We are officially registered to have our first annual lemonade stand with Alex's Lemonade Stand! Woooo hooooo! We will be holding the event on Oct. 31 from 11-3. It will be at the Smith's Marketplace in downtown Salt Lake City (455 South 5th East). Aunt Nancy's Smith's!! We are so excited to raise some money to help find a cure for childhood cancer.
When we arrived, Brinley was greeted by someone from Give Kids the World, the village we stayed at. The kids were given some stuffed animals right when we got there, and a gift bag of goodies and fun stuff was on our table. The kids were so excited, especially when we got to meet Mayor Clayton, the bunny mayor of Give Kids the World. The girls had heard all about him and were thrilled to see him in person!
Give Kids the World (GKTW) is a village that was made just for wish kids. I want to tell you all about that first. It was started by a man who was a Holocost survivor and wanted to make a difference in the lives of children who had life threatening illnesses. It is truly a magical place. By the time we left, I had truly grasped it's purpose and it made it all the sweeter. They have created a fairy tale place for children who have seen some very dark times. Everything about it was like every child's dream.
There is a carousel you can ride any time, every time Brinley walked by it she wanted to jump on and have a couple rides. Before breakfast, after breakfast, before dinner, after dinner. All the rides are free, they even have those little rides like the ones outside the grocery store (the ones your kids ask to ride every time you walk by them...) but you could just push the button and ride! I think Brinley rode her favorite one about 20 times in a row, no joke. You can also order pizza every night, which we did practically every night. There is an ice cream shop open at 7am! (All of this at no cost at all). They have a castle of miracles where a star is hung for each child who has stayed at GKTW, so Brinley got her star hung too. We had to spend a whole day just doing things there because there is so much to do. Each night there is something new. One night there is a Christmas party, then a birthday party for Mayor Clayton, a life-size candyland game, lots of dancing and games, a tea party with a princess, nail painting and make-up, the list goes on. My kids were IN HEAVEN! Each day was a new gift on our table when we came home. Movies, games, toys. We had a whole duffel bag of gifts just from GKTW when we came home.
We spent 3 days at Disney World. I love Disney! Disneyland has always been one of my favorite places, and Disney World held true. We were treated like royalty, we got passes to the front of all the lines for rides and character meets. Make A Wish gave us all of our spending money, including souvenirs, so there was no expense on our end whatsoever. It was such a happy place, so cliche, but true! Just look at my kids faces and you can't argue it!
Here was Brinley's actual wish, to meet the Little Mermaid. She hasn't stopped talking about it!
We got home last night from an absolutely amazing, magical trip! We are doing our best to sort through our pictures to put some up, but there are over 500 to look through!! We'll shoot for tomorrow, but here is the short version. It was such a wonderful, carefree vacation. We loved Give Kids the World, and Disney World was so much fun. I can't wait to share it with you all!!
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