This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Back from WDW

Well, I tried.  I honestly tried to blog in Florida.  In fact, on at least 3 occasions I tried to post a few day-to-day pics, but we had THE slowest internet connection in our room.  I was so tired at the end of each day that I didn't have the patience to wait it out.  (Catching a cold on Monday didn't help, either.)  So please bear with the blitz below.

We had a great, great time.  Our week went thus:

July 4 - EPCOT
July 5 - Down time & visiting with Lyn's parents; date night for Curtis/Kristi and Brian/Jennifer.  Lyn and I watched the kiddos.
July 6 - Animal Kingdom
July 7 - Off day - Emiril's for Johnsons/Sewells; visiting Grandma Sewell's old house (SAD!); crazy evening at Steak & Shake; visit to Target!
July 8 - The Magic Kingdom (rain in the afternoon - more blessing than curse!)
July 9 - Disney Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) - hot hot hot
July 10 - Lunch with Lyn's brother (Dan) & family; heading home (WampWamp!)
July 11 - Unexpected trip back to LAX and Sherman Oaks - I picked up somebody's luggage that looked just like mine!  Had to get my bag and rendezvous with the lady whose bag I snatched. (Beats having mold in your house!  Tears for Curtis and Kristi!)

The cousins on the morning of July 4

We're Goin' In!  -- We walked into
every park rather than using trams.  Wise move
when three strollers are involved!

The Johnsons at the American Pavilion in EPCOT -
The show broke down in the middle--on JULY 4!!!!
Not good.  Lexi kept asking, "What happened?"

We ate at Cracker Barrel twice.  Emily loved
this little rocking chair!

Four Generations - Grandma Reid; Lyn;
Kristi, Jennifer; Haley, Lexi, & Emily

Grandma Reid and a very happy, camera-loving Emily!

Emily and her great-grandpa Reid

The LION KING show at Animal Kingdom was
our 2nd "breakdown."  While we waited for the
"fix" to occur, we met up with Minnie Mouse.
Here's Haley and Lexi enjoying her company.

Brian, Emily, and Jennifer with Minnie;  Minnie's 
in her "camping" attire

In addition to "fun," the word to describe our
trip was HOT.  Here was one of the remedies for
beating the heat.  Delicious but messy on a hot Florida day!

While waiting for a ride, the girls ganged up on
Mamaw Lyn.  Of course, she hated it!!!  NOT!

One of the most entertaining parts of the trip.
Haley and Lexi sat by themselves on the front
row of the little Pocohantas show at Animal Kingdom.
What a riot they were!

Above/Below - Enjoying JUNGLE BOOK buddies

I love this picture of Jennifer and Emily on
the African Safari bus.  All the girls were
such troopers--Emily was an amazing first-timer!

Lyn and I on our first anniversary--1973--at
"King Stephan's Court" in Cinderella's Castle

35 years later--MAYBE at the same window

Haley was in little-girl heaven the day we ate
at Cinderella's castle.  Belle made over her so much
because they were wearing "matching" dresses.  
It was beyond precious to see the amazing joy on 
Haley's face!

Lyn and I had lunch with Brian and Jennifer
at Emeril's restaurant on Universal City Walk.

Emily's very first time in the pool.  What a neat 
experience.  We got LOTS of photos and videos of this! 
She wasn't a fan at first, but before the evening was
over, she was "white water rafting" in the pool!

Well, here we are back at the "Tree of Life" - Two more
little girls in our arms.  Life is good!  Truly good.


Roni said...

WONDERFUL pictures!! Looks like a great family time! Thank you for sharing. And welcome back!!

Kristi said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you for making this trip happen. I will treasure it FOREVER!

johnsonandjohnson said...

I second what Kristi said! I know that Emily is too young to remember the trip, but it was truly precious for us. We had so much fun watching her light up when seeing the princesses. I loved that she liked the fireworks too. We'll just have to get back there again sometime and let her experience it some more!

Thanks for the fun trip!!!!

Diane Davis said...

These are all really great pictures. It looks like a really fun trip.