We are in the same boat as so many others, in that we had big plans that got cancelled due to this pandemic. We were scheduled to go to Disney World over Spring Break, and of course it didn’t happen. We were planning to surprise the girls on our way there, so they didn’t actually know that we were planning to go, which looking back was the best decision! I know they would have been even more disappointed than we were with having to postpone this trip.
As of right now we are scheduled to go in June, but we don’t know how long this outbreak will last and how long everything will be shut down, so there is a possibility that we will have to cancel all together, with baby set to arrive in October. Right now there’s a little hope that we might get to have one more magical experience as a family of four before growing by one more, but if we have to cancel completely I’ll be pretty dog-gone bummed.
A fellow blogger, Lindsay from Lindsay’s Sweet World, was supposed to be at Disney the same week we were. She had the brilliant idea of doing a Disney day at home with your family, and I’m so thankful for this wonderful idea! We decided to set up our own Disney Day this past Saturday, and do all kinds of things that we may enjoy while we were in the parks. If you missed it on social media, I’d love to share it with you now.
First we got up and got dressed as if we were going to the parks, with matching Disney shirts and ears.
We grabbed some Mickey waffles with Nutella and strawberries from Sleepy Hollow to start our day (anything with Nutella and strawberries is delicious!)
We headed out front to Magic Kingdom to “ride some rides.” I had drawn the castle, and a few “rides” on the driveway and sidewalk. We pretended to meet the princesses in the castle, rode on the tea cups, played hopscotch with Mickey and Minnie, and rode on the magic carpets. They even created their own rides and games. Audrey drew the Dumbo ride and Raley drew Slinky Dog complete with the roller coaster track and everything.
For a mid-morning snack, we visited Aloha Isle for some Dole Whip floats. Disney released the official recipe for Dole Whip. To make it a float, just add pineapple juice!
Before grabbing lunch, we decided to go inside and ride some more rides. You can find lots of virtual rides on You Tube. We casted it to our TV using our Chromecast so they could see it bigger. The lines were short and we were able to ride several rides before getting some mini-corndogs for lunch at Casey’s Corner.
After lunch we decided to go ahead and do our Easter egg hunt, since Easter Sunday was supposed to bring some bad storms. They enjoyed finding eggs and eating some of the candy while David and I got ready to go to the “water park.”
We had been contemplating getting a water slide since going to a party last year where they had one. The girls loved it, and since we’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we figured we’ll get our money’s worth out of it (this is the slide we bought WITH the blower). They had a blast “playing at the water park” at Disney World before they decided the water was too cold and wanted to get out.
We ate some Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, then washed them up in the bath before sending them upstairs for some playtime.
For dinner we ate at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and had spaghetti and garlic bread.
After dinner we played a fun little Disney Trivia game and ended the night by watching Tangled and snuggling on the couch.
If you had a Disney trip that was cancelled, or just really love Disney, I recommend creating your own Disney Family Day! Honestly, I thought they may get bored with it or whine that it wasn’t like going to the real park, but they loved it and they had a blast, and so did we.
Easter Sunday was different this year for the obvious reasons. It feels strange not to dress up and go to church on Easter, since the reason we celebrate Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, and the best way to do that is to go to church and praise God with the assembly. However I’m very thankful for the capability that we have in this day in age to be able to stream service right to our own TV. We can still worship with our church family, we are just not all together in one place like we’re used to.
We still got the girls dressed up in their Easter dresses. We had wanted to do a big Easter brunch after church at our house with both sides of our families like we’ve done in the past, but we had to cancel that as well. There was a threat of severe weather, that was originally predicted to come in around noon on Sunday, so we went to my parents’ house for worship service and ate lunch there since they have a storm shelter. Thankfully the bad weather didn’t come our way and we were safe.
We took it easy the rest of the day. When we realized it wasn’t heading our way, we went home, took naps, and took it easy the rest of the day.
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! We actually get to find out the gender of the baby TODAY! We’ve been so anxious to know and trying to make the days pass quickly. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I chose this particular Saturday to do Disney Day (ha!) We’re just praying that everything looks good with baby today and that he/she cooperates and we’re able to find out! Have a great day 🙂