We are back from a week long trip to the magical, splendid realm of Disney World ….! My goodness – what fun times we had! AMAZING …. we travelled with another super fun family (they have three girls & one sweet baby boy) … so let me tell you, traveling with eight kids age 7 and under was quite the spectacle. I can’t tell you how many times people pointed at us, asked to take pictures and smiled when our little pink cloud would walk by. (Seven girls is a LOT of pink …) Besides visiting nearly 99% of the Disney bathrooms available (potty breaks x6 = a LOT of bathroom breaks during the day!), we were able to see all the parks, meet all the princesses, eat in almost all the {kid-friendly} restaurants, watch all the amazing parades, swim in the pool, visit with the fairies and take in the Winnie the Pooh ride & It’s a Small World twice! We even managed to ride one adult roller coaster. Imagine that?!

[Thank God for coffee & our slings. Our babies were held 24/7 this entire trip.]

We were stopped many times … people would ask if they were all ours …

if we were related …

if we were trying for a boy (!) …

told we were crazy.

told we were brave.

told we were blessed.

told we were in the best part of raising our children…

And in between the spilled milk, early mornings, late nights, 15 bathroom trips during the buffet dinners, backpacks full of snacks and strollers full of diapers, I truly believe them.

We WERE crazy to go to Disney with so many kids.

We WERE brave (never lost one kid once – the husbands? That’s another story).

We WERE busy … but it was SO. MUCH. FUN.

{waiting for the boat for Magic Kingdom}

{watching amazing parades}

{meeting my girls’ favorite princess}

{thanking God for the amazing weather}

{dancing in the parade with daddy}

{Big sister/middle sister – definitely showing off their personalities here …}

{finding the fun in the parade streamers …}

{… and dragging it along behind her as we walked through the park once the parade had finished … her own little parade of sorts}

{giggling on the way to meet the princesses – unfortunately, one of our little princesses was *not* feeling well that day. Can you tell which one?}

She actually had a fever & slept through the entire dinner with Ariel, Aurora, Belle & Snow White. [sigh] Don’t worry. We lined up to see the princesses another day for her so she didn’t miss too much. πŸ™‚

{ celebrating someone’s birthday for an extra week … which included so many “Happy birthday, Lacey!” greetings, cupcakes & cards sighed by a ton of different Disney characters!}

{waiting for so many bus rides with all the kids …. yeah, I know … there’s a lot of them, right?!}

{cooling off in the pool}

{hello, baldy!}

7 days of amazing excitement …

magic …

and fabulous memories.

Can’t wait to do it again. But maybe with less bathroom stops this time.

February 8, 2011 - 8:42 pm

Lisa Post I have been WAITING and WAITING to see these pics!! I love your blogs and I always look forward to a new one πŸ™‚ I love the pics with the parade streamers!! So cute!!! I can’t wait to be able to take my family there….one day πŸ™‚ Thanks again for sharing!

February 8, 2011 - 5:09 pm

Monique I want to go!!!

February 8, 2011 - 12:39 pm

p macintosh just beautiful!

February 8, 2011 - 11:55 am

Rachel P.S. I was dying to see these photos!! πŸ™‚

February 8, 2011 - 11:54 am

Rachel Gillian, your boundless energy astounds me. You create such an amazing life for yourself and your family and I’m so grateful you share your blessings through your blog and photos. You make me want to be a better parent to my stepdaughters…and you make me smile. Congratulations on your hard work and your beautiful family. πŸ™‚

February 8, 2011 - 10:58 am

Sara H Awesome shots, Gillian! Glad you had such a great time, your family is so beautiful!

February 8, 2011 - 10:46 am

Grandma Gerr Great pics, I almost feel like I was there too! xxxxxx

February 8, 2011 - 10:40 am

Sarah Lough What a magical time! My best girlfriend and I (and our amazing husbands) took 6 kids under 5y of age to WDW two years ago. We heard many of the same comments. πŸ™‚ Looking back, it was one of my most favorite moments as a mom; we have such amazing memories. Thanks for sharing your pictures – it really brightened my day!

February 8, 2011 - 10:24 am

Miranda I think your whole life looks magical….. but these pics are amazing!!! SO glad you had such a great time on such a big adventure:)

February 8, 2011 - 10:17 am

Tiffany Gillian your pictures are amazing! Looks like everyone had a great vacation!

February 8, 2011 - 10:08 am

Stacey Janzen AMAZING… Just amazing Gillian !! I am so glad that your family had a blast, hope the little one is feeling better. I am so gonna start planning a trip for us and out 3 kids now. Thank you for sharing with us πŸ™‚ And YALL are blessed …..

February 8, 2011 - 10:04 am

Sherri Smith Very Impressive Gillian. I got tired when just Lloyd and I went to Disneyland in California, and there were NO children involved! This was certainly a trip the girls will remember for a long time. Welcome home to all of you!

February 8, 2011 - 9:46 am

Lori LOVE the pics. Looks some magical memories πŸ™‚

February 8, 2011 - 8:53 am

Melanie OH my gosh Gillian, the girls look like they had a blast! And I believe you need to contact Disney, this would be a great AD for them!

February 8, 2011 - 2:07 am

Photo Blogging Mum I love these! cute cute cute! I love looking at your photos, you all look like you had a great time and yes you are very brave going out with all those kids xx I will have to work towards getting to Disneyland someday .

February 8, 2011 - 2:06 am

Tabitha Wow, Gillian, these pictures are gorgeous! It looks like you all had a blast there. I think the photo of all the girls at the Exit Only sign is my favourite.