Our Vacation Part 3 – The Final Installment

We are home and had a day to recover.  Last week was a whirlwind of adventures and went faster then expected.  Some of them not planned.

Friday we planned on visiting my husband’s family.  They live about 3 hours from my parents, so we planned a pit stop about half way between the two.  After doing a quick google search we narrowed down to either Christmas town or  Gatorland as both were about the halfway point and not to far off the path we plotted.  We chose Gatorland thinking it would be a small park like a nature preserve type experience and just enough to walk around and stretch our legs, maybe grab a quick bite to eat.  We should have researched more!

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G wrestling a gator . . . at least a fake one.
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Uhhh That is probably not the best place to take a break!
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Daddy wants me to do what???
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I should sit here?

Gatorland apparently is a huge attraction in the area and not what we expected at all!  They had a spot where you could have a picture taken with a baby alligator.  Since my husband has a picture of him holding an alligator as a child he wanted our son to have one too


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Like this?
Aww baby alligator!
Aww baby alligator!
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Ummm not sure about this snake . . .
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Ok but hurry!
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Not much between us and them.

After we got the pictures out of the way, we went for a walk.

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The Crane’s do not seem to mind.
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They are sneaky though.
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And brazen.

Gator land turned out to be more of an adventure then we expected.  What was suppose to be a 10-15 min break turned into an hour and a half exploration!  We did not even see or do everything they had to offer!

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Our daughter did not seem to mind!

Of course my daughter and I took a selfie while the boys explored one of the observation towers.  There was also a water park/ splash pad section and a children’s play ground we did not get to explore despite my son begging for us to go.  We did stop at the gift shop and bought some super cute outfits for the kids and toy gators for my son.

Once we got back on the road we were already late getting to our destination.  We did have a great visit with my husband’s family.  Unfortunately I was so busy meeting and catching up I did not get any pictures!

As we left later then expected we did not stop back at Gatorland on the way home like we thought we might.

On Saturday we spent the morning at the beach.  This time in the ocean instead of the cove.

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What is this stuff?

At first our daughter was not sure what to make of the sand.  She quickly decided it was fun!

This is fun!
This is fun!
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Nana and Pop Pop
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My boys in the water.
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He is a big boy now! All by himself.
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Playing in the waves.
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Catch me Daddy!
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No you catch me!
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Playing in the sand.
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My husband taking my daughter out, her first ocean experience.
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She doesn’t seem to mind!

As you can see my family loves the beach!  And yes, we stayed longer then expected.


After the kids and my husband had a brief nap we went to the river near by my parents home.  They had a Christmas in July celebration.  It was mostly vendors selling their wares, but there was a playground and splash pad and my son had fun.  Before we left we took a brief walk along the river where of course my son had to pose!

I 'd rather eat Momma's bracelets
I ‘d rather eat Momma’s bracelets

My daughter on the other hand was not impressed!

Sunday was a chill day as it was the day before we were scheduled to leave.  We started packing and played in my parents spa/pool.

Later that afternoon my Sister, her boyfriend and my Aunt and Uncle came to visit.  It was great to see everyone before we left.

Once again, I did not take any pictures.  My Aunt did, hoping to get copies!

Overall a great visit and one we will do again once we can!

My son and husband on the train to the terminal in Orlando Airport.
My son and husband on the train to the terminal in Orlando Airport.

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