We took in the beach, spent two days at Disney (both Epcot and of course, Magic Kingdom!), shopped at Downtown Disney, ate delicious home cooked meals, hung out in the pool and did a lot of catching up. Plus, the three of us got to spend Sunday afternoon with my dear friend and college roommate, Rebecca, who we haven't seen in 3 years!! Like I said, this was such a special trip, beyond just a lovely vacation!
We spread out the two days at Disney so we could rest up and not feel so overwhelmed. Epcot was our first park and wouldn't you know, we went during the International Food & Wine Festival! As it is, Epcot offers an amazing showcase of eleven countries, where you can feast on cuisine of that region, as well as shops and local experiences you might find there. Some of my favorites include: Germany, France and Morocco (although, they are all phenomenal!) But the festival made it feel as if you were getting a dining experience from all around the world! We had a wonderful day and Claire did fantastic for her first day at an amusement park!
The girls! (Chris sadly couldn't join us at Epcot because of work)
Looking across the beautiful lagoon, beginning our "trip around the world" :)
In China we met Mulan! Claire was quite smitten!
And somewhere around Morocco Jasmine and Aladdin made an appearance!
On Saturday, which was also my parents 22nd anniversary, we introduced Claire to the happiest place on Earth!! I realize that many people have strong opinions as to when you should take kids to Disneyland/World, but I will say that it was such a magical experience for all of us! We got to experience Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, the Teacups, the carousel, the Main Street Parade and Fireworks with our little one, and all without a single complaint from her :) So whether or not she remembers this trip (which she will likely not!), the special memories for us will always be treasured. So maybe her remembering it doesn't matter because we all had an amazing time! Plus, she'll always have the pictures ;)
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
The entire park was completely decorated for Fall, so wonderful!
Mom & I having a Dole Whip, our favorite treat in Hawaii!!
Dad, Mom, Theresa & Taylor
Claire loved her first carousel ride!
Gorgeous sunset just before the parade
Grandma, Grandpa & the little Princess
Getting ready for the Main Street Electrical Parade!
And finally, some shots from a relaxing and beautiful day at the beach!
Taking her afternoon nap on Mama-melt my heart!
Sweet girl loves the water!
Our last night, shopping at Downtown Disney!
What an awesome week! Now, when can we go back?!?