Back where it all began

Those crazy SITS gals are at it again.  This week they're hosting a Back To Blogging event sponsored by Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances
and have a fabulous prize just waiting to be won...  a gorgeous turquoise washer and dryer set from Electrolux.

Interested in playing along?  Each day this week they have a prompt and todays is:  Re-upload the first post you ever wrote on your blog.  Join in here.

I actually started the blog so I could tell family and friends about the trip we won to Walt Disney World and share pics-  they were taking forever to upload for each email etc.

Without further ado, here's the first post I every wrote.

As most everyone who knows me is aware, I won a trip to Disney. An amazing trip that far exceeded our expectations. Yes, I know it took forever- but I am finally getting to the details and pics that I have been promising forever.
The skinny: I won a trip for 8 to Walt Disney World from Georgia Pacific, an amazing, wonderful sponsor. We spent hours and hours looking up different things to do and shopping!!! for new clothes and whatnot. Ended up hubby couldn't come, so it was me, the 4 girls, the grandson, the son-in-law and son-in-law's father.

The flight was more or less uneventful, but the grandson didn't much care for parts of it. Since it was in the wee hours, one can hardly blame him.

We had magic passes, and didn't have to worry about luggage or anything, so went downstairs and got in line. Once on the bus we watched the little tv's that showed some attractions. For us, even this was a fun adventure. By this time Ian was getting into it, as were the rest of us. The weariness magically disappeared even though the girls and I had not slept the night before.

Instead of the economy hotel that was specified in the prize details, we were put up at The Boardwalk Inn, which are deluxe accommodations. It was truly amazing, and I would LOVE to go back. Not only was it a nicer hotel, our rooms had a view of the boardwalk.

The concierges were amazing, and even though they knew we didn't drive they gave me a parking pass when they found out my brother was coming for 3 of the days we were there, so that saved him some money, which is never a bad thing. If you let them know it is your first time at WDW you get a special pin.
The rooms were nice and clean. Lots of room to spread out. There were little animals made out of the washcloths, which Ian liked. The balcony had a couple of chairs so you could sit out and watch the goings on down below.

After getting what we had carried on put up we went down to the boardwalk to hunt up a little lunch. We found a bakery that served sandwiches and desserts. Nothing special except for the Key Lime Tart... just the right combination of sweet and tart.

Everyone was a little laggy so we decided to swim at the pool right at the hotel. After reading reviews that said how it was one of the highlights and the pool had an amazing slide we were a little disappointed when we FINALLY found it- don't get me wrong, it was a very nice pool, the slide was fun but it was NOTHING like a water park. And it was very crowded. Very, very crowded. We could not get into the hot tub at all as the people there simply wouldn't budge and there were more than the maximum allowed to begin with. The little middle and I sunned on some chairs and things got a little more fun when the other kids found out that between our loungers was an outdoor shower. A bunch of people came up then, so everyone rinsed off and we went up to change and then go to Epcot and walk around the pavilions, find our dinner there.

We took the ferry outside of our hotel to Epcot- that was FUN!!! I know a lot of people saw it as something to get from point a to point b, but like most things we decided to make it an adventure so it was. Sitting in the open back is loud, but primo space. Suited us since we had the monkey boy's stroller and they are kept right inside the back.

We wandered around a few of the countries then grandpa's back was really bothering him so we just found something quick to eat- so unmemorable we can't even recall.

It was close enough to dark after that that we found a bench to watch the fireworks. They were truly spectacular. Grandson was a little iffy at first, but mostly enjoyed them.

Took the ferry back to the boardwalk and decided to call it a night since everyone was exhausted and our feet were killing us. HINT: Don't just go for cute; go for comfort.

Since dinner was so not fabulous the girls and I ordered a pizza from room service. Fast and delicious and reasonable, considering. They brought up goblets for our Cokes, nice linens and china, the works. Definitely one of our better meals.
There were also gift baskets filled with goodies, chips, salsa, pretzels, mustard, candies, soft drinks and juices. The best thing in there was the box of chocolate covered coconut Mickeys. Since we had an am appointment we put in for a wake up call and took turns using the shower.

I am happy to report that they are doing their part and gave you the choice of re-using your towels and such. We hung ours in the closet on different hangers so we could tell whose was whose.
Crashed like a ton of bricks and that is the end of one very exhausting day.

For more of our trip, see day 2, day 3, day 4, day 4 1/2, and day 5.  You won't want to miss how we were mistaken for characters or got the whole bus to do the *manwalk* from Mulan into the park after hours.
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