Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Day at Legoland

Thought a day at Legoland with 2 Lego enthusiasts would be a good day. We weren't sure what to expect of the park. It's definitely geared towards younger kids.

Ashton loved all the Lego statues all over the park. She'd run up to get her picture taken with almost each and every one of them.

The park did have a carousel ride, which of course we had to go on. It was neat because it was a 2 story ride, but there was no music, and they made you take off your hat and sunglasses so they didn't fall off. We found out they did this for every ride.

We did the beetle drop ride behind the camel. Ashton really didn't care much for that ride. But she loved the laser gun ride next door!

Of course the Star Wars build outs were a hit. Fun to see.

Ashton loved the car.

Ashton was scared to go on a roller coaster and we had to walk back off after getting next in line to get on the ride. But we talked her into it, after bribing her with a coke. She ended up riding that ride 3 more times! We're glad we opened her up to more rides, else it would have been the carousel and that's about it.

Ashton went back to the hotel with a couple of Lego sets. She was thrilled.

But we spent the night in the pool and hot tub. Ashton loved the hot tub, which surprised me.

It was a relaxing way to unwind from the hot and hectic time during Legoland.

Legoland was nice to see once, but I don't think I'd go back. Just too overpriced for what you got, and really meant for the young kids. Perfect for Ashton right now, though as short as she is she just made it over the limit to ride most of the rides.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July in Paradise

So we drove all morning and came to our destination early afternoon! Yay!

The lobby was beautiful. They had am amazing fountain right when you walking in the front doors.

We checked into our room, and this was our view from the balcony! We were so excited. And Ashton wasted no time changing into her swimsuit.

Today only, as a July 4th special, they had an inflatable slide. There are no slides to any of the pools, so this would be the only slide on this day. So we headed there first.

Ashton waited in line a long time. She went down the slide no problem. When she came out she told me she nearly drowned at the bottom and didn't want to do it again. Drown? Yeah, right. But fine. We took to the pools.

Storms kept rolling in and out all day. So we'd be in the pools then have to evacuate the pools then allowed to get back in, then out... But we enjoyed our times in.

Here we are on our patio looking out at the storm when the pools were evacuated. It was just great to stand out there and watch. Ashton isn't scared of heights and would put her arms out between the bars or her feet, and give me a panic attack!

We staked out the perfect spot for fireworks and sat on a bench an hour ahead of time. Ashton was very bored and didn't appreciate the "down time". But I loved the sun setting reflected on her face and tried to capture it, but she wasn't for that either. It was either pout or cheesen', nothing serene. Best I got were these.

We were seated right in from of the fire pit. Not too close to really feel it, but enough for ambiance.

Ashton can't just sit, so she was up and down from the bench, and the fire pit. The fireworks were great.

After the fireworks we went to our room to our balcony. There were fireworks from other locations in all directions. It was amazing and beautiful to watch! We loved it.

It was a great 4th of July! Wish we could do this every year!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Driving to our Vacation Hideaway

All packed up and leaving Indiana!

Ashton was good during the trip watching Minions.

We were in the car for about 12 hours today! Yuck! Long drive, but still not at our destination. But we stopped for a little R&R at a hotel. Both Ashton and my hubby wanted to swim. I was too tired. So I just watched and snapped photos.

Ashton wasted no time jumping into the pool.

I'm glad I didn't get in, because they didn't last long with the gnats being bad. But they go some fun time in.

Ashton was learning to "float" by herself! Being "alone" like that is a hug step!

It was nice to have a little down time. Luckily we don't have to drive as far tomorrow!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kate Middleton Inspired Wedding

Ashton didn't attend (no kids allowed), but I was part of a wedding of a very good friend of mine. Thursday was the bachelorette party. Friday was the nails, luncheon, and rehearsal along with the rehearsal dinner.

Saturday was the big day! It was a long day. I had to be downtown 7am sharp for hair and makeup. The wedding didn't start until 4pm!

Obviously it all cam out very well. The bride was very happy!

I had my hair pulled up into a fun braided updo. My mom loved it. She was at the wedding along with my Godmother.

It was a very fun reception. And my husband and I danced a lot. It was a good time.

I did miss Ashton. I would have loved to seen her as a flower girl. But the wedding party was big enough. And it was nice to be just us adults. I can't wait to see all the photos from the photographer when Miss M gets back from her honeymoon!

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