Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Disney... Done Differently

Yes, we went to Disney today... BUT not to any of the parks!

We actually resort hopped with the park transportation (buses, boats, and monorails oh my!) and gawked at all of the beautiful and amazing Christmas decorations.  It was a completely FREE day thanks to the rewards cards my mom and I were able to get using points from our Disney credit cards (which we pay off each month!).  We had a great brunch at OHana and got some mementos as well!

Polynesian Resort


Grand Floridian

Contemporary Resort

Wilderness Resort

Unfortunately right after these photos Braeden hit a brick wall and we spent the better part of 20 or so minutes in the hall of the Wilderness in a restraint during which he raged and fought.  Not pretty.  I was very glad that those who passed us glanced and kept going.  No one seemed upset or surprised and I was happy to not have to deal with that on top of him.

We then barely made it back to our car by bus at Downtown Disney (ended up skipping our final resort destination) and I took Braeden to the car to finish calming down while Grandma took the other two to a store to purchase the items we had looked at and decided on earlier in the day.  (No time for ME to shop though, bummer!)

Luckily he was himself again soon after and we were able to rejoin the gang on their way out and still go to see the Lego store before heading back to the house.

Downtown Disney

Back at the house we had a fun time swimming again, this time in warm water! :)  Soon it will be time to hit the hay.  Another great day even with a very rough hour!

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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

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• 147 million orphans in the world
• 50 million orphans in Africa 
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
• Every week, AIDS claims as many lives as American fatalities in the Vietnam War
• 854 million people do not have enough to eat
• Malnutrition is associated with the deaths of 5 million children under the age of five
• Every 2 seconds an orphan dies from malnutrition

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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