Monday, March 14, 2011

Our Secret Family Vacation

So I had been itching for a long time to just get away with just my family unit and away from all responsibilities. I mentioned it to my sister in law and she vowed she would help me do some research to put together a family vacation. Well she happen to find me a deal that couldn't be beat. So we secretly planned for several reasons. One we just didn't want to have to answer the questions how much longer till we go. But also just because I thought it would be fun. They didn't even think we were going to do anything for our Mardi Gras vacation time until just days before. And we have gone someone I think probably every year we have been here. So I came up with a plan to give them letters every hour so that they could unscramble the letters. They thought we we were just going camping in Florida

By about hour 4 all the boys had figured it out and we were just dying to spill the news and couldn't keep it a secret any longer. It really did kill Tom and I when it got closer and closer to time to leave to keep that secret. So once all the older boys knew we decided to let them together tell the younger kids where we were going. I uploaded the video twice and I can't seem to get it to work. Let me know if you can view it or not.

The words were spelled out on the window for the rest of the trip.

So first we went to Epcot. It actually was my least favorite park we saw out of them all.

They thought it would be cool to TRY and hold up the Epcot ball. I am not even sure what it is called. So we did split up some during our trip. I took the younger kids to see the under the sea nemo adventure ride. We boarded large clams and took a ride.

I couldn't get very good dark pictures with my camera but this is the one I could get. It looked like these jellyfish were going to touch us. It was very up and close under the sea.

I just love a lot of the sweet tender pictures of the family together that I got.

This was our first time on the bus from the hotel on our way to epcot. They were so excited they could hardly stand it.

I think everyone was so excited to get started I didn't take the time to take the picture the best way but this was the first thing we came across when we got to Epcot. Woody made out of flowers and bushes. Very cool looking!!!
At Epcot there is a whole cool section that is devoted to different areas around the world. Matthew loves the Eifle Tower so I had to get a shot of this. I think when they are a little older they will appreciate taking more time in this area of the park.

We actually ate lunch at Liberty Inn (American food) but I didn't get a picture of it for some reason. The other place we actually stopped and spent a little time was Marocco. Nathan really wanted to stop there and look around. He loved all the tile and just how everything looked. A man in one of the shops wrote his name in Arabic and a little thing he could keep. Nathan thought it was very cool they write from right to left. This is where we actually lost Matthew. Very scary but actually I was never worried. We stopped to watch acrobatic act they were putting on in the streets and as soon as it was over he got lost in the crowd that dispersed as quickly as it formed. We found him back in Marocco playing near the fountain. He loved that thing when we were there so luckily that is where we found him.
Another fountain. Matthew really wanted to just take all the money out of the fountain.

Day two of our fabulous family trip tomorrow!! Keep tuned. And hey let me know if you can see the video.


Leighanna said...

The video is classic! It is like one of those Disney commercials... maybe you need to send it to them!!! :) Glad you all had fun. That makes me very happy!

The Longnecker Zoo said...

How stinkin' fun. I love it!! Can't wait for more picutres!!!

~Erica and her gang~ said...

That video is soooo GREAT!!! I am so glad you guys finally got to take a REAL FAMILY VACATION. You guys deserve it. So FUN, can't wait to see the rest!!