Disneyworld: Animal Kingdom (in photographs)

The Kwok clan headed to Disneyworld for just one day! Of course we had to squeeze in both Animal Kingdom AND Epcot. This was our little trip to Animal Kingdom. We were only there from about 10 am- 3 pm, so it was a rather short trip, but we absolutely loved it. Here are a few things to look out for when you venture over to this beautiful green theme park!

Looking over the bridge and seeing (what surely must have been) the streets of a safari jungle on the coast of Africa….

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There were beautiful signs and tall buildings that made us feel like we were on another side of the world. This attention to detail is magnificent.

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One of the best parts of Animal Kingdom is bringing your little one… it is perfect for children. This is Nick & Josh taking a break from all that walking.

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If there is one word I would use to describe this part of Disneyworld, it’s GREEN. (or cultured.)

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We went on an animal safari, which is probably one of the best ones I’ve been on. This is no jungle cruise. We saw a giraffe and a baby elephant (just to name a few).

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Despite all the excitement, Joshua couldn’t stay awake, as per usual.(Can you blame the poor guy? We’re impeding on all his naps.)

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One more… because he’s so darn cute…

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We saw flamingo’s and crocodiles…

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And of course we had to ride “Expedition Everest”, which Nick and I both agreed is an AWESOME roller coaster. Definitely expect a few surprises in there 😉

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Shall we go to Africa or Asia?

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The “Tree of Life” is seriously AWESOME. It’s much bigger than the picture let’s on and the entire trunk is composed of animals.
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It was unfortunate we could not be there at nighttime, but we have no doubt it would have truly looked incredible with all the hanging lights and safari feel.

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One last family portrait before heading off to Epcot.

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We had an incredible time and I really wish we could have stayed longer. I don’t feel as though I got to truly experience the park… but all the more reason to come back! Also, something we enjoyed that is not pictured here is the Lion King show, which was an incredible time and filled with extraordinarily talented singers and dancers. It is fun for all ages and Joshua got very into it.

That’s all for now… Until next time, Disney world 🙂

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Disneyworld: Our EPCOT trip in photographs

Nick & I spent a full day at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida! We went to Animal Kingdom and Epcot. I loved both, but could not possibly fit it into one post, so I am splitting it up into two.

I decided to start with Epcot because it is my favorite.

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love other countries and learning different languages (I speak four (ish)!). Epcot was an ideal place for me. There weren’t that many rides, unfortunately . But there’s really really no room for complaint. I only wish we could have spent another day there.

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ere’s the well-known Epcot ball. It was ENORMOUS and reminded me (surprisingly) of the Chicago bean.

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Here’s Joshua, ready for a fun day in the sun at Epcot! (how cute is his mohawk?)

Mexico: The first place we went to; Felt so real and pristinely done. My favorite part was this replica of the Mayan Ruins. When you go inside, you feel, truly as if you are on the streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta (or any Spanish-speaking country). The coolest part, for me, was a restaurant inside the “Mayan Ruins” that felt so romantic, the San Angelo Inn Restaurant (the second picture below).

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Norway: Norway was intriguing; there was a cafe selling Norwegian coffee, which is what this section was known for. However, what stuck out to me was a sweet little museum like store that depicted all of the inspiration for “Frozen”. Little did I know that they used real life landscapes, churches & scenes from Norway landmarks in order to create the fictional town of Arendelle.

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China: China was beautiful, colorful and reminded me so much of my husband’s family, who moved here from Hong Kong before he was born. I kept thinking how much they would love it.

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Germany: Germany was one of my favorites. They had bratwurst, of course, and they also sold beer steins (that were astonishingly expensive).

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Japan: I felt surprisingly peaceful in Japan. It was so unbelievably beautiful with it’s lush koi garden. (Bonus: they sold sushi & mochi here)

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France: Without question, my favorite country spot. It was breath-taking and reminded me so much of Paris (which I have not been too in 11 years). There was a stunning French restaurant, crepes, & this beautiful fountain, which Nick and I posed in front of.

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Concluding Thoughts:

Our family loved Epcot. Joshua is still too young to really enjoy it, but we love taking him anyway. We loved our time together. Thank you, Disney, for an awesome visit 🙂

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Our Christmas Told in Photographs

Baby’s first Christmas was more than we could have asked for. It was filled with joy, laughter & beauty.

And I thought that now, more than ever, would be the perfect time to practice my photography skills.

One of my resolutions for the new year is to begin truly diving into photography; to find an outlet for my creativity & and to find something that helps me see and appreciate the beautify in the everyday.

Here is our first Christmas told in photographs:

Christmas is no Christmas without chilly winter weather. Joshua, much like his mother, loves a snuggly rainy day.

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Don’t you just love the way his precious little hands are pressed up against the glass?

Christmas Eve was filled with food, family, laughter & love. And certainly, no Christmas eve is complete in our family without a dramatic game of white elephant.

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This year, my incredible SIL decorated, not just any tree, but a FROZEN-themed tree. It was filled with glimmers of silver, blue and purple. For those of you who know me, you know there is no other theme I’d prefer for a tree. Just look at this beauty:

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Here’s our sweet angel in front of the tree

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He loved his first Christmas, as it was filled with family, laughter, love, presents & baby’s first steps. Here’s Joshua enjoying an incredible gift from his Aunty.

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And then of course enjoying our little doggy friend 🙂

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Fireplace…

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And last, but certainly not least, here is our little family together on Christmas day, our first Christmas together. Thank you, Lord, for such a sweet and precious gift.

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