Disney, done.

One more Disney post–just to capture the best memories, like this one of Owen just before he took his first swim in the chilly hotel pool.

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And, this one, wherein we discovered we could travel from our resort to the Magic Kingdom by ferry (which is far better than the Monorail, at least in my estimation).

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Our hotel was right on the water, and a family of ducklings hung out on the ground below our balcony.

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I changed our reservation at the last minute, requesting a room that overlooked the Magic Kingdom. We had the good fortune of seeing the nightly fireworks from our balcony, but Bryan had other plans and insisted we stay in the park for the show one night. It was late, and we were dead on our feet after 15 hours of walking. He was right, though; it was entirely worth it. When the fireworks were done, Ava said, “That’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen.” (Olivia promptly asserted, “Really? What about Owen?”)

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We spent an afternoon in Epcot and enjoyed champagne in France, beer in Germany and wine in Italy. The girls had their faces painted and visited with St. Nick. That night, we attended an incredible Christmas concert that featured Neil Patrick Harris retelling the Christmas story (with the help of a huge orchestra and impressive choir).

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Did I mention NPH? Oh, right. I think I did.

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Admittedly, some memories are probably worth forgetting, like the utterly terrifying trip down Splash Mountain.

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But the girls made some new friends…

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And secured autographs from some VIPs.

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Perhaps my favorite moment was seeing the girls play in this interactive fountain, and hearing Bryan say he remembered doing the same when he was a kid.

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We really did have a fantastic time. Only four and a half years until the next fifth birthday!

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(More on our Disney trip here, here, and here.)

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on December 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I absolutely love these photos! Such a magical vacation! I’m anxious to hear the girls relive the memories first hand. It wouldn’t take much to convince me to tag along in 2017! Owen and I can celebrate milestone birthdays — Five and ?!?!?! OMGoodness!

  2. Posted by Laura on December 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Holy hell, I laughed so hard at that Splash Mountain photo. Those expressions totally trump the ones dad caught of me at Arnolds Park. Such a fun vacation!! I’m with your mom: I want to tag along the next time around!

  3. Posted by Karyl on December 11, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Let me think, Laura – you will be 37 in 2017 – we could celebrate your birthday as well! I love all of the photos – love the face painting – the splash mountain photo is priceless – and the girls look so entirely happy! You must have all been totally exhausted by the end of the trip!

  4. Posted by Doug Smith on December 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Those last two shots of the fireworks with the silhouette of the castle are really first-rate photography, Rebecca!

  5. Posted by Rebecca on December 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I wish I could take credit, but those three photos belong to Bryan!

  6. Posted by Gramma Great on December 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

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