Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Florida 2013 in Photos


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

It's been a long time coming but at last, I have edited the snaps I took during our family holiday to Florida a few weeks back. Considering my passion for photography, I took surprisingly few pictures because I chose to focus primarily on experiencing each moment (and, of course I filmed it too haha) so this is just a glimpse into all the fun. 

I would quite happily book another holiday and spend every minute taking pictures of every little detail the whole place was so amazing. I can absolutely see why families spend thousands of pounds every year to go.

Warning - not all the pictures are in order. Sorry!

This is my favourite picture from the entire batch so of course, this had to go first. Watching Darcy enjoy the day time parade was my absolute highlight of the trip. Seeing her face delight in all the familiar characters and watching her tiny hands wave and point in glee was just one of those moments that as a parent you treasure for always. She still talks about seeing 'Sinnerwella' and I still smile. 

Despite a decade age gap, me and my little sister (or Lister as I like to call her) are just as much friends as sisters and I love being on holiday with her. I hope we carry on doing things like this in years to come. This is us waiting for I think the ET ride, which Lister hated. She can watch the most scary films but put ET on and she's outta there!

Oh hai there that man I married. How charming you look in glasses.  

Darcy meeting Curious George and thinking he was the coolest thing ever. She went straight over and was happy to sit on his lap (with dolly and blankie too of course). 

Tina (Dad's partner) and Ben (Tina's son and so my step-brother) having a moment with George.  

I have no idea who this was meant to be but she was so sweet to Darcy (no pun intended) and totally rocked pink hair.  

After a day in Universal Studios (highlights including Darcy meeting Dora the Explorer, Matt enjoying the Transformers ride and me eating my weight in popcorn *drools*) we meandered out of the park and to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. If you ever have the opportunity to go, do. I'm not really a music person (I like it on the in the car and such but I couldn't tell you anything about who does what etc) but I thought the atmosphere was really good and the service was excellent. Also, I'm told it's a Christian British company- who knew? Not me!

What I love most about the above is the lady in pink living it up there. Haha. 

Be still my beating heart, it's Disney. Main street is MAGICAL.  

My little bug watching the Good Morning parade thingymajiggy.  

I could have spent all day just looking at things in main street. Every tiny detail was beautifully done and cared for. More time please! 

Matt took this from across the road as we watched Mickey and a few other characters come down on floats. Oh, and the random native american guy there. You might have noticed Darcy's costume change too. We forked out the $64 (whhaatt?!?!) to buy her the most beautiful Ariel dress and honestly, her reaction when we put it on her in the shop was worth $6400. She was THRILLED and pointed it out to us ALL DAY. What made it even more special was that all the disney cast members greeted her as 'Ariel' as we went round the park and really made Darcy feel amazing.  

Mosiac inside Cinderella's castle. Again, something to spend more time admiring in the future.  

I love this shot of Darcy, my Dad and Tina. She is a very well loved child.  


This is Hollie our new(ish) step-sister. Her and Tiyana are so close in age and get on perfectly so they were often in their own little world of searching out free wifi (seriously, they're obsessed) and going on rides.  

In America they have these cereal/snack bar things called 'Cliff Bars'. Next time I'm out there I'm stocking up because she bloomin' well loved them and they were the perfect treat to tide her over between main meals. Also, we told her they were biscuits so she thought she was getting lucky. Mwahaha.  

'The Kids' (who aren't really all kids) waiting for the parade. We guarded that scrap of pavement like crazies.  

Gargh I wanna squish all 4 of those sweet faces! 

Yeah, I know, super close up. I wanted to crop out all the other random people and I couldn't leave this picture out because LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY BOTH ARE. That is all.  


Darcy's most special moment. Cinderella looked right at us and waved. Darcy squealed. I die.  



 My most specials. 

Splash Mountain was shut and so the rest of our group went off to go on something else (I forget what). Top tip for you though, if you walk past the entrance to the ride, under the bridge there is a little kiddie play area in the shade which is a welcome break for tots who have been in the sun all day and a great place for parents to sit down and take a breather. Right round the corner (by the loos, benches and drinking fountains), there were Jesse and Woody meeting guests. It was well tucked away so the queue was small and it was a great way to spend an easy 30 minutes before we joined up with everyone. 

 I'd heard that if you shout, 'Andy's coming!' then the Toy Story characters drop to the ground and play dead. Not true anymore. They had to stop that for health and safety and the line is, 'they know Andy is at collage now so it isn't an issue anymore'. 


Waiting for the evening parade and fireworks display.  



