Orlando Getaway

The kids and I spent three nights in Florida over the weekend.

I told them it was a “getaway,” and not a vacation due to its quick turn around.

They were not buying it and requested at least two months at Disney World in the immediate future.

Spoiler alert: not happening. Nope.

We left on Wednesday morning, which I thought was a generous bonus of letting them play hooky from school for three days.

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Our flight to Florida was uneventful and we were able to smoothly pick up our rental car.

My mom has a house about an hour from Orlando and we headed there to spend two nights.

I hadn’t been to my mom’s place in about two years, and I forgot how nice it was.

My mom and her husband spend the winters in a 55+ community where the primary mode of transportation is via golf cart. 

She immediately took Trixie and me for a spin, where we toured some of the holiday light displays in the neighborhood:img_1228

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Some of these were quite elaborate. One even had a feature that was activated with the push of a button. Trixie gave it a whirl.

We went for a swim. The pool felt like bath water. I mean that in a good way. Temps were in the high 70s.

The community has two lending libraries and we checked out a puzzle. Everyone worked on it. In the end we were missing a few pieces but you get the gist:

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End product

On Thursday we went to Legoland. 

This theme park is only about 10 minutes away from my mom’s place, which was awesome. It was totally un-crowded on a weekday. They had their “Christmas Bricktacular” up and running.

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I liked the area where they had miniature cities represented. Most of them had Christmas overlays, too. It was fun to spot the hidden Santas.

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NYC

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San Francisco

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D.C. with Vegas in the background

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MGM (9) being forced into a shot

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Santa’s sleigh is flying between the buildings!

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The First Family in Santa hats

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Lady Liberty and her Lego torch

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Trixie and her slushy torch

The rides were extremely tame.

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We spent about four hours at Legoland, which was more than sufficient. 

For the rest of the day, I went running, swimming, took another spin in the golf cart and worked on that darn puzzle. I was determined to get it finished before we left the next day.

When we woke up on Friday morning, we decided to head to a flea market that was about 20 minutes away.

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All I did was ask them to smile nicely for the camera

I was not prepared for this.

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There were live wolves and alligators:

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Trixie came home with a lot of swag. I think the total tab was $6.00.

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My kind stepfather finished the puzzle while we were gone, so we got to see that to the end.

After lunch the kids and I packed up the rental car and headed back to Orlando, where we were set to spend the night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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