The last time I saw my father was about 7 years ago when I took a bus all the way to Indiana to reunite with him. Given that we live in different countries, family gatherings with my dad are usually done through Facetime on very special occasions. So needless to say, this long overdue family reunion was a big deal for all of us; our significant partners were meeting their father in law for the first time and our kids would finally meet their Abuelito.
It was an emotional moment to finally see my father embrace his grand kids, and even more interesting to see him interact with Jonathan and my brother in law for the first time.
After an emotional evening we set our alarms to 7:00 a.m. and headed straight to bed.
Animal Kingdom was our first Disney adventure, with DinoLand as the perfect way to kick-start our week of fun rides we also got a taste of the horribly humid weather Florida is known for. Its no joke, five minutes into the park and our clothes were already drenched in sweat and sticking to our bodies. Nevertheless, we were determined to enjoy every second of our trip no matter what was in store for us.
Finding Nemo – The Musical was by far one of my most favorite shows. The theatrical puppetry was so breathtakingly beautiful I couldn’t even possibly take my eyes of the stage to fetch my camera. To cool ourselves from the heat, we then hoped on the Kali River Rapids where you are guaranteed to get soaked with water. A winner with the bigger kids, but not so much for us ladies wearing makeup. While some of the guys enjoyed Expedition Everest, us ladies sat down with the smallest three crying munchkins who were all too upset to not be included in the scary ride. Ice cream shaped like Mickey Mouse ears, train rides, rain and live animals were all part of this Disney’s adventure. Our day at Animal Kingdom came to a close with a mean storm that literally flushed us out of the park. The rain was so heavy we couldn’t even see where we were going. With Paloma crying inconsolably while we all ran through the pouring rain, lighting struck a pole next to us sending us running in fear of our lives. It was exhilarating, the kind of memories we want our kids to take with them.