Amazing. I took over 100 photos but didn't want to throw them all on here but seriously, it was the best fireworks and lights display I've ever seen. Darcy was enthralled, happy and ready for home. 

Being the science geeks we are, Nasa Kennedy Space Centre was our next day out. If you are into things like this, I'd really recommend making the drive and going out there. You can take a bus tour all round Cape Canaveral and drive right up to (and get out to photograph) the real launch pads, buildings the space craft are assembled in and listen to talks from retired astronauts.  

It's not a day for rides and popcorn but it's so interesting and I think it's important to know about the developments we are making in space exploration and to appreciate the work that NASA does. Also, the centre is a lot less busy than the theme parks so if you need a bit of chilled time, this is the place to go. It was one of my best days. 

This part is where I should be showing you pictures of our day at Seaworld. I recently put a snap up on Instagram of Darcy looking at a polar bear and the comments section went wild with debate over whether Seaworld is ethical. I have since done a little bit of research and have decided not to feature any Seaworld pictures and will not be returning to the park. I am glad they seek to provide a message of education and promote ways to protect the oceans but feel deeply sad for the way the whales were captured in the 80's and don't think it's right to keep wild animals in tanks. We don't visit zoos for this same reason. I'm not sorry I went there because if I hadn't have gone I wouldn't have had an opinion but I don't think I will be returning. 

Anyway, serious part done, Islands of Adventure!! 

Matt and is ultimate hero.  


Honeydukes in Hogwarts.  

A rare find- healthy food in a theme park. If you are travelling with littles and you want them to eat healthily (Darcy doesn't have pizza, burgers, chips etc which is mostly what was on the menu) then pack plenty of snacks/sandwiches and keep your eyes peeled for the fruit stands. The fruit we bought was fresh and cold and lovely.  


We on the other hand didn't eat so healthily. Churro after being soaked on a water ride anyone? 


Darcy feeling very daring in a flying fish.  

And then on a flying pink elephant.  

My little photographer back at the hotel. 

And then it was a few last shops (sweets are essential you know) and back to the airport.  

Darcy found a unique place to hang out whilst we waited to board, haha.

And that's that!

I want to write a whole post on Travelling with Toddlers in the New Year (December is fully booked with Vlogmas- eeep!) and of course there will be the Florida vlogs but for now, those are a selection of our snaps.

Ermigerhd that was the BEST holiday ever. I've been to America with my family many times over the years but due to the nature of my turbulent childhood family life, it was always with different mother figures or siblings and there were always rows or disagreements or horrible feelings. Living in a 'blended family' (I LOVE that term) can be really challenging and pose a lot of problems (as I have well experienced) but at last, after twenty years, I think our family is happy and peaceful and as it should be. I couldn't be more thankful for Tina, Ben and Hollie, especially as they arrived just as Darcy did and so Darcy will only ever know the good times and will never have tasted the bad. Long may it continue!!

I'd love to know your experiences of holidaying in large groups or with families, or with littles like Darcy! Tell me in the comments!

Toodlepip!

xx

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211 comments:

  1. Aww all these photos were sososo cute! Can not wait for your Florida vlogs!

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  2. I got back a week and a half ago from Fraser Island. I went with a group of 16 - 10 of us had just graduated from high school and the other 6 were our dads and it was the best holiday I've ever had! When there's such a large group, there's always someone willing to do hang out with you whenever you feel like it!

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  3. Loved this post Louise! I just went to Disneyworld this past July and it was a blast! I've been there many times growing up but its always fun to see it from a new perspective. Cheers!

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  4. These are amazing, Darcy looks so happy can't wait to take my little boy one day it looks magical x

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  5. You guys are such a beautiful and charming family! :)

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  6. Looks amazing really need to get over my fear of people in full costumes I'd be ok with the princess but the toy story outfits would freak me out!!

    I'm determined to go one day tho!!

    Carrieanne x

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  7. These pictures are beautiful! I can't wait till I can go back to Disney World, it's been almost 7 years. :(

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  8. Beautiful pictures, you can get Cliff Bars in the UK, independent health foodie type stores tend to stock them :-)

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  9. Aw these photos are so lovely and special you can see from the just how loved Darcy is and that princess dress is just the cutest thing. My parents bought me one from disney land 18 years ago - I still have it now in a memory box my mum collected for me with all sorts of other special things (birthday cards, first shoes, artwork etc) and its lovely to look back and see how loved I was by my family and what I loved when I was growing up! X

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  10. Beautiful pictures louise!! xox


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  11. The woman with the pink hair is from a show here in the US called LalaLoopsy. It's a cute show and my daughter loves it. They have a TON of merchandise toys as well.

