*Disclaimer: this post covers 9 days of the most memorable vacation in recorded history. There will be TONS of pictures. Believe it or not, I actually narrowed them down quite a bit. Consider yourself warned.I am overdue on blogging (again). I missed a lot of events in the Burgener household (graduations, reunions, activities galore), but if I stop to try and catch up on all of them I'll never make it. So I'll have to be content with starting here and being more consistent in the future.
Thanks to the fiscal responsibility of my paternal grandparents and the generosity of my parents, we were blessed with the amazing opportunity to spend a week on vacation with my whole family (except my brother, who was very much missed) in DisneyWorld!! We still can't believe it. We keep talking about how we never thought we'd actually see the EPCOT dome with our own eyes. But see it we did!
The week was so fun, it can't be described entirely in words. We went on dozens of fast and furious rides, walked what seemed like hundreds of miles, saw a part of the country that we'd never seen before, crossed some things off our 'to do before I die' lists, and spent loads of time just being together. It was definitely something we'll remember forever. But, in the words of LeVar Burton, "you don't have to take my word for it..."
I see it! We're there!
Having a magical day...
The Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom)
Best restaurant in the whole world. We learned to hula, and watched fireworks, and saw a volcano, and ate amazing food, and stole the bread, and just generally caused a ruckus. What can we say? We're the Jackson five!
...I'm sure we deserved it.
Definitely met Mickey Mouse. What kind of a Disney trip would it be if we hadn't?
Dinosaurs were everywhere...I think this is what the celestial kingdom will look like when Landon gets there.
New Facebook picture anyone?
Sure Tom, you can call me Becky if you want to!
Singin' in the Rain (at Hollywood Studios)
Oh yes, we were really there. Did we see the space shuttle? Yes, yes we did.
Just for Erin!
On Sept. 9, 2009, we saw this same shuttle fly through space above our house. Crazy.
Don't tell Mickey we borrowed his hat.
Oh - so this is the other side of heaven!
Just for Kelly.
Just for fun.
Partway through the week, my parents gave us yet ANOTHER surprise. We went on a private cruise to watch the fireworks over Cinderella's castle. Probably the coolest thing I've ever done. Our boat captain's name was Roger, which was just too hilarious.
Awww...I always knew we were princesses! By the way, Snow White said I was wearing her favorite color, and it looked good on me. :) Made my day. Yes, I am 4 years old.
Proof we were there. (Epcot)
We also made a pilgrimage to the Lego store...can you tell this trip was a dream come true for Landon?
Our firstborn...Reginald, the Mammoth. He lives in our living room if you want to meet him.
Stella enjoying the Muppet 3D show.
Tiki room anyone?
Stella's favorite ride. 10 points if you know where we are.
Liberty Tavern in Magic Kingdom.
Getting ready to go on the Teacups with the master - my father.