We traveled the last two weeks of January; we drive from wintery eastern Ontario to sunny central Florida. This year's trip consisted of some unplanned events such as our van breaking down in Virginia (we spent a lovely day and a half near Richmond while we waited for a tow truck, waited for our van's prognosis and then waited to hear if it could be fixed quickly or not... we then rented a van to take us the rest of the way while our own van was fixed up for our return back to Canada) and then we also experienced cold temperatures and too much rain while we were in Florida. Despite these challenges we had a blast! Time with our own little family is very meaningful to us and I look forward to our winter vacation all year long.
|We are always on a mission to find the cleanest and nicest convenience stores long the way. |
We keep track of all of them in our Florida notebook.
|At 9 years of age, Alex has discovered an interest in sports cars. |
He wanted his photo taken with this beauty!
|This is where our adventures takes a turn...|
I was not happy but the kids certainly thought is was fun!
This was their first ride in a tow truck.
|It was also our Toyota's first ride in a tow tuck!|
|The most exciting part of our road trip is finding a hotel for the night with a pool and if we|
are really lucky, we might also get a hot tub.
|Getting the chance to play in a pool is a great way to burn off |
energy after 10 or more hours of driving.
We drive 23-28 hours all the way to our destinations in Florida each year.
|This year Jean couldn't wait to see palm trees. Our little tree-huggers found this one in Savannah Georgia.|
|Finally... our destination at Walt Disney World.|
Here are my favourite photos from Walt Disney World:
Note: Our kids (especially our oldest daughter, Grace) loved meeting the characters. Honestly they know each one is an actor but they are soooo good at being in character!
|One of our favourite things was just "happening" across a show... this happened quite often.|
|Jean is a big Minnie Mouse fan!|
|This is a picture of the kids with a character from the Hoop Dee Hoo Dinner Show.|
|This is a view from part of the the ride "It's a Small World" which the kids totally loved. This is a display of the Netherlands.|
|Grace was chosen to learn to be a pirate!|
|Another favourite ride: Jean got to drive this time!|
|We saw a few Disney parades which do not disappoint!|
|This photo does not do this show justice! The Lion King show at Animal Kingdom was AMAZING!|
|Jean (7 years old) took this photo of us.|
|We made a trip to the Lego Store (3rd time); notice the shopping bags!|
|Our Disney resort (Art of Animation) had a beautiful pool with music you could hear under the water. |
I found it much too cold to swim but there were kids in the pool most of the time.
|The kids loved relaxing in our suite especially after they purchased their lego kits.|
|Jean lost a tooth (the second top one, no doubt) so a special Disney Tooth Fairy came for|
a visit and brought her a charm bracelet (which she had been wishing for).
Most of our photos show us wearing warm clothing: scarves, sweatshirts, coats, pants... I was disappointed in the weather but it honestly didn't stop us from having fun. We just bundled up and away we went.
Next stop was Grandma and Grandpa's, just a two hour drive south of Disney.