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  12. The pictures are soooo beautiful :) You have a really great familiy!
    <3

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  13. Oh Louise, your family is just beautiful as you are.
    I'm so glad you guys enjoyed so much this trip.
    I loved seeing your photos... it makes me happy :)
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. Oh...what lovely pictures! I can see you had a great vacation and I wish you many more like this!
    I'm really happy that now your family is what you wished and there is peace and understanding!
    I really like the fact that you are talking about the heavy moment you lived and share with us your up's and down's. I'm sure this way you help lot of your readers and viewers.
    Sending huge hugs (virtually) for you and Darcy :* (and your family)
    :X Aby

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  15. Sounds like a lovely holiday! I went to America when I was 11... Im now 25.. I think i need to holiday there again!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  16. Aw, this is such a lovely post, thank you for sharing some of your holiday with us! I swear Darcy just keeps getting cuter! xx
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  17. So many cute photos! I would love to take my kids there, I think we will have to settle for Paris :)

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  18. AWW these photos are precious!! I'm glad that you had a wonderful time in Florida! The photos of you and your family at disneyland makes me want to go there even more!

    Melisssa | Lemonmel

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  19. Love these photos - I bloody love Disney World. I love that all the cast members greeted Darcy as Ariel when she was wearing the dress! Such a magical touch for kids. Blended family is such a lovely term.

    Beth // SANS SOUCI

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  20. EEEEEK these are gorgeous! Can't wait for the Vlogs! xxx

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  21. Looks like you had a great time in Florida! I wish I could go there someday!

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  22. Amazing photos, I hope I can visit one day! Can't wait to see the blogs

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    xx

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  23. You have an absolutely beautiful family, and I love how you take nothing for granted and appreciate all the things you are able to do :)

    Sophie
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    xxx

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  24. Hey wow this is amazing, it looks like you had such a fantastic time. Part of me wants to have a kid just so I can take them to disneyland. This is very sweet :)

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  25. We went when I was 8, so only a little nipper, and I still think it was the best holiday I've ever been on. Absolutely dying to get back over there with some much missed Uni friends and this post has reminded me why. Lots of things still look to be the same as when I went, which I'm chuffed about, but there are so many new things which I MUST see!!!

    Also, thanks for sharing the happy pictures of your blended family. I hope that one day my blended clan can be as happy as yours are.

    XX

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  26. YOUR FAMILY SEEMS PERFECT!

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  27. We don't really go on big family holidays (my brother and my mum HATE flying) so often it's just me and my dad. Our last holiday was a couple of years ago when we went to Orlando, too. We did lots of the same things as you and the fact that I was 18 made no different to the magic. I cried every time we went in or out of the Magic Kingdom and every time we drove under the Disney World sign!

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  28. Love the look on Darcy's face, looking forward to seeing your vlogs from Disney! Thank you for sharing these precious moments x

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  29. Darcy is absolutely bloooomin' gorgeous! Your family seem so amazing and so does Disneyland!

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    x

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  30. Argggggh Darcey is too much, such a lovely little girl! You took some amazing pictures Louise, I'm sure Darcey will appreciate these memories and photos in years to come as will you and the rest of your family. Glad you all had such a great holiday, you really are all a beautiful family :)

    Lucy xxx

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  31. I've always wanted to go there! It looks like taking your kids makes Disney world so much more special. And Darcy is a cutie!

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  32. All the pictures are so beautiful and I'm glad to see you and your family enjoying yourselves!
    Darcy is such a lovely girl!
    I wasn't having a good moment and reading your blog and seeing your pictures has changed everything! Thanks for existing! <3 <3

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  33. Follower#
    Lovely Blog :)
    Enjoyed reading the Posts.
    Following you. I hope you follow back and return the support too :D
    Cheers!
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  34. There are some beautiful pictures here!

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  35. Beautiful photos, looks like you had an amazing time! Can't wait to take my kiddies one day :)

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  36. You have such a beautiful family and it made me smile seeing all your smiles on your trip together! You, Matt and Darcy seem like just the sweetest little family and what wonderful memories you are all making together. Love posts like these!

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  37. Gorgeous pictures, what a beautiful family you have! You've made me really want to hop on a flight to Florida!!

    Shel x

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  38. So fun! I'm from Orlando so I know Disney very well. Last time I flew home to visit the fam I was flying OUT of Orlando and the flight attendants asked me if I was one of the Disney Princesses. lol.

