Friday, July 30, 2010


GREAT news... Olivia was finally able to swim as of yesterday!!! She is of course elated! And we are so thankful she healed so well and so quickly compared to how it was expected to be.

We had a special guest yesterday who hung out with us for a good part of the day. He and Davids got along well and played some Stratego after swimming...

Braeden and Liam had fun using my camera to take pictures around the house - Braeden took this one of me...

In the late afternoon we headed to Give Kids the World Village. AMAZING place! They allow kids and their families to stay for free during Make a Wish or similar trips to Orlando, and that's the least of what they do. They are run by simply HUNDREDS of wonderful volunteers! The things they have put in place for families is simply incredible! I just can't say enough about this place!!!! We were so blessed to stay here for a week in Aug of 2008 when Olivia had a Make a Wish trip here. Being a former wish family enables us to come visit anytime we like, which means... when we visit Grandma and Grandpa we visit GKTW!

The biggest thing about Give Kids is... you CAN'T spend money here. There is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING you can buy, everything is FREE. Just amazing!

We first hit the ice cream parlor for the first course of our dinner...

You may laugh, but actually Give Kids is known for "ice cream for breakfast." Their parlor is open from 7:30 am - 9:00 pm. We ate breakfast here one day on our wish trip. I tried to get the kids to do it more than once, I mean, really, how often can you say you ate ice cream for breakfast!? BUT, the kids didn't WANT to!!! They wanted to go to the Gingerbread House Restaurant there instead, go figure!

After some ice cream, we played in the Castle of Miracles...

Found Olivia's paver we had put in to remember our trip... (She always has to get a photo here!)

Played at Amberville where there are tons of video and other kinds of games, remote control boats, trains, etc...

Then it was time for Winter Wonderland. Each night at GKTW is "themed" and this night was Winter Wonderland! That meant, Christmas music, a storytelling area where the kids got a free new book, horse drawn carriage rides (we didn't have time this time for that), a parade, and of course, a visit with Santa himself...

They also each got to choose a gift (toy) from Santa!!! They got some amazing things! Braeden choose this GI Joe vehicle and figure...

And of course there was lots of food: snow cones, cotton candy...

popcorn, and cookies to decorate yourself...

We rode the carousel...

And visited with Mayor Clayton...

and of course the penguin! :)

A great great 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!

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