Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Do Life Big

Kiandra and Kezia put together this video using video footage they took while in Florida. It's a great glimpse of what they saw and did over the last 10 days. (I'm in the process of back dating posts from each day of our trip. If you're curious, you can keep checking back to see what days I've updated.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

You know you are in for a rude awakening....

...when 30 degrees feels too cold for a water park! Our plan was to spend our last full day in Orlando at Aquatica but when we woke up in the morning, the humid-ex dropped and instead of feeling much warmer than the actual temperature, it felt more like the real temperature. All 3 kids unanimously decided to forgo a trip to the water park and just hang around at the hotel pool and then do some shopping and an earlier dinner out. So instead of battling line-ups and paying for parking we just did some of this:

and some taking in of views like this:

and some trick mastering:

and some quietness:

and some more tricks like carrying snacks through the pool instead of around it:

It was a good choice!

We're in trouble though when we get home and today's temperature there was a good 15 degrees colder!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sea World (Day 2) and Disney Glimpse

Today we went to Sea World again. 

On our "must do" list we took the family photo in front of the 5oth anniversary sign that I wanted to do.

We touched sting rays:

and the highly anticipated dolphin feeding! The last time we were here, we had just paid for the kids to feed something (I can't remember now what it was!) but to "feed" them you literally threw food into the tank....and we felt it was a waste of money. When we saw you could "feed" the dolphins a little while later we opted to not feed them but then realized too late that you could actually feed them by hand and pet them too. The kids had been looking forward to feeding them ever since.

Unfortunately, Kezia started feeling dizzy (she thinks from the heat) and only fed a few of her fish before heading out of the feeding area. 

After that, the kids and Conrad had "ride Manta" again on their must-do list and so they rode it a few times (no line) and I stayed in the area since I'm not a roller coaster fan. I happened to catch the "character photo time" with Franklin and thought since the line only had 2 people that I would get a picture with Franklin to show my Grade 1 friends. 

After riding Manta a few times and Kraken a few times the kids decided that they were basically done and it was about 3 o'clock. They would have liked to ride the Antarctica ride one more time but with it being a Sunday and a new exhibit it was quite a long line. Conrad and I were surprised when they all agreed they'd be fine with leaving. So we snapped a few pics on our way out and we left...

We decided to head to Downtown Disney to eat a late lunch and do a bit of browsing. I would have preferred to do Disney parks this time but it was impossible to justify the cost difference so this was my peek as we browsed the shops overloaded with Disney merchandise and it was a real bargain because parking was free!

We ate at Earl of Sandwich which was quite tasty but not very filling for my hungry family.

We checked out the shops but it became very clear that my kids are not as young as they used to be because very little interested them as they were browsing.

Then it was back to the hotel for some pool time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shopping Day

Today was a shopping and pool day. 

The shopping haul included:
1 pair Converse for Kezia
1 pair Converse for Kiandra
1 pair Supra shoes for Kaden
1 pair runners for Kaden
1 dress for Kezia/Kiandra
3 pairs of jeans for Kezia
1 pair of flip flops for Conrad (after his were taken from the pool area(!) when left there overnight)

After our day of shopping we went to one of the restaurants on my bucket list:

The ice cream is made from a liquid base and fresh ingredients and then flash frozen right in front of you using liquid nitrogen. Very cool!

See that map behind where Conrad and Kaden are playing? We were the first ones to put a pin in our city. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Surprise Ending to Busch Gardens Day 2

The day started off hot and sunny!

 we enjoyed rides:

animal sightings:

took selfies:

 Enjoyed the clear blue sky:

and the heat:

tried on fun hats:

goofed around in the gift shops:

 watched them do test runs on a brand new ride:

and then Kiandra, Kade, and Conrad became some of the first people to ride it!

We went to one last indoor show and when we came out the bright blue sky was replaced with dark clouds and it began to rain:

and rain and rain and rain! Only Kezia was happy to finally be cooled off instead of unbearably hot for the first time since arriving in Florida!

We got soaked! The puddles were ankle deep by the tram and some cars in the lower part of the parking lot had water a few inches up their tires. We were so thankful we had parked in the lot instead of our initial plan to walk over from our hotel to save money on parking!

As we were driving out of the lot we noticed it had been a bit windy too because all the planters had been knocked over!

What an adventure and a story to tell!
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