Thank you Walt for bring together the most amazing people in the world. Throughout this entire journey, literally from day one – when Jedi Mickey came to the PICU, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpour of love, strength and memories that our friends (and those we have never met) from Disney have given us. Disney has been a HUGE part of Noah’s positive spirit and joy, as well as strength and smiles to Landin. It is not a “Vacation Destination.” It is a world where pain ends and magic begins. Memories are priceless – a company and people that can give that gift and make life disappear…. that is the definition of magic.
Before I tell the adventure, I want to give thanks – first to God for letting him be well enough to go (I sound like the Oscars) Second, and in no order, Jodi, Heather, Stacey, Patti, Linda, Ellen, Sharon, Darlene, Joe, Katie, Lynda, Connie, George, Meredith, Monica, Christina, Sue and Sean. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’m sure there are many more… everyone was amazingly wonderful.
To the adventure! Noah and Landin did not stop smiling the entire trip! Before we could even check into Disney’s Yacht Club on Saturday morning, a special guest met us at the door!!! Our friend Heather – oh yes… she had someone else with her!!! And look at his wrist – Noah’s Light Foundation! Noah thought that was so cool “Mom, I just so famous.” Mickey guided us to our “ship” and the little captains took over to a galaxy far, far away….thank you Aunt Heather!
Then, we were in “Noah land”; really now both of their lands – Landin loves everything that Noah loves!!! She know every planet, every character Sith or Jedi. We met our most amazing, sweet tour guide Patti. She had an itinerary for a fun filled day! Characters, characters, characters!!! They were so happy!!! Ok… met a non Disney cast member that Noah really liked! (Look at the pictures…you will know… he likes bellies… always has.) Landin knew the agenda had Jedi Training and so other Jedi things – she said “Only if Noah is there to protect me.” It was 98 degrees, so when it came time, Noah was really hot but I said “Lu, you can do it!” And she did. She was so empowered! She got to be special. She walked in the parade! She did Jedi training… alone! That’s all she could talk about and Noah was so proud!!! A part of her character was formed that moment. They got to meet Asajj Ventress, whom we have tried for 3 years! He hummed John Williams all day.
And since it was sooooooo hot, of course we all had to be frozen in Carbonite!!! All day, Noah was giving his Han Solo salute and Lu was “forcing!” So much fun!!!! They had name tags made from Star Tours in Aurek-Besh alphabet (Star Wars Language.) Of course, Noah wanted to be from a planet that they didn’t have, so he settled on Geonosis. We talked with clicks and squeaks all day.
We finally went to the hotel…humming all the way. When they walked in, there was a Star Wars package as tall as Lulu!!!! 4ft tall!! “Mom, it’s to beautiful to open!!!!!” Get this… everyday, they “inspect it”… we brought it home… still not opened!!!! What kids do that!!!!!
The next day, we went to church, fed ducks – Noah came up with the “Yes and No” game… (see picts) and relaxed. The restaurant at the hotel gave the kids desserts to paint!
Monday…WOW! First…Noah’s favorite restaurant – Kona Café! We have been taking him there since he was one. When he was a baby, we would sit by the window, eat blueberry pancakes, then ride the monorail for an hour! (His first Disney memory!!)
Now, this where my babies will NEVER be the same! With magical Disney, and before a parade, all of the Disney Princesses and other characters came together for an unbelievable meet and greet!!! Noah was beside himself and Landin…she lives eats and breathes Princesses!!!! They both felt so strong and special!!! Life will NEVER be the same!!!!
Noah then went to rest and powerful Lu wanted to “complete missions!!!!” (You know … since she personally knows all of the Princesses and is a Jedi!) Magic Kingdom has a WONDERFUL scavenger hunt that sends you all over – they love it!!!!) She was so STRONG!!!! Normally, this is something she would watch Noah do.
What great, great memories!!! Love, joy, laughs… forever!!!! Thank you everyone!!! God Bless you all and Thank You!!!! To ALL of you at Disney…Thank you for making our lives and memories so special!