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Disney Pics – And the memories are alive!

Oh yeah. We did Disney.

Here’s proof. 

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I have to say too that the kids were asking for them when we didn’t have them on. I think they felt a sense of small thing in a huge world when they were there. They felt good to be connected to us. Anyway…Disney was easier because we had them…

 

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