Sunday, December 1, 2013

There's no place like Orlando for the holidays...

Like my rendition? My family has spent many holidays in Orlando, Florida. With the exception of David, the rest of the family prefers warm weather to cold. So, growing up, we NEVER traveled anywhere cold. Water, sun, and warmth usually describes every vacation spot.

When my parents presented the idea of spending Thanksgiving in Orlando this year, there was no need for discussion. We were all game.

It was absolutely my favorite Thanksgiving thus far. We had such a great time riding the rides, enjoying each others' company, and snacking on caramel apples. It was definitely a very, very special Thanksgiving, and David and I were truly grateful to be able to spend quality time with my family in a such a fun way.

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures from our trip.

Our first night together: dinner in Downtown Disney at Rainforest Cafe.

(Dad, David, Paul)

(Katie, Mom, Me)

(Mom and Dad)

(Paul and Katie and a Brownie Volcano)

(Mom and Dad)

Thanksgiving Lunch at Mythos in Islands of Adventure

(Katie, Mom, Dad)

(Paul, David, Me)

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

(Marmaduke, Dad, Katie ... Hold on tight!)

(Dad and Mom in line for the Spiderman ride)

(The one picture of ALL of us!)

(David and Me)

(Mom and Paul)

(Katie, Mom, Paul, and Dad ... In line for the Simpson's Ride... Katie is redoing her hair.)

Dinner our last night in CityWalk at Pastamore.... Delicious!

(Katie, David, Me)

(Mom, Paul, Dad)

(Dad and Katie ... Let's just say they had a little bit of fun at their end of the table.)

Our fun and precious time together reminded us all of how much we have to be thankful for. As our family proved, it's not about how you celebrate the day, it's about intentionally remembering how blessed we are and giving thanks for it. 

Happy belated Thanksgiving! 

"Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God." Psalm 95:2-3