Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hunter's Baptism

We got back from Floriday Friday night, and then Hunter got baptized on Saturday. 
But first I want to share my favorite pictures from his baptism photo shoot.  Karen took the pictures of Hunter and her daughter Kate the same day since Kate got baptized two weeks later.  We took them to the temple on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and it was perfect.

Baptism Day
Saturday September 29, 2012

With Grandma and Grandpa Gilbert

With Omar, Gabriel, and Grandma and Grandpa Husein

With Great Grandma Gilbert.  These two have a special relationship.  I'm so glad she came even though I know it was hard for her.

Hunter got to share his baptism day with Ethan, who is in his primary class and a good buddy.

Ashton and McKay were excited to see their big brother get baptized.

After the baptism we had cake, and then we invited everyone back to our house for a luncheon. 

There were so many family and friends who came---- I'm so mad at myself for not having my wits about me and demanding a group photo.  We were overwhelmed by the love and support they all gave to Hunter.  Luckily we had a guest book for everyone to sign.
It was a whirlwhind week, but couldn't have ended better.  I have no doubt Hunter was ready for this huge step.  We've dedicated many Family Home Evenings to getting him prepared, and his understanding of the ordinance and faith have made us so proud.  Love this kid!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 6 & 7- Animal Kingdom

Ok.  Animal Kingdom probably tied with Harry Potter World for my favorite park.  And it's not just about the animals.  The ambiance and decor of the place was magical.  It actually felt like an real safari through Africa.  If you look closely you can see that the animals have definite boundaries to their habitats, but it looks quite natural and open. 

They had a TON of hippos in beautiful surroundings.

There were a few giraffe's that decided to come check us out.

McKay made friends with this one.


This ostrich had it's eggs hanging out right on the side of the trail.

The last two days of the trip were about so many good SHOWS.  Animal Kingdom had three of them.  The first was the Bird Show, which I almost had us skip because the guidbooks didn't speak too highly of it.  What a shame that would have been.  It was quite good.  I even got to participate. 

This bird flew right over me and the other volunteers head and landed on that perch.  We tried hard not to duck even though it looked like he was going to run right into us.

There was also a Lion King show and Finding Nemo the Musical. They were amazing 30 minute
broadway style shows that the kids were amazed by. 

Dino Land was fun, and had some scary rides that the boys LOVED.  McKay made us go on Dinosaur three times, which was one ride I really didn't like much.
But the best ride was in my favorite part of the park.  Expedition Everest in the Asia section.  Here's "Mt. Everest" behind us.

It was my favorite part of the park because you actually feel like you're in Nepal.  (Ok, I haven't been to Nepal but I've been to India and I could appreciate the production value.)  The ride was our favorite, and between the two days we spent here Hunter went on it 6 times.  It's cool because there's a Yeti museum at the bottom of it, and a really unique gift shop.

We had to split Animal Kingdom up into two half days because Thursday night we had tickets for La Nouba, a really amazing Cirque du Soleil show in Downtown Disney.  It was Vegas quality but a little more circusy than the ones in Vegas.  Hunter had his mouth open in awe for the entire hour and 1/2 show.  McKay kept jumping around between my lap, Jason's lap, and my parents laps, excitedly pointing to everything on stage.  The jugglers really amazed him.  He's been trying to juggle ever since we got home.

Then Friday afternoon we flew home.  On the way back the boys planned our trip back when Ashton turns 5.  We better start saving our money now.........

Day 5- Magic Kingdom

We started our day at Magic Kingdom having breakfast with the Winnie the Pooh characters.  It was adorable and so yummy.

It was a themed Southern breakfast buffet with all sorts of honey flavored things, and then the characters came to our table while we ate.

Ready to attack the park!

On the speedway the boys got to drive their own cars.

Thunder Mountain was a big favorite.

Fun day!  Just not many pictures.