Sunday, September 30, 2012

Orlando Trip ~ McDonalds!

So did you know that the world's largest McDonald's is actually in Orlando??? You're welcome :) When Zach and I were planning our trip we decided that it would be a great place to go! Inexpensive, something Kye loves, and FUN!!!

Who doesn't have memories of sitting on Ronald as a kid?!?!

If you haven't been there before, then go. Like for real. This place was old school awesomeness. I had been when I was younger but didn't really remember it. Zach and I both loved it. And the kids did too! They had a HUGE play place that Kye went nuts over and even an area for babies/toddlers to play. I was shocked how quickly Brittlynn got into playing. Usually she's slow to warm up to new environments but she was off and crawling all over the place!
Of course she had her little dog with her (I NEED to wash that thing...)
My favorite thing...she LOVED this tunnel!!!

It was SO fun seeing HER have fun!!!



Kye was mildly jealous of her attention and wanted his own ;)
action jumping shot!
Other than the play ground they also had an arcade area. We agreed to spend $2 on games and were actually able to play quite a few for that amount! I'm working SO HARD on parenting to the hearts of my children and using every tool to teach them about God. Kye wanted to play more games so I took that opportunity to talk to him about being good stewards with our money and how God calls us to spend wisely and that playing more games wouldn't be spending wisely ;)



Just like his Daddy...he loved any of the games that involved throwing a ball!
My favorite arcade game is the hit the mole one...
I am LOVING that this dress was TOO SMALL when I bought it but now it's baggy on me (Go Advocare!)
I was pretty intense about it ;)
Check out Britt's one-eyed Burgler ;)
Zach's turn :)
We kept having Ronald issues. It was too sunny outside and too dark inside :(

Gotta love the classic plastic fake food display!
In an effort to both save some money and stick to our Advocare Challenge eating plan we opted to just buy Kye dinner. I got some apple slices for a snack to hold me over and we ate dinner that night once the kids were in bed. Kye loved his chicken and fries! And honestly I LOVE McDonald's Happy Meals! With Chick-Fil-A you're forced to choose between fries or fruit, with McDonald's you get both and they give such a small portion of fries which is awesome!!! Kye still gets his fix but for much less calories!
Britt was happy with her stars!


I love love love this picture. This is how she typically looks. The camera doesn't capture her cuteness most of the time!!!
He earned some tickets with the games we played and got to get some prizes. Zach and I both encouraged the popper. Remember those???
Wild Child was CRACKING UP!
Last attempts with Ronald!


We let Kye get an ice cream so he had a beautiful blue mouth!

It was a SUPER fun way to end the trip!!! We got up super early the next morning and were back home before Brittlynn's nursing time at 11. I am SO thankful we went away for a nice relaxing trip just the four of us. It was truly a blessing for us all, but most of all for me. I am a person who feels suffocated when stuck at home too much and as a stay-at-home mom I'm home a lot. So this was a much-needed vacation!!! I truly did surprise myself by LOVING the slow flow of everything and just being relaxed and go with the flow the whole time. We may attempt more trips like this in the future, none of us ever wanted to leave!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Orlando Trip ~ Day 4

When we booked our trip to Orlando we had the condo for a full week. We checked in on a Friday and didn't have to leave until the following Friday. Once we got there we REALLY wished we could stay the entire time, but it just wasn't possible. Zach really needed to be working (hello...these trips don't pay for themselves!!!) so we planned to head home first thing Wednesday morning. Being Labor Day weekend that would mean that he'd really only miss 1 full day of work but we'd squeeze in 4 full days of vaca together :) Win-Win! I have family in Melbourne which is only a 45 min drive from Orlando so I offered up our leftover nights to my aunt and uncle. I hope they enjoyed their little get-a-way as much as we did ours!!!

For our last day we, shocker, did pretty much all the same things we did on the other days. Haha. Kye and I first headed to do our daily craft. He knew so well the routine that we would RACE from the condo to the car and back from the car to the condo. Speed demon!

Since he always wins (why run right?) he knows to wait patiently for me to catch up
Lap riding!
Before each craft he always picked me a flower. So sweet!

The craft for the day was tye-dye t-shirts.
I was, of course, freaking out about getting the dye on us. I asked for as much stuff to cover us up as possible!

It wasn't too bad though! They had squirt bottles and I just let the activity people take control while I watched from a safe distance ;)

It was a fun craft but also a disappointment because it required me to do more with it once we got home (soak it in vinegar or something?). Needless to say...it's still sitting on top of my washing machine waiting to be finished. C'mon we're not really the tye-dye shirt wearing types anyways haha I did like how it turned out though and maybe I'll actually get around to finishing it!
Ready for the SPLASH PARK one last time!
Zach took him and also took the camera along

I ADORE this. Sometimes Zach will surprise me with some picture skills ;)

Zach took this video of Kye going down the slide!
After Britt's nap we decided to just go to the pool by our condo. We hadn't actually tried that one yet and they had some cool jet things and a very shallow section perfect for the kids. I had been there to lay-out but always went during naps and it was SO CROWDED with tons of loud music that I didn't enjoy it. At 11 though it was empty. Perfect!!!





Of all the wonderful moments of our trip I think this time in the pool together was my favorite. ALL of us had fun. Brittlynn at that point had become a little mermaid and just wanted to play play play in the water. She was cracking up majority of the time and got pretty brave there too (gotta keep an eye on that wild child...she needs her swim lessons soon!) Kye had a blast swimming and playing and all four of us got to play together which is a rare thing when you have two kids who are almost three years apart in age :) So I tried to savior every second!
Of course I brought this duck for Brittlynn to play with but it quickly turned into a ball to be thrown and caught...



Throwing and catching the poor duck!
Playing in the jets

Wild Child on the loose!


Not too much of a water-in-the-face fan



Swimming with Daddy



Kye's turn...playing a game with the duck


Since we'd start the packing up process that night I wanted to get a pic of how we had Kye's sleeping situation rigged up. We had him sleep in our room since we only used it to sleep in anyways. There was a nice little section between the closet and window that was just perfect for his "room!"
He loved it and slept GREAT the whole trip!!!
Haha I took a picture so I wouldn't forget to blog about this...so Britt slept in the bathroom and Kye slept in our room. We hung out in the living room the whole time and would sneak into our room when it was bedtime. It was obviously pitch black when we went to bed Monday night and I hear this LOUD crash. Our kids both sleep with box fans on for white noise and Zach had tripped over Kye's. Of course Kye wakes up because of the fall but even worse is that the fan BROKE. Um. Not good. Thankfully we had Britt's fan so we just pulled hers into our room and left the bathroom door opened so they could both hear it. First thing Tuesday morning Zach had to go run and get a new fan!
For our last night in Orlando we went out to eat...that post is coming up next :)

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