January 28, 2009

OUR DISNEY WORLD TRIP 09


If you follow my Tweets, you already know that we started our trip by missing our plane. In my prior life, I would have had a total freakazoid moment, but I'm proud to say we just shrugged our shoulders got out the phones and started trying to get on the next flight, which by the way you can do with just a few buckaroos.  Disney was so great.  We have a few wonderful friends that work for Disney that gave us park hopper tickets.  Thank you Fritz, Mahealani, DJ and Jenika for your generous gift.  I will never forget it!  We went nearly every day we were in Florida.  Another BIG thank you to Rachel and Abe Mills, for letting us stay in your awesome time share.  The days we didn't go to the park we were swimming in 70 degree weather all day long, searching for sea food restaurants and Thai food!  BEST TRIP OF OUR LIVES!  













The first day in the park we went crazy. We bought ice cream and Popsicles on every corner.  We ate every meal there, and bought a pair of shoes for Golden.  We even got the kids autograph books and lanyards for the famed pin trading.  I know some of you are thinking.  AND? What's the big deal about that?  Let me give you some family history.  I have absolutely no memory of ever purchasing anything at Disney Land...(okay I lie...I had a churro and a strawberry Popsicle in 1995.)  We didn't have money growing up, but let's be honest.....I'm not a genius but $5 a Popsicle is a little too much for any free thinking economist.  Our family food experience was rice balls, and fried chicken, made with Dad love. We drank from the water fountains, and I never even bothered to ask for a toy, cause I was a smart girl. I knew what planet I lived on and it wasn't no Disney Land toy purchasing planet. BELIEVE YOU ME!  So by the end of this "open wallet" Disney day, I was pretty much feeling a fool! Haven, Ryder and I were walking past a trolley of light up toys.  Haven asked for one and I replied, "OH, I don't think so honey, that's a waste of money."  Two seconds later,  Nick runs up to us with two "waste of money" light toys and hand them over with a big smile.  Anyway, I wised up the next day, went to Walmart,  purchased a slue of very low priced Disney goodies and toys, packed them in my bag and pulled them out all day long.  Black market Disney paraphernalia saved the day!  
Thanks Emi for coming with us and all I can say is there is no place like home.  Vacations are so much work!  

14 comments:

Kayleen T. Photography said...

Your kids are soo cute! Your baby looks so grown up and different from his birthday pictures you posted! Oh I know what it is, the haircut! And your daughters eyes are so pretty!

Pri*Sila said...

How FUN!!!! What ama-za-zing pictures! I totally feel ya on the no purchasing Disney Land toy planet thing. LOL. Anyway, I can't wait to come over and look at ALL the pics of vacation time and some sunshine. I've forgotten what warm weather feels like. SAD!!! Love ya!

daveandsavani said...

hey omi...not enough pictures. you cant go to disney and then post all of 10 pictures. you are depriving my disney world fantasy!!! it looks like so much fun but more pictures are needed please. =)

ps. haven is so beautiful!!!

Willy Happy Mama said...

HI Omi! I found your blog and I love it, so cute! We went to Disney World last May and also had the best vacation of our lives! Wonderful Memories! Wonderful Photos! Julie :)

Hali said...

I would so do the Black Market Disney stuff too. LOL =O)
Looks like an awesome time!!
Love you
Hali

Ronnie said...

I loved your story about rice balls and fried chicken...that so reminds me of my childhood! Isn't it funny how we try so hard to give our kids "the best" or better than we had it...when in actuality we did have "the best"...we just didn't realize it at the time. Did I make any sense? And who wants to eat crappy concession food anyway?! Love all the pics, especially of the kids - they're so cute!

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

AMEN RONNIE! AMEN!

sepa said...

the kids are growing beautifully and too fast. you must stop them.

Puanani said...

Looove this post! The kids are growing up SO fast - and HOW FUN does your trip sound!? Too cool!!

Niki O2afi said...

So glad to hear you had such an awesome trip. Reading your blog reminded me of our Disneyland trips. My mom would also make fried chicken & rice balls!! lol Your kids are growing up too fast! Love u!!

The Finau Family said...

Cant stop laughing at your blog, I just did that to my kids this past summer.. They were told if we went to lagoon they couldnt ask for anything and had to eat out of the cooler.. LOL.. Guess we both had the same GREAT Poly Childhood.. LOve it..
Love the pictures, your family is beautiful..

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

Niki...I keep telling my husband to ask Nela when you can come over for dinner again. I'm sure he forgets, so I thought I'd try to tell you this way!

Niki O2afi said...

Omi I'm excited for this Sunday!! Thanks for inviting us over. Hmmmm.....what should I make? Fried chicken & rice balls sound good, doesn't it? lol Love you!!

Jonathan Canlas said...

i think we were in disneyland at the same time...

:).

thanks for the blog comment.

i gotta tell you, your studio lighting set ups are really, really, nice.