I'll cap it off with our trip to Florida. WHICH WAS FANTASTIC! Ya know how you don't want to put too high of expectations on your kids just because you're going on vacation but you spent hard earned money and started booking over a year ahead and sat in front of a computer (for more hours/days/weeks than you care to admit) planning, reading other families' do's and don'ts, how to prepare for the crowds - but you KNOW your kids and then it's the week before and you're packing. The lists, schedules, reservations are packed. You are on your way to the airport, everyone is EXCITED and you say screw it! I. WILL. HAVE. A. GOOD. TIME - regardless if I see my kid meltdown, throw a fit, or whine about something I can't control because we are hundreds of miles from home. But I think we prepared perfectly for this, something I don't say often. The kids surprised me, which made me think I didn't give them enough credit for growing up! These pictures are in reverse order (hey, I don't have everything in my life together!) and I'm missing a couple 100 that are on my camera, where I just conveniently yanked these off my phone.
|Awe, Drew. Not my picture ready kid, as you'll see when we went to Legoland who was in all the pics!|
|On the way home|
|This was even first thing in the morning! Ha! Believe me, this was just his attitude towards photos, not the Disney experience.|
|Swimming at the resort pool|
|Napping on the way home from Cocoa Beach|
|Disney Springs. Drew and Craig went 400ft up in this balloon|
|Resort pool day|
|Yay, Cocoa Beach! We went there every year I visited Florida as a kid. We walked the beach, had a picnic, picked up shells, crashed in the waves, and built sand castles.|
|Legoland driving school!|
|Lego Movie stars Emmet and Wild Style|
|Everything is made out of LEGOS!!|
Things that didn't go so well (come on, you didn't think it was all sunshine and rainbows?): we didn't get to Orlando till 7, then you have to get luggage and pick up the rental and drive 30min to Kissimmee (where our resort was). So there was some hungry, ready to sleep people by 8:30. Kelsey got car sick on the 1.5 hour drive to the beach and I burned pretty bad. Drew fell asleep at Magic Kingdom in the stroller around 9 so he was crashed by the time we put him in the car and had a pee accident on the way home!
It really was a fabulous time; we didn't lose anything, it exceeded my expectations, the kids talk about it all the time so it was a big win;) The kids are already trying to plan the next vacation! (I'm just ready for summer to show up!)