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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.

5 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  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?

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