Bright and early Monday morning Marg and I hit the road. Destination...DISNEY!
Since we only had one day to spend at a park we knew that we wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom!
After enjoying the Magic Kingdom's amazing grand opening we boarded the train and headed around to Frontierland. Greeting us on our way to Splash Mountain was Goofy so I took advantage of a Kodak moment. This was the only character we met this trip so I'm glad we stopped and captured the fun.
The morning was full of rides, shows, fun and laughter and then...IT WAS THAT TIME!! As Marg and I rode Cinderella's Golden Carousel my phone rang and I looked beside me to see....Karen and Gwen (password protected site), Lisa and Gracie! Karen asked where I was and laughing I told her I was just dismounting my horse! :o)
Can I tell you how AMAZING it was to meet Karen?!! She was one of the very first blogs I ever began reading back in 2005 and immediately I felt a kinship. Throughout the past 3 years a wonderful friendship has grown as we've read one another's blogs, emailed and phoned each other. Even though we had never met in person it felt like we'd been friends for years! Truly it was a dream come true to meet she and Gwen!!
An added bonus was meeting Lisa and Gracie. I've read her blog for a few years too and remember following her journey to China. Gracie is an adorable little sweetheart and it was so fun to meet her and her wonderful mommy. Gracie was pretty quiet during lunch but once we got on 'It's a Small World' she entertained us with all her adorable little comments, gasps and excitement! It was wonderful meeting you Lisa! Looking forward to seeing you another time when I'm in O'town.
The group of us headed to Pinocchio Village Haus for lunch. We were lucky enough to snag one of the tables that overlook It's a Small World. We thought it might keep the girls entertained while we visited but I tell you, Gwen and Gracie are 2 amazing little girls and they just enjoyed their lunch and entertained themselves afterwards. Precious, precious little girls!!
While waiting in line for 'It's a Small World' Gwen snapped some pics of Karen. Heh...I think that lens might weigh as much as she does! I love how this pic captures Karen in Gwen. Karen often chooses to take pics on an angle and this is exactly how Gwen in holding the camera. Like mother like daughter!
All too soon it was time to say good-bye. It was hard but I am so thankful we were able to meet! Gwen was ready for a nap and Gracie had a date with Ariel.
Karen and I have tried probably a half dozen times to get together over the years and have always missed one another by a matter of hours. I'm so glad this time that wasn't the case! Love you bunches friend...until next time!
Marg and I continued to enjoy our day at the MK. We watched the parade, rode all the rides our hearts desired and were ready to call it a day just as the park was closing to those not attending Mickey's Very Merry Chirstmas Party. Thanks for such a great day Marg! I'm so happy you and I were able to enjoy this together!
As we were leaving I turned around for one last peek at the magic and what I saw almost took my breath away! This picture doesn't do it an ounce of justice but the little lights that draped the castle were enchanting!
Disney...what can I say? I love all that it is and cannot wait to introduce Hannah to the magic!!