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  39. Such beautiful photos! I'm glad you guys had fun, your family is so adorable :)

    xo Arianna
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  40. Aw!!!! This looks amazing, the colours are so lovely. why oh why did my parents never take me to disney!? :(

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  41. I've actually been waiting for these pictures! So gorgeous and looks like you had an AMAZING time!! x

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  42. I absolutely loved reading this! I've been looking forward to your disney posts. I live in Georgia, so I went several times when I was a kid and I still remember it being the most magical time of my life.
    I'm going on a cruise in January with my mom, dad, brother, aunt, uncle, and cousins. I am SO excited to spend time with everyone and just get away. I feel like now a days people are so caught up in their day to day life that they don't make time to do special things and make wonderful memories. I'm so glad you had a great time with your family. Even when Darcy's older, she'll look back at the pictures and footage and be so grateful!

    xx brittnee
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  43. Aww, so cute photos! It looks like you had a good time there :) xx

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  44. This was such a wonderful blog post to read! I was smiling the whole time! Disney really is a magical place to visit. Thank you for sharing all your adorable snaps!
    Chloe xo
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  45. Last year I moved countries all the way from Colombia to New Zealand with my 2-year-old and my fiancé. It required incredible logistic and organization skills, but we made it unscathed! Lots and lots of different activities are a must (toddlers' attention spans aren't great!). What we also did, since there are so many stops to get to New Zealand, was to stay one or two nights at each one: Miami, LA and Hong Kong. That was the best decision we could have made, as we got the chance to rest and do whatever we wanted for one or two full days, taking it as easy as need be (and even squeezing in a visit to Disneyland!). Now that's what I always recommend: rest as much as possible between the stops.

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  46. When I saw those post, I actaully thought - "This is what I have been waiting for!" I couldn't wait to see photos of you trip and beautiful family and I am so happy you shared them!

    xo
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  47. Such lovely photos Louise! I'm so happy you got to take a vacation you enjoyed and truly deserved :-)

    <3 Kelsey

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  48. You have some amazing photos! It sounded like you had a great time! I'm also scared of ET. It terrifies me >.<
    Alice x
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  49. I think I've read through this post about 3 times! I absolutely adore WDW, and it looks like you had the most amazing time Louise! All these pictures are just so beautiful and wonderful and lovely! x

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  50. The cuteness in these pictures!! x

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  51. oh my god darcy is so cute! absolutely loved the pictures so much! She is the most beautiful little Ariel in the world! I just wanted to say as well though that cliff bars are full of a lot of calories as are for people heading on endurance runs etc. You're such a wonderful mum to her though and she's very lucky to have a mum that cares so much! Heather xxx
    P.S. I'm loving vlogmas, sorry you're feeling sad today!

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  52. I went to Florida a few years ago, I loved Disney and Universal too! The picture of you, Darcy and Matt is so beautiful! I'm glad you all had such an amazing time x

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  53. I'm not saying this in a fangirl way, but I had tears in my eyes reading this post. Your pictures are so lovely and reading your captions showed how proud of your family you are and that made me super happy. Your family is lovely and this post made me happy.

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  54. They sell cliff bars here! All large tescos do them or you can order them online. Tend to only be brought by runners and cyclists though

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  55. All these photos were adorable and your family is so beautiful and cute <3
    Needless to say, I really want to go to Disney again.

    Jenny xx

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  56. Reading this post actually made me really emotional. Florida is the most magical place I've ever visited, and I'd love to be able to go back one day when my little sister and I have families of our own. The Halloween celebrations in Orlando look incredible!
    Darcy is so lucky to have you as a mummy, Louise! That beautiful little smile on her face is priceless.

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  57. Beautiful photos, this looks like such a great trip! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  58. Also, might I also add how lovely it is to see you so happy Louise!! I'm really glad that things are working out with you and your family, as it's nothing short of what you deserve really! :))

    Whether or not they're blood-related, it's so important for everybody to have a close-knit family unit of some sort. And it's great to see you and your family enjoying yourself so much and all being so happy together! The wonderfully glittery life that you and Matt are giving to little Baby Glitter is also so, so special. May the *happy-times* continue!!

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  59. Hi Louise,

    You can buy Cliff bars from Northampton Mereway Tescos. They are with the vitamins and slim-fast stuff.
    I've bought them from there before when I did a marathon back in September. I thought they were revolting though! LOL! Be warned though, check out the nutritional content. They are designed for athletes and are high in sugar and protein. So might not be very baby-friendly.
    It's possible the American recipe of them is different, but you might wanna check it out first.

