Aug 28, 2008

Memories ... Summer has gone bye bye ...

We are THAT family is having a blog hop vacation party today!! See what we did and then hop on over to Kristen's blog to join in on the fun!

I must thank the Make A Wish Foundation for granting Ethan's wish of spending some time with Mickey Mouse and all his friends!! Our family had not taken a vacation since Ethan was diagnosed with his tumor and this vacation week was a HUGE blessing! Thank you just doesn't seem like enough words.

We didn't have to worry about a thing! Interestingly enough, God allowed us to have this vacation on the 5th anniversary of Ethan's diagnosis ...what timing our God has! 2003- News of the tumor, 2008, celebration of the partial removal of the tumor, seizure free for 2 years AND a vacation for the whole family!
Here's Ethan at Disney's Hollywood Studios - The ToyStory ride. All 5 of us got to ride an compete on this interactive ride. The wait was 2 hours, but because Ethan was a wish kid, our wait was 0!!!
My mousekateers, M-I-C-K-E-Y, M O U S E ...

This is the ice cream shoppe where we ate unlimited FREE ice cream ALL week.
The carousel my kids refused to ride .... but they always want to pay and ride at the mall ...
The pool ... always nice to have a frog spitting right at you .. huh?
The villa where we stay for the week .. ahhh .. this IS luxury!
The train conductor let Ethan drive ... watch out .. he is trying to drive AND drink fresh lemonade!

Give Kids the World brings Santa in every week for all the children who stay here to talk to and ask for early presents!!! Look how DeClan is behavin? What is it about that bearded guy that makes kiddos scream and run for dear life? Had I remembered Santa was coming, the boys would have had on matching outfits. :) You know how we moms can be ...
One of the highlights of the trip! Taking pics with Mickey and Minnie. I felt like I was in the presence of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. I had goosebumps on my arms. You are never too old to get excited about Mickey!
Austin giving a rare hug to Mickey.
The whole family with the mice. This is THE LAST time you will see me smiling in the presence of a mouse!
Our home away from home while we were in Florida. GKTW works with Make A Wish to make sure wish families have a fun filled all expense paid vacation. We ALL cried when we left, but plan to go back to Give Kids the World to volunteer as a family and help raise money for this wonderful organization!


JanMary said...

What a wonderful holiday (vacation) full of special memories.

Thanks for sharing.

We are THAT Family said...

We LOVE Disney! How awesome for you guys! Make a Wish is the best program ever! I'm so glad you had a great time!

Tammy said...

What a great memory made for everyone! I especially love the photo of your oldest son embracing Mickey with a super hug.


Shara said...

What a very special vacation! I'm glad y'all had so much fun. I would be in so much trouble with all-you-can-eat ice cream!!

Amy Wyatt said...

These pictures are great! I'm so glad you guys got to take a fabulous vacation! What a way to celebrate seizure freedom.

Oh and, Jr. High... really? I can't believe Ethan is in Jr. high.

By the way thanks for your sweet comments on the bucket giveaway post. Your kind words and prayers are always an encouragement to me.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Such sweet pictures, what a treasured memory. :)

Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Susan said...

Oh wow, looks like you guys had a great time!

So blessed you could make the trip, timing could of not been better.

It's so nice when the kids are feeling well enough to truly enjoy it!

Great hearing from you.

My computer crashed, so I lost all my FAVORITES, now I can put you back on my list!!

Have a blessed weekend my sweet friend, I've missed you~