How are you all doing this evening? :-) I'm hoping you have enjoyed a wonderful Sunday with family and/or friends :-)
I'm going to take some time over the next few days to blog about our Florida trip we took in June. Still having issues with loading pictures into iphotos and loading to blogger, so the process is slower than I'd like, but I want to blog more frequently and be able to stay up to date with everyone else as well :-)
For Hayley's 16th birthday one of the gifts we gave her was a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida and we took her best friend Breanne with her too. They were all so excited and we all had such a great time! I have so much to share !!
While packing for our vacation, our cat Mirabelle was quite certain she was going too!
Even tried laying on top of my suitcase as well to get us to take her along, lol.
On our journey out, we somehow managed to pick up a dragonfly and he rode along on our rear view mirror for several hours before we got to a rest step and safely set him free. We tried initially to let him out the window, but he was holding on with all he had!
We were also very blessed to see this beautiful rainbow as we began our long journey.
Jerry travels a bit with work, and each time he got transferred to a new state he had extended hotel stays. With Holiday Inn Express you earn rewards for doing so. We have been saving them for quite awhile and had enough to spend 5 days and 4 nights at the waterpark in Orlando for free. It used to be the old Nickelodeon hotel! When we arrived Jerry and the girls had to jump in this big chair for a picture :-)
The suite we had was really nice! This was the bed in the master bedroom suite Jerry and I stayed in.
We also had a large TV in our room, but never turned it on all week, lol. Too busy, then too tired!
We had a great little kitchenette, really saved us a lot on food and was much healthier then eating out all week.
The master bathroom.
The dining area. Behind Jerry to the left through the archway led to the girl's bedrooms. Hayley and Breanne shared one and Kathleen had the other. All rooms had TVs in them! When you came in through the kitchen and to the left, our master bedroom was on that side along with the bathroom. Lots of privacy for all and the girls had their own bathroom to share!
We also had a really nice living room area that you passed through on the way to the girl's rooms. This also had a sleeper sofa in it, for even more guests/ or family members if you needed it.
More of the living room area and a portion of their bathroom.
One of the girl's bedrooms.
Other bedroom which Kathleen chose for herself and loved the bunk beds. She set up her things all over :-)
More of the living room, which also had a large TV to watch.
The waterpark and pool were wonderful.
They had a lot of activities planned all week and special ones since we were there for Father's Day too! Breanne used to live in Florida and one of her best friends from when they were little came out to spend the day with us! The hotel offers guest passes which is really nice!
Jerry looking like a tourist, lol ;-) Preparing for the hot Florida sun and humidity!
We did take some time to meet up with a former employee of Jerry's and good friend Fernando. We had a nice meal with him and his family and they got to catch up :-)
The hotel had a nice area with a lounge, restaurants, arcade and more. The girl's were having fun with this floor art work featuring Pandora ;-)
Kathleen really loves arcades and she was able to win this owl, as you can see she was very happy.
Hayley found this palm tree in the hotel gift shop and set it up in her window all week. It made it safely back with us and is doing well so far!
Beautiful hotel and nice evening to be out and enjoying the night.
Love these people so very, very much!!!!
We started our vacation out in Universal Studios Orlando! Hayley was so excited to see "her" VW bus as we walked into the park by one of the restaurants :-)
It's her dream to have a VW bug or bus one day, the older, the better she says!
We found Scooby-Doo and his crew! Both my girls grew up watching the classic Scooby-Doo and loving him :-)
Much more to come!!! :-)