The perk of being a school teacher = summer vacation!
No sooner did the school year come to a conclusion then I hopped onto a flight to Florida to spend a long weekend visiting with my family in Florida. After a long, tiring, eventful, amazing, challenging, and exciting school year, I was able to decompress on the beach for three days. Ah….such luxury.
We spent most of our time lapping up the sun. It was so much fun watching Avery and Smith experience a number of firsts. First time in a swimming pool, first time on the beach, and for Avery first time splashing in the waves. On the first day, she would not even walk on the wet sand as clearly trusting such a thing was scary. But, by the last day of our vacation, we could not keep her out of the ocean. She let the waves crash over her legs, sat in a little wading pool, and played and played in the sun. It was precious. Mr. Smith enjoyed himself too and fearlessly floated (with assistance) in the “big” pool.
On the last day as we piled 8 people (including 2 carseats) into a rental minivan on our way back to the Orlando airport we got a crazy idea. Why not postpone our return one day more and spend an afternoon at Epcot! After a few phone calls to our various airlines, we did just that. While it was brutally hot at a humid 93F, we had a great time. The kids went on all of the rides although the Nemo ride was the favorite and we ate and danced in the German Biergarten. A truly excellent way to kick off summer 2013!