Friday, October 5, 2012

Photo Friday: Gab's Make a Wish trip, Magic Kingdom!

Are you ready for the MOST pictures ever?!

This is the last post recapping our Make-a-Wish trip to Disney World in July (zomg three months ago how did that happen?!) (also, previous recaps are here, here, here, here).

I've been kiiiind of putting off recapping this - the pictures have been organized forEVER, I just didn't really want to do it. It's - this is super cheeseball cheesy and weird for me, because I'm anti-sap - like the whole trip was wrapped in a magic little bubble, and it's just so hard to put all of that magic into words.

This is how my thought process goes: the trip was a once in a lifetime experience for Gabby - yeah, we've been to Disney World, we'll go again, but Give Kids the World, the magic of the magic pass and the Wish button, that's a one time deal, and it was fantastic - but it was all a piece of a bigger puzzle. The one where my child has a life-threatening illness, but she's one of the really lucky ones. Where she's one of over 13,000 pediatric cancer patients TODAY.

I just try not to think about it too much, because there's just too much sad, and too easy to be overwhelmed by the numbers.

I guess I still don't really have the words to really describe what this trip meant, for her and for me.
Also, I just get teary eyed every time I look through the pictures. Who knew I was a giant softie.


In May, I'll be running the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon benefitting Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation - this will be my third year running the event, and my third year fundraising. My first year, we raised just over $2,500. Last year, Team Gab raised almost $8,000.

Obviously, we can hit $10,000 this year. Right?

Registration just opened yesterday, and while I'm not sure I'll be running Team Gab this year, your donations are still welcome through my personal fundraising page - HERE.

Like last year, there's plenty of time to donate, and I'll be hosting the #TeamGab Virtual Race again over the next few months with tons of great giveaways.


Magic Kingdom day!!!

When Gabby made her Wish, it was to be friends with Cinderella (check, here), and see the GIANT castle.

If you're not familiar with the differences betwee Disney World and Disneyland, this is one of them.

Disneyland Castle? Kind of puny. Disney World castle? Giant and amazing (can you guess my preference?).

We hit the Magic Kingdom with my parents, brother, sisters, niece, and nephew (party of 12!), and thanks again to the Magic Pass, and some creative fast passing, we managed to hit up:
Princess Meet n' Greet
Mickey and Minnie Meet n' Greet
Fairies/Tinker Bell Meet n' Greet
Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride
Jungle Cruise
Pirates of the Carribean
Splash Mountain (x2 or 3!?)
Hall of Presidents
Haunted Mansion
Small World
The Carousel (Gab's favorite!)
Tomorrowland Speedway
Space Mountain
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover (my favorite!)
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Big Thunder Mountain was closed, otherwise that would also be on the list.

It poured rain for a couple hours, so we lost some time, and didn't hit most of Fantasyland, but there was a lot of construction going on anyway. Oh well. Next time....

And.... the pictures. There are just a ton.

Me: What did Rapunzel and you talk about?Gabby: I have  no idea.
Me: What were you and Rapunzel talking about?
Gabby: I have no idea.....








My brother's a weirdo.
Somehow, the People Mover was terrifying?
Not sure that's how telescopes work....
We take Space Ranger Spin very, very seriously.

Sister 1, The Niece, The Nephew

Totally burned those calories off....


And these are the Photopass pictures....








And, my most favorite, ever....


Becka said...

LOVE the pictures. Also, if I remember, A thought the people mover was the best ride EVER.

Sweat Is My Sanity said...

Great pics, makes me want to take my family there. :)

Lauren said...

These are wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing!!

..:danielle:.. said...

amazing <3

Cotter Crunch said...

I LOVER HER FACES!! Yes, $10000 is do-able! you are awesome

Average Woman Runner said...

You can totally hit $10k next year.
Great pictures, especially the last. Love to see a happy kid. Nothing better.

Kerrie T. said...

Wouldn't it be awesome to be a character at DW? To get to see kids' faces light up when you meet them? It's pretty cool. Love the pictures -- can feel the joy!


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