On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Make a Wish Day SIX

Day Six

This was Erin's most magical day during her Make-a-wish trip because....

IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY!

I tell you, this was an awesome 3rd birthday for Erin.  She started her day visiting with Goofy, Pluto, Mickey & Minnie in the Give Kids the World Village.  Just look at those happy smiles.



Here's a picture of her 2nd birthday LAST YEAR....
Her hair was falling out and she was 20 days into round #1 of chemotherapy.


I'd say that it was nearly perfect for our trip to miraculously fall around Erin's birthday.  We woke that morning to find a balloon tied to our mailbox and a special invitation for Erin to pick a present from the House of Hearts.  She ended up picking out some My Little Ponies that she is still enjoying today.

We spent Erin's birthday at the Magic Kingdom.  This was one of the most special days of our trip as it was totally devoted to Erin.  She wanted to visit as many characters as possible so we spent nearly the entire day finding princesses and other characters.


First we found Jasmine and Aladdin.


Jasmine planted a huge kiss on Erin's forehead and every princess after that kissed Erin's face.  She ended up with so many kisses there wasn't room for more.  The kisses pleased our little air bear so much.  It truly made her day.


Erin chatted with Rapunzel and Pascal...


...and Ariel and Prince Eric.


We scheduled lunch at Cinderella's Castle.  This was the most amazing meal, the kids were so fascinated with the food, the princesses, the wands & swords they were given, and a turn to make a wish on a star.  One of our greatest dining-out fears as parents is: will our three little kiddos stay in their seats during dinner or will we be chasing them around the restaurant...nope, no fears here, it was wonderful!

Erin saw Cinderella first.  Cinderella is Erin's most favorite princess.


We were thrilled to find Snow White at the lunch because we had been looking for her all morning.  A few posts back I mentioned that we had been carrying around a mounted picture that we were having all the princesses sign and Erin was dying to have Snow White sign it. 


She got a kiss from Belle.


Erin with her magic wand.
The kids were starting to get goofy...



...but thankfully dessert came.
They had little dishes of vanilla ice cream and small dishes with toppings that they could decorate their ice cream with.  Can you see how occupied they were with decorating their ice cream, they wouldn't even look up to smile at the camera.


After lunch we decided to skip over to Epcot and try to find Tinkerbell.
We arrived just a few minutes after Tinkerbell left for the night...we were majorly bummed.  We tried to have the guest services locate her, but she was already off to prepare for her flight across the sky before the fireworks.  We were all pretty sad we missed Tinkerbell.  But oh well, next time.


We got to see Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too.




We ate delicious Chinese Food and headed back home for non other than...

ICE CREAM!


It was the longest greatest birthday Erin has ever had.  It was a magical day, she was happy throughout the entire day.  It was so hard to go to bed at night though because we were really dreading our flight back home the next day.  We all wished we could just live in the GKTW village.  We are so thankful for make-a-wish for sending us on the most amazing trip of our lives.  We are so grateful for the Disneyworld staff who treated our Erin like royalty.  She was extremely loved by every single staff or character she came in contact with.

All in all, we ended up getting signatures from Cinderella, Rapunzel, Princess Aurora, Aladdin & Jasmine, Snow White, Prince Eric & Ariel, Belle, Daisy & Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh & Tigger, Goofy, Pluto, Mickey & Minnie Mouse.  Soon I'll get some pictures printed and put them in our matted signed frames and hang them in the hallway for everyone to enjoy.


3 comments:

  1. What a great experience for your family! A welcome escape after a very difficult time. I'm sure it will always be a wonderful memory. :)

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  2. okay, now this post really made me *get* how young erin was when she went through all this.. i guess i didn't realize that landon p. and erin are about 6 months difference in age. it breaks my heart when landy is sick in *any way*, and to imagine him going through cancer treatment??!!!??!!.. it's not that i didn't understand before, but when i can look at a kid that's got me wrapped around his little finger (and he's wrapped around my heart) and think about *him*, so sweet little man landy-love, going through all that, it makes it even more real.. makes me cry thinking about it.

    no, i don't like this cancer stuff.. i have never liked it, but thinking about it in the context of my sweet little landy-lovebug (okay, yeah, i'm more like an aunt to those kids, janiel can verify!), it becomes even more wrong.. i mean, just plain wrong wrong wrong.

    enough babbling. erin really is one tough chick.. and all of y'all who walk through it with her are tough chicks and dudes.. (chick and dude = complimentary talk). i thank God every time i think about how well she's doing, and how well your family is coming back from it. i also thank God the lessons i get to learn myself from reading your writings.

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  3. Tears in my eyes! Thinking of Erin getting to have such a wonderful birthday! And seeing the picture of her at the hospital on her last birthday! At her second there were I am sure so many unknowns, to experience such a wonderful birthday! Looks like the most amazing trip ever!

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