Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Christmas Present Success

Today's gift is a Christmas present success.

Present ideas for my daughter with special needs is always a challenge.  We know what she likes (or at least we think we do) and we buy many of them for her throughout the year.  Of course we save bigger items for birthday presents and gifts she can ask Santa for.  However, year after year the ideas get harder and harder.

What my daughter likes most is spending time with her family and friends.  When we were racking our brains this year for ideas we kept this in mind.  After hours and hours of searching online one came to me!  I had the gift she could ask Santa for!

My daughter loves movies!  She has many favorites...Monsters Inc, High School Musical (all of them), Soul Surfer, Hotel for Dogs, Justin Bieber, One Direction on Tour, Hannah Montana the Movie....and Shrek (all of them).  She will watch any movie, but these are consistently her favorites!

Two hours from our house there is a large resort which highlights a Dreamworks movie every year November-January.  Breakfast with characters, gingerbread house making, meet and greets and then a whole ice displays of the movie characters (life size).

The Dreamworks movie this holiday season is SHREK!  When I found this online I was jumping with joy!  Of all the activities they offered the one I knew my daughter would enjoy the most would be the ShrekFeast Breakfast!  So this was her wish from Santa!

And Santa listened...and added an extra special touch.  She was able to bring a friend to join her at the ShrekFeast!  Santa knows how much she enjoys her friends and how much they mean to her!

Today was the ShrekFeast!  It was amazing!  It was outstanding!  It was the perfect gift!

This was take on the way to ShrekFeast...this smile says it ALL!!!!

Due to timing on our end, we had to wait until this week to go and we couldn't have picked a better time to go.  The exhibit ends on Sunday and most schools are back in session from Christmas Break which means the weekdays would be less crowded....right?  It was practically empty!  Which means we had lots of one on one time with Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots!

Our ShrekFeast started with us taking a picture in Far Far Away.  Then we were lead to our royal table where we had to take the Ogre Oath.  Then we became official Ogres and Ogresses!

Breakfast was delicious!  Even the waffles were in the shape of an ogre's head!  The drinks for the kids was green too!  And dessert would not be complete without a chocolate fountain....but in this case the chocolate was green!

While we dined we spent time with Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots.  This was definitely the highlight of the day!  It was just like waiting in line at Disney to see your favorite character, except there was not only no wait, but no line!

Seeing my daughter having the time of her life with one of her best friends (a "typical" peer), was the best present I could ask for!  She truly was having the time of her life!  Seeing her never ending smile today was a sign to me that I definitely had found the perfect gift for her!  Thank you Santa!

Here is a quote for today...

Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart - Gordon B. Hinckley

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