Monday, February 04, 2008

Orlando trip

Abby and I decided to go on a spur of the moment trip to Orlando with Andrew. He has been going TDY A LOT since he has been home from Honduras and it was starting to wear on us. We all decided that a little time together was just what we needed, even if it was in another city! Abby and I really enjoyed our time in Orlando and kept very busy while Andrew was at work during the day. The drive is about 5 1/2 hours normally, but it took us about 6 1/2 since we had to make so many potty breaks for the potty training princess. We got into town and checked into the hotel and then headed out to have some dinner, then we all crashed. The next day, Abby and I woke up and had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then headed to the mall. After a bit of shopping, we went to McDonald's for a little lunch. This was no ordinary McDonald's, it is the world's largest and we spent over 2 1/2 hours there! It was a mix of a McDonald's (with the standard play place) and a Chuck E Cheese (there were a ton of games that you could play for tickets and such). They also had other food than your standard Mickey D's grub, and it was served on real plates!!

A picture of my turkey wrap from McDonlad's...crazy!

Abby hanging out with Ronald

The next day, we woke up and after a quick pit stop at WalMart we headed to Downtown Disney. Its basically an area of Disney shops and restaurants. Since we weren't going to be doing Disney this trip, this was a way for us to get a little taste of what we could expect when we do go. Abby LOVED it! They had a princess store that she could have spent all day in if I let her. There was also a Lego's store where you could play with all the lego's and it had a playground for the kids to play around on. After we were all tuckered out, we headed back to the hotel and took a dip in the pool. Oh, the things you will do for your kids. It was warm out, but it wasn't hot and the pool wasn't very warm either. After I finally got used the temp. Abby and I had a blast in the pool and by the time we were done she was jumping in all by herself (with floaties on of course). After Andrew got done with work, we went back to Downtown Disney and met his friend Matt (you will remember him from the previous post from our trip to Biloxi). for dinner at Raglan's which is an Irish restaurant. The food was yummy, but Abby and I were exhausted so we headed back to the hotel while the boys hit up a cigar bar.

This is downtown Disney, it wasn't very crowded when we first got there, but near lunch time there was quite a crowd. When we went back that night for dinner, it was crazy. There were people everywhere. It was reminiscent of Bourbon street in New Orleans just on a lower scale.

Abby loved that the bathrooms at downtown Disney all had kid friendly sinks that she could use without any help from Mommy.

This dragon is actually in the water and its made entirely of Legos. They had a lot of Lego sculptures, they were all really neat and it was amazing to me that people are creative enough to come up with these ideas and then actually build them! It must take FOREVER!!!!

Abby's Lego sculptures were not quite as fancy, but she was having a good time!

On the playground

Abby and Sleeping Beauty (aka Princess Aurora)

Abby was in awe of the princesses

Abby was in heaven at the Princess store.

It was a magical day :)

There will be more to come of our Orlando trip to come! Our visit to Sea World will need its own post :)


Amy Scofield said...

This sounds like such a fun and wonderful trip for her! And what a beautiful picture of her with the hat on.

Sam and Brian said...

What a fun trip and great pictures!!

The Morgans said...

i love downtown disney! we are taking tristan to disneyworld in two weeks for his birthday!

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