Sunday, December 24, 2017

Florida, Here We Come!

For Christmas this year we decided to go to Disney World with two of my sisters and their families and my parents.  We weren't quite sure about going, and no joke, a few kids weren't happy when they found out we'd be skipping Christmas at home.  But we went forward with our plans. 

Before going sadly there was the usual rush to get things done...like skirts!
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We finally were on the road...several hours late!  The kids and I drove to Raleigh by ourselves so we could go to my nephew's court of honor for his Eagle Scout!  So cool!  Lee worked in Harrisonburg till closing time, then drove down and met us about 11pm.

I am so glad we could be at the court of honor.  My parents were there as well. My dad was asked to say a few words.
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My brother Daniel is the scout committee chair....my old calling!
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It's official!  Anthon is an Eagle Scout!
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Three generations of Eagle Scouts!
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We went to Daniel's to hang out for a little bit till Lee arrived.  They fed us dinner as well which was super nice.
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We drove through the night and made it to Florida about 8am.  I went into a session and then later Lee and the boys went in to do baptisms. 

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It was fun seeing the fruit trees at the temple!
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The kids loved all the lizards.
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The Orlando Temple.
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Next stop was Downtown Disney.  Looking back I wish we wouldn't have gone here.  It was just a bunch of shops and we were on a time crunch.  We did go to the Lego store which was fun, but we've been to one of those before. 
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A fun place to browse and go shopping, but not just to go for the sake of going....in my opinion.
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We went to Costco (a business one....rats!) then dropped Lee and the kids off at the house.  It was fun seeing the house, and we got everything unloaded really quick.  I then went to Walmart to pick up a grocery order.  The kids loved the pool.
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The kids loved the house, as I said.  The house was big, with lots of rooms, but it was in bad shape.  We sent the owner tons of pictures so we wouldn't be charged for the damage.
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That night dinner was your own meat, with everything else potluck.  We actually ate before everyone because it was getting so late.

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Church was only sacrament meeting since it was Christmas Eve (and my dad's birthday!).  It was fun being with everyone.  This church was huge and had a double chapel.
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After church we did some pictures since I normally get a picture of my kids during Christmas on one Sunday. It ended up being a full on photo shoot.  The kids weren't super happy.
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After church, and once the food was ready, we had a birthday dinner for my dad with ham and lots of yummy dishes.  It was fun sitting outside in the screened pool area.  Touching the water was off limits, which for the most part was obeyed.

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More lizards!
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We enjoyed a Sunday walk.
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I also enjoyed sitting pool side.  Very relaxing.
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Lee took some of the kids on a little walk.
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Paul was on his phone a ton, haha.  He and baby Karl look so cute!
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My dad read the Nativity story, and the kids acted it out.
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Oh, before that....Sunday naps.
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And King Herod and his cronies.
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Of course yummy treats on my dad's birthday!  He is 70!
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Birthday present time! 
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We took pj pictures Sunday night since Monday morning would be so crazy.
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So fun that we all matched!
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We spent the rest of the night getting kids to bed, then setting out all the fun gifts Deborah put together for the kids.  I should have taken pictures of the set-up but completely forgot.  Stephanie got me on Marco Polo and I did movies for her.  It was really fun.

Next up.....six days in Disney World!!!!!