Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Disney Magic!

Two years ago when we returned from our first Disney Cruise, we had two families who said if we ever went again, they wanted to come with us.  Cruising with friends is the best way to go.  When all the kids have a friend to hang out with, it's a dream vacation for everyone!

So we started to plan.  And we started to tell everyone.  And friends told their friends.  In the end, 11 families came--22 adults and 36 children!  And we all HAD A BLAST! 

We met new friends and got to know friends better.  The kids got to run around the ship like they owned the place.  Christopher and 7 friends were able to run around with freedom that 8-year-olds only dream about.  Courtney's hang-out for teens was open with planned activities until 2:00 a.m!  Marty stayed out until midnight!  Suddenly we were thrust into teenage-dom full force--each night telling the kids to wake us up when they got back to the cabin!

We made stops in St. Maarten and St. Thomas.  The ocean was unbelievably clear and so fun to sit on the beach or play in the water.  In St. Thomas we fed the fish pieces of dog biscuits and they swarmed around waiting for food.  Just when I was beginning to wonder if they'd notice the dog biscuit in my other hand, a fish bit me!  Felt just like a puppy nipping at you.  Scared me to death, of course!  I chucked the biscuit and swam to shore as fast as I could.

We also visited Blackbeard the Pirate's Castle but unfortunately it was closed that day! 
Aaarrrgh Matey!

The last stop was Castaway Cay -- Disney's private island.  Our whole group hung out, swam and watched the kids play.  A torrential downpour interrupted lunch, but ended quickly and soon it was beautiful again.  A couple of hours later another downpour hit us, this time accompanied by thunder and lightning.  We had to grab our stuff and run for cover and everyone headed back to the ship.

When the cruise ended (still makes me sad that it's over!) we visited Kennedy Space Center with two other good friends.  We've been before but it's so inspiring and amazing to be standing in the place where man-made rockets actually fly into outer space.  A common quote seen around the Space Center is "Failure is Not an Option."  Love it!

We arrived home to Fall which is a wonderful welcome home present!


Julie said...

Love the family photo at the end! Looks like tons of fun. Welcome back.

Brenda said...

How fun to be able to go with all of those friends!! Looks like you had a great time!!!

Josh and Megan said...

HOW FUN! What a great group of people! I've heard Disney Cruises are the best! Can teachers be invited next time...well, not all of the them...just the cool ones?!?!