Saturday, May 17, 2008

Home again!










At Sea World





The train at Give Kids the World
Carousel at GKTW
Grandma came from St. Pete to visit on her birthday



We had a wonderful trip to Disney World. We were joined by Nana, Grandad, David, Mimi and Big Daddy for the first few days, then we were on our own the last half of the trip. We stayed in a great little "village" called Give Kids the World. It was basically a mini Disney with everything from a carousel to putt-putt golf all included. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and they had all kinds of events planned, including meeting Disney characters and parties and train rides. It was really an amazing place, run mostly on a huge team of volunteers. At meal times, at least 3 people would come up and ask if you needed more food, drinks, or help in any way.
We got to go to Magic Kingdom, Sea World, Universal Studios and Hollywood Studios. I think our favorite was Sea World b/c there was a huge fountain play area and we got to feed and pet dolphins. It was just a really interesting park and they had so much for toddlers to enjoy.

At first, Joseph was really scared of anyone dressed up, but after meeting Mickey Mouse he overcame that fear and then loved meeting Lightning and Mater, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Barney and friends, Pinocchio, and even a special visit with Cinderella in her "private chamber." Holly was a little overwhelmed with all the activity and heat, so she and I rested for a little while at a special room in Disney for Wish families. They had couches, toys, Disney movies and drinks available to get refreshed. She loved spending time in there (as did I). We decided we could never go back to Disney as just regular people b/c we got such special treatment this time it would be hard to go back. We got to go to the front of every line and even got free parking and stroller rentals.

Make-A-Wish really went above and beyond, providing airline tickets, park tickets, spending money, and a car rental. We are so grateful for this amazing memory. We had so much fun!













24 comments:

Craig and Gwen said...

Love it!

Your Cinderella was the same as ours! Isn't she so nice! I'm so glad ya'll had a good time - I knew you would!

Miss ya'll much-
Gwen

Brea said...

Thank you for sharing all about your trip! Sounds like you really got the royal treatment! It looks like it was amazing in every way! I was just thinking of you all and praying for you tonight.

Christy said...

Who's legs were those sticking out of (and creaping around in) the stroller? Hilarious!

Wonderful pictures and videos. The cars jumping from ramp to ramp freaked me out a bit, but I think I can sleep it off.

Kisses to your sweet babies!

meredith.nathaniel said...

I am SO glad you had a great time! Crosby's trip thru dream factory LExington is in 10 days! we are also staying at GKTW. any tips? we have a 6yr, 4 yr (Cros) and 10month old. We have been praying for you guys & it is great to see smiles ALL around! : ) SJ's friend Meredith in Lexington (teamnathaniel@insightbb.com)

Anonymous said...

Just amazing. Been praying for yall this week that it would be a fun, sweet time.

- Ange

Emily said...

Gillian,
Thanks for posting those pictures. It looks like you guys got the star treatment. I'm so glad to hear you all had a wonderful time and made great memories. By the way, my mom's kindergarten class has prayed for Joseph since November. If my mom forgot to give them an update, they would always come and ask about how he was doing. He has touched little 5 year old hearts down in Columbus, GA. Miss you guys!
Love,
Emily

joann said...

so thankful you had a wonderful time! the pictures are so precious! praying for all of you. love from the rosenbaums

Conor said...

oh, this is so awesome! what a neat time for your family. we went to disneyland a few weeks ago - NOT the same as disneyworld, but it makes an attempt - and sellers was on cloud nine. so i can appreciate what that must've looked like, watching your kiddos' eyes! hope all is well... the Lord stirs you to mind often... sellers prays for joseph and peace for him - we finally translated that! - every night.

we love you-
conor, boothe and sellers farley

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone had a great trip. So glad you received the best treatment possible. You deserve it! Prayers continue always.
love,
vann & norma

courtney said...

I am so glad you all had such an awesome time!! I just showed Hannah the videos of Joseph with Mickey and the dolpins, so, she thinks he's a celebrity again! We've been praying for you all that God would bless your trip, and that is apparent in your pictures. Hope to see you all soon!

Courtney

carolyn & dave said...

It looks as though you guys had an amazing time. I love the video of the dolphins. Although their food looked gross. I don't know if I could have picked up the little fishes.

Take care.

Margaret said...

Yeah for the Peabodys, Disney and M-A-W!! I'm glad you had a great trip and treasured every moment. Thanks for sharing the pictures. We miss you!!!

notes from em said...

Hey sweet friends,
we have been praying for your safe return, and it looks as though you all had an amazing time! We are so thankful for Make a Wish and the wonderful gift it blessed you all with. Thanks for such great pictures and videos! Sadie Parker LOVED them.
We are still on our knee's for each of you.
Love,
Em

Anonymous said...

We are praying Joseph!!! So glad you had a blast and a half!!!
Randi Booth

Anna Tester said...

Thank you for the post and all the videos! Jack and Hampton are obsessed! You can tell Joseph and Holly they are movie stars! Hampton cried when I told only one more time were we going to watch the videos!

We love you all and love seeing the special magic your family brought to the magical kingdom.

xo!

Anna Hampton and Jack!

Jody (atlanta) said...

LOVE the pictures and clips....looks like the STAR treatment and all of you had a blast. This does set the bar extremely high for future family vacations. So happy for you all and praying the MRI goes well. MISS YOU and look forward to finding a time to visit. LOVE YOU! Jody

Rebecca said...

What an awesome week for you guys! Thanks for sharing. Steve and I have been praying for you and reading all your posts though we haven't commented in a while. My women's Bible study group at church have been praying for you all from the beginning and I give them updates every week.

What day did you go to Magic Kingdom?? We were actually there on Wednesday, May 14; we tagged along with Steve to Orlando on a business trip.

Much admiration and love to you all,
Rebecca Z

Courtney said...

Sounds like this trip was just perfect for the kids...and how great that Make-A-Wish provided so much!! What a great thing!

BTW, love the video of Big Daddy in the stroller! ;-)

-Courtney S.

suzebab said...

So much fun...we can not wait to hear all about your time in Disney. Anna has been missing her buddy. We will see you all soon when we get back in town. Praying as always!!

Love you guys,

Susan

Sarah-Jane said...

I was just watching the video where Minnie and Micky kissed Joe P and it looks like he was just about to get that embarrassed grin on his face that he gets....Like when he was telling me that he like Jasmine....man it made me miss him.
bring him up anytime.
can't wait to see you in a few weeks.
love you
sj

Kendall said...

I LOVE the picture with Mater and Lightning---there's a glare coming off the corner of Lightning's hood. Ca-chow!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us~it was so fun to see Joseph and Hollie meeting all the characters! He is such a handsome boy :) Praying for yall as you're settling in TN and praying for a miracle in his healing. Our love, Brubakers

Anonymous said...

What a phenomenal experience it sounds like you guys had! I'm so happy to learn about it, and to see the videos and pictures. Joseph must have been blown away standing beside Mater and Lightning. God bless you guys. -scott cunningham

Anonymous said...

It sounds like an absolutely wonderful time. If anyone deserves that, it is you guys! I'm so glad you were able to go and enjoy yourselves. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Although, it makes me miss you all the more.:-)
Love,
Vivi