Thursday, December 31, 2009

Final Days

We've had some busy days to tie up our vacation... we're on our way out of town tomorrow after breakfast.

Olivia had another day of skating.

Yesterday we went to Give Kids the World Village to visit.  WHAT A WONDERFUL AND AMAZING PLACE!  We first were blessed enough to go there as visitors for a week during Olivia's Make a Wish Trip in August 2008.  Families can go back and visit any time they'd like and participate in any or all of the activities whenever they visit... just can't spend the night or take part in a meal. :)

We went the morning they have horseback riding.  The kids LOVED it, especially since Liam who was too young in 08 to ride!

The men who brought the horses said Olivia was a natural... :)

Braeden was shy, but finally gave the photographer two thumbs up!  They take photos of everything when you stay there, and then give you a CD of the pics when you leave.  They got my email to send us these...

Liam was on cloud nine!

After riding, the kids got "Official" cowboy certificates and hats!

We found the paver that Grandma and Grandpa donated money to have put in...

Got to see the new pool/water area - amazing! but no pictures :( - and the new Garden of Hope (this pic does NOT do it justice - gorgeous!)...

Rode on the train at the Station building, inside are toy trains, boats to drive, games, etc...

After GKTW, we headed to Downtown Disney for lunch and a little shopping.  Grandma and Grandpa got Braeden a basic lego set for Christmas, we've only had Duplos until now, and we got some more at the lego store to add to it.

The olders and I shopped around and each spent a little money on a special something.  We had fun watching the "animals" at Rainforest Cafe!  (Though we actually ate at McDonalds!) :)

Today we started off at Krispy Kreme, then went to Chuck E Cheese.  We played first and then had our lunch... it was nice and not too crowded...

Later Olivia and I went to do some shopping.  The kids each got a little money for clothes for New Year's, so we hit the deals and found some great ones!  Olivia spent her $20 on a shirt and two pairs of knee highs at Gymboree, and a shirt, scarf, and mittens/gloves at Gap.  I found the boys matching shirts, some shorts, and a few other things at Gymboree, and even got myself a few things at Gap.  Gap had adult clearance an extra 40% off, and kids clearance an extra 25% off.  Weird!  

We've had a great vacation.  Tomorrow will be hard.  The kids are already so upset to be leaving and say off and on, mostly Braeden, that they aren't getting in the car, I'm making them leave, etc.  How to explain when Braeden says family doesn't leave, that we actually see a lot more of our Grandparents than some?  Hard to "make" them go.  Will be a sad sad morning!


:)De said...

Happy New Year to you all. Wishing you happiness and Peace,


Leslie said...

How fun! Happy New Year! Praying for the goodbyes and the trip.

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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!

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