We are back safe (although not happy as it is frigid here-blick) from Florida. It was a short but awesome get away. Jason, Annikah, and I crashed in on my parent’s hotel and they were so generous to treat us to some meals and allow us to generally be parasites off of their vacation šŸ™‚

Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

*Grandma spoiling Anni with some cute clothes and this ridiculous hat and glasses that she loves and of course plenty of Disney gear so she can start her obsession with the mouse empire.
*Warm weather, warm, weather, and oh yeah warm weather!! We enjoyed the heated baby pool and lots of time outside.
*Anni’s first trip to the Magic Kingdom. We thought she may be too young to really have fun but we were wrong! She loved the rides and the craziness of kids running everywhere. We were surprised that she was not even afraid of complete darkness or loud noises on some rides. She especially loved Dumbo, the cars, and the Country Bears Jamboree (of course she danced her way through the songs). She was so cute as she would see the ride as we were waiting in line and she would repeat the sign for “please” until we made it to the front of the line.

*Grandma actually enjoyed “Small World” despite the annoying song because Anni’s mouth was wide open in awe of all the dancing, singing “babies” as she called them.
*Jason and I got to run through the park after my mom took Anni home for a nap. We had an amusing game of “spot the kool-aid drinkers” as we called it. The object of the game was to find kids or adults dressed in crazy full Disney gear. The scariest ones being the little girls with fake princess hair (a little too JonBenet for me).
Of course we hit our favorite rides, the Haunted House and Pirates (where I HAD to take a picture of the hairy leg as I have every time I have been to Disney World).

We also got to hit Downtown Disney one night after she was sleep as Grandma and Grandpa babysat. Thanks so much!!

We got to visit with John (my Godfather) and Jerry and Bill (My grandmother’s sister and husband) and at dinner Anni could not handle sitting at the table and much preferred dancing to the live entertainment. Everyone seated around her clapped and laughed as she worked it out. She even got applause and a special necklace from the singer. We should hire her out!

*Anni was absolutely fabulous on the planes both ways (I know we were shocked too)! She insisted on carrying her lunch bag through the airport and killed time by licking the windows while we filled out the paperwork because South West lost our car seat.
I am very grateful we were able to enjoy a few days escaping the Chicago tundra. It was energizing and fabulous!
Here is a video of some of Anni’s favorite Florida adventures…..

http://i204.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid204.photobucket.com/albums/bb212/roxanne_engstrom/disney_0001.flv

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am officially jealous of your jaunt into the warmth of Florida. I am dreaming of April. The pics/video of Anni are priceless! You have to teach me how to make video “medleys”. We need to free up some disk space and they are so much better than individual videos for blogs!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Roxanne, I don’t know if you remember me, but I met you at Marimont, and I go to Moody. I love visiting your blog daily, and seeing all the adventures with Annikah. The highchair antics are great. Who would have thought being sick that she would be so excited! It is so funny! Anyway…hope you guys are doing well. I’m praying for you, and look forward to your updates. I am going to South Africa for my Internship and am leaving sometime the week of Feb. 3rd. TEAM is working on the details for me. It all came together within the last 2 weeks, and I am trusting the Lord to bring in the finances in such a short time. Thanks again for sharing!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You picked the perfect time to be away – it was freezing last week! We are definitely jealous of you šŸ™‚ but also happy you got to get away and enjoy time as a family. Anni is just too cute in the hat and sunglasses!!

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