There was a time I wondered if Lucy would ever go through the “princess stage.” She was late at all her other milestones, and I thought maybe this one would never come around.
I was dead wrong.
She adores those lovely ladies more than I can say.
To her they are the cat’s meow.
So we told her once she was potty-trained she could get her own set of mini figurines and maybe, just maybe we would take her to Disneyland.
And even though quite honestly I don’t think she completely understood our bribe, it was out there, and really, what kind of parents would we be if we didn’t follow through with it??
So, when a company trip was proposed with a destination to Disneyworld we were there, hook line and sinker.
With 21 of us traipsing around together we were a force to be reckoned with. I loved walking behind everyone in the airports…all these sixteen kids and their parents rolling these bags around with humongous smiles stretched across their little faces anticipating what was ahead.
We had a long lay-over in SLC and got to visit with my mom and dad for a while. Man we love those guys.
We were all so excited to finally get there…especially when we saw this:
(so did their moms):
I must admit, I was on cloud nine this whole day because I was so excited to share it with my kids. Why are moms like that? Seriously. I think the parade was my favorite part. We sat there in the perfect slant of the sun and watched our kids soak in the whole spectacle.
It was SO fun to watch all these kids. I loved watching how Lucy is SO taken care of by not only her siblings but those great cousins too.
I loved watching Lucy whose little hands just clapped and clapped to the music and whose delighted eyes were GLUED on everything that came by. It was a little hard not to get teared up a couple times thinking about how some day maybe she won’t be able to see all this stuff. It made me so incredibly grateful to be there right then, while she can soak everything in so well.
At the end of the parade all the floats stopped and the characters got off and danced with a bunch of the kids. Claire and her cousin got to dance with Donald Duck and they thought they just may have died and gone to heaven.
Should I be embarrassed to admit that I was almost more excited for Lu to meet them than Lucy was? I had grand visions of how enamored she would be and she did not disappoint me. Oh man, it was so fun to see the delight on her face, but also ALMOST better was the delight on her older sisters’ faces when they saw Lu with the princesses.
My personal favorite princess?
You know why? Because she sure made our wait in line worth our while. First of all, she was delighted as could be when Lu showed her herself (her Ariel figurine) from the depths of her purse:
On one of the other days we went to Universal Studios.
The big kids liked the “Hulk” roller coaster best.
The younger kids were pleased as punch with “Seuss Landing.”
We packed like sardines into this “Harry Potter Land”:I must admit it was pretty cool…
This is Dave’s sister and family (all except the one who is gone to college right now):
And here’s Dave’s brother and family:
And here we are:
“Where’s Lucy??” you may ask.
Here she sat:
I’m afraid family pictures are NOT Lucy or Dave’s forte.
I was really glad the scorpions we find around here don’t look like this one Grace is mesmerized by:
My favorite ride (Mt. Everest) is behind these guys in that picture above, but exposed out of the picture, darn.