Monday, October 31, 2016

Back Home & Halloween Night

We made it home late yesterday afternoon. All our furbabies missed us and were happy to see us. I did love seeing their faces and snuggling up again.

In the mail came a surprise gift for Ashton from Grammy and Grampy. They set Ashton a Halloween goodie bag. They got her lots of tid bits from Halloween notepads, erasers, bracelets, and candy. But what I loved the most is that they decorated the bag themselves. It was so creative.

Here She is sporting a bat headband and holding onto a sucker that they wrapped up to look like a ghost.

It's hard to believe it's Halloween. Probably because we just came back from vacation. But it sure snuck up on us. We knew it would.

Luckily I had her costume ready. It was unpacked and laid out yesterday from our trip. It is nice to get a second use out of it.

We then headed to our friend's house like we do every year for Halloween. We took a group shot of the kids together with Ashton's Tauntaun of course.

Just like Disney, we knew she wouldn't carry the Tauntaun around, he'd get too heavy. So we pushed him around in the stroller. Few people knew who she was. I don't think any saw the Tauntaun as he would hang back with us parents in the driveway.

Ashton made out like a bandit. And the weather though cool, was nice. Not as nice as Florida, but still great for Indiana. I wasn't really ready for Halloween. I just wanted to stay home and relax, but at least I got to spend quality time with Mrs. D and see my daughter gobble up all this fun.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Winter the Dolphin & Friends

We got up and met our friends for breakfast, we then packed up our cars and said our goodbyes. This is where we had to part ways.

We decided to take pictures of our kids by the welcoming parrots they have out every morning. Ashton hated to see Miss S go, but was excited about what we had in store.

As we are rarely in Florida, I think the last time may have been our honeymoon, we decided to make the most of it and take a small detour. We headed to Clearwater to see Winter the dolphin. Ashton loves 'Winter's Tale' 1 & 2, the movies and wanted to see them for real.

Once we bought our tickets, there was a photographer that took your photo against a green screen for fun photos. We did them, and they came out spectacular.

I was surprised how up close and personal you could actually get. It was fascinating. There was lots of merchandising in the gift shop about the movie, obviously. But once out you were there where they train and work with all their rescues.

We saw Winter almost immediately. She was on her platform warming up, I suppose.

We also got to see Winter and Hope swim about beneath the pool.

We also got to see Hope do some tricks. I got Ashton smiling, but the one with the perfect tail flip, no smile. Figures!

We then made our way to the otters. They were so cute. I wish they were cuddly. We spoke to a intern who was very informative and told us lots about the two otters.

Then we went to see Mavis the turtle. She/he had another name, but played Mavis in the movie.

We then made our way to see Rufus the pelican. Ashton was thrilled. She loved him! I think he made quite an impression on her. She says it's because he's so funny.

We then toured the rest of the facility.

Ashton got to pet a stingray and got to pet a sea urchin and see lots of neat things.

It was awesome. I hated rushing through it, as we had a long drive ahead of us, but I'm glad we got to stop by and check it out. Also, Clearwater was beautiful. We definitely have to stop by this city again.

On the border of Georgia, we stopped by the hotel we stayed at during the beginning of our trip and picked up Ashton's pillowcase that she had left behind. I'm so glad they held onto it. She did well sleeping without it these past few nights, but I'm sure it would have stopped once the vacation was over. Ashton was over the moon to see it back.

We drove a long ways and stopped in Tennessee for the night. Ashton was tired but wanted to watch some cartoons while we settled in for the night. There were none this late, but Ashton was insistent. She asked to see this movie that was already in progress. I recognized it immediately and told her she didn't want to see it. She asked why. I told her it was 'Sleepy Hollow', a movie about the headless horseman. She then agreed I could turn the TV off.

It's still a long way home, I wish I could say I'm ready and miss it. But truly, I could have stayed in Florida a little while longer.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Last Full Day Together

This morning we woke up, headed to the pool for a bit.

The girls had a blast swimming about. We kept throwing in Miss S's toys and she dove in after them. Ashton just played by the steps or held on to Mrs. M, my hubby, or even Miss S practicing her swimming.

