In less than two weeks my husband returns to a sun up til sun down (or later) work schedule and looking through all these pictures of our fantastic family time is making me very sad to see him go but so thankful for all the time we got to spend together this summer. Especially vacation.
We stayed at Holiday Inn’s Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, Fl. It’s a timeshare property that we were fortunate enough to stay at for a reduced rate because we are members of the Holiday Inn Rewards Club.
We knew what the resort offered as far as accommodations and had seen pictures, but we had no idea until we arrived there that it’s a 5 star resort right in the heart of Disney property that boasts all kinds of pools, water slides, playgrounds, restaurants, golf courses, and more.
And the landscaping–we were surrounded by the most beautiful plants.
Every day we were there it rained, and every day it was beautiful which made for such a fantastic vacation. Because everything was right outside our door, it wasn’t stressful to have to come inside if we needed to and the rain forced us to have down time and get good rest. Even Aisley, worn out from all the playing, fell asleep right in the middle of the floor. She laid down to “hide” and got up 2 hours later.
My brother made the whole trip so much more relaxing and was AMAZING with our kids! He kept one or both of them on several occasions so my husband and I could go on a date, enjoy the pool sans children and take a walk. I’m sure for the right price he’d tag along on your next vacation too.
In addition to having such a wonderful helper, my dad (my sweet, sweet daddy–and mom too) sent money to my brother to pay for all the gas for our whole trip as well as dinner out one night. He is such a blessing to us.
The kiddie pool area was just around the corner from our condo and there was such a cool splash pad. Aisley loved it and spent most all of her time running through the fountains of water squirting up from the ground.
We also went mini golfing and I would just like to mention that with a baby strapped to the front of me AND the score card between my teeth AND the assistance of a very helpful toddler AND a toddler sized golf club, I still managed a hole in one.
And despite my sweet, patient husband’s best efforts, Aisley golfed with her own free form.
The pools were so nice and the one closest to us was never crowded! We went every day around 4:30 and stayed for a couple hours. Aisley was all about the pool until we got close to it and then she was pretty timid. Which was an unexpected (and pleasant) surprise. Because she didn’t want to be in the water alone we didn’t have to watch her as closely.
She was however all about the faucet and shower with a pull string. She flooded that area consistently. It may still be flooded.
The condo was 2 bed, 2 bath and I somehow managed to take zero pictures of what it looked like. It was the perfect toddler space though and we were so thankful to not have to keep such a close eye on her making sure she didn’t break anything. It was roomy and cozy and perfect. And we made ourselves right at home.
We know that people go on vacation all the time and that while it’s wonderful, it’s not unique. Something about this trip though–I don’t know if it’s because it was our first family trip, or because we were craving time together, or because the kids were so great, or the Florida sunshine–but my husband and I looked at each other over and over and said, “This is wonderful,” or “Why don’t we do this all the time?” God blessed us so greatly in allowing us the money, the time, and the location to enjoy each others company and his creation and we are so thankful for the good food, the laughter, the rest, and the rejuvenation.