Sunday, September 29, 2013

Give The Kids The World!

I hardly know where to begin!
It has already been the most amazing time we have ever had as a family of "13"!
(Not including the big kids because they were unable to join us due to busy schedules, etc. and not including our sweet boys that still wait for us.)

They probably could have sent us home after the plane ride because that alone was such a thrill for the children!

They picked us up bright and early in this beautiful 16 passenger mercedes bus!
The children right away thought that this would be the perfect vehicle for our family!
(okay I admit it, it entered my mind too but... that is not part of our plan)

Everything at the airport went like clockwork and in no time we were heading to Detroit-
and then off to Orlando!
The children did fabulous on the plane.
Every take off and landing was met with squeals of joy and laughter!
Which then made those around us smile and laugh!

Purple was the color of the day!
Today we called ourselves the grape family!
It just so happens that it is one of the colors for "Give The Kids The World" so we fit right in!

The children rode the golf carts to "our new home"!

A low and behold it was blue with a purple roof!
The children are thinking we should paint our home in MN just like this!
It certainly would give the neighbors something else to talk about!

Each unit is a 7 person duplex and we have both sides that connect!
Ava and Melissa are happily enjoying the other master bedroom!
They are thinking that a king size bed is a pretty good deal!

When we walked in we were greeted with gifts for everyone!

We are just a short walk from all the amenities!
Food, pool, carousel, ice cream parlor, horseback riding, game room and so much more!

There are so many of these little guys running around outside!
Our children love bugs and animals of all kinds so they are a huge hit!
I like them too... as long as the stay outside!

Everything is so cool here- this tree snores!


And there are horse drawn wagon rides!

Anna said, "Mom, why did you take a picture of the horses butt?"
Okay, I am not a good photographer but I am trying to focus on the fun we are having not the best moments for photos...

The best part is how kind, caring, happy and helpful everyone is!

At times it has brought tears to my eyes.
It is such a positive environment for families that have already been through so much.
It feels like they just want to lift the burden and bring everyone some JOY!

This night they had a Santa celebration!

We had pictures with him! 

And he talked with each child!

after that everyone got to pick out their own present!

It was like going to the store and grabbing whatever you wanted off the shelf!

At first I was uncomfortable and thought no no we can't do that but then I realized I just needed to relax and go with the program.

Their job is to create joy and they know exactly what they are doing!

So I decided to join in on the fun!

And dance with our children in the street!

And then to top the evening off...
 they made it snow!

It was delightful!

Tomorrow we head to the Magic Kingdom!

(I don't have my mouse can someone tell me how to highlight the words so I can enlarge them!?)


~Monica Utt~ Itty Bitty Land said...

So glad your family is having this trip. Our family lives only an hour away (Cocoa Beach). Our lizards eat bugs of all sizes and are very welcome. With our warm weather, we have more than our share of bugs. The lizards do find their way in the house and we just happily catch them and toss them out the door hoping that if a bug got in too, that the lizard ate it!
Praying for you to have a fun, and safe trip. God bless.

Jboo said...

So happy to read about the wonderful time you are having at the magical Disney World. Enjoy every minute!

Holly said...

Yay!!!!! Brings back so many memories. Oh, how we love that place!

Sue said...

I am so glad you guys were able to take this trip together as a family and for you just to relax and take it all in. Sounds so much fun

Joy Altman said...

Awesome! Have a GREAT time! :)

Hanna said...

Good pictures! Good to see the children having a good time!

McChesney Family said...

Looks like everyone is having a great time !! yay!!
I love reading your blog.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful time! I'm so happy that your family can enjoy this time together!!

Allison Schumm said...

What a wonderful blessing to be able to have this memory with your family!

Katie Lee said...

Hold down the 'command' button next to the space bar and then click on the words you want highlighted--LOOKS AMAZING! POST MORE!!

Lori said...

How FUN!! My goodness, what a magical experience!

Your kiddos will remember this for the rest of their lives!

Mama Ds Dozen said...


yes. you should paint your house like that. i'm sure the neighbors wouldn't mind. :)

hope your time is BLESSED!

:) :) :)

johnjohntwo said...

If you are using a MSN PC
you might try " Control A "
That might higjlight all the text and allow you to then use your regular procedure for enlarging the type.

J C in MN