This is the second time that the kids and I traveled to Disney World. The first time was two years ago, and only about 4 or 5 months after John died. That trip was so good for me. My sweet cousins, and aunts let me talk and cry and laugh the whole trip. It was however, physically difficult. I remember pushing that stroller through the parks and actually crying because I was so exhausted. All the while I was thinking, If only I can make it two more years. I thought that whole trip, that when I had two years behind me that I would feel better, and that my life would be back to normal.
So, two years down the road from that trip, and I am in the same odd land of uncomfort. I realized on this trip that my life was never going back to the normal that it use to be. That's not a bad thing, I guess, just different. I didn't realize how much denial I was in until this trip. Though we had a great time, it was hard for me to face reality.
They say that your fondest memories are family vacations. I agree fully, but sometimes some of the most difficult memories are brought up on family vacations, especially if part of that family is missing. You know, that being said, we all felt extra close to John on that trip. It's truly amazing the tender mercies that are given to us just when we need them.
Rainy days and Mondays don't get us down.
The kiddo's in front of the tree of life. Mom and Aves. The Bros.
Ethan and Mom ready to tackle Everest. Mom and Ave in Asia. Averie and her new friend. Another shot of the tree of life.
My Brother Spencer and his wife and kids came with us, which was a huge help, and so much fun. We got to go to two different character breakfasts, and they were so much fun. Averie got Mickey to kiss her and she screamed, in her best Marsh Brady, "He kissed me. He kissed me. I can't believe he kissed me. I'll never wash my forehead again!"
Ethan infront of the castle. Averie being distracted. The kiddos complaining that they wanted to go back to the hotel to swim (not ten minutes inside the gates). The cute poser in the swiss family Robinson treehouse.
Ethan and Sophie at the Rock'n Rollercoaster. The kids at the scify drive inn. (cool eatery where the inside looks like outside and you sit in old cars and watch old movies and they serve you dinner) Ethan and Averie in New York.
We drove about an hour and a half to the beach where we froze our little bums right off. The cold doesn't slow the kids down though.
Mom and Ash in Africa. The Bros picking their switch. Sissy sue. Cool dude Ethan.