Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MAW Trip Part 2

Hope you all have had fun reading about our trip so far.  Life has been crazy since we have been back and as much as I have wanted to sit down and reflect, I just haven't had the energy.

Day 4

This is the day we docked on Castaway Cay.  Disney's private island.  Jason and I agreed that the boat could have left  us there and we would have been just fine with that.  This island was absolutely breathtaking.  Imagine the most gorgeous crystal clear blue water and white sand beaches.  Perfect weather year round, lots of good food and fun activities.  This is Castaway Cay.  We wished we could have spent more days at this port.  Most of us enjoyed, snorkeling, laying in the sun, playing in the sand and dancing with Goofy.  The kids swam out to this really cool play area in the middle of the ocean.  The play area had water slides and monkey bars and other equipment.  They even had sand wheel chairs that came in handy for this mama.  It was one of our favorite days.  After our time at this amazing island it was time for showers and a special Make A Wish party with Mickey.  We quickly showered and headed over to Cabannas on the boat.  We were greeted by our Make A Wish host.  She gave us some milk and cookies and the kids did some coloring while they waited for Mickey to show up.  Mickey Entered the room and a scream could be heard from across the ship. Yep you guessed it Hannah's not so much a fan of costumed Characters.  Belinda saved the day and took her far away from the action.  the rest of us enjoyed taking pictures, getting autographs, and dancing with Mickey.  The staff were so kind to give us all professional pictures and invite us to this special party.  Noah felt very special as did Jonah.  When we were all through with the party we had a few hours to spare before dinner.  Noah really wanted to play miniature golf on the top deck of the ship.  This was one of Noahs favorites from our trip.  We had a great time as a family and Yes thats right MOM was the big winner of the game.  After the game we received a special call from the Cruise director informing us that with the help of Gail and Don Sayman They wanted to treat our family to VIP seats for the Firework show that night.  We had another amazing dinner at the Animators Palate.  A restaurant where Crush interacts  with the crowd and the decor is all animated sketches.  It was one of my favorites.  When dinner was over we quickly changed into pirate attire for the big pirate show and firework spectacular.  I could probably devote a whole post on how amazing the show and fireworks were.  We met the cruise director at the bottom of one of the slides on the ship.  Gail and Don were there to greet us as well and explained that they had contacted the director after they read our story.  they felt compelled to do something.  This brought me to tears and Gail as well.  We felt unbelievably special.  Gail and Don are Disney Cruise Experts.  They have cruised 49 times and have been privileged to have these very seats.  They really wanted us to experience the view.  We walked up this ladder to the very top of the slide and got to stand on this platform to enjoy the show.  You felt like you were apart of the show looking down on everyone else.  It was such a cool experience that we will never forget.  Afterwords they have a huge dance party on the deck. Mom's, dads, kids the whole family.  I had so much fun.  I was extremely tired and sore the next day but it was worth every bit of pain.

Day 5
We had to say goodbye to the Disney Cruise.  We packed up and ate breakfast before disembarking the boat.  It was sad to say goodbye, but we took many wonderful memories to last us a lifetime.  We were so thankful to have had such a great experience.  We never checked our cell phones, never worried about getting "the call" and just had loads of fun.  A priceless gift.

Today Marks 14 months for Noah being on the list.  We know his time will come and we are so thankful for how well he is doing and for Gods hand of protection over him.  Please continue to pray for our sweet boy.

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