In the first of a multi-part series, the Chronicle brings you the report of the Cupits' first family vacation.
The first day, the crew left Baton Rouge early in the morning and completed the drive in 13 hours. Besides being long, the drive was relatively pleasant. Of course, the possibility of a visit to Disney World was kept secret from Brant and Laurel. Maren and Brad hoped this tactic would prevent repetitive inquiries in the car about when the family would see Mickey and Minnie.
After a good night sleep at Aunt Cissy's, the family found a close-by church to attend. After church, they headed over to the Ekendahl's house for a cookout and playtime. Maren's college roommate Nicole has two little girls close in age to Laurel and Brant. The kids played outside and had a wonderful time together. They even roasted some marshmallows on the fire pit.
Monday morning, the family met Aunt Cissy at the Magic Kingdom. The children were told while getting dressed that they were going to Disney World. Laurel guessed. She said she "just knew." As a completely unexpected surprise, one of Aunt Cissy's friends came to let Maren and Brad into the park for free and gave us tickets for the next day. The family had an amazing time as you can tell from the photos (a few of the MANY). Brant's favorite activities at the Magic Kingdom were "It's a Small World", the train around the park, and the ferry back to the parking lot. He did NOT enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean. Laurel didn't like Pirates either, but she seemed to LOVE everything else. Her favorite was meeting the princesses at the end of the day and having them sign her autograph book.
By the end of the day, Maren was wishing they had brought a stroller for her to ride around in.
This photo was in the morning before the kids started sweating. It was unseasonably hot at the parks, but most of the lines were in the a/c.
Look for more photos to be posted soon. Normal life has put the staff in a time crunch.