Friday, May 30, 2014

Florida Part 2: Nanny and Grandpa

As I said in part 1, the main purpose of our trip other then just to get away and spend time together as a family was to visit Tim's grandparents in Ocala.  They had never met Rory and that needed to change immediately!  

We flew out on Thursday, Rory is a pro at flying now.  She watches Mickey and eats her snacks and was distracted for the full 3 hour flight.

When we got there we checked into our hotel and went to dinner at an Italian Restaurant.  Rory hadn't taken a nap all day so she was little crabby but she instantly LOVED Nanny and Grandpa.

Rory fell right to sleep and slept great on her cot.  And Friday we spent the whole day at Disney as you saw in Part 1.

Saturday we headed over N&G's house to hang out.  Rory was excited to wear her dress and hat!  We all went to an epic amazing park and Rory had fun playing and showing N&G all that she can do.

One cool thing about our hotel was that since Ocala is known for having a lot of horse training and breeding there were silks hanging in the lobby.   I took lots of photos of Rory in front of them.

Rory fell asleep in the car on the way back to the hotel so we stopped at Firehouse Subs.  I've never been to one of these before and I was in awe of all their hot sauces!

And then Rory got carried into the hotel room for the second time!

When Rory (and I) woke up we went to the pool for a little while then checked out the horses that live on the Hilton property.  They had a Clydesdale which is my favorite horse ever (and not just because I like to drink beer), so I was excited.  Rory being Rory was excited to go see them and then was totally freaked out of once we got close.

He's so cute, and makes me want a Bud Light Lime!

We went back to N&Gs for dinner.  Rory played and watched TV with Pop Pop.

Then we has a nice dinner!

Rory ate like 4 drumsticks and a huge piece of lemon cake.  For the record she prefers lemon cake over blueberry pie - just like Mommy and Daddy.

And that was Saturday.  Lots of fun!

Sunday we woke up and headed over to N&G's to pick them up for a tour of the Horse farms and to lunch but not before another photo session.


Rory was kind of obsessed with Nanny's little chairs.

We drove around and saw all of the Horse Farms.  The size of them was really amazing.  There are big name horses that came from this area and are still living there so it was cool to see.  Of course Tim loved it!  N&G had no idea all of this was so close to their house.

Here is Tim in front of Kinsman Stable.

Rory getting a little pep talk before lunch.

When I was in Nashville back in April I got a recommendation from a random person to go eat at Harry's on the Square, so we went to try it out.  It was awesome.  We had mussels and I had mahi mahi tacos.  yum.

And like the Chicago cows, or the Buffalo Grove buffalos Ocala has beautiful painted horses all over the downtown area.

We said our goodbyes and back for naps.  Then we had dinner just the 3 of us at a Mexican restaurant near our hotel.  

We had a great weekend!  Loved every minute of it and loved seeing N&G!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Florida Part 1: Disney World!

On Friday of our Family Vacation to Florida, we took Rory to Walt Disney World (more on the rest of the vacation in Part 2).  Rory was beyond excited.  Her favorite show is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and she was excited to meet Mickey and Minnie and everyone else!

When we arrive she was in awe at the littlest things!  Minnie Mouse bush, how cool is that! Just to prep you for the rest of the photos, Rory's newest thing when taking photos is to tilt her head so much that she is basically laying on her own shoulder.

The first thing we did when we walked in was we went and saw Mickey.  Rory was so nervous.  She didn't take her finger out of her mouth the whole time, but when we walked out she couldn't believe she had just met Mickey.  "That was Mickey Mommy"

We then headed off to Tomorrow Land and stopped to take some photos of the Princess Castle!

Chip and Dale statue...

What could be better then a Mickey Pretzel!

We saw the Laugh Floor Monsters Inc show.  Rory was a little antsy during it and didn't really get it.  We thought it was pretty funny!

We rode the People Mover...

and the Carousel....

Rory tried to pull the sword out of the stone.  She is crying because it was hot (it wasn't that hot).

Tim and Rory rode the teacups.  Rory loves rides so much.

And Rory got to meet Rapunzel.  Rapunzel complimented her shoes!

And Cinderella...

We did the "Its a Small World" ride.  Rory thought it was the absolute coolest thing ever!  She pointed and stared and just loved every moment of it.

Tim and Rory rode the Dumbo Ride.

Then we went to Pete's sideshow and met Daisy, Minnie, Goofy and Donald!

We walked by this tower ten times and didn't realize it was Rapunzel's tower till later.

Rory made it the entire day (11am to 7pm at the park) without a nap.  She was such a trooper!  She had so much fun and loved every moment of it!

Of course she crashed as soon as we finally got back to the car.  Brand new Sir Hops A Lot in hand!

We had such a great day!  The temperature was perfect, the lines weren't that bad thanks to the Fast Pass and it really wasn't that crowded overall.  We happen to catch a 24 hour day that had an evening party so there were people dressed up in costumes everywhere, it made for great people watching.   I think the only thing we would do different is to have Rory see Mickey later in the experience so that she wasn't so nervous.  She really thought it was awesome to be meeting them!

I know she probably won't remember any of this but it was really awesome watching her see Disney for the first time!  

More to come on the rest of the trip later!

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