We went to Florida last week, Saturday through Wednesday. It was such a nice trip! Michelle and Madeline have a timeshare down there which has room for 10, so we stayed there and it was a really nice place. It was a fun group – Madeline, Michelle, Deirdre, Michelle’s friend Kayleigh and Johnny, and Johnny’s 12 year old son Tyler. (And John, Hayden, and me of course.) We had mostly good weather. It was raining when we got there but the other days were mostly sunny but a little cool. When we got there we went to see my aunt and uncle, Jeaneen and Alvin. We couldn’t get in to the timeshare until 4 pm, so they were kind enough to host us at their house. We had some lunch and took a walk. They live out in the country and a foal had been born in the last week so we walked about 1/4 of a mile to see that. It started raining when we got there! My uncle tried to hurry ahead to get the car to drive us home, but we were such fast walkers that by the time he picked us up we were about 100 yards from his house. ha! Sunday we hung out around the pool in the complex where the timeshare is. It was a beautiful day and probably the warmest one we had. Hayden went in the pool briefly, but the water was not too warm so we couldn’t keep him in long. We managed to keep him in the shade quite a bit since we brought a little UV-blocking tent with us that pops up really easily. That night we met up with my aunt and uncle again as well as my cousin and her family for dinner.
Monday we went to Sea World! We met Faith and Steph and their kids there, which was excellent! John and I love Sea World, and it was the perfect place to take Hayden at his age. We watched a couple of the shows, and Hayden was actually pretty interested in them. During the first show we sat through, I was going ‘Ooooo’ whenever something cool would happen – as you do – but that would cause him to stick his lip out and start crying!! So I had to curb that (although he seemed to get used to it as I accidentally did it a couple of more times that day and he seemed ok with it). When we saw Shamu’s show, they have this little Shamu chant with arm motions that they have the crowd do and we were making his arms do the motions while we shouted ‘Shamu,’ and he loved that! We have done it several times since then and he still gets a big smile. Shamu!
Tuesday we played miniature golf until it warmed up a bit, then spent some time by the pool. We left Wed night, but that day we went to the new Sea World water park. We were going to do that on Tues, but it was too cold for a water park that day. Wed it was still fairly cold out, but warmer. It’s a nice little water park. There is a slide that goes through a dolphin tank which looked pretty cool. The line was really long for that one, though, and since we had a plane to catch we didn’t have time to wait for it. Michelle, Johnny, Kayleigh, and I went on a group ride where we were all in a raft together, and it was quite fun because we picked up a lot of speed but at the end of the slide it stops very abruptly and we had been going so fast that we ended up crashing into each other. Kayleigh and I knocked heads and now I have a big black eye!! I look like I’ve been beaten up. Makeup doesn’t even cover it. 😦
So as you can see it was a really fun trip! Hayden did really well on the plane on the way there. You wouldn’t have even known we had a baby with us, he was quiet as a mouse! On the way back he was a little noisier (he discovered this screeching sound while we were in Florida which is quite loud and he was doing that a lot on the plane), but once he was fed and changed he settled down and eventually went to sleep. Unfortunately Hayden was not himself on the trip. I imagine it was a combination of being out of his routine, less sleep, unfamiliar surroundings, and so on but he was just very serious the whole time we were there. Usually he is pretty happy-go-lucky and spends a lot of time laughing and smiling, but on the trip it was really hard to even get him to smile. He was fussier than usual as well. As soon as we got home and he got back on his schedule he got back to his old self.