Lucky Charm’s Birthday trip was amazing. We had one of the best little family vacations ever. She was so thrilled to be a princess all weekend (as if she isn’t ALL the time!) and get all of the birthday girl attention. She was really well behaved too.
We started our journey with me decorating our hotel room for her before she saw the room. One of the housekeeping managers saw me carrying balloons into our room and she offered to come in and do some special towel art for her birthday too. I thought lucky charm was going to squeal with joy when she saw it was all decorated for her birthday but she didn’t seem to be phased. She was just happy to be in the room and at Disney and was ready to go go go!
The first night of our trip we went to the Grand Floridian hotel and had dinner with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine (the evil stepmom). E was enamored with all of them. All of the characters were really great, especially Cinderella and Anastasia. Prince Charming was a bit stuck up and irritated – so he could have definitely played his part better – he was everything but charming but Lucky Charm still loved him. Every time the announcer came over the sound system to announce a new character coming out she lit up with anticipation. She wouldn’t touch her dinner until all of them had visited our table.
As for dinner and how it worked out for me after surgery – it was fabulous! At $38.00 per person I was annoyed with the cost and whether I would get my money worth. I definitely did. The food, atmosphere and entertainment was amazing even if my portion sizes were small. I had a portion of make-your-own-stir-fry with chicken, mushroom, zucchini and squash, a little serving of mashed potatoes, some caprese salad, and a few tiny bites of the desserts so I didn’t feel deprived. I was very full but I didn’t overdo it. I was proud of myself. After dinner we went to Magic Kingdom for a few hours and enjoyed our night.
The next day we went to the pool in the morning and then headed to Magic Kingdom again. We rode Dumbo, and saw the Princesses including Lucky Charm’s #1 fave Belle, and then Tinkerbell. It was a relaxed day, and we didn’t have any concrete plans.
The morning of Lucky Charms birthday we woke her up and let her open her birthday gifts which included a stuffed Sofia doll, a Sofia nightgown and a few little Disney toys. She had a bath and we got her dressed in her Belle Princess gown and took her for her princess makeover. The experience at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was amazing. We waited for a little while before she was called by her fairy-godmother-in-training. We were taken into a changing room and told that she was going to get her makeover in the chair in the front window of the store. They escorted her to the front of the store wearing a bright pink glittery and feathery shawl and she was so proud!
When we got to the front window she was enjoying very much watching everyone walk by while she got pampered.
She got her hair done, her nails and makeup, and got the pixie dust treatment. By the end when she was turned around to see herself in the mirror she was glowing from ear to ear.
After her makeover we had a little photo shoot and headed to Epcot for her princess lunch. We first stopped to get photos with Mickey, Minnie and the gang. At lunch she got to get a photo with Belle, and spend some time and take photos with Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, and Cinderella. She didn’t eat much again, but was given a cupcake with a lit candle at the end of the meal so she felt super special.
Overall, those were the highlights of our vacation, and we had some much needed family bonding time and I think Lucky Charm had the best birthday ever.
In other news, I didn’t lose much weight while we were on vacation even after walking like approx. 6 miles per day. I stayed mostly on my plan for eating and I felt good while we were in the parks. It was nice to be out in the 90 degree weather and not feel like my head was going to explode. We had drinks and snacks in our little cooler in the stroller and we stopped to refresh when we needed to.