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  60. awww this looks adorable!!!
    I love Disney :)
    XoXo
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  61. This is adorable!

    xx

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  62. I would really love to draw some of these photos and send them to you! So adorable

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  63. these pics are truly beautiful

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  64. Looks like you had an incredible time, what a beautiful family you have! I went to Disney last year with my family and seeing your pictures brings back some lovely memories from my time over there :) I'd love to go back with my future family too :)

    Naomi xo
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  65. Aw! Gorgeous photos! This has made me want to go back to Florida so much! xxx

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  66. So glad you enjoyed yourself Louise! You take wonderful photos. (: xx

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  67. This is so sweet! Glad you had loads of fun and that you guys all enjoyed your trip! Thanks for sharing. x

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  68. you, matt and darcy are such a perfect little family! beautiful photos xxx

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  69. the most amazing photos you beautiful people!
    elizabethsophiee x

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  70. Amazing pictures I am sure it was a great holiday/journey :) xx

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  71. Such fun and beautiful photos!

    xo

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  72. Louise you look amazing in every photo! It looked like you all had such an amazing time. Can't get over how cute Darcy is!

    TanyiaTalks x

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  73. Lovely photos of your beautiful family! Looks and sounds like you had such an amazing time :D And that close up of Matt and Darcy...oh my word. Stunning eyes run in the family it seems.

    xx

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  74. Wow, looks like you had an amazing time with your family! Such a magical place :) Wonderful memories to keep forever.

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  75. You and your family look like you all are having just the greatest time! I Love it!
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  76. These photos are gorgeous Louise, you have such a great eye for photography! Disney looks amazing, I will get there some day!

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  77. This post made me SO RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY! Love Florida so so much- could read about it all day. We are going back next May and I cannot wait. I am excited to have a kiddie and take them there one day. Your photos are beautiful.

    Daisy x
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  78. These photos look wonderful! A well loved family indeed! Made me realised how much I miss Florida, I'm told I cried so hard because I didn't want to go home.

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  79. Looks like you had a fantastic time!! I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this before, but your sister really reminds me of Emily VanCamp, just with dark hair instead of blonde!

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  80. You can buy Cliff Bars in England - just go to Tesco. They are exercise/energy bars though.
    Looks like a wonderful holiday!

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  81. Louise, this made me tear up just a little bit! I love that you have the opportunity to give Darcy such a lovely lovely childhood. You should be so proud, you yummy mummy! x

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  82. This is such an adorable post! Your family looks amazing, and it looks like you had a fab time. I have never been interested in going to Florida, but this makes me really want to go!

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  83. So many lovely photos! Darcie is such a cutie! And I just think it's so funny that you love Cliff Bars as they are very much an everyday sort of thing here in the US! Next time you should try the Z-Bars because they're the kid version of Cliff-Bars and the calorie count is quite a bit lower! Looks like you had such a nice time, Louise! Hopefully you can come back soon!

    xx
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  84. This is such a lovely blog post, I really enjoyed it! My husband and I are thinking of going to America end of next year so maybe Florida is a good option :) Love the beautiful photos too! They warm my heart! x

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  85. I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip! I went there last summer and it was also a blast. I don't know if the regulation had been changed by then or not, but I did yell, "Andy is coming!" and Woody and Jesse dropped to the floor! I thought it was one of the coolest things for some reason! Anyways, your baby is adorable. Glad she got to enjoy some of her favorite Disney characters.

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  86. I don't see any Wizarding World Of Harry Potter pictures :( These pictures are great, though! I'm taking my 2 year old to Disney in March (she'll almost be 3) so I'm looking forward to the post about traveling with kids!

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  87. Ah, this brings back memories. I loved Disneyworld! I went at Thanksgiving, so they had already decorated for Christmas but the crowds weren't very big at all, which was wonderful. And I got to watch the fireworks from inside the Castle. I was dining with my friend in the Castle and had a window seat... bird's eye view of the gorgeous show! Anyhoo, Baby Glitter is SUPER adorable in these shots and just makes you want to squish and cuddle that cute little bug. Such a sweet little girlie and so full of innocent glee. Bring on the giggles! =)

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  88. Beautiful pictures, it looked like you all had a great time! What amazing memories to give Darcy (who looked adorable as always)! I look forward to watching the vlog :)

    Nicole
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  89. Looks amazing Louise! Glad you and your family had a lovely time! XX.

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  90. Such beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a lovely time x x

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  91. These photos are beautiful and your vlogmas video was so refreshingly honest. Nice to know we aren't alone in the occasional down day! x

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  92. Such a lovely post! You have such a beautiful family and you looked like you had an amazing time in Florida! xx

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  93. All these pictures are so cute! I was in disney world the day after you went!
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  94. Great pictures. I'm glad you enjoyed Disneyworld. Its awesome, although a bit overwhelming with all there is to do and see.

