Yup. Still trying to get all of these precious pictures organized and blogged of my favorite people on our most favorite vacation ever.
So here we go with Day 4.
(In each post I’m including links to our Memory Maker photos where we have them – these links are really for me, as are the links to all our videos, as a way to keep all the memories together. Just want to have a simple way for our family to look back on this fairy-tale adventure and be reminded of the Shook family’s astounding generosity and His unfathomable gift-giving ability.)
Originally, we had planned to spend this second-to-last day at Hollywood Studios, with our final day devoted to the Magic Kingdom – our most favorite of all the parks. But there was a birthday girl in the house. And the birthday girl wanted to spend her big day at the Magic Kingdom.
And not just any birthday. Sophie was turning 13.
And when we arrived it was as if everyone at the Magic Kingdom knew… the Parade down Main Street was in full swing.
Clementine was still a little groggy – okay, we were all a little groggy – but what better way to wake up than with a parade at the Magic Kingdom?
We had to get creative pairing up everyone so there was someone big enough to be a driver in each car.
I partnered up with Magnolia and Clementine with Chris. Or, more accurately, Clementine drove while Chris rode.
And Magnolia drove while laughed hysterically.
Then a stop at Buzz Lightyear, because we’d had fun on it our first day. And, even more so, because it didn’t scare Clementine nearly as much as Space Mountain would have – which is where all the big kids (and those without motion sickness) went.
Then the long wait for the Astro-Orbiter.
And then there was the weather.
And the view.
The birthday girl wanted one more spin on Prince Charming’s Carrousel so – while Clementine and Magnolia napped and the other half of the crew went to the Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor – I camped out next to the stroller and took pictures while they rode.
So while the littlest continued to nap, we did our best to make some Cinderella’s Castle magic happen.
While the girls continued to nap, we planted ourselves in front of Cinderella’s Castle for a bit – snacking, joking, fake-smiling for the camera and resting up before the beginning of the end of the day.
While we waited, snacking again and goofing off again, a family walked up. A very special family.
And not only were both Magnolia and Corinthia cared for at Little Flower, but they were there at the baby house at the same time.
And were pretty much best friends.
Corinthia took it all in stride but sweet Magnolia was completely overwhelmed. She clearly recognized her little friend… but just didn’t know what to do with all those huge feelings.
The visit was brief but wow. What an indescribable gift to see these two little ones, reunited on this side of the world after they spending so many months together on the other side.
Then on to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Again.
Because we had to ride it just one more time, knowing a trip back to Disney anywhere in the relatively near-future is extraordinarily unlikely.
Next up was a Fast Pass on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, despite really knowing what it was. (I actually thought it was a train ride. Sheesh.) Ended up being sooo much fun. Chris and the big boys watched the littlest while I took everyone else – such a fun surprise.
But the day was almost done.
We’d chosen, as the final ride for the day, Splash Mountain. Yes, a bit too scary for the littlest, but one everyone else really wanted to ride.
Instead of wasting our last minutes at the Magic Kingdom, I hustled over to their most favorite-y favorite ride of our entire Disney trip: It’s a Small World.
Such a day.
Such a reminder of His goodness, His provision, His sovereignty – all wrapped up with some sweet fairy dust, perfectly fit for a beloved, beautiful, brand-new teenager.
No parting shots on this day, though. We were on a mission to get our girl a big plate of nachos and a Coke before her big day was done…
Next up, our final day at Disney.