Vacations


On Tuesday we went to Sea World. The shows were great; the rides pretty lame. I’d be happy to go again for Harper in two years, then not again for another 20 years!

On Monday we hit the Magic Kingdom. This was Jacob’s third visit and Harper’s first. Jacob was getting better about getting off the rides when the time came, but there were still a few meltdowns. I think the People Mover and Dumbo were the two favorites for the day. I also took a few pictures of Harper, just to prove she was there–even though most pictures of her all look the same!

We drove to the Grandparents’ house for a night on our way to Disney.

I fell off the wagon for about two months, but I’m back in the swing of things. We left for Florida on June 15 and drove to Rocky Mount, NC. Jacob was knocked out, but Harper was ready for more!

It is such a treasure to have my grandparents so close. Seeing them with Jacob is precious. It is amazing to see four generations together laughing and reminiscing about the past. We drove up to Staten Island, NY on a Friday and stayed through Sunday afternoon.

For Christmas, Jacob got a Caterpillar dump truck! This amazing toy came with mega blocks, a small little Bobcat-like front loader, and the dump truck. He can walk behind the truck, ride on the truck, put all his toys in the truck, and stick the Mega blocks all over it. He loves it! It’s his first “big boy” toy. He’s at the stage where he likes to pull himself up and stand, and the truck is the perfect height.

On Saturday we went into Manhattan. We didn’t want to drive, so we took the Staten Island Ferry and then the subway. Jacob had a great time on both (and smiled for all the pictures we insisted on taking). We met up with mom’s friend Eileen and her daughter (who lives in the city) and with Donna and Matt who were visiting the city for the weekend. It’s wonderful when we travel out-of-town and can still meet up with friends.

After lunch with all of our vacationing friends, Hayden and I went to the Lion King. WOW! It was amazing. We heard the costumes are outstanding, but we still weren’t ready for what we saw. The singing was great, the costumes were great, and even though the audience had a lot of kids in it, they were very well-behaved. While we were at the show, Jacob and mom went to China Town and to Little Italy.

It was a short weekend away, but the time with family was great.

As one final get together before we move to Brazil, we went to Disney with Hayden’s sister and family, Hayden’s mom and Ellis, and my parents. We had a fantastic room at The Contemporary Resort’s Bay Lake Tower that was three bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and a huge two-story window in the living room overlooking the Magic Kingdom. The room was beyond amazing, but having the opportunity to spend time with our family before we leave was fantastic.

After an unexpected delay on Sunday, we arrived in Florida late Sunday night. Dad and Les came to pick us up from the airport…without a car seat for Jacob! After the long day we had, no car seat was barely a blip on the radar.We spent Monday resting and went to a dinner show Monday night called Arabian Nights. It was a show with horses and some scantily clad women 🙂

Tuesday we went to Hollywood Studios (my favorite!) and Hayden kicked my butt, again, on the Toy Story ride. Wednesday Aunt Shonda drove to meet us and we all went to Epcot. Jacob’s eyes had started getting a little gross (mucus-like stuff in them) on Sunday, but Wednesday it was really bad. As a result, Wednesday night we went to urgent care and found out it was pink eye. Thursday we visited the Magic Kingdom and Friday we went to Animal Kingdom. This was our first trip to Animal Kingdom and I really liked it. Saturday we hit Blizzard Beach and then returned home on Sunday.

Overall, it was a fun week! We spent some great time with family, had an amazing view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from our balcony every night, and got to share Disney with Jacob for the first time.

Jacob’s daycare was closed on Friday so the teachers could get ready for the beginning of the new school year. With the four-day weekend, Mom and Dad asked if we wanted to join them on their trip to Williamsburg. Never one to pass up a good time, Jacob and I went along for the ride.

Mom booked a one-bedroom suite over the phone, but told Nadia that once she saw how cute Jacob was she would want to upgrade us to a two-bedroom suite.  Needless to say, we got a two-bedroom suite! (Yeah, Jacob!)  When we arrived on Friday we decided to go spend a few hours at Busch Gardens. Dad and I rode Europe in the Air which was a lesser version of Soarin’ at Disney. Nothing could really compare to Soarin’ since I love it so much, but this one was okay. Next we wanted to ride Griffon. Dad and I used to be huge roller coaster buffs, but after this ride, we decided we might be finished putting our bodies (and stomachs) through the torture. It was the last ride I rode all weekend!

We then watched a show in Ireland, took the SkyRide across the lands, and finished the day on the train. After spending only four hours there, we were exhausted. None of us remembered all the hills there!

On Saturday we went to Water Country USA. Since we had Jacob, and he has lily-white skin like his daddy, we didn’t think we would spend very long at the park. But, when we got there I realized they had cabanas available for the day. We got the last cabana and had a wonderful day. All my dad wanted to do was to go around the lazy river. I just wanted to relax and read a book while Jacob slept. We all got exactly what we wanted! There was even a small kiddie area where we took Jacob. He really enjoyed the water and “kicked, kicked, kicked” like he does in the bath.

After checking out of the hotel on Sunday, we headed back to Busch Gardens. We got to the park just as the Sesame Forest of Fun show was starting. We had front row seats to see Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster (and other characters I don’t remember from childhood) sing and dance. After the show, Jacob and I got our pictures taken with Bert and Ernie and with Big Bird. Mom wanted to see a few more shows and ride Escape from Pompeii. She and dad got pretty wet while Jacob and I waited to take their picture–see, mom isn’t really one for rides at an amusement park. She’ll only do the log flume type rides.

After the rides we had lunch at Das Festhaus for the “This is Oktoberfest” show. Jacob really enjoyed the show and was being his cute self. We then jumped on the River Boat cruise and one last trip on the SkyRide before leaving. Our “quick” stop before heading home lasted about five hours.

We are all tired, but we had a great time. The weather was just wonderful and the parks were fun. It was a great way to spend the last weekend of summer.

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