Summer Holiday #sundaysevens, Weeks 4 & 5

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Well, it would be a shame not to start with this shot, wouldn’t it? After a very long wait, it was finally time for our family holiday to Disney World, Orlando. To say the monkeys were excited would be an understatement πŸ™‚ We started with Disney’s Magic Kingdom, where we saw the fireworks, the processions, andenjoyed the rides. There were smiles all round! The staff (or ‘cast’ as they like to call them) are so enthusiastic, it’s totally infectious.

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Then we spent a couple of days at Disney’sΒ Animal KingdomΒ where we donned these 3D specs for the ‘It’s a Bug’s life’ show. We also took a ‘safari’, where the attention to detail was fantastic (my husband and I went to Tanzania for our honeymoon, so we had pretty high standards).

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This ‘tree of life’ stands at the centre of the park and both its sheer size and the intricacy of the ‘carvings’ were incredibly impressive.

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My husband’s cousin and her family live out in America (they’ve just moved from Virginia to Houston), so we were delighted that they could join us for the weekend. We all went bowling and visited a local diner,

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Or two… πŸ˜‰ It took us a while to get used to the crazy portion sizes served in restaurants and not to end up ordering far, far too much. I wore trousers for the first time in two weeks yesterday for the flight home, and let’s just say I’ve definitely expanded somewhat! It was lovely to skip the parks for a couple of days: while they’re lots of fun, they’re pretty long, hot and exhausting days too.

Next we moved on to Epcot, where we couldn’t resist a family selfie πŸ™‚ One of the rides here, a simulated, space flight almost proved too much for me, really not one for the faint-hearted, but we all loved ‘Soarin’, where you’re made to feel like you’re gliding like a bird over the landscape.

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Next up was Sea World, which I know has had a lot of bad press recently. We’d booked our tickets six months ago, and although I never feel entirely comfortable seeing any animal in captivity, when you have children it’s pretty hard to avoid these places… The shows were nevertheless impressive and the monkeys loved sitting in the splash zones! Between these and the numerous water rides, I spent most of the day totally drenched!

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We squeezed in a spot of outlet shopping, where I impressed myself and stuck to sportswear only. And finally we visited Disney Hollywood Studios, which made my daughter’s holiday as they were featuring a special Frozen- themed extravaganza.

Phew! So we’re finally home after a fun-filled two weeks. Now I need to spend nothing more for the remainder of the holidays (plenty of washing and ironing to keep me busy…), stop eating so much and get back to the gym….

Looking forward to catching up on all the posts I’ve missed while we’ve been away πŸ™‚

For more details on #sundaysevens, head over to Nat’s siteΒ Threads and Bobbins.

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28 thoughts on “Summer Holiday #sundaysevens, Weeks 4 & 5

  1. Ahh, you came to America! And Disney, a great vacation! I’m going for the third time next September and can’t wait! They do serve large portions, don’t they!

  2. Wow, wow & wow!!! This is such a great post πŸ˜€ I’m glad you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks – we have been looking at Orlando trips but haven’t booked anything yet! We think we could drive there in a day & possibly spend 5 days visiting parks! There’s so much to take in though isn’t there?!

    • I’d pace yourself, it’s fun but exhausting! Have you been down to Florida Keyes? We did that a few years ago, and it’s fab too. It’s a great destination as there’s so much in the area πŸ™‚

  3. Wow! What a fantastic and fun-filled trip – looks like you packed so much in to your holiday! I love American diners! Hope the washing etc doesn’t take too long so you can relax and enjoy the rest of the hols πŸ™‚

  4. My goodness, what a place! Totally over-the-top fabulous – kid’s heaven I should imagine! I’ve been to California and was also amazed at the amount of food considered a normal portion. The trainers will be worn in quite quickly then……!

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