Thursday, July 10, 2008

Our trip to Florida!

We're back from Florida! We spent several days in Orlando visiting Disney World, Seaworld and playing putt putt golf (which Hillary Ashton is STILL talking about!). We then drove to Clearwater Beach and spent a few days to enjoy the beach. The beach was voted "favorite vacation spot" by our family! We had so much fun. We can't wait to go back!! The weather was perfect and the girls did great on the trip. Sophie Le doesn't love riding in the car so we were worried about the 16 1/2 hour drive, but I am happy to report she did GREAT!!!

Here are a few pictures from our first night of dinner and golf. We watched a show on the travel channel a few months back about a restaurant in Chicago that makes a thick pizza, I'm talking several inches thick. We are big pizza fans so when we saw an ad for the same kind of pizza, we decided to try. The pizza was just okay, but the restaurant did have balloon animals :o) Hillary Ashton had been in a bit of a funk that night, but when the balloon animal lady came around, she was all smiles! It reminded me of the teenage girl on the Caribbean cruise commercial, do you know what I am talking about? After dinner we decided to play putt putt. Hillary Ashton kept saying that she didn't know how to play and she wasn't real excited about trying...until we got started. She LOVED playing putt putt. In fact, she hasn't stopped talking about how good she is at golf and how she can't wait to go back :o) I think I have heard more about golf that Disney World :o) Haha! Click below for more pictures:


The next day we visited Disney World. Did I mention that it was July 4th? We knew it would be crazy busy, but we really wanted to see the concert in the sky firework show. It was AWESOME!! We loved it. It was our first visit to Disney so we stood in all of the lines to meet the girls favorite characters. Hillary Ashton was looking forward to meeting the princesses...surprise, surprise! Sophie Le is a BIG Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse fan so we stood in the EXTREMELY LONG line to meet them. I guess I should have known that you can't figure out your kids. Sophie Le really liked the princesses and was terrified of Mickey and Minnie. Hillary Ashton really liked the princesses, but was overwhelmed with happiness at the sight of Mickey and Minnie! I was so impressed at how sweet and patient all of the characters were. Neil and I had never been to Disney so we didn't know what to expect. They took time to talk to each of the girls and pose for pictures. They never seemed to want to rush us. It was so neat to see the girls get to meet the characters they are so into at this stage of their life. It was comical to hear Hillary Ashton talk to the princesses! She had something to tell each of them and they were so sweet to listen to her and make her feel special. I was so surprised at how much Le liked the princesses. She ran over to each of them, hugged them and posed for a picture. Le talks about Mickey and Minnie daily, however I think she must have always imagined they were smaller than they were in real life. She tried to be brave, but she was so nervous! Click on the picture below for more pictures:

Our family with Mickey and Minnie

Stay tuned for beach pictures and Seaworld pictures!


~Laura~ said...

loved looking at all your pics from your trip. Your girls are beautiful!!

Jessica said...

Glad you has such a great trip! If you are ever in the Clearwater area again let us know. We would love to meet you. We live just a few miles from Clearwater. =)

Julie said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. Nothing more fun than time at the beach and WDW.

The Garners said...

Oh my goodness--HOW FUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great opportunity!