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  95. this is such a cute post! hope you had an amazing time!

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  96. Beautiful Photo's, Since I was a little I have never been the 'mummys' type of girl and always said If I had enough money and a big place I would adopt to help some other little children, but seeing the love between you and Darcy just makes my heart melt. Always watching your video' and love reading your Blog's
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  97. Gorgeous pics. I'm off to Disney in less than a week. It will be my first time and I can't wait! Xxxx

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  98. It looks like you had a brilliant holiday! Darcy just gets cuter and cuter.
    Katie x

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  99. Fabulous photos! You have such a nice family! Darcy looks so cute and happy!
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  100. Hi! Darcy is just the cutest thing! :)<3
    I'm so excited for Christmas! (just wanted to let you know that really)
    xoxo
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  101. Looks like so much fun!! And the weather!!! (looking from my side of the Atlantic) I am soooo jealous.... and your little Princess is adorable!

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  102. You and your family seem so lovely! Your photos look amazing and I hope you had a great time :) xx

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  103. Cute photos ;)

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  104. Oh Louise, I don't know if it's because the holidays are here and I have all sorts of lovely emotions, but I teared up a little looking at your beautiful photos. I remember going to Disney when I was very small and a beautiful lady singing my older sister a song when she didn't feel too well, cheered her right up! Also, if you like Cliff bars, check out Luna bars..they're the same company and absolutely delicious as well!

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  105. your photos are absolutely fantastic, so jealous!

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  106. I absolutely love this post! Your photos are all amazing, so much love in each one of them! I've never been to Disney, but it's somewhere I've always wanted to go, it looks so fun! I'm really looking forward to seeing your holiday vlogs :)

    Emily xo
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  107. Lovely pictures ! :)

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  108. eeepppp im going to florida with my boyfriend in May and i'm ssooo fricking excited! It's both our first times going, i'm going be like a kid running around! Your photos are amazing and you have a beautiful family <3 xxx

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  109. I've never been to Disneyworld before & your pics are making it even harder for me to live with that fact! lol Looks like you guys had an amazing time :)

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  110. Wow Louise, your family is so beautiful! I'm so jealous.

    A couple years ago, me, my little 10 year old brother Sean, cousin Beth (same age), Auntie Amy, Uncle Martin, Uncle Brian, Aunt Lorraine, cousin Mhairi (17) and cousin Ishbel (same age) went to visit my Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Jim and cousin Joel (19) in Italy, in a wee house outside of Rome on the lake. It was amazing! Swimming, eating, baking, cooking, laughing, drawing, and playing X Factor!

    Anyway, I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip. I'm still 13, and my childhoods like yours. You're my role model!!

    Love, Rowan xx

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  111. What a lovely post! I want to go so badly though!!

    Cathy x
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  112. There's so much love in these photos, I looked through every single one (rare for me - I'm usually very impatient!)
    I was there about a month before you all were, it's funny seeing each place in your photos and thinking I was there just a few weeks before!


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  113. So cute...looks like an amazing family holiday!

    Katie x
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  114. Such beautiful photos.. and it looked like such a lovely time

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  115. Absolutely stunning photographs! and you have such a beautiful family. I think this is the first time I've actually ever seen your real husband (as opposed to your fake husband who you do tags with, lol). Glad to hear you had such an amazing time :)

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  116. You have a sparkle in your eye when you take pictures with your husband. It definitely shows how strong the love is between you two! :)

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  117. Lovely pictures! You have a beautiful family! In 2011 my dad took me and his (now ex) girlfriend and her kids to disney world for Christmas and New Years, it was all pretty fun until we started to travel back home to South Africa. It started in Washington when Dads (ex) girlfriend thought he was cheating (which he wasn't might I add) she ended up yelling at me calling my dad names. We then stayed in New York and Dad wasn't speaking to her so it was really awkward! Safe to say their not together anymore!

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  118. These pictures are so lovely! It looks amazing!

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  119. Louiiiiise you can get cliff bars in Tesco and some Holland and barrett shops, about £1.80 each!
    xx

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  120. Looks like you had a blast!!!

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  121. Lovely photos! I definitely need to visit Florida soon! Looking forward to the vlogs :)

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  122. N'awh such cute photos.. Love reading your blogs :)

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  123. I'm so happy you were able to take Darcy and I hope you can take her back again in a few years- or every few years if the money permits! I didn't get to go until I was already 19, but it's still the best vacation I've ever had in my life (one of the only ones, but still!) I can't wait to go back, and I even wanted to get married there for a while- did you know you can have a Cinderella princess style wedding outside of the park in a special wedding area?! So magical!

    xx
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  124. These are so cute! Darcy is a little adorable princess!!!! <3

    Emma xox

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  125. Darcy is ADORABLE in her Ariel dress. Looks like you guys had an amazing time. I keep meaning to go back to Disney and just haven't made it yet, definitely next year. :)

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  126. Such a beautiful family! Everyone looks so happy, and you deserve so Louise!

