So Jimmy, the sweet daddy, noticed that he had a little over an hour until the Magic Kingdom closed, and he felt sure that he could catch a bus from Downtown Disney to the hotel, walk to the ticket and transportation center, and then ride the monorail from there to the Magic Kingdom--and then run to the gift shop on Main Street USA where we had seen numerous Lotso bears--all before the park closed! And he made it!
He gave Julie her Lotso bear that night, and we gave Leah her bear the next morning on her birthday! She was so happy! Lotso sat in her lap all the way home.
Even though she and Sam were both very, very sick by the time we arrived home, as soon as I got them settled in the bed (for a little while anyway), I hurriedly wrapped Leah's gifts and set up her birthday table. We celebrated as best we could in spite of her feeling badly.
Leah posing with her birthday presents--she really doesn't feel well
I decorated with stickers, one of Leah's favorite things!
Leah requested rainbow plates...I thought these were colorful as a rainbow, and she like them.
opening an American Girl outfit from Mims and Pops
The rest of the day Leah spent on the couch with Sam and me. We didn't have cake or a special supper--she was just too sick. In fact, I took her and Sam to the doctor that afternoon to make sure they didn't have strep throat. I never even suspected the flu, which is what they ended up being diagnosed with after having both a flu and strep test.
Several days later, when Leah and Sam were both feeling much better, Julie made Leah a birthday pinata. We hung it in the kitchen and shared many, many laughs as the children took turns trying to knock it down.
Jimmy--he hung the pinata for us
Olivia taking a swipe
the birthday girl taking a turn
After many hilarious attempts, the pinata finally burst! Candy flew anywhere!
In this picture the candy had been gathered into a pile for sorting.
While we were gone to Disney World, Tupelo got the biggest snowstorm in years! Here are some pictures of what it looked like when we got home. Sadly, Leah and Sam never felt like playing outside in the pretty snow.