Sunday, November 11, 2012


 About 2 years ago, Jonathan's family started planning a family vacation and we decided we all wanted to go to Orlando. It was about when the Harry Potter world was opening and I really wanted to see it! 2 years has come and gone and after a lot of planning we finally made the trip and it was amazing! I married into the best family and I feel so lucky! We don't spend as much time together as I would like so it was fun to have 8 days of just hanging out!
His parents have a timeshare so we were able to get 3 apartments with 2 bedrooms each. It was perfect because we had our own space but we still got together for meals and activities. We had a 4 day park hopper pass to all the Disneyworld parks and tickets for a day at Universal Studios: Island of Adventure. That left about two days to just hang out at the amazing resort and shop at the outlet mall. We had so much fun hanging out. We played tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, worked out, and did a lot of hanging out by the pool. It was so incredibly hot outside that the swimming pool felt amazing!
I thought it might be a little weird going to Disneyworld without the kids but since we had just took them to Disneyland a few months before and no one else had kids, we decided to make it an adult only trip. It was a long time to be away from them but it was really nice to just focus on us and not have to take care of anyone!
Now for lots and lots of pictures!

Heading to Disney World!
The girls
The guys
We are back! We went to Disneyworld on our honeymoon so it was so fun to be back!

Having fun on Its a Small World!

You can tell this is his favorite ride, right?

 Universal Studios
We loved Universal Studios! They had some really fun rides and roller coasters but it still had the fun atmosphere like Disney world and adding Harry Potter made it even better! The only bad thing was after we went on the Harry Potter ride. It was the first ride of the day and it was a virtual ride which my stomach did not love. It was really fun but I felt sick for quite awhile and could not enjoy the other rides as much. Luckily, the sickness did go away and we had so much fun!

I was so excited!

Waiting in line for Harry Potter. I cant get over how much Jonathan looks like his dad!

The line for the Harry Potter ride took you through the castle which was amazing by itself! Here we are in Dumbledore's office. You can see him in the back.

We had to get Butterbeer and it was as good as I had hoped!

We rode the Jurassic Park ride probably 20 times at least. It was so fun and every time we tried different things. We would all sit in the front or try and get on an empty car or a really full one. Every time we would get soaked but we loved it! Here are the guys just a little wet!

Jonathan and his brother, Craig, decided to stand in the soak zone and they definitely underestimated how wet they would really get because they were completely soaked!
We rode another water ride where people could put in quarters to shoot water at us and they nailed us! We were so wet but it was really fun only because it was sooo hot outside!

Love it Craig!

Jurassic Park again for the 100th time!

 Our Resort!
This was the view from our window! It was beautiful!
We actually only spent half a day here. We did the first half of the park but then everyone got a little bored of just walking around and we were hungry so we left for lunch and then decided to go to the Animal Kingdom to go on some rides. We were planning on coming back at night to walk around the countries when it was not so hot but only half of us made it back. Jonathan and I were a little too tired so we went out to dinner with his brother Cory and it was nice to relax a little bit after a crazy few days!

This is how we ate every lunch! In the van we left coolers full of food to make sandwiches and backpacks full of snacks. It was kind of nice to leave the park and find a nice place to sit and enjoy our food, plus it saved us tons of money!
Animal Kingdom was fun but more for little kids. They had one big ride and a safari, which was neat, but the rest was geared more towards little kids. It made me miss my kids because I know they would have loved it!
Hollywood Studios!
Hollywood Studios had some of our favorite rides so we spent a lot of time here! We loved Tower of Terror and the Toy Story ride. They also had an Aerosmith roller coaster which was really fun and fast. One night, after a fun day of hanging out at the resort and shopping, we realized we had an extra day on our ticket so Jonathan and I went with his brother and sister and rode the rides until it closed! It was so much fun because we could just walk on the rides and were the only ones on. We were able to experience a real Florida rainstorm when we left the park and that was quite the adventure but only added to the fun night!

This guy was hilarious! He worked at the Tower of Terror and played the part perfectly!

Love how we are the only ones on the ride and that Aaron is taking pictures!
 Random Pictures
I love the focus of Jonathan's face during the Buzz lightyear ride! He really wanted to win!

During the Tiki room!

It was such an amazing trip but after 8 days of being away from the kids, I was definitely missing them! We got home really late but the kids had decorated the house for us and made the cutest signs! My mom was super grandma to take on the challenge of watching them for so long but it sounds like they had an amazing time and Lydia keeps asking when we are going to go on another trip so that she can go back to Nana's house!
 This is the face I was able to come home to and in his new "mouse" shirt!!