Three-year-old Faye was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on April 11, 2011. After 135 days in the hospital, Faye was able to spend 3 years at home. On September 5th 2014 she was told that she had relapsed. She was able to achieve a second remission and had a bone marrow transplant on Oct 17th 2014.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Make a Wish Day 4 - Animal Kingdom and Epcot!

We started the day off visiting Animal Kingdom. 

Meeting King Louie and Baloo.

We were all pretty excited about going on the Kilimanjaro Safari.  It was pretty amazing to see all of the animals and how they make it seem like you are on a real safari.

Faye had her own personal tour guide (Mitchell) telling her everything she needed to know.  
(Or everything the driver just said repeated back to her)

He would even guide her head in the direction she needed to look.  What a guy.
Mitchell really wanted to see the Flights of Wonder bird show and Faye wasn't interested.  Stacey took Mitchell to the bird show and Faye, Dad, and Nixon took a stroll through the Discovery Island Trails and saw monkeys, bats, tigers, birds, and a lot of areas Faye thought would be great places to take a picture of her. 
Like here.
And here.
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Mitchell then talked the ladies into doing the river rapids ride.  Stacey wasn't too jazzed about getting wet but she was so brave and we were all so proud.   
(And I got SOAKED!!!!! Faye's shoes got wet, and Mitchell had to sit somewhat by himself...needless to say it was not one of the kids favorites once it was over!)

Then we had lunch at the Tusker House to dine with some of the characters.  The food was pretty good with some very exotic choices.  Maybe not the best place for the little ones.  The only thing Faye would eat was a PB&J!  Nevertheless, it was super fun getting to meet some characters and Nixon especially loves trying to grab their noses.

Or try to eat their noses.

After lunch it was off to Epcot.  We left Nixon off to the left in the stroller.  He was just to comfy to disturb and we couldn't pass up a picture in front of the geodesic dome (the giant ball thing)

The first stop was to the Nemo and Friends ride and then on to Turtle Talk with Crush.  There were lots of fish and little aquariums around for the kids to explore while waiting. 

It was LOVE at first sight meeting Minnie Mouse for this little guy!

We didn't get a picture, but right after this Nixon planted a big wet one right on her nose!

Faye and Minnie got along pretty well too.

Minnie was trying to get Faye to pose like her but Faye is about as adventurous with things like that as her mother......don't do anything to help draw attention to yourself out of extreme fear of embarrassment.  Unlike her Father....who is unbelievably comfortable with embarrassment!

Mitchell was all excited to do the Test Track so Faye and I went with him but once we got through the line and about to board the ride he decided he wasn't quite ready to make that commitment and we headed back to find mom and Nixon.  When then attempted to see the Christmas Candlelight Processional narrated by Neil Patrick Harris but we were a little late and the show was full so we decided to call it a night and head back to the village and just hang out.  

At the village you can eat at the restaurant, get take out, eat ice cream for dinner, or order pizza to the villa.  We opted for a pizza night and watched a movie while we rested up for the next day at Hollywood Studios.


Tracy said...

Of course this looks like so much fun. I love all the places Faye should get her picture taken at (true girl there!). And I just can't get enough of Nixon! COME BACK TO UTAH (so I can see his cute smile more often)!!!!

The Nelsons said...

Ahh. Finally. I know how the rest of your trip went. And I feel complete. :) It looks like so stinkin much fun. I love hearing how good Nixon was on the trip. He is seriously an angel. And destined to marry a mouse. So glad you guys celebrated the 6 month mark. I didn't even know she still was taking medicine... but glad she's off it now. Love you guys so much! Thanks for the update! Keep em coming!

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

Everything about this post made me smile and laugh...I Love every picture! Thanks so much for sharing these memories with us!