Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dominic's Fantastic 4th Birthday Celebration!

I cannot believe my babycakes is 4 already! His birthday was on March 17th, he is a St. Patty's day baby. We celebrated with a week long vacation in Florida and went to Hollywood Studios, Disneyworld and Animal Kingdom. We all had a BLAST!

Here are a few photos from the plane, Dan slept while Domi watched movies and I read.




We arrived at the hotel around 7 p.m. on Monday night and after we quickly unpacked we headed to Downtown Disney for dinner and some shopping. We tried to eat at TRex but the wait was way too long, so we found a healthy salad/sandwich place and had a light dinner. We also did a little shopping, bought our tickets to the parks and grabbed the show schedules so we could plan our week.
With the 3 hour time difference we slept in every day. We decided to go to Hollywood Studios on Tuesday and Dan waited in line for the Toy Story ride while Dominic and I walked around and ate lunch. We all LOVED that ride! Dominic also LOVED the 3D Muppet movie and laughed out loud several times. You never know what will tickle a child's fancy. We all really enjoyed the Little Mermaid show - such talent! We ended our fun day with an amazing Fantasia show at night featuring our favorite mouse - MICKEY! Here is a photo of Domi with his amazing light show Mickey Ears - he HAD to have them!

Wednesday we had breakfast with Chef Mickey and his friends at the contemporary resort. The characters danced to a celebration song while the waitress brought a cake to Dominic and everyone in the restaurant waved their napkins in the air to wish Domi a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It was so wonderful to see Domi's excitement and joy when Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy all came by one at a time to take pictures with him. The waitress gave him a birthday button and all day long people wished him a Happy Birthday - it was very sweet!

After breakfast we headed straight to the Magic Kingdom for a very full and fun day and night. We had to start with the train ride to Frontier Land and caught the Country Bear Jamboree show - they STILL have that! It was very sweet to remember when I saw it as a kid too. From there we moved on to Fantasy Land and started our long list of rides. Some very kind strangers gave us their fast passes to the Winnie the Pooh ride so we enjoyed that shortcut. We then went on Peter Pan, Small World, Snow White, Dumbo, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear and saw the Monsters, Inc. show - very funny! Of course we stayed for the super fantastic fireworks show and electric light parade - so heart warming to see Domi's face ignite with wonder and excitement! It was so precious too because Domi said to Dan "this parade is for my birthday?!?!?" - we told him "yes it is!". :) We left with a $15 Mickey Mouse balloon with blinking lights...

On Thursday morning the hotel (Orlando World Center Marriott) brought balloons and chocolates to our room for Domi's birthday - such a nice touch! After breakfast we went to the Animal Kingdom park. We were all tired by then - my feet hurt, Domi rode in the stroller most of the day and Dan's back bothered him. We soldiered on and enjoyed the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch and Dominic insisted I take a picture of the poop from the goats in the petting zoo - I find his boyish humor both appalling and hilarious! We also saw two amazing shows - The Lion King and Finding Nemo. These shows are Broadway caliber and I LOVE musicals - I was in heaven! :) We also took the safari and roamed among wild animals - very exciting and beautiful. Domi also got a temporary tattoo of Mickey and of course more souvenirs! He chose a stuffed hippo (I still don't get it...) and Dori.

This day (Thursday) was his actual birthday so we celebrated again at the hotel with another piece of cake and singing. :)

We just loved every moment of our trip and we will definitely go back soon!

On Monday we took cupcakes, worry dolls and a Guatemala book to Domi's class to celebrate his birthday with his classmates. We are also having a family party on Saturday to celebrate his, my Mom's and nephew Patrick's birthdays too - lots of celebrations, but that is what life is all about! :)