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  127. These photos are so lovely! Especially the ones of Darcy with characters, she's just so adorable! And Hard Rock Cafe (especially the Universal one) is my favourite restaurant ever, so pleased you liked it too! Hope you had a great holiday :) xx

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  128. Reading the last blurb you wrote after looking at all your beautiful happy pictures made me tear up a tiny bit! Only because I am from a blended family too, so I know what you mean about rough vacations. But I am very happy for you and Darcy that things are looking up now and her never having to taste the bad. Such a blessing! Your family seems lovely and of course, Darcy is as cute as ever. Thanks for sharing!

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  129. Beautiful pictures, Louise! What a fabulous time you seem to have had! Btw, that girl holding the lollipop (the one who was sweet to Darcy) reminds me of the lollipop girl on the board game CandyLand- you know the one I'm talking about? :) x

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  130. Amazing and beautiful pictures x.
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  131. This is amazing, I miss Florida so much, it truly is the best place in the world!

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  132. Great post!
    xx
    daniella
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  133. OMG! I first started watching your videos when I saw you on one of Zoella's, and I just love you! You're so funny!

    I can't believe I finally found your blog and it's about Disney! I went there on my senior trip in high school with a bunch of my friends and it was the best trip I had ever had! My favorite ride was the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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  134. Great photos! You are sooo cute together <3

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  135. These are literally the cutest photos ever!

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  136. Beautiful photos Louise <3
    Love from Jasmine @ rabbit-wood.blogspot.com
    xo

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  137. I adore Darcy's princess dress and her little pj's at the end are just precious too!
    I'm so happy that you finally had a marvelous happy family time there, and it's even better that it was Darcy's first time there!

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  138. such a lovely pictures ! i love Disney ! xx
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  139. I love the mickey ears! And Darcy is so adorable!

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  140. Aww this is so cute I really want to go to Disney x

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  141. aww lovely photographs!
    You all look like you had such a lovely time <3
    Your daughter is so precious

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  142. It looks like you had tones of fun! Darcy is sooooo adorable!
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  143. Lovely family pictures, everyone looks so happy !!

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  144. Baby Glitter is soooooo adorable, beautiful memories xxxx

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  145. You and your family look so happy! These pictures made me smile :) Darcy is such a cutie-pie!

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  146. Simply, I loved reading this
    Favourite blog. All I have to say
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  147. These pictures are so pretty! Your family is so so beautiful and you all look so happy :))

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  148. Absolutely gorgeous!! Some of these are real treasures!!

    I was watching a vlog of you, Alfie & Zoe in Florida today and it brought back so many memories for me! I loved it!

    Great post.

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  149. Hey Louise! Awwww, it looks like you had such a special holiday! I think it's soooo important to treasure the small moments and when I was away, my mum practically wrestled my camera out of my hands and told me to just enjoy it, and I am soo glad she did!!!!! xxx

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  150. Darcy is just the cutest!!! That trip looked like too much fun <3
    xoxox
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  151. Louise, I love all of the photos! It looks like you had a lovely time. Regarding the Cliff bars, you can buy them at Whole Foods in the UK (at least you can at my local one anyway)!

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  152. amazing family, darcy is just the cutest

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  153. Looked like a fun day.

    xoxo
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  154. These are the most beautiful, magical pictures ever! This really makes me want to go to Disneyland, it looks like you had such a lovely time and made so many precious memories :)



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  155. Oh my goodness, I honestly could not stop smiling while scrolling through this post. Those pictures are so precious! xxx

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  156. Loved reading this! It's good to see families together having fun on holidays :) Baby glitter is always incredibly adorable!

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  157. Darcy is gorgeous! Fantastic photos :)

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  158. lovely photos Louise! Darcy is so cute:)

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  159. These photos are really beautiful! You look like such a happy family!

    xx Elissa
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  160. You are such an adorable family and your little sweetheart is simply gorgeous (and obviously, despite her tiny age, really knows how to work the camera :) )
    x

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  161. These photos are beautiful, I hope you all had an amazing time there, Darcy is so cute and you look beautiful as always :)

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  162. Great Info! Every once in a while I find something interesting
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  163. Florida looks amazing! It looks like you had an amazing time! And Darcy is so cuteee!

