epcot 2010.
And the reason we like Epcot.... well, Dad was A-OK once we got to Mexico!
Can you say, "margarit-ahhh"?

Some things never change (The Groves do Epcot, 2009!)

Gabbi found the ducks too.
This is such a change from last year when Gabbi was 5 months old and doing Disney!
She was old enough, this time, to notice all the goings on around her. She even rode some rides!
And like last year, Granddad is still official baby carrier. Let's hear it for Granddad! YAYYYYY! Mom's shoulders are SHOT! Want to see the difference?! This year.....
Last year....
Can you EVEN believe how much change there is in one year? ANd this is almost the year to the day! About a week off. As I said last year, AND AGREE WITH THIS YEAR, there is NO better time to be at Disney World than January. Great weather and NO lines!!

and it was a miracle... the energizer BUNNY gave out! Woooo Hooooo. A much needed nap.
Man, she looks angelic!
And in the same way we came in, we went out.
yep. It was "the night we shut ol' Epcot down"!
Will share Magic Kingdom tomorrow.


Liloia Family said...

Precious pictures! Wow, it is amazing how much they have changed in one year. Is Gabbi ALWAYS smiling? She is one happy little girl!! Enjoy your time in Florida!

True Believer said...

Disney in January is AWESOME!! Especially the first weekend for the Goofy Challenge. Yep, did it this year. Completed a 1/2 marathon on Sat and a full marathon on Sun. Tons of fun, although it was a tad bit cold with sleet..But the medals were well worth it.

Kathryn said...

We saw Disney when our youngest was six, and the big ones were 16 and 15. It was the most perfect week! All three of them still talk about it. The Grandgirlies went when they were 7 and 5, and still need to tell me things about it.

Sarah said...

I'm so jealous! Our family is going in October. Ask around and see if that's a "short line" time at Disney if you have a chance! We are snowed in here in Arkansas under 8+ inches of snow, so your sunny warm pictures were just the thing I needed tonight! Have a blast!

Bella's mommy said...

Wow! We are going to Disney World in April. But we are definitely FLYING!!!! That long in a car with Bells would be sheer torture! You have to give me some tips for Disney with kids! We've never been with little ones before. And, yes, what a difference a year makes! GG has grown soooo much!

MLP said...

Lovin T-dawg as in Tod the Bod T-dawg!!!

What great pics and so much fun! Gabbi should be on an advertisement for Disney!!!

Amy K said...

Fantastic photos Mo! Looks like you're having a wonderful time...keep nesting!
The girls sure have grown in a year. The time really does go fast, doesn't it?
Can't wait to see the rest of your Disney adventure photos.
Have a blessed day!

Beth E. said...

Looks like soooo much fun! I'm glad you've had such a great time.

It's amazing how much little ones change in a year. The girls are so sweet.

Have a safe trip back. Tell Todd I said to drive speeding! ;-)

Kenzie Holley said...

I know how driving there is! I think it took us 18 hours though!! Cute pics! Epcot was one of my favorite parks. Can't wait to see Magic Kingdom pics.

Carrie said...

I'm so jealous! I want to be in a warm place with fun things to see and do. Oh, and I still can not get over how fast the girl's hair is getting. Crazy! Maybe I should start feeding Audrey more Lunchables to get her hair to grow?! Just foolin'! Hope you all enjoy your trip and visit.