Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our trip to Florida


Kelsi was granted a wish from Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her wish was to meet the princesses in Disney World. So we (including Kelsi's Aunt) went to Florida February 8th-February 14th and had an amazing time. We went to Disney World- Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom; Seaworld, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios. Kelsi was given a button which helped us skip to the front of every line. We were able to ride every ride we wanted to ride and meet every Character Kelsi wanted to meet. In 5 days (7 total but 2 were travel days) we did everything you'd hope to do but would take more than a week to do it.
We had breakfast with the princesses, fed and pet the dolphins, and rode the same rides over and over again. Kelsi's favorite ride was Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld and she loved every roller coaster we went on (and we went on everyone she was tall enough for!) Cohen's favorite ride was the teacups at Magic Kingdom. Poor Cohen felt sick the 2nd day there and barely had an appetite the whole week. He never spiked a fever but if he did it would've made our trip harder because we still have to call the doctor when he has fevers and take him to the hospital if it's high. We definitely dodged a bullet there. SeaWorld was everyone's favorite place. Feeding the dolphins was amazing. An instructor helped Kelsi out and had one dolphin lay on the ledge so Kelsi could pet her. We also fed the seals.
We stayed at a place called Give Kids the World Village. Give Kids a World is also a charitable organization. They only house children with life threatening medical issues. We stayed in our own 2 bedroom 2 bath villa; with a kitchen, family room and laundry room. The village has an icecream parlor that is open first thing in the morning to bedtime. We ate breakfast and dinner in the Gingerbread House. We had room service from Boston Market and a Pizzaria. There is a marry-go-round, movie theatre, playground themed as candy land, and a pool. In the Castle of Miracles Kelsi wrote her name on a star and they hung it on a pilar where it will stay forever. Everyday we would come home to a gift bag full of presents. We went swimming a couple of times and Cohen, who's never been in a pool before, loved every minute of it. Make-A-Wish and Give Kids the World made us fill like royalty. It was so nice to get away from the real world and just live a fantasy life.
It has taken me so long to post this because of all of the pictures we took. So I decided to do slide show and group the pictures. Enjoy; we sure did!

Characters:



Disney World/Universal Studios:



Seaworld:



I'll post pictures from Give Kids the World village another time. It's taken a long time to download all of the pictures so far. :o)


Thank you to Make-A-Wish Foundation and to Give Kids the World! It was truly an amazing experience and one we will never forget.

8 comments:

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I'm SO glad you all got to go! We just got back from Kennedy's trip last month and it's all the kids can talk about! Make A Wish and GKTW are both truly amazing organizations!!!

So, will Cohen choose Disney for his Wish too?!

Melissa said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! Yay for vacations!

The Hood's said...

What an awesome vacation for you guys! You deserve it... to say the least! I love all the pics of Kelsi in her hats. The pics of them looking through the glass are precious! What darling kids! Glad that Cohens fever went down, and that he is doing well. Thanks for the update!

Michelle Richard & Grace said...

How fun! I'm so glad the kids got to experience such a fun place! I hope you're all doing well!

The Simmons Family said...

What a wonderful wish!!! Good pick Kelsi!! I think Make a Wish is fabulous... someday, when Owen is older and he has his new heart.. I hope he gets the chance to wish as well.

The pictures are so adorable.. Kelsi and Cohen look like they are SO happy! Except for Cohen on the teacups :).

I can't wait to see where Cohen wishes to go! Maybe Hawaii... laying on the beach.. probably not, but that would be MY wish!

Tori said...

That Is So Neat, I Am So Glad You Guys Got To Go And Have An Amazing Time As A Family :) It Looks Like You All Truly Had A Wonderful Time! And I Am Also Very Glad Cohen Did So Well! I Hope Both Of Your Children Continue To Get Better!!!! I Enjoyed Getting To Look At All Your Fun Pictures, Your Kids Are Sooo Cute :) Thanks For Sharing!

Mike and Rebecca said...

It sounds like everyone had a great time. The pictures you got are priceless, memories that will last a lifetime I'm sure. Amazing vacation!

Hugs,
Mike & Family

Andrea said...

I'm so glad you put up a post! How fun! You're family is so sweet. Are you still working?

 
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