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  164. Those pictures were beautiful! Darcy is adorable I love her name!! x

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  165. Darcy is the most adorable, beautiful little girl. You must be so proud of her! Can't stop laughing at that last picture, such a cutie! xx

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  166. Hey, nice Post and I really like your Blog:) Do you wanna follow each other? Just let me know !
    Love, Chiara of http://modemood.blogspot.com/

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  167. LOVE this post Louise!!!!! Please check out my blog - it's inspired by you and Zoe! http://isabellaboylan.blogspot.com.au/

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  168. It's so sweet that you got Darcy a little camera. My parents got me and my brother one when we went to Disney as little ones and I still have my Disney photo album with the pictures I took, still such nice memories!

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  169. Have you any idea how totally gorgeous you are Louise? You are looking happy in these photos too. Glad you had an amazing time x

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  170. Love the photos! Darcy is adorable!
    xoxo
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  171. You have an amazing little family, Louise :)

    Terri xoxo
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  172. Hi Louise, I found your blog through zoella and have loved it ever since! I love all the family pictures in the post, baby glitter is growing so quickly! You're very lucky :)

    Want to follow each other? thoughtsofashelluk.blogspot.co.uk
    Michelle x

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  173. Loved the pics!!!! REALLY PRETTY POST!!!! I really want to go to Disney! :'(

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  174. Hey! Lovely blog... Lets stay in touch?
    Let follow each other, follow me and do let me know so i can follow back ^_^

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  175. After seeing these photos I just can't wait to go there next summer!

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  176. Beautiful photos, Louise!!

    It would mean A LOT If you could check out my blog? I' m pretty new and I blog everything from my life to celebrities to music :) thank you sooooooo much!

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  177. Awesome trip! Definitely have to plan something like this for us someday.

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  178. Darcy is just adorable, you have such a beautiful family :)

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  179. You have such a beautiful family! You are one blessed lady. I also come from a "blended family" but ours is a teensy bit bigger than yours! I have 2 younger brothers, an older sister, 3 older step brothers and 2 older step sisters, giving us a grand total of 9 "kids" altogether. Add to that my nieces and nephews (8 nephews, 3 nieces), two sets of parents and a whole pile of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and we are a LARGE family. As you can imagine, family get togethers are splendidly chaotic but few and far between.
    Last time we went for a day out together, we had to hire 2 mini buses because it was cheaper than everyone taking their own cars. Madness, I tell you, simply madness!

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  180. Darcy is so cute!

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  181. I've been to disneyland as well :) one of the best experiences ever! Darcy is soooooo cute :)

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  182. What a beautiful family Louise!!

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  183. Awh Louise you live your own little fairy tale, I love it x
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  184. wow, i loved this blog post so much! it was so nice to see your family having such a wonderful time away from everything. and this is a lovely first holiday experience for darcy! x

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  185. You look like you had an amazing time and are such a beautiful family! xx

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  186. I went to Orlando, Florida in November too! It was just incredible. You could not wish for a better magical family holiday. Great pictures Louise
    Shannon x

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  187. these photos are adorable!
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  188. I really, really enjoyed reading this post - I've never been lucky enough to visit America, but one day I'd absolutely love to go. Your pictures are so adorable, I'm a complete sucker for a family shot, and you're so lucky to have these captured memories to look back on in the future. You look especially beautiful in the snap of you & Matt in the Hard Rock Cafe, and Darcy looks especially beautiful in every photo I have ever seen of her - she's a little stunner! x

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  189. I went to florida in 2006 with my family and I was 11 at the time and my mum said it was struggle with me in the parks so well done with little Darcy! We utilised the fast track passes as much as possible as that reduced line times and the chances of someone fainting!These photos are beautiful Louise and memories Darcy will definitely look back on in the future!

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  190. Such beautiful photos!
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  191. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I went to Disneyland, but the Paris one when I was 9 I think? I thought it was absolutely amazing, and we ate McDonald's all day every day as I was a bit of a fussy eater back then!
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  192. Hi Louise,

    This post made your holiday sound (and look) amazing! I had goosebumps reading all about your happy adventure with your blended family. I'm off to Florida with my boyfriend in September ('14) and cannot wait to see Disney (I've only been to Universal). This post has made my excitement sky rocket!

    I'm so glad you had a lovely holiday and with all your loved one's including little Darcy. The $64 for a costume dress would be so worth it for Darcy, she is by far the cutest blogger baby out there :) Love reading your blog and watching your vids.

    Can't wait to see more, check out my blog if you want lushblush21.blogspot.com I'd love to get your feedback.

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