Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quick Trip to Orlando

A couple weekends ago, we made a quick trip to Orlando.  We wanted to meet my brother, his wife, and 2 daughters because they have never meet Charlie.  South Dakota is way too cold right now and Ohio is not that much warmer and since we both could get cheap flights to Orlando, we decided FL would be a great meeting spot.  Unfortunately, the weather was pretty awful when we were there.  However, it did not stop us from having a great time.  We loved our time in FL and seeing Charlie play with her cousins.

Friday we all ventured out to Sea World.  It had been years since I had been to the one in Texas, so I was so excited to show Charlie.  We opened and closed that park!

Charlie really enjoyed the seals and sea lions.  Derek fed the seals and Charlie got very excited by all the commotion and noise!

We had a blast giving Charlie a few of her "firsts" while there.  A ride on the merry-go-ride was a hit! She loved it and starting crying when getting off of it.

Another first- hot dog.  Charlie enjoyed her first hot dog while viewing the shamu show.  We were running way over her lunch time and we thought everyone could enjoy a good hot dog (and beer for the adults of course) while waiting ;)

It actually rained during that day...hence the hair up and jackets!  Charlie did not mind one bit running around in the rain.

Another first- riding a kiddie-train.  This may be my favorite picture from the whole trip because it looks like Derek is having a freaking blast on a slow moving train, ha.  I think he was trying to enthusiastically say "look at Mama."  I think Charlie was a little nervous.

That evening, we decided to do dinner at a restaurant inside Sea World.  The food was not world class or anything, but the atmosphere was awesome!  There was an entire wall that was a huge aquarium.  Charlie wasn't too entertained by it, but Derek and I really enjoyed being surrounded by the aquarium.

We did a little shopping and exploring some local food places.  We ended up at the coolest oyster bar where we enjoyed lots of oysters and fried shrimp!

More firsts- staying up wayyyyy past bedtime.  There was an evening where Charlie wasn't in bed until 9:30pm!!!  So much fun running around with her cousins.  Overall, it was so nice to have a break from work and run around with family in FL.


Kayla MKOY said...

Oh my word this looks like so much fun! How awesome that she finally got to meet her cousins! :) I'm sorry the weather wasn't cooperative but at least you guys still had a good time!!

Becky said...

Meeting somewhere warm sounds like a great idea this time of year!! I love love your matching green jackets! :)

Anne said...

So great that you got a chance to do this! And so nice that you had such fun despite disappointing weather. Hope all the travel and carseat transport went well, and you & Charlie are way too cute in your mini me utility jackets. We just wore ours in Florida this evening too :)

Erin LFF said...

How fun!!! I went to Sea World yearssss ago when there was still a location up in the Sandusky, OH area! Best trip ever :) I'd love to go back again- you guys look like you had a blast!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Looks like a fun trip! Charlie and that jacket was too cute!

Ashley R said...

She is so your little mini me!! So cute. <3