S: The Experience Conference: Orlando, Florida September 6-10,2011
FC: Orlando | September 6-10, 2011
1: In September, Bob was given the opportunity to attend The Experience Worship Conference in Orlando, Florida. Tipp City United Methodist blessed us by sending the entire family on an amazing four day vacation! For the girls and I, this was our first flight. We loved it!
2: Ariana and Contessa were amazed by our hotel. | We were able to get a direct flight to Orlando, so we arrived at the Coronado Springs Resort 4-6 hours before they were expecting us. Thankfully our room was ready! | Their favorite part was our bathroom's sliding doors!
3: The resort had several pools, lots of things to do, and delicious restaurants. | Aria's favorite flowers | by Aria | by Aria
4: While Bob was attending the conference sessions, the church arranged for the girls and I to visit the Disney Parks. On Wednesday, we went to Animal Kingdom.
6: The first thing we did at Animal Kingdom was watch "Finding Nemo: The Musical." We were amazed by the colorful scenery, full-sized puppets, and the wonderful music. It was definitely our favorite part of the day.
8: Once Nemo was over and we'd had some lunch, it was time to see the animals! Our first stop was India! | Aria was a little apprehensive about seeing real tigers. But, Tessa was excited to see the animal that gave her favorite football team their name. Go Bengals!!
9: India | Africa | Malaysia
10: On our African Safari we saw lots of wild animals: gorillas, giraffes, elephants, ostriches, crocodiles, hippos, lions, and more! But the most wild animal of all was Aria! She kept busy--and out of trouble--by taking photographs of the trip.
11: A rare close-up of the wild Aria. Watch out! She's especially dangerous when she's tired and hungry!
12: A trip to a Disney Park would not be complete without a parade. | At Animal Kingdom we watched "Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade"
13: This is fun, but where are the princesses?
14: Downtown Disney fun, food, and shopping
15: We joined Dusty and Nicole for dinner at Raglan Road Irish Pub and then hung out together for the evening. We shopped and danced the night away.
17: exploring | the | Coronado Springs Resort
21: The girls and I were ready to 'Let the memories begin,' again as we visited the Magic Kingdom. We loved seeing how the park transformed for fall.
22: Since Bob would be joining us later in the day, we decided to take all of our photos before he arrived at the park. We were surprised to be able to walk right in!
23: The girls got a little extra time with the princesses this time thanks to the shortened lines.
24: Meeting Belle and Ariel, the girls' favorite princesses, was a favorite part of our day at the park.
25: The girls felt so special because of the added attention they received from the princesses.
26: Enter the secret world of fairies. . . | We Believe in Fairies | The girls were full of Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust after getting to meet the fairies of Pixie Hollow. Vidia was much nicer than they expected and everyone loved TinkerBell.
27: . . . Believing is just the beginning.
28: Aria couldn't wait to ride the carousel again! She picked the perfect horse!
29: Once Daddy joined us, it was time to have some Family Fun! We spent the rest of the afternoon riding our favorite rides and finding a few new ones as well. | With Dumbo and Peter Pan, we found that 'We Can Fly! We Can Fly! We Can Fly!'
30: Contessa loved reading Alice in Wonderland, and having missed the Mad Hatter's Tea Party the first time we were here, she was adamant about not missing it again!
31: The girls loved spinning us in circles--making us DIZZY!
32: WELCOME TO THE 100 ACRE WOOD
33: Rabbit's House | Pooh Corner | Piglet's House
34: Having slept through the parade the last time we were at the Magic Kingdom, Aria was sure to stay wide awake for this one! She was SO excited to see all of her favorite Disney Friends!
35: The girls loved getting to give Pluto high fives! | The girls both agreed, the Magic Kingdom has the best parades of all!
36: After a great week, it was time to fly home.
37: Aria kept busy during our flights by watching out the windows and taking LOTS of pictures!
38: We had an amazing trip. Thank you, Tipp City UMC!