I have so many things I could say about our trip to Disney World back in December. First of all, for those of you who haven’t already read this on Instagram, I want to give you a little background on how this trip came to be (this is in my sister, Jennifer’s, words-without her emoticons )…
Now that the long awaited Disney trip is over, I realized I was never able to explain this hashtag we kept using… #bubbysdisneytrip2013 . And since I have had many of you ask, I wanted to take a minute to explain. Back in January of 2012, to make a long story short , my dad, grandmother, myself and j&e had all gone to Anderson to be with the twins/families for the weekend. While there, the subject of my dad’s retirement had come up. We jokingly asked when it was EVER going to happen. He said that he was thinking about possibly retiring the Fall of 2013. We started joking about what we should do for his retirement and he said “Do NOT throw me any kind of party or any of that mess!” And so then we were like, well…what CAN we do?!?! Hmmm…And someone reluctantly threw out “Let’s all go to Disney World”!!! And he paused – and we were like is he really entertaining the idea??!! – and he said “that sounds good…go ahead and plan it…but you know you’re going to be spending up your inheritance!” We all laughed and said “DADDY! We would much rather spend it with you here then after you are gone!!!” I remember it VIVIDLY. Well, as most of you know, not even a month later, he found out he had stomach cancer. He battled it for the next seven months. We never mentioned the trip again but it was in the back of our minds the entire time. And then he passed away on September 12, 2012. Last spring (2013), that weekend/the trip came up and the twins and I agreed that we HAD to make it happen. The last time we talked to Daddy about it, he said to plan it and so we knew we had to. And that’s why all the pictures had #bubbysdisneytrip2013 . Words will never describe how much we miss our Dad. But we have now added another memory/time we will think of him and it’s when we see/hear about anything Disney! We love you SOOO much, Daddy…thanks for sending us to Disney!
So, as you can see, this Disney trip was very important to us. Although our dad was not with us physically, he was still very much a part of our trip…the biggest part actually.
Another thing I realized about this vacation is that vacations are kind of like weddings…they are really expensive and they go by very quickly, so you need to take lots of pictures. I had actually decided I wasn’t going to take my camera on this trip. I really wanted to be present during our vacation…if you’re a photographer or photography hobbyist, you know what I’m talking about. I didn’t want my camera to control me while we were at Disney, keeping me from really experiencing every minute with our kiddos. It wasn’t until the day before that I decided to pack it, and I am SO glad I did! Like my wedding day, our trip is already kind of a blur…when you are running around multiple parks with 6 adults and 8 kids under the age of 8, stopping to smell the roses is not really an option. I am SO thankful for the pictures I took (this is only about 1/3 of them…yikes)…going through these was like being at Disney all over again. I laughed when I saw the popcorn pictures and remembered how Jennifer was dying for some popcorn and not 2 minutes after she finally got it, Jack knocked the whole box out of her hand trying to get a piece for himself. I laughed so hard I nearly wet my pants! :) Then I laughed again when I saw the pictures of the kids eating their Dole Whips, remembering that Jennifer purchased 2 for Jack and Ella, but when she got out of the line, she realized Jason had taken Jack and Ella to the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, so she was left with 2 melting cups of ice cream…it was hilarious! So, maybe you had to be there, but we were there, and now because of all the pictures we took, we can actually remember what happened! :) The blessing of it all, is that I really only had my camera out about 50% of the time and I did not feel bound to it at all…I was so thankful that capturing some great moments didn’t keep me from actually experiencing them, too!
So, here are some pictures from our trip! The majority of them were taken with a baby strapped to my chest in lighting that was less than ideal, but I wouldn’t trade a single one of these!
By the way, if you want to take a photographer with you to Disney World so you can actually be in some of your vacation pictures, I’m for hire! Really…I’m serious! Sign me up!!!!!!!