There are many paths to reach a single destination.......
and you can still get there even if you take the long way around.
"We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9 NLT
This afternoon, Kiandra helped me get the last finishing touches done in my classroom in preparation for the first week of classes next week. She helped me immensely and she didn't even know that I had planned a special surprise for her in the evening.
Before Conrad, Kezia, and Kaden left for their camping weekend, I told Kiandra we should go do something fun and so I pulled out this dress and said "this is what I'm wearing" and she looked confused and said "we're dressing up?" Then we posed for a "we're not going camping" photo and then we were off...and Kiandra didn't even know where we were going.
As we turned the corner right where I was going to park, Kiandra happened to glance at the sign and then half jokingly said..."Are we going to see WICKED?" and I said "YES!" and Kiandra was so surprised. She looked at me with disbelief and kept repeating "oh wow, this is going to be so fun"....and oh it was! First we posed for this:
and then one of the production workers took pity on us and came over and said he'd take our picture and snapped a full length photo (which I still have to get Kiandra to send me!) but not before he took a smiling selfie of himself! When we were flipping through the photos later we found it and laughed so hard. It was a great night with a great girl watching a great show.
1. The last 10 days. Family vacations are awesome. I was reminded often that with Kiandra's graduation in just 10 months that vacations with all of us are not going to be as easy. I'm thankful for the time we were able to spend together.
2. Lazy starts to a day. With school starting next week, the slow start to the day is coming to an end.
Kiandra and Kezia put together this video using video footage they took while in Florida. It's a great glimpse of what they saw and did over the last 10 days. (I'm in the process of back dating posts from each day of our trip. If you're curious, you can keep checking back to see what days I've updated.)
It was a long day to get home starting at 5:30am when the alarm rang...goodbye Seralago Hotel!
A stop at Krispy Kreme...
which was almost a terrible idea when it took half an hour to get 2 iced coffees and 1 smoothie and a donut! The delay *almost* made us late for our plane because we didn't anticipate how long it would be to get back to the airport. However, we were rushed through security, caught the monorail quickly:
and made it to the boarding area with about 2 minutes to spare before they called people to board the planed....goodbye MCO...
Lunch at Chilis in the Airport:
and then 1 more flight to get closer to home:
and that's the end
We had time to do a little shopping and then I picked up a package at the parcel pick up and then it was time to return to reality...
...when 30 degrees feels too cold for a water park! Our plan was to spend our last full day in Orlando at Aquatica but when we woke up in the morning, the humid-ex dropped and instead of feeling much warmer than the actual temperature, it felt more like the real temperature. All 3 kids unanimously decided to forgo a trip to the water park and just hang around at the hotel pool and then do some shopping and an earlier dinner out. So instead of battling line-ups and paying for parking we just did some of this:
and some taking in of views like this:
and some trick mastering:
and some quietness:
and some more tricks like carrying snacks through the pool instead of around it:
It was a good choice!
We're in trouble though when we get home and today's temperature there was a good 15 degrees colder!
On our "must do" list we took the family photo in front of the 5oth anniversary sign that I wanted to do.
We touched sting rays:
and the highly anticipated dolphin feeding! The last time we were here, we had just paid for the kids to feed something (I can't remember now what it was!) but to "feed" them you literally threw food into the tank....and we felt it was a waste of money. When we saw you could "feed" the dolphins a little while later we opted to not feed them but then realized too late that you could actually feed them by hand and pet them too. The kids had been looking forward to feeding them ever since.
Unfortunately, Kezia started feeling dizzy (she thinks from the heat) and only fed a few of her fish before heading out of the feeding area.
After that, the kids and Conrad had "ride Manta" again on their must-do list and so they rode it a few times (no line) and I stayed in the area since I'm not a roller coaster fan. I happened to catch the "character photo time" with Franklin and thought since the line only had 2 people that I would get a picture with Franklin to show my Grade 1 friends.
After riding Manta a few times and Kraken a few times the kids decided that they were basically done and it was about 3 o'clock. They would have liked to ride the Antarctica ride one more time but with it being a Sunday and a new exhibit it was quite a long line. Conrad and I were surprised when they all agreed they'd be fine with leaving. So we snapped a few pics on our way out and we left...
We decided to head to Downtown Disney to eat a late lunch and do a bit of browsing. I would have preferred to do Disney parks this time but it was impossible to justify the cost difference so this was my peek as we browsed the shops overloaded with Disney merchandise and it was a real bargain because parking was free!
We ate at Earl of Sandwich which was quite tasty but not very filling for my hungry family.
We checked out the shops but it became very clear that my kids are not as young as they used to be because very little interested them as they were browsing.