A camping we will go

Monday, March 16, 2015

I mentioned in my last post that we had some very special peeps making their way south for some warmth and adventure.  My SIL/BIL Michele and John came down from Connecticut with my niece Lydia to help Madeline celebrate her 7th birthday.  They spent a little bit of time doing some theme park thrill seeking, and then we met up with them over at Fort Wilderness.  They had the pleasure of keeping Miss Peggy occupied while we stayed in Charlie. It was so much fun to have them indulge us in our camping adventures.

We arrived early Thursday afternoon (as in two weeks ago). And since the weather was warm and gorgeous, we all went swimming.  Then we came back to the campsites to ride bikes, play kickball, and hang out.
After dinner, we headed over to Chip and Dale's campfire sing-a-long for some fun American folk songs and s'mores.
Friday started with rain and cooler temps, which meant swimming was out.  So we did lots of lounging around the campground. The kids especially loved riding around in the golf carts.  Oh my! lol  Anyway, we headed down to the lake for some fun on the playground and tether ball.  They might have also played in the sand a wee bit.
Then we headed over to the stables so we could see the horses.  Havi was the only one small enough for the pony ride.
Then it was back to the campsites for more kickball and spectating..and maybe some ring pop sucking.
On Saturday, the weather was the same as Friday. So instead of lounging about, we decided to head over to ESPN Wide World of Sports. 
We waited an eternity for the bus to arrive that would take us to Downtown Disney (via Typhoon Lagoon) and then over to the Pop Century resort...and then to Wide World of Sports.  Well, we just couldn't bare the thought of waiting for another (third) bus once we got to the Pop Century resort.  So we hopped into cabs. And when we arrived (over an hour later), we discovered that the Atlanta Braves were playing the Detroit Tigers in a Spring Training game.  Well, since game time was in less than an hour, we decided to go.  While waiting in line for tickets, Madeline decided her loose tooth had to go and promptly yanked it out.  And I snapped a right-after-it-happened-still-bloody-mouth photo to prove it.
We grabbed a quick lunch before the game, and the girls pretended to take over Sports Center.
After three innings, Havi had had enough.  So we walked around the grounds, with the hope of making it over to the tennis courts.
We eventually made it there.  (The place is HUGE.)  Anyway, Caleb thought center court was pretty cool.
And then there might have been some races in the open field next to center court.
Saturday night we had dinner at the Pioneer Hall and were thoroughly entertained by the Hoop-Dee-Doo musical dinner show.  They had us laughing the whole night.  If you ever decide to enjoy a dinner show at the Walt Disney World Resort, this would be the one!
Sunday was our departure day. So we loaded everything up and then had one last swim in the pool.
We had such a wonderful time camping with Michele, John, and Lydia.  We're so grateful they were able to come down for such a long stay to help Madeline celebrate her birthday.  She declared that this was the best birthday ever.  On her actual birthday, which was the 12th, we headed back that way to enjoy lunch with the princesses in Norway at Epcot.  So Part 2 of Madeline's birthday celebration is up next!


B Wilson 3/16/2015  

Yes, they had a fabulous time for sure!!! It was great for the cousins to be together once again!!! Wonderful pictures they will someday look back on and remember such love!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Deb 3/20/2015  

Enjoyed your photos! You mean Havi played in the sand?! lol!

michele 3/24/2015  

It was a magical time for all of us. I am so thrilled Madeline said it was a top birthday. We also really enjoyed camping. I actually loved it! The pictures are great, Lydia loved them all!!

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This blog is the place where shared our lives while waiting to bring our daughters Madeline and Havi home from China. (Our son Caleb was already home before this blog began.) It is now the place where we continue to share our life experiences, both big and little, as we try to glorify God and raise our 3 dumplings from China.

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