I already posted about Delilah’s first flight last week and now I finally have enough time to write about the actual trip!
We went to Houston to visit my brother and celebrate his 26th birthday. My mom flew in from Fort Lauderdale and we met her there. Unfortunately, Liam was not able to come because it was going too expensive to pay him a plane ticket especially since the trip was very last minute and I was transitioning jobs. Delilah flies for free so bringing her was a little simpler. We have vowed to take Liam somewhere by plane very soon to make it up to him though!
While in Houston we went to the Children’s Museum of Houston. I was a little surprised that over a year old they charge an entrance fee for kids, I thought that was a little lame. But we found a living social deal online which saved us half off the admission price so it worked out in our favor. The Children’s Museum was ah-mazing! An absolute delight. I would go back to Houston just to take Delilah here again when she’s older, it was that awesome. There was a lot of cool things, it was educational but also silly and they had a great play area for the younger kids. My 26 year old brother really loved the stuff geared towards older kids (like 8-10 year old lol).
I’ve ridden quite a few roller coasters in my day. I’ve been a thrill seeker since I was a little girl. I was too short to ride a roller coaster when I was 5 (the roller coaster was Montu at Busch Gardens) and I still think of that as one of the worst days of my entire life.
A few of my favorites are:
The Hulk and Dragon Challenge (Dueling Dragons) at Islands of Adventures
The Mummy and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios
SheiKra, Kumba, and Montu at Busch Gardens
Manta and Kraken at Sea World
Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom
Rock’n’Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios
But Expedition Everest has to be my favorite after riding it 3 times on my recent trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom (2 of those times were in the front row). Why is it so amazing? Here’s a list to explain why! Because who doesn’t love a list?!
Welcome back! Last time I posted about Give Kids The World I was able to talk about the food options, train rides around the village, Amberville, and the Castle of Miracles before my post got too long. GKTW has so much to offer and I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to cut parts of the village out just so I could fit it all in one post. There is so much thought and consideration put into everything at GKTW and I feel like everyone should know about this amazing place. An example of the thought and consideration put into the village: each area is named after a different child for a different reason. I hope to inspire with my posts about the village or maybe my posts will help a family going to stay at GKTW feel more prepared before their trip. Maybe my posts will encourage someone to donate to GKTW. Either way, I just want to share the joy that this place gave me. Read more ›
This week the family will be going to Orlando for some theme park fun at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
My stepson is being given a Dream Trip to Disney thanks to Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, it’s just like Make a Wish. He will be going from Monday through Sunday, the first half of the trip will be spent with his mom, step-dad, and siblings on her side. Thursday is his 6th birthday and that’s when me, his dad, Delilah, and my mom will join him. We’ll actually be arriving in Orlando on Wednesday but Thursday Liam is going to go to the parks with his mom. Thursday evening we will all be having a dinner for Liam’s birthday at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney. After his birthday dinner his mom will leave and we’ll take over the hotel room and finish off the trip with him. We’re so fortunate that we were able to split this trip in half, it gives both of Liam’s families a chance to experience this amazing trip with him.
I am a huge planner so the first part of any trip is packing. I like to make sure all the laundry is done because it’s nice to have all the clothes we have to choose from and it’s one less thing to worry about when we come home. I don’t like to pack too early ahead of time either, usually 2-3 days before a trip is more than enough time.
We plan on arriving early Wednesday evening and leaving Sunday after a day at Universal so that’s 4 nights and 5 days we need to pack for although we won’t have to worry about Liam until Thursday night.
My favorite part of packing is the clothes and picking out what to dress the kids in.