We then headed back to the beach. Man was it windy. I bundled up in my beach towel.

The kids and Mr. A enjoyed the waves, as my hubby was busy constructing a castle. I just lounged with Mrs. S.

We then stopped by the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. And while there, Ashton discovered a whole section dedicated to skateboards! She was in Heaven. She's been begging for a skateboard for the past 2 years. But her daddy believes they to be too dangerous and she needs to wait until she's at least 10 years old. (He used to skateboard back as a kid, himself.) So as he has knowledge about it and I don't, I consider him to be the expert and his rule applies. I think, she has already worn two casts in life, this won't stop her from any more coming her way. And she's not doing turnpikes yet. Just wants us to hold her while skateboarding. But I respect my husband's views and so no skateboards.

A few weeks ago while at the Frozen party, she found a skateboard in the basement and had me push her all about. She loved it, so with that fresh in her mind and seeing this. She was begging for a skateboard.

I took her to the kids skateboards her size to see if she liked any of them. Only one was really different from the rest. Most were wooden or brightly decorated, definitely focused on boy or girl stero-types. There was this lone one, that was all red. And translucent red at that. It was cool Then when you put it on the ground and rolled it, the wheels lit up. You should have seen her face.

She sat on it and had me roll her around on it forever. She loved it. She begged her daddy. She showed how she was being careful. The sales associate asked what kind of gear she had. We told him Darth Vader roller skate gear and BB-8 bike helmet. He said all that would be fine, except the wrist guards. That if she was to skateboard, she'd need better wrist-guards. I told him her hand are too small for wrist guards, I'm sure. He brought out 2 kid sizes. Ashton tried them on. One too big, one fit pretty well.

She didn't want to leave her beloved, special skateboard. I told her it wasn't green. She said she didn't care, it matched her room.

I looked to my hubby. He said if he would get her one, getting one here would make sense as it'd be a great quality skateboard. He didn't trust just any store that sold them. But he really didn't want her with a broken collarbone. I told him she wasn't going to do jumps or anything, just hold our hands probably the first year or two.

He asked her if this was all she wanted for Christmas. Nothing else.

She said yes.

So he bought it for her. She got to hold it that night, but wouldn't get to see it until Christmas. And we bought the wrist guards. Ashton was beaming. She couldn't wait to show it to Mrs M and Miss S. Miss S has one similar but the wheels don't light up.

We all then walked to a restaurant with outside seating on a covered patio overlooking the water. A live band played there. Didn't really pay it much mind, they were playing a lot of 80s and 90s music.

After dinner, Ashton was really intrigued to see the band. Where we were sitting, we were on the other side of the patio, so you couldn't see the band. Ashton wanted to see. So we walked over and she wanted to dance with me. So we did.

We were jumping up and down and playing about. Mr. A took Mr. S to dance and Mrs. M took Miss S. It was so cute. The lead singer took a photo of us, which I just happened to find on Facebook. We're all blurry, but you can make out my husband behind my flying hair. Miss S doesn't look too bad. Mr. A and Mr S are easy to spot, but blurred as well.

Then a slow song came and I cuddle my baby for one last dance. This time Mr. S played on the railing and Mr. A danced with Mrs. M. It was really fun. And Ashton got to see her first live band!

Ashton loved it. And we then walked back to our bed and breakfast and said goodnight. As the next day we have to drive home. :( This vacation has gone by way too quickly.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Off to Cocoa Beach

Unfortunately, it's time to leave Disney World. But fortunately not time to stop our vacation.

Mrs M wanted to get some American shopping in, so we found an outlet nearby. The men played with the kids at a playground for an hour while she and I took to her favorite American stores.

We then all met for lunch. As you can plainly see, Disney is still on someone's brain.

Today we drove off to our second part of our vacation, Cocoa Beach.

Pretty much after we arrived, the girls set for the waves!

They loved it. There wasn't too much time for much else as our ride got delayed and we took our time. But once here, we relaxed. No walking around the park, waiting in lines, or any hustle and bustle. Just pure relaxation.

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