Sunday, September 6, 2009

American Cancer Society ROCK Weekend

We left late Friday morning for Disney’s Contemporary Resort, to attend the ACS ROCK family weekend. The purpose of it is to get to meet other families going through the same thing, and to be educated through different informative sessions.

Shortly after we checked in we headed to the pool area, it was awesome, and the boys had a blast.

orlando 007 copy There were 2 different pools, Ro wore a life jacket and finally braved water over his head. My main reason for posting this picture though is to point out how pale we all are! I swore off sun a while back….cancer is so not cool.

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There was a really awesome splash pad area.

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Both of the boys enjoyed that as well.

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Then the boys enjoyed the view.

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Rowan has gotten to the age where it is very uncool to have your mom taking your he is trying to dodge my paparazzi skills.

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See….it was quite the view. Even though I highly suspect it was mainly man made.

We went to bed and woke up entirely too early to start the convention aspect of the trip. Some of it I found very informative, some of it not so much. I must say I was amazed at how little some of these parents knew about their child’s cancer. Ignorance is bliss I guess?

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That night we went with my friend Chrissy and her  younger son to Downtown Disney. I do not ever recommend going there in the evening, especially with children. It was crazy busy! I guess everyone heads there after the parks close. The one time I was there prior was during the day and it was nothing like the nighttime. None the less, it wore the kids and us out and we all fell asleep shortly after returning to the hotel.

orlando 160 We headed off to the Magic Kingdom in the morning, but let me tell you its not so “magic” in the 90 degree heat.

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We even had a Guest Assistance pass to get us to the front of lines, still we only went on a few rides. The boys were not all that impressed with them. Ezra and Rowan were both scared…we started off with “It’s a Small World.” Perhaps that was a tad overwhelming.

orlando 238 copy 2 Rowan really liked the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

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We did a few more of the interactive things for the boys, and by that time it was about 12. We were all hot, sweaty, cranky, and miserable.

So on our happy way home we went.

Do not go to Disney anytime from May-October…its too darn hot, and not enjoyable especially for the little ones.

We were so fortunate to be able to go on this weekend vacation, it was much needed by all of us.

Thanks American Cancer Society!


  1. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! You got some great pictures too!

  2. So glad you had a great time. We went to Disney last year....the week of 4th of July....bumbum bum. LOL It was actually SUPRISINGILY not that busy and not overly hot. The longest we waited in any line was sister went in April...she said it was HELL.....LOL

    Glad you had fun and the boys will talk about it for months!!

  3. Bless you and your family! You deserve a day of fun!

  4. Glad you and the family enjoyed your visit. :)

    I went in March/April and it was super hot for our baby boy.