Walt Disney World: March 2014

Yeah, that says “Walt Disney World: March 2014”. As in, one month after the recently mentioned trip. And as in, 6 months ago. We were able to take an extremely last-minute, extremely quick weekend trip thanks to expiring Southwest credits and our DVC membership + Annual Passes. We spent less than $400 for the 5 of us to go down – including food – so we couldn’t pass it up! Because it was spring break, we went down with every intention {Read More}

Walt Disney World: February 2014

Yeah, that says February… so this will very much be a 20,000 foot view of our trip. It was fun, if I recall correctly 😉 The biggest difference with the trip was that it was the first time we surprised the girls! No countdown, though I did tell Nolan (who had no idea what I was talking about, and certainly didn’t spoil it). We told Elise and Avery that we needed to pick them up from school to hang out somewhere {Read More}

Marathon Weekend

So… I ran a marathon this year.  Well, I should say I ran *in* a marathon, and finished a marathon walking.  That was my initial goal, to finish upright – and that I did. Twelve hours before the race start, I had no intention of doing it.  This is so true, I’m pretty sure I had two desserts the night before, and definitely had fried food and all sorts of other non-race-friendly food for days before. Oh, and I hadn’t {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 2014 Post-Cruise

We spent a couple of days in Florida after the cruise, with plans to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  We really don’t like it, but it was a good way to get into the parks one day as a family without current passes.  Because of some scheduling snafus with Kyle’s work though, the days would look quite different.  Instead, he and Nolan would fly back a day early (after multiple harried calls to switch flights, find sitters, {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 18

The kids actually all slept until 7:15, when we went to Cabana’s to watch the ship pull up to Castaway Cay! We quickly got ready to beat the crowd off the boat and to the family beach.  We found a spot and were sitting at the edge of the water collecting shells (just to look!) in no time.  Nolan was so content.  Castaway Cay is the most idyllic, picturesque place I know and the day couldn’t have started off better. {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 17

I “slept in” until 7, and was shocked to wake up to a family still sleeping!  We had a nice, laid-back day at sea, so it was the perfect day for this miracle to occur.  The kids were finally up at 7:35.  We made our way to Royal Court for breakfast which was a la carte (instead of a buffet) and oh-so-delicious.  We looked around the different dining rooms at the beautiful princess mosaics since the restaurant wasn’t bustling with {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 16

I woke to a definitively broken camera even after dismantling it and letting it air out, so between that and the fear of losing everything on the memory card, I wasn’t too thrilled.  Alas, there were more memories to be made, so off we went… We ate a quick breakfast as the girls excitedly sang “Happy Half Birthday” to Nolan 🙂 then we were off to a day of adventure in Cozumel!  We could see the city waiting for us {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 15

The following day was a very low-key one.  The shore time in Costa Maya is very short, and we had no excursions booked – so it was nearly a day at sea. On this particular day, we decided to try breakfast in Enchanted Garden instead of Cabana’s.  The buffet was still impressive if much smaller, and the atmosphere was far more relaxing.  Hanti was working in there as well, and came over to say hi and give hugs and kisses. {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 14

Having crossed into another time zone overnight, it was only 5:40am ship time when we were all awake – so we had to play in the room for a bit.  Everyone was in a good mood though, so no complaints.  Nolan really loved the bunk beds 🙂 We had breakfast at Cabana’s again, then ran into Anthony in Shutters.  He greeted the girls by name and spent several minutes talking to them about the artwork on the walls, favorite characters, {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 13

So since we’ve gone to Walt Disney World twice now in 2014, it seems I had better quickly finish up with our cruise trip report, yes?  Goodness. On our first full day at sea, everyone was up before 7 – of course.  The girls went to get drinks with Kyle while Nolan squealed with joy that our TV had Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Breakfast was at Cabanas, where we just brought back a little of everything for the table.  It would {Read More}