Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Orlando Day 1

Our trip to Orlando this past weekend was a wonderful blur. :)  I rented us a house in Kissimmee with four bedrooms and a pool - it was FANTASTIC!  The kids and I were in heaven being able to go outside and swim whenever we felt like it, gave us a real good feeling for what it could be like if we were to move to FL at some point. :)

We started out Friday at Downtown Disney before heading to the house.  We checked out some stores, and ate lunch at TRex which was so much fun!

Even on vacation I've been continuing to eat healthy.  If we go out to eat I try to do it at lunch and I "research" ahead of time to find out what I'll order and then plan the rest of my day around that.  TRex was hard.  They have no nutritional info online that I could find anywhere and their menu is NOT very health friendly. :)  The menu itself is online so I was able to pour over it and came up with a great meal, but the prices weren't listed and of course it ended up being one of the most expensive things on the menu. :(  But it sure was GREAT! :)

We were seated in the "ice cave" which changed color, hence the different hues in the pictures...

After lunch we chilled out with a little water fun...

Then it was time to go to the house.  The kids were running through and couldn't believe the pool, hot tub, bedrooms, etc. :)  It was only about 20 min from Downtown Disney.  We swam, ate dinner, and hit the hay! :)  A great first day!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

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Liam - 9

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• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
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Little Did I Know

Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you