The first of August we went on our family beach vacation to Clearwater Beach, FL. We went with my Mom, sisters, brother, & nephews. We had a great house right next to the beach and despite a tropical storm while we were there, it was lot of fun.
The storm delayed our arrival and caused a lot of tension on day 1 but we got through it and everyone got there safely and more or less in tact. Day 2, because of more rain, we headed to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to explore and see Winter the dolphin. In June, we had gone to the movie theater for the first time to see Dolphin Tales 2. We didn’t exactly make it all the way through the movie because none of the kids could sit still longer than an hour but they all wanted to go see the dolphin from the movie. So we went and learned how the Aquarium helps hurt and sick animals, saw Winter do a little show, we petted sting rays (maybe – maybe they were some other rays), and watched some sea otters play. Birdie loved loved the otters. The boys loved petting the rays. And the rays loved my mom – ha! – they came to her anytime she put her hand in the water.
Later that day, the rain stopped for a bit, so we took a walk to the Pier. And as we walked up we saw Bumblebee the transformer. Froggy was in awe!! He just loves transformers. And we took pictures with more dolphins – they are all over Clearwater so we took a picture every time we saw one.
I somehow do not have any pictures from meeting the transformer! 😦
Day 3 was sunshiney and clear and HOT! So we went to the beach. And we stayed there most of the day –where I remembered to slather sunscreen on all the kdis but not me. So they were nicely tanned by the end of the day and I was a lobster – but we had fun and that is what matters. Day 4 was also a beach day – and pool day.
And then Day 5! I had booked a lunch at Disney World’s Chef Mickey’s. So my yonger sister, my kids, and my youngest nephew piled in the car and drove the 2 hours across the state to Orlando. Oh how I love Disney World! We got to the Contemporary Resort just in time for our reservation and had lunch with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, & Donald. Then we rode the resort monorail around and waved to the Magic Kingdom and then we headed to Downtown Disney to check out the Lego Store and other shops. It was so hot though that we played at the Lego Store for only a little bit and then headed back. I have no idea how people go to Disney parks in the summer. I couldn’t last an hour at Downtown Disney. But no matter the heat – I loved being back in teh World and the kids had a blast. And I got to be there for baby G’s first ever Disney experience and meeting Mickey Mouse!
Day 6 we decided to go to breakfast and then explore a little and drove down (or maybe up) the island for a ways. Some lovely areas in Clearwater. Hubby even said we might think of getting a place there soon. Sounds good to me!
We left on Day 7 but before we left we drove to Holiday to meet up with an online friend of mine. We have “known” each other for 6 years. We met in a due date group for our 6 year old children. It was so very nice to meet her and her kids – these people I’ve grown to know and care for over the past years.
Then home we went. It was a nice vacation even if long. I don’t know that I will go on a week long vacation with my family again. I love them but sometimes they drive me crazy.