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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What A Wonderful Time We Had!

Thursday April 1st at 5:30 am, we were on our way to Florida for a much needed vacation. We were headed to Holiday Florida to stay with my mother in law and father in law. They live 6 months in PA and 6 months in FL. We arrived at their summer home around 11:00 pm that evening. This is where they live. It was a really nice place. We had plenty of space and the community they live in is full of wonderful and friendly people. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our time away. We had a fabulous week of weather. The temperatures pretty much stayed in the high 70's to mid 80's. That is my kind of temperatures.

On our first trip out, this is what we saw. Not my idea of a pet but it was pretty cool to be that close to an alligator. Yes I was the one that took the picture too! I wasn't a bit afraid!!

Next we took a trip out on this boat. It was a tour boat and we headed out to an island to collect seashells. Allison my daughter came back on board with three bags full of shells. Thank goodness we didn't get charged for them. We would have never been able to afford them.

This is Alison and I picking up the shells. Man was it windy on this island.

Here is a fabulous home that we passed on our way around the waters. What I wouldn't give to have a summer home like that to enjoy. Isn't it just beautiful?

On Monday, we went to Disney World. Our park of choice was Magic Kingdom. We were told the park had 42,000 visitors that day. No wonder it took us 2 hours of waiting in each line to ride the rides. I'm telling you what. If you don't have a good pair of legs on you, you may want to rethink Disney. We had intended to go to Epcot the second day but instead we went back to my in laws. Neither me nor my husband could walk the next day from all the standing we had to do. The walking wasn't so bad but the standing really took its tool on us. I guess we should have made this trip when we were younger!!

Don't we make for a sour bunch of tourists! I'm not quite sure what you call that pose Allison was doing. I'm thinking maybe she was saying "Yeh, I'm cool but I don't know about these other two beside me."

We saw two fabulous parades during our time there. The first one was in the daytime. They had every Disney Character imaginable on the floats. Can you guess who these two fellows are?

This float carried most of the dancers for Disney. The ones that weren't on the float did a wonderful job dancing thru the streets. Such great entertainers.

Here we have the Princesses Palace at night. It turned pink then purple then blue. What a thrilling picture.

And saving the best for last. Mickey Mouse. Minny was on the other side. This was the second parade we saw at night. Everything was in lights and it was the most beautiful parade I have ever seen.

We had a really nice time on vacation. The time got away from us so fast though. We headed home on Saturday morning the 10th at 7:30 am and we didn't get home until Sunday Morning around 1:30 am. We ran into a couple of traffic jams on the way home and we were stuck in one spot after a 4 car crash. We definitely had the Lords protection around us as we drove.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures from our vacation as much as we enjoyed the vacation. Next we are off to Myrtle Beach for two weeks in July. I'm totally looking forward to that trip!!

Enjoy the rest of the week friends.


  1. Hi Amy!....thank you for sharing your vacation!....we used to live about 10mins. from Disneyland in CA and we'd buy an annual pass where we could just go most anytime which was really nice because we didn't have to make a marathon out of it and wear ourselves out! LOL we haven't had a vacation in over 8 years and would love to do something fun! never been to Disney World and have often wondered if the Magic Kingdom would remind us of Disneyland....definitely want to go there some day!


  2. Sounds and looks like you had a great time. I have not been to Disney World since I was 16 years old. We've talked about going, but I was worried about all the walking with my bad knees.
    I've never been to Mytle Beach, but I hear that it is wonderful.

  3. Oh what a great time!! :) Long drive...but worth it! Thanks for sharing all the great pics...makes me wanna go now!

    Have a wonderful day, Amy.

  4. Thanks so much, for taking us on the trip too!!
    (and making me just a teensy weensy bit green!!lol)
    Thank the Lord you got there and back safely.
    Isn't it funny how we get back from one vacation and start looking forward to the next?
    Can't wait for July myself as we're going to be visiting the States! Yayyyyy!
    Best wishes

  5. Amy, this vacation looks like fun! Thanks for sharing. I don't expect to ever get to Disney, but it's always fun to hear about other's trips there.

    Love the new look of your blog, too!

  6. Oh, Amy...that looks like so much fun! I'm glad you all enjoyed a wonderful vacation together! (The alligator was a little scary to me though)! :) You look like Allison's sister, instead of mom! ;)

    Thanks for all your sweet comments and excitement with me as we wait for Luke...I really appreciate it so much!