Abby's Journey

We'd like to invite you to read Abby's Journey from the beginning. We hope that her story may help a family who is facing the same battle with DIPG. We are praying for a cure and are praying for every child who is diagnosed with cancer.

This is Abby's story.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Back in MO

What a week! The girls and I had a blast this past week! Monday was the Magic Kingdom, Tuesday was Universal Studios. On Wednesday we went to Sea World and it seemed like it was going to freeze! We got our picture taken with Shamu and then went in and started by feeding and petting the stingrays! It was pretty cool, you would put the food in your hand and then put it in the tank with the rays, and they would swim onto your hand and then suck the fish off of your hand! Pretty cool! Then we went and feed the dolphins! That was really cool too! The trainers brought the dolphins right up to the side and they would poke their head out of the water , we would pet their chins, and throw in a fish into their mouth. I go t some good pictures of that. I will try and get them put up soon! We then went and saw the dolphin show which was truly amazing. Watching what the trainers and dolphins can do together was really cool. Then after the show, one of the trainers had Abby and us stay after and she brought out a dolphin and taught Abby how to "train" the dolphin to speak, spin in a circle, and then to return home. She thought that was really cool!

On Thursday we went to Hollywood Studios. We saw the Beauty and the Beast show, The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and then had a blast! The highlight of the Hollywood studio trip for me was getting to meet my alter ego- Mr. Incredible! We got to see Handy Manny, the Little Einsteins, Lots-o-love from toy story 3, and all sorts of characters. That night, we got the chance to meet up with Maegan's Aunt Amber and Uncle Bob, and her cousin Rob and his wife Lori and their daughter Ashley. We met them at the Wilderness Lodge at Disney and had a good dinner and them and it was nice to meet Rob and his family finally.

Friday, we woke up and all of the girls said that their legs were hurting and that they were tired, so we decided to bypass Animal Kingdom and stayed close. We decided to go to Gator land and check out the alligators. While we were there, Abby and Mary-Beth both wrestled an alligator and got their picture taken.

We saw an exotic and dangerous animal show and then a lot of alligators! It was a good and laid back day. We also wanted to get home to the village because there was a party with Santa Claus! We started to party and then it started to snow! There were snow princesses, snowmen, trees, and all sorts of holiday fun! We got some snow cones, cotton candy and candy canes. Our friends from the University of Maryland were there for their last night and we exchanged information with them and already have new friends on Facebook. We have also been telling everyone about Abby's blog and I wish I would have brought some of the cards for the blog. Live and learn. But we wrote it down a bunch and passed it on to many people. We truly made some new lifelong friends!

Today, we woke up and the girls got to ride the horses and the girls got cowgirl hats and had such a good time. More pictures are on a previous post.

Friday night, Maegan's brother Brian came to visit us and we spent the evening with him. It was good to see him again. The last time we saw him, Mary-Beth was a few months old. So its been a while and it was good to see him. We vowed we wouldn't wait 7 years to see each other again!

Now, we are back in St. Louis and the girls have all crashed...HARD! Maegan is ready to go to bed, and my eyes area getting heavy as well, so I apologize for any grammatical or spelling errors, or if this makes little to no sense. Good night!

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