Sunday, July 23, 2017

Part 1 of Florida Vacation, Staying at Holiday Inn Waterpark (Old Nickelodeon Hotel)

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.

                                                                           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.

 Even on vacation Jerry insisted on making us breakfast :-) It was a nice break for me too; he spoils us :-)

                                                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!!! :-)



The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Oh Jill, your vacation looks wonderful. Everyone looks so happy! Your hotel is just perfect. When we travel we love to have a kitchen as well. I'm glad you are recording your vacation on your blog. It's a great way to revisit good times with your family. Enjoy your week. ♥

Red Rose Alley said...

Your post hit home for me, Jill, as Disneyland is my kid's favorite place to go to. We've never been to Disney World in Florida. What a wonderful trip you all had. That was so nice of you to take Hayley's best friend along. Aahh, your cat wanted to go on the family trip too. It sounds like you had a nice suite to stay in. That's a fun picture of the girls and the floor art work. Yaaay, for Kathleen winning that sweet owl. What a cool VW bus, and I really like the Scooby-Doo pictures. What a fun trip, Jill, and you have this wonderful picture of the whole family to remember it by.


Billie Jo said...

What an amazing vacation and gift for your daughter!!
Your hotel looks as if it was beautiful and very spacious.
Fun times and wonderful memories.
Looking forward to more!

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a great time, hotel looks great!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Jill. What a lovely vacation! Your suite was so nice and roomy and I loved all the photos of everyone having fun. Lots of precious memories made.

Carol Slater said...

I have never been to Disney but I want to go. It sounds as though you had a fabulous time! The hotel looks nice and I am glad to see that your hubby is cooking as well.

Vee said...

Very nice accomodations! It sounds as if you all had a wonderful time, including your guests...quite a few of those! Kathleen won that owl?! I have never heard of anyone winning in those arcades.

mamasmercantile said...

All looks wonderful, the suite was perfect for you all. I Love Florida one of my favourite holiday destinations.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time on vacation. I used to travel a lot also and those extra night free are terrific. Especially when you have children and ot have to spend a ton of money on rooms.

Great post.


Barb said...

Hi Jill!

Oh my goodness, it looks like you had a marvelous time! Your motel looks so nice, I love it when I can get a kitchenette, it really is a money saver and you can eat healthy as well; Jerry's breakfast looked delish!

Love seeing your family having fun and enjoying each other, that's what it's all about, right?

I have always loved VW vans, they are just so classic and cute. I hope Haley's dream comes true one day... :0)

Loved the new pool deck! What a fun summer - nothing like a 16th (can you believe she is 16?) birthday in your own pool!

Great visit, and wonderful photos!!


Wanda said...

Oh what fun ~You know how to have a vacation. Great pictures.

Anonymous said...

What a delightful holiday, Jill! LOVE that hotel. It looks so spacious! Isn't it wonderful to get away?

Carla from The River said...

How fun!
I love that your daughter brought home a palm. How sweet!!!
I love the room with the bunks, the colors are so fun. I like the palm on the wall.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous vacation! I'm glad you had fun and got to do so much. It was a hot June here but at least there weren't as many afternoon showers to deal with. Love those photos from high up and at night! You really made lots of memories on this trip! WOW! Hugs, Diane

McVal said...

What an awesome place to stay! and what fun! The girls and you two will remember this for a LONG time!

Dianna said...

Oh, is wonderful having a minute to stop in here and see what a wonderful vacation you had! I love it how you were able to save up your points and stay in such a nice accommodation that long for free! You can't beat that! It looks as if everyone had a fun time! xx

Nonnie said...

That looks like a very fun vacation! How nice for your daughter's friend to get to join you. Your cat is so pretty.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Great post, Jill. I love how you ended it with that last photo. How fun! Really neat that the Scooby-do crew played along. Your hubby seems like a great guy, and your girls are so cute. You make a great-looking family and you look so happy. The suite was perfect for you. Very nice. Hugs.