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OCTOBER 26 - nOVEMBER 2, 2013 - disney cruise to THE CARIBBEAN

After the Make a Wish Trip fell through, the Swanns decided to go on another cruise on the same Disney ship as the Alaska cruise. We were lucky that both P-Pa and Gigi (David and Genell Schlotterbeck) and Ami and Mimi (Melanie and Claire Schlotterbeck) were able to join in the fun. But the real excitement was that another SMA family made the trek from New York to Texas to join us. Vinny and Catherine Gaynor were a wonderful addition to the adult "crew," but Sophia (SMA Type 1) and her brother Jackson made the trip so much more fun. The Gaynors were the researchers, drivers and "hope" for the SMA cure through Ohio State.

The same Disney princesses were there on this cruise and P-Pa arranged a special meet and greet with the kids and two princess favorites (Ariel and Cinderella). Halloween was one of the festivities on the ship and when we heard that there wouldn't be any trick or treating we all ran to gift shop and bought items to give the kids as they went from cabin to cabin (four staterooms twice each!).

We had an incredible experience in Nassau. The entire family participated in a "swim the dolphins" excursion. Both Kennedy and Sophia, along with the rest of us, got to touch, talk and swim with the dolphins. It was an incredible experience none of us will soon forget. Unfortunately Kennedy got sick at sea and Ami and Jen stayed with her in Texas to get her checked out at Texas Children's Hospital. This fairly uneventful sickness, not only did NOT land her in the ER, but thankfully also allowed us to fly home on Monday (just two days) after we docked in Galveston to go home.

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Melanie (Ami), Claire (Mimi), and Kennedy at the bon voyage party. Christian, Catherine, Vinny, Jackson, Jen, Jacob, Sophia and Kennedy at the bon voyage party. Genell (Gigi) talking to Kennedy.

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Caribbean

Caribbean

Minnie posing with Jackson, Jacob, Sophia and Kennedy. Cinderella, Ariel, Sophia and Kennedy at our special meet and greet. The girls did an excursion to a butterfly sanctuary at Key West.

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Kennedy touching a sea urchin at Key West. The only time Sophia and Kennedy were
able to "sit" together.
Castaway Cay, Disney's own private island.

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Mel (Ami) and Jen support Kennedy while she kisses the dolphin. All the Schlotterbecks, Swanns and Gaynors at Nassau. Sophia and Kennedy with napkin hats.

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Catherine adds make up to Kennedy for formal night. Jackson and Jacob in matching vests, while Sophia and Kennedy match in purple dresses. Kennedy with Belle.

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Peter Pan steals pixie dust from Kennedy's princess crown. Jen and Kennedy on formal night. Kennedy watching the crowd on formal night.

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Caribbean

Christian, Jen, Jacob and Kennedy on formal night. Mel (Ami) and Kennedy on pirate night. Aren't the girls the cutest pirates you ever saw?

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Kennedy the pirate with a rose from David (P-Pa). Genell and David (Gigi and P-Pa) on pirate night. Kennedy "masked up" leaving Texas Children's Hospital. We needed to prevent her from getting any crud from those in the ER.

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