Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Vacation Pictures: Part Two

So here is part two of the trip photos. If I get more via email or something, I'll post them. The big deal of our trip was taking the kids to Magic Kingdom. I really wanted to do this before I was 30 (it's on the list, yo) and so now I can cross it off. I've never been there around a holiday, so being there at Halloween was very cool. The whole park was decorated to the nines in Halloween decor. AND, the park closed early that day (boo to that) because it was the Not So Scary Halloween Party. We didn't stay for that since it was like $20/per ticket extra.

But it was hot out- and we attempted to stay outside to see the parade. It didn't happen. We were literally burning up and getting sick from heat. But here is Matt and I before my makeup melted off. :)

We did a few rides for the kids, but since we didn't have a lot of time we missed some really fun parts of the park, so that sucked. But that just means we get to go back and spend more time, probably when Jackson is a little older.

Travis and I in Liberty Square.

We were in line orginally for Pooh and Eeyore. Well Eeyore was probably dying inside the costume, so we got Tigger and a different Pooh. Whatevs. Olivia was thrilled, and Jackson really liked Tigger.

And seriously, what kind of parent would I be if I neglected to take the kids on the Dumbo ride? For reals, yall. So we did that. Jackson was in my elephant and LOVED when we went super high up. Olivia and Rhonda did their thing in the pink elephant of course.

Here we are- like the cutest couple ever.

This one is for you, Dina. This is in the "It's A Small World" ride which is my favorite ride ever. It's got cheesy music, slightly creepy figures, but it's great. Olivia really liked it, kept getting excited as we went through each country, and Jackson fell asleep. Poor kid. I have a picture of the sign as you go in that says "The Happiest Little Cruise That Ever Sailed". Say with me people, "awww"

Rhonda and I at the Magic Kingdom entrance before leaving. I actually couldn't get up there- Matt had to hoist me. Poor Matt. I'm like 15 pounds heavier than him. :( And then I was laughing so hard- I almost fell. Thanks for laughing at me Rhonda. :) LOL!

So the next day was our trip to Clearwater Beach. I was pretty excited about it. We (Rhonda and I) spent a good 2 hours trying to convince her parents to let her go parasailing with me. I've already done it, she's always wanted to, so we decided we were doing it together. So we get up early- get to the beach before lunch. Beautiful weather. Warm, but not too warm. Sunny, light breeze. We get there- and find out parasailing is closed for the day because of the wind. I mean, yay for safety but boo for crapping on our day.

Who are those hotties? Just me and my cousin Rhonda. And how much are you LOVING my swimsuit?? I totally loved it. It never got wet, but that's a whole other story. But at least I looked awesome on the beach!

Since we weren't parasailing, Rhonda and her parents had to leave to drive back to Tennessee. So that sucked. But I am hoping she can come up to visit us this spring because my kids ADORE her. Plus I just love her to bits so it'd be fun for me to hang out with her. :) She's like a little sister to me.

Olivia being all adorable and cute.

Jackson LOVED the sand. He ate a lot of it too.

Me and Jackson at lunch

So after having lunch on the beach, which was marginal, we decided to take the kids on a dolphin cruise. Matt and I did that on our honeymoon, and Olivia was really excited to see a real dolphin, as opposed to my tattoo of dolphins. $75 later (no joke- if you live near dolphins, get yourself in the dolphin cruise business- you make good money) and we were on the boat.
Matt and I on the dolphin cruise
We saw a bunch of dolphins, but I actually got a picture of one jumping out of the water. Those bastards are fast and I took almost 60 pictures to get this one.
So after the cruise we ended up walking around Clearwater Beach to get the usual touristy things. I love shopping on the beach. I love the smell of the beach. I love the beach air. OK- already missing the beach. :(
But on our little walk I happened across the gem of a sign. This was kind of disturbing. Because doesn't everyone want to get their flu shot in a bar while listening to a band?
So that's my vacation in 2 posts. I have a ton of pictures, so I just picked a few to highlight the trip. Enjoy!


nikki/WhiMSy love said...

I didn't even think that the Magic Kingdom might go "all out" for Halloween. But, duh! So cool!!

And you? In your suit? Love, love, love!!!!! Adorable. ♥

Tia said...

one time i made Hubs wait in line for 2.5 hours to ride Dumbo.

he wasn't happy.

Cristina said...

I'm sooo jealous of your trip to the Magic Kingdom while they were all Halloween-ed out and your super freaking adorable swim suit! Glad you and the fam had a great time!

Sebastian Anthony said...

Olivia is mega-cute! (So is the boy, but still... Olivia is cuter. In my HUMBLE opinion...)

Pretty photo of the dolphin. I ate dolphin recently... in the Faroe Islands... :(

Sara Strand said...

I can't believe you ate dolphin, Seb!!! Yuck. And know that statement is coming from one of the world's pickiest eaters. It's a miracle I'm still alive.

And yes, Olivia is freaking cute. But so is Jackson. I have better shots of him. He's my little man, that's for sure. But he eats everything, food or not. He tries to ride the cats as well. ;)

Nikki & Cristina- thanks for the suit compliments! I splurged (like really splurged) and spent $103.99 after tax/shipping for it. Matt still has not found that little entry in the checkbook. Here's hoping he doesn't! But it was totally worth it! My boobs look splendid! :) HAHA!!

Sebastian Anthony said...

To be fair, I was told it was whale... but later it turned out to be dolphin. Damn!

Jana said...

Hi miss Sarah, I found out about your blog from "her southern heart" just wanted to take a peek at your blog, and you have the sweetest family!! I am following right along!

Sara Strand said...

So I have a tattoo on my leg of a pair of dolphins, you can kind of see it in one of the pics. Should I be alarmed if I ever encounter you that you'll bite my leg? I like to have all my bases covered..just in case, Seb! :P

Sebastian Anthony said...

Well it depends on a) how hungry I am, and b) just how tasty you look.

Sara Strand said...

Good to know. HAHA!! :) I'm at my best early in the morning or late at night...the afternoon is blah. So just be sure to eat your meals around then and we'll be fine.