Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to either go sky diving or on a hot air balloon ride. So my wonderful hubby gave me the choice for my birthday this year. Being older, wiser and more of a chicken, I chose the hot air balloon ride. Who wants to die in a sky diving accident on their birthday right?

I anxiously awaited the big day with much excitement and anticipation. I couldn't wait........Two days before the big day my wonderful hubby surprised me again. We weren't going on a hot air balloon ride, we were going to DISNEY WORLD for my birthday. YEAH!!! I love Disney World.

Everyone knew except me. He had been planning this for many months, my parents were to watch the kids, he arranged everything in advance and all plans were made. He even had his bag packed and in his closet. All I had to do was pack my stuff and hop on a plane.

So Thursday the 30th, we hopped on that plane and were off to Orlando, FL for some fun in the sun with Mickey.

When we got there, we first hit the Disney outlet shops for gifts for the fam, then went to Downtown Disney where he surprised me again.......with a ride on a tethered balloon ride.
Here is the balloon. We were hoping to get up and back down before the rain started.

This is how it looks when it is up in the air.

And here we are, 400 ft up in the air. I have my Happy Birthday button they gave me at the Disney store. Unfortunately, you cant see that I am covered with pixie dust. Sparkly, very very sparkly. What a view from up here!

Looking down at the landing pad.
This was so awesome! I loved being up so high looking down on everything. You could see all the Disney parks and much, much farther on.
Friday, my birthday, we spent the day at the Magic Kingdom. Thankfully I had registered my birthday and was able to get in free!
Breakfast buffet at the Crystal Palace, one of our favorite places to eat in Disney.

View of the castle from the restaurant.

Inside the Crystal Palace.

Splash Mountain! We went on this about a million times, it was so hot and humid out we needed to be wet and cool.

A rare photo taken of the Castle and Space Mountain taken from the top of the ride just before we went down the big plunge.

Some of the rides we went on.

The haunted mansion.

It's a small world

Philharmonic 3d show.

Buzz Lightyear

Birthday dinner back at the Crystal Palace.

SpectroMagic electric light parade with Mickey, Cinderella and all the Disney characters.
I LOVE this parade!

Disney fireworks over Cinderella Castle are the best ever!

Some of the hidden Mickey's I have found.

Tomorrowland and Main Street at night.

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I hated having to leave Disney so soon, but my dream did come true. What a great birthday.

Saturday we went to the Orlando temple. I didn't find any hidden Mickey's, but we had a great experience as usual. Unfortunately we did not get any pictures.
Thanks Lee for making this one of the best birthday's of my life. I love you honey.


Jenny said...

What a cool birthday! Glad you had such fun. I always thought it would be fun to get married in a hot air balloon....and if I wasn't LDS would have.... ;)

scrapbyjen said...

What an awesome birthday! Alex needs to talk to Lee. Hmmm. My birthday is coming up. It was great to see you this summer. Looks like you are enjoying your new house. I was drooling over the pool pics. It actually got to be 103 here this summer--with no air conditioning. Ugh. There were none to be bought anywhere either. We actually checked into a hotel for a couple of days so we could sleep. Would much rather have been at Disney World though.