Thursday, July 31, 2008


Taun had a work Conference in Orlando so we decided that we would take the boys and go on VACATION! We decided this after Taun had bought his plane ticket so the boys and I had to fly on a different airline. I took the boys with me and Taun flew alone. I had a 2 hour layover in Chicago and Taun flew direct. I had 1 stroller, 2 bags of activities, 1 DVD player, 1 camera, 2 very cute boys, and a carseat. Taun had 1 laptop computer and that was it. I had to carry the carseat all over Chicago Airport with my boys and all our stuff so I figured I would get to the right gate and then find something for us to eat for lunch while we waited. Everything was going very good UNTIL I went to check the stroller and carseat and the man told me I was at the wrong gate. I ran from one side of the airport to the other because I only had 20 minutes before my plane was going to leave. It was interesting but I did make it just in time and Southwest Employees were wonderful. The boys did so well on both flights and for that I was glad.
Benjamin and Alexander having a great time on the airplane. Benjamin did not know what to think. He loved looking out the window and playing with they tray. He did not fuss or complain at all. He did not use anything to entertain him except for the mere fact that we were on an airplane just like Big Jake from Jay Jay the Jet Plane. He was thrilled. Alex did really well also.
Benjamin was so cute with his monkey bag. He pulled it everywhere we went and so many people said "Oh look how cute that little boy is with his little suitcase!"

He just had to climb in to see if he could fit inside. I could not miss the photo opportunity.

We stayed in a beautiful, expensive ($375/night--paid for by Taun's work) hotel that had a pool. We went swimming twice while we were there and the boys LOVED it! It was hard to get them out when it was time to leave.

Benjamin would not let go of Alex's float tube. He was a little scared that he would fall in the water.

While we were there, we figured the boys would really enjoy Sea World. One day after Taun had finished with classes we drove less than 10 minutes to Sea World. We headed straight for the Penguins first and Benjamin loved that. He got to see them in the snow and in the water when they were diving for fish. We saw an animal show that had cats, dogs, birds, mice, and a pig doing funny things. The boys both watched that one very intently.
We saw (and almost touched) the dolphins. Benjamin really wanted to touch them until they came within his reach and then he pulled back.

We decided to go to the last Shamu show for the day and on the walk to the stadium it started to rain. The stadium seats were covered so we were able to watch the show without getting wet. When the show was over it was still pouring and so by the time we got to our car, we were drenched.

All in all we had a GREAT time in Orlando!


daiseymae said...

That sounds so fun. Well all except the flying thing alone with the boys. I don't know how well I would be able to handle that part. I've never been on a commercial airplane so I wouldn't want to do it without help with the kids.

I'm glad you had a good time. That would be a great vacation. Especially if the hotel was paid for by his work. Can't beat that now can you.

Bilary said...

How fun! And I loved the pictures of your boys. So sweet! I think you so deserved this vacation. But can I say that you are so brave to fly alone with your kids. I don't know if I could do it.

I love the Sea World pictures. I LOVE Sea World. I bet your kids loved it - as long as no one got pooped on by a dive bombing seagull!:)

I still need you to call me b/c I don't have your cell number! We need to get together!!!!

Blackeyedsue said...

What a fun perk of Taun's job! You are one brave mommy to fly alone with two babies. I think I would have said no way and then missed out on all of the fun.

Sea World sounds like it was a blast.

Um, so we totally need to hang and Maddox.

Cristy said...

I am so happy for you that everything went well on the planes. Glad you had fun in Florida (even in the downpour!). The pictures are great!

Breanne said...

Sounds like you had alot of fun. You are such a trooper for going it alone with 2 kids on an airplane, with a layover too! You are awesome.

Amy Rosquist said...

Sounds like you had a ball. Family vacations are the best- the memories last forever!

Nancy said...

Well, that sounds great, Shannon! How fun you could all get away for something like that. What a lot of stuff to haul through an airport like Chicago's though. Power to you.