Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Orlando Day 2

We were all up bright and early Saturday ready for a new day! :)  We ate breakfast and then did a craft project I had brought with.  Each of the kids had a "bucket" which they decorated with stickers.  They will use these to keep shells and such in from the beach...

Then, it was back to swimming!

And while we were swimming, a sky writer came overhead to write some messages...

He also wrote Jesus Loves U, it was very fun to watch!

After lunch and naps, we headed out to Give Kids the World Village.  When Olivia had her Make a Wish trip last August, we were blessed to stay at this WONDERFUL place!  It is just amazing!  You can read more about our trip here (all seven days of it, just scroll down): Wish Trip.  We are welcome to come back, free, anytime to visit, which is what we decided to do.  On Saturdays they celebrate Mayor Clayton's birthday (the "Mayor" of the Village) and have a big party with games, dancing, etc.  It was Olivia's favorite thing when we were there so that was the day we decided to return to visit.

My parents had donated money to inscribe a tile in their walkway with her name and the date of when she was there.  We were told it hadn't been laid yet, but as we were walking I happened to see one from October of 2008, and looked nearby, and lo and behold, there was her stone!

We were also excited to see the new playground and section of villas that were completed shortly after our stay.  The playground was just amazing, we weren't playing long however as the weather was quite HOT! :)

Had to ride the carousel!

This boutique was also new since we were there.  Olivia had a flower painted on her face and was then given a My Little Pony that was a winning design from someone representing GKTW.  Braeden had a panther spray painted on his arm, and he then was given a Transformers card game.  Very excited kids!

The birthday party was a huge hit again, and Olivia loved going "on stage" and dancing!  Braeden had his face painted, Liam LOVED the characters walking around, they played lots of carnival type games, ate popcorn and birthday cake, got plastic necklaces, and Braeden and I ate some Dippin Dots which we LOVE - Braeden decided to share his with Liam...

We went home tired and happy, with more wonderful memories from such a special special place!

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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

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

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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