Monday, March 3, 2008

Disney World: Izzy's Wish Came True

We had an amazing trip to Disney World this last week. Thanks to everybody who helped us get excited about and ready for the trip--UM Stars, Disney bucks, Disney toys, Make-a-wish, Give Kids the World and the amusement parks. Izzy was feeling great which made it possible to really suck the marrow out of Orlando.

Warning: Slew of pictures to follow.

We knew that we were in for a fantastic vacation when the limo showed up to pick us up in the morning and take us to the airport.

We spent the rest of the day at the Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) that was a mini Magic Kingdom where we stayed for the whole week.

(They had free ice cream at GKTW, and the shop was open from 7 AM to 9 PM. You can guess how many trips we made there.)

Tuesday we took the Magic Kingdom down to china town. They gave us a permanent fast pass to use on all of the attractions which was incredible, but it also made for a day of little breaks as we went from ride to ride to ride.

(Izzy and Jack Sparrow)

(A pretty freaky little roller coaster)

(We had a sweet Florida rain storm hit us as we were heading to our car for the night--Yes, I was excited)

We spent another fun filled day at Disney World, specifically Animal Kingdom in the morning and then Magic Kingdom in the afternoon when Izzy had her dinner with the Princesses.

Thursday morning we spent some quality time with Mickie and Minnie and then headed to Sea World to hang with the dolphins and friends. The girls loved feeding the sting rays and the dolphins. That night GKTW had a Christmas parade during which Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up.

(Dang I look good in this one. The girls were wearing me out.)

(Izzy and Haley--a fellow leukemia fighter at the UM Hospital)

We decided to take a day trip to the East Coast and let the girls get their first taste of the ocean and a little sunburn. That night Izzy and the girls had a Princess party at GKTW.

Our plane didn't leave until 7 PM so naturally we decided to spend some more quality time at Disney World after one last ride on the GKTW carousel. We rode on this carousel literally 5 times a day, every day of the week. I got close to puking a few times. At the Animal Kingdom, Lorin and Izzy got to be in a Lion King Festival show.

An Amazing Trip
After 24 carousel rides, 10 rounds of Buzz Lightyear's Coaster, 2 rides on It's a Small World, 1 ride on every spin in a circle and go up and down attraction, an African safari, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shamu, sting-rays, dolphins, a trip to the beach, 3 days at Disney World and one day at Sea-World our little Izzy's wish was fulfilled and our family has more strength to keep fighting.

Thanks again to everyone who made the trip a reality.


LL said...

WOW that looks like an awesome trip! We're so glad that Izzy is feeling stronger and you all got to enjoy a great spring break. :-) Probably need a vacation now to get some rest.

Anonymous said...

What a great trip. We love Disney.
The happiest place on earth and a picture with Stitch! My favorite!
Plus the sunshine does wonders for the entire family.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you guy were able to have such a wonderful trip. I hope that izzy loved every min. of it. I loved all the pict.
Love Dan and Britt

kira said...

how fun! I love seeing the pictures of your family.

Carolyn Hansen said...

Holy Smokes that looks like an amazing time! We are so happy for you guys and that were able to enjoy yourselves so much. Izzy looks great!!!

Leanne said...

How amazing!!! All those smiles and who are those three cute princesses! Oh, I think I know them! :) It look like you guys had an amazing time! Just think of all the great laughs and memories!!!! Love the pics!! I am just so happy for all of you, it brought happy tears to my eyes! I am just so glad Izzy got her wish!

Jill said...

Awesome! You guys totally deserved every minute of that! We're so glad you had such a great time!

Sara said...

Wow! Those are some FABULOUS pictures. I am so glad that you all had such a wonderful time - you sure deserve it! :)

Carol and Tyler said...

I'm going to say from the crazy eyes in the pictures, you could not have had a better time!! We're so excited for you guys!! Love you tons!

Bobbi said...

That is great Kerri! I am so glad you guys were able to do that with Izzy as a family. What great memories!

The Cherry Family said...

That looks amazing!! I am so glad you guys got to go and that Izzy felt good while she was there.

Hubers said...

I love it! It looks like you all had so much fun!!! I'm happy for you.

tiffany said...

My favorite pic is the one with everyone soaked from the rain storm! Isn't Florida rain unlike any other rain? So glad you had such a wonderful time! Keep on fighting Izzy!

Megan & Jeremy said...

So glad you guys had the most amazing trip ever!!! You all deserved it :) How cool Izzy got to clash swords with Jack Sparrow too.
It was fun to see all the pictures!

Byron & Michelle said...

I am so glad you guys were able to have such a great time. What a fabulous thing, plus a bonus just to get out of MI this time of year. Yes!

The Yost Family said...

Looks like the family had a fabulous time! What a great trip to have together.

*NaTaLiE SaNdaLL* said...

What an amazing experience for your family! It looks like the girls had the time of their lives! We are so glad to hear that life is getting easier for you guys, you are such an inspiration to me! We love you guys!