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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Disney Through the Years

I wanted to do a Wordless Wednesday post, but let's just be honest here folks. There is nothing wordless about me. I talk in my sleep. How can I show you the pictures without helping to tell the story? Well I couldn't, so I'm going to post on Tuesday night and try to keep the words to a minimum. This blog is meant to keep record and share my running journey. My running often takes me to Disney, and Disney is the reason I started running. A 5 day, kid free vacation to Walt Disney World and only having to run 13.1 miles to earn it? Fair trade if you ask me. Little did I know I would keep running. I am also not ashamed to admit that MORE trips to Disney helped keep me running. But what started my love of Disney? I wasn't one of the lucky kids who had fond childhood memories of Disney. My family was rather poor growing up and Disney was the last thing we could afford, so I never went as a child. I didn't go to Disney for the first time until I was 24, in 2007. I was still dating my now husband and he took me. We left our oldest, the Prince, only 2 at the time, at home with my parents. It was my first taste of Disney and enough to get me hooked.
Young and in love
The following year, in 2008, I was eager to take the Prince for the first time. He was 3 and I thought it was a better age. He had a blast and it started his Dis-Love off right.
Look at that face!
Our little family of 3
You know you've done Disney right when this happens before you leave the parking lot
Little did we know, we brought home a souvenir from that trip, one you don't buy in the parks. Two weeks after we returned home from that trip, we got a very unexpected positive pregnancy test. That's right, the Big Princess is a Disney baby. We decided to take her for her first trip in May 2009.
Our family of 4
I cried after we took this picture, my princess and me
We went back a few months later, in August of 2009, when the big Princess was a little more alert.
The Big Princess was not amused with Pluto, slept right through it
Due to some life changes, mainly a move all the way up to Maine, making Disney travel a lot harder, another move back to North Carolina 6 months later, our wedding, and us adding to our family, we had to take a few years off from Disney. We returned in 2012, 10 months after adding the Little Princess, as a family of 5.
Our family of 5
They grew a lot from the cherubic little boy hugging Eeyore and the chubby baby sleeping through Pluto
Disney is special to our family. We've made lots of memories there and I feel blessed to be able to give them these trips, especially after my family couldn't for me growing up. I love looking through the pictures and watching how our family has grown, and Disney has remained. I look forward to adding a picture of our family of 6 to the mix. But not yet, right now runDisney still has it's hooks in me.


  1. I didn't get to go to Disney as a kid either; so glad I can share it with my kids!!

  2. Aww. Love this and love the pictures! So fun.

  3. How adorable. Thanks for sharing your Disney loving family April! Your son and Eyeore--- dying of cuteness there!

  4. Love the pic of the Prince asleep in the car - you're right! Happy exhaustion! Loved seeing the family grow!

  5. What wonderful memories. Its so fun to go back and remember all the magic. Your family is so cute - love the sleeping babies is there anything more beautiful?