Saturday, December 24, 2011

We're ready!

We made it home early today as the train was 2 hrs ahead of schedule--when has that ever happened when flying?  That gave us plenty of time to check the mail, unpack a little, make a nice Christmas Eve dinner, and bake cookies.  The kids are showered, presents of pjs have been exchanged, the table has been lowered, the tree has been brought inside, and the snacks are in place--we are ready for Santa!  Now it's time to get to bed--NORAD has him about to cross the Atlantic!
"Please come to our house, Santa!"

Friday, December 23, 2011

Warming up in FL

Where, oh where have we been?  Florida!  While cruising there would have been great, we still have to work so we took a new (for us) landlubbers method--the train!  We actually took the auto train overnight from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL (just north of Orland) and it was a wonderful experience.  Roomy, relaxing, and we arrived well-rested for a week of Disney fun!  My sister and her family, as well as Grandma and Grandpa Powers, joined us at Shades of Green resort which is right on the Walt Disney World property.  It was just a wonderful trip! 

The weather was amazing and my sister and I relaxed by the pool the very first day.  We visited Downtown Disney, went to a Very Mickey Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, spent 2 days each at Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, and made a quick stop at Hollywood Studios.  The kids (of all ages!) had a blast and it was a marked difference for me, having spent last Christmas in Dubai and away from the family.  Frank and I were really surprised at how our kids have grown into the rides, really enjoying the roller coasters and water rides.  I loved seeing all the animals, but really it was just awesome to get away from work and enjoy time with the family.  It was especially nice getting to see the cousins all play together. 

Now it's back to MD to make preps for the big guy to come tomorrow night!
We're ready to see Santa and Mickey!