As if a week in Orlando wasn't enough, we continued our vacation by driving to Carabelle, Florida in order to catch a boat over to Dog Island, Florida. Our friends' friends had invited us to spend a few days at their beach house with them! We thoroughly enjoyed three nights spent on a remote island with a nearly secluded beach. It was the perfect way to decompress after a week at Disney! Thank you so much Mark and Ginger for having us!!
Naturally our story should end there, yet it doesn't! After the beach, we met up with Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa for a night in New Orleans! We enjoyed a stroll through the Quarter and a fantastic meal. (You can NOT beat the seafood or the service in New Orleans. Period.) The next morning was the beginning of an adventure for Cooper and Penny. They boarded an Amtrak train with Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa and rode all the way to San Antonio while Mama, Daddy, and Ellie made the nine hour drive back to Boerne. Cooper, our train connoisseur, loved every second of his first real train trip. Overall, we were gone 12 days! We had a great time but it was so nice to sleep in our own beds and get our dogs back! Who knows what we'll come up with to do next year!
|Downtown Disney! Giant dragons and things made of legos!|
|Cooper right at home on the slide at our resort.|
|Penny spent a lot of time in the pool too!|
|Truly the Magic Kingdom didn't host a lot of rides that interested Penny. She sure loved the carousel though!|
|"Meet the Characters" lunch...Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates!|
|Sophia the First!|
|All the first day, Cooper begged for us to buy him a misting fan to keep cool. We kept refusing, because of Disney's insane prices. At the end of the day, however, we let each kid choose ONE toy from a souvenir shop. Guess what he beelined for?|
|Our final park day was spent at Disney's Animal Kingdom. First up, a safari! We got to see tons of cool animals including a lion, elephants, and a gorilla, to name a few.|
|Kali River Ride! Everyone stayed relatively dry...except Mama!|
|First night after Disney...the beach was a welcome sight.|
|Cooper, right where he should be...by the water.|
|Penny loves the beach!|
|Beach baby! Our hosts ingeniously brought a canopy and a baby pool so the little ones could have fun out of the sun!|