We had season passes the first year of Averleigh's (our youngest) life and we went at least once a week. When we decided to adopt, we decided not to renew the passes...
For Christmas this year my family all got us Disney gift cards to put towards the purchase of weekday passes for us all. We still have a ways to go before we can afford it, but we are saving up the pennies and can not wait!!! It truly is a blessing to live 20 minutes from THE MOUSE. Such wonderful family memories. As we took our girls on all of our favorite rides yesterday, I had another surreal moment. My mom and I were talking while in line for Dumbo 2 years ago about how fun it would be to bring Ashlyn to Disney. Yesterday that dream came true and she enjoyed it every bit as much as I'd hoped...
Except for one MAJOR bad thing that happened...
One of our family favorites is The Haunted Mansion. It's always been one of my favorites, ever since I was a wee girl. I am so not into scary stuff and I am way against anything that remotely resembles a horror movie or evil things, so it is kind of weird that I like that ride... It's just a great ride to cool off for a few minutes and it's really pretty silly. My kids love it...
So about 3/4 of the way through our day, Aidan asked to go on The Haunted Mansion. So off we went. I took Alex and Abby with me, Matt took Aidan & Averleigh with him, and Anlsey & Ashlyn rode together. I just wanted to make sure that the little girls were with a grown up, just in case they got a bit scared. They did great.
Ashlyn did not.
She totally freaked out... Hanging on to Ansley, screaming & crying... It was awful. And we didn't even know it until the ride was over. The even worse part is that the ride stopped after me and Matt got off and Ansley & Ashlyn were stuck for a good 30+ seconds.
When she got off she was wiping her eyes, trying to pull herself together. I put my arms around her and we all sat her down for a pow wow. I apologized to her and told her it was all pretend and I showed her all the little kids that were coming off the ride smiling. After many hugs, kisses, and apologies, she forgave us and off we went:)
But I couldn't get over how stupid we were for taking them on that ride. I mean, really, that was just really not smart AT ALL.
She is such a special girl. Her heart is naturally drawn to the things of the Lord. It really is so amazing. She falls asleep every night listening to the Bible on her Proclaimer, ON HER OWN. We are just so in love with this child. She is just THE SWEETEST thing EVER!
Tomorrow is Miss Abby's 5th birthday!!! Averleigh's 3rd birthday is Saturday:) We went and bought birthday cakes for both girls today. We are celebrating them seperately this year, but in the future we may have to combine them. Ansley's birthday is the 12th and Ashlyn's is the 18th... BUSY month:)
So onto some pictures...
|Here We Come!|
|Tea Cups! They had a blast spinning that wheel!|
|Abby LOVED the Buzz Lightyear ride!|
|...Not so impressed with the People Mover:)|
|Front row seats for the parade on Main Street. So special!|
|I'm not sure why their mouths were hanging open, but it's cute:)|
|Best Buddies enjoy some PB&J...|
|This is the back of Ashlyn... I loved hearing her ooh & ahh for the fireworks. It brought tears to my eyes.|
|It really was a magical day...|
|Surprisingly, this little "sharpie-all-over-cute-chinese-girl-and-all-over-carpet-trunk-walls-&-drawers" episode didn't bother me at all. I mean, how can you not just LOVE that face? |
Rebecca & Family