We were supposed to depart at 7am on Monday, December 27th, and went to bed on Friday night, December 24th, with a news report that there was a possible snow storm expected to hit the NY / NJ area the afternoon of Dec 27th. Well, all of that changed and got progressively worse as Christmas Day wore on - and we ended up getting the LAST 10 seats on a flight out of NJ one day earlier, Sunday Dec 26th, at 2:30pm. Well - you could certainly say we got VERY LUCKY -BUT it was now @ 4pm on Dec 25th, and NONE of the 10 of us going had anything packed!! We had planned to do that on Sunday, since we were departing on Monday!
The storm forecast became a Blizzard Warning when we woke up on Sunday, and it felt like we were in the witness protection program, throwing things into suitcases and hoping we didn't forget anything! ( yes, I did neglect to pack 4 of my hubby's long sleeve shirts!)
The big van picked us up at 11:30am and the first flakes started to fall! We got to the airport in no time - checked in and our flight was on schedule! ( the flight before and after ours had been canceled!) We boarded on time - but sat in the airplane for about an hour waiting our turn to take off and we were de-iced twice - this did not make my hubby or sister-in-law very happy - let's just say they are not "fans" of flying - and leave it at that!
So - we were LUCKY to safely escape NJ, and arrived in CHILLY Florida - ( it was in the 30's the first few days!) and enjoyed a WONDERFUL week together to celebrate Mom and Dad's ( aka Meem and Pop's) 50th Anniversary!!
WE are so GRATEFUL and BLESSED to have been able to take this trip and spend this time together, all expenses paid by our wonderful parents / grandparents! Although Disney was CROWDED ( to put it mildly!) we were able to have fun, laugh and scream on rides, enjoy delicious meals, and play games together!
Here are a few pics of our trip:
|My brother Jack, Sister-in-law Laura, Hubby Phil, Me, Nephew Harrison, Meem, Nephew Zach, Pop, Son Jake, Son Nick|
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MAIN ST USA!
|This is the cake I ordered from the Disney pastry chef at BOMA in the Animal Kingdom Lodge to surprise my parents!|
It was Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Mousse filling, Chocolate Ganache Icing, covered in White Fondant with GOLD Mickeys!
|Cinderella's Castle at night - just beautiful!|
I am going to a weekend crop at the end of the month, and can't wait to scrap them!