We’ve been in Florida all week and have been having a great time. We would have liked to have gone to more of a resort destination this year, but it wasn’t in the cards. That being the case, we decided to at least plan the week to feel more like a beach vacation and less like we were hitting the pavement and lines at all of the big theme parks in landlocked Orlando. So, we’ve been enjoying Marriott’s Grande Vista most days by taking advantage of their gorgeous pool areas, fishing piers, entertainment, and more. We did venture to Sea World and one water park, but managed to avoid all lines and spent even those days at a leisurely pace.
The day I was looking forward to the most was yesterday. Yesterday was the day that we had booked an all-inclusive day at Discovery Cove. We got there just in time to enjoy breakfast and then grabbed some towels, masks, snorkels, and drinks (yup, even beer and yummy frozen drinks are included in the price of entry).
We spent HOURS snorkeling in the giant reef with massive stingrays and thousands of tropical fish. When we could convince the boys to take a break it was to grab snacks and frozen icees…..and then to feed the birds in the aviary, float down the lazy river, and relax in the grotto. After lunch it was right back to snorkeling. I even took a 30 minute nap in the sun right next to dolphin cove.
Thatcher said that it was one of his favorite days ever and Finn was beside himself all day long. I was so proud of both of them. They are pretty fearless, needed no encouragement to make the most of the day, and were super appreciative for the opportunity to spend such a great day together.
Like many of you, we’re crazy busy at home and I never underestimate the importance of a family vacation for reconnecting and enjoying each other.