We absolutely love it when friends come to visit! We always have! Our home has always been open to friends and family and visitors, whether we were living in Virginia Beach in our condo, or our house… but NOW… woah friends! Now that we live here in Celebration, Florida it’s just soo much more magical! Now we live right in Mickey’s back yard and we love having visitors even more because we get to share all the magical things! You know I love all the magical things friends… not only do we have Disney, but we have Harry Potter world too… I die!!!
Sooo… when I heard my friend Christina and her brood of amazingness were coming to Destin for a vacation and just might make an extra special trip to the Magic Kingdom… I jumped for joy!
When you come to Florida friends… you can’t pass us by! I’m just telling you the honest truth! You have to make a stop over and meet us at the park so we can share with you all the fun little tips we have learned living here!
Christina and I took about 5 minutes to text up a nice little plan! She and Ryan planned on surprising the kids (all of them). They were vacationing with another family and between them there were about 14 people all together… right?! Wow~ They planned to wake up incredibly early, pack everyone in the car and not speak a word! The plan was to drive and keep the kids in the dark until they entered what I like to call the drive of magic… where you enter the way of Mickey waving and Minnie and all the characters and you realize.. OH MY GOSH… it’s DISNEY!!
How much fun is that?!!!
Our plan was to meet them at the park later in the afternoon to share a few rides and then meet back for the parade and eeeesh… try fireworks (Linc is not a fan yet).
We met up with them around 4 I believe (sometime around them) and chatted for a bit! Shared a few hugs… I think Ireland might have a little crush on Linc (who only had eyes for the boys really, and then Ryan and Aaron were able to do some bro things while Christina and hung out for a few! Then we parted ways and gave big hugs because this is the thing… when you come to Disney, you want to be able to DO Disney and that means doing Disney at your own pace! Sometimes it works out that we get to hang together… but sometimes it means being able to have the freedom to use your cell phones and split up for a few!
What was most special for me was being able to see my dear friend and give her the biggest hug… a hug that I greatly needed! I loved being able to capture just a few images for them while they were in a place that both Christina and Ryan hold so special in their hearts, especially as they just welcomed a new member into their family!
Even though we only saw them for just an hour or so… to be able to see friends that just feel like home and help to create such special memories and capture them with my camera… that’s a blessing that is beyond compare!
We love you Christina and Ryan!!! Hope you come back to visit very soon!!
For anyone that plans on visiting Disney or Florida… please let us know! We would love to meet you, or be your family photographer!!!
P.S. I think I rode those tea cups with the boys about 6 times… I loved every second of it! Except my arms were super sore after! If anyone is interested in a killer arm workout, just head out on the mad hatters and Alice’s Tea Party… you won’t be able to move your arms up or down the next day 😉