1) NC --> Portland
2) Portland --> SLC
a couple days later....
3) SLC --> Florida
4) Florida --> SLC
a few weeks later... .
5) SLC --> back to NC
Never. Never will I do this again. Going aaaaalllll the way across the country to the farthest (continental) time zone... then going back to the original time zone we were in.... then essentially back to the same time... then back again to our original? (I can't even write it correctly because it is just so nonsensical). Anyway, needless to say, not the most efficient way to spend our time, but it was a lot of fun this summer. And hey, at least we can say we did it, right? (But seriously, never again).
Anyway, we wanted to go to Florida because 1) Yunnie is on her mission and minus one in my family is kind of a big deal. So, in order to compensate, we decided the Happiest Place on Earth would do the job in replacing her. 2) The beach. Enough said. Sure, we could've gone to California... but we really thought the airline business needed our business. ;) [my parents actually were condo shopping. Main reason why we tagged along/turned into vacation.]
So, here are our adventures in pictures with (hopefully) small/short commentary! Enjoy!!
We had four-day/amusement-park hopping passes. We went to Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, then Magic Kingdom again during our time there. I only have pictures for a couple places though!
I dream about going back all the time. Seriously overpriced. But so so so happy.
Not quite sure what to think... but boy, was he in for a GREAT surprise!!
See that really dark raincloud behind the castle? Shortly after this picture was taken, it was Hurricane Disney. No joke. Winds were CRAZY. We were separated from my parents and Auden to buy some ponchos, so Nelson went to go get them and he was outside for 2 seconds and got soaked. Just the back side though because he was holding on to a pole so he wouldn't get blown away. After about 30 minutes of the hurricane, it calmed down, but rained off an on for the rest of the day which was great because it wasn't hot at all. It was the perfect temperature. People had left because it was midday when we got there and the rain was comin down. The lines were tolerable (especially if you had a FastPass :) It was the perfect day for the Magic Kingdom.
Same day, just a change of clothes. He was SOAKED. Good thing I came prepared! Good mama point!
My happy, happy boy.
PS: Nelson picked out this outfit. Adorable, right?
This was his pose after he told me to take his picture. I love the little hands in his lap.
(and i love his short-shorts. :)
This was at Hollywood Studios where they did a live Disney Junior show. If we went now, Auden would have the time of his life. He LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Then, he wasn't quite sure what to do. Especially when the confetti came down. "What is this garbage doing?!? Clean this up! Stop singing! There is garbage on the floor!"
If I could blur my face....
Auden wasn't a fan of the ponchos, but isn't he sooo cute!?
When we were in Boston, Auden LOVED to chase all the geese. So, naturally, when he saw the ducks, he went to go greet his long lost friends.
Always battling each other... [insert hashtag: boyswillbeboys]
We discovered that Auden is not afraid of the pool. And will run to it every time he sees it......
I'm pretty sure I sabotage all our family photos.
Siesta Key/Sarasota, FL
Then we made our way West to the beach!! Fun fact: very minimal shark attacks on this side of Florida! Woo hoo!
After the Star Trek movies... we've really been into Star Trek. And Auden does the Volcan "live long and prosper" sign well (sometimes) so we tried to get him to do for Yunnie. Obviously, we failed. But I still think he looks so adorable all tanned in his jumpsuit/swimsuit!
Last full day we were there, we did the funnest thing: paddleboarded and kayaked in a manatee zone!! AAAAHHHH! Why hadn't we done this the whole time we were there! Ever since I was in the 2nd grade, I have LOVED manatees! Sadly, so so so sadly, after four hours (and crazy nasty horrible BRIGHT red sunburns on my legs) later... I didn't see a single manatee. We can however, say we are expert paddleboarding/kayaking wizards! In calm/non-shark infested waters AND the ocean! Go Team Pace!
Auden got this great gift from one of my dad's clients in Florida. It plays extremely calming music or sounds of waves and shines a light as if you were looking on the bottom of the ocean floor at night. It's pretty much the best, life-saving toy ever.
Thumb in the pocket: Kills me every time.
yeah... that tan went away very quickly.
Back to Utah!!!
This was my birthday. Great day with my family.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed I don't go MIA again after this....... keeping my fingers crossed.......
Hope you had a fantastic, happy, happy, happy summer like us!!!