Saturday 28 February 2015

Orlando Vacation 2015

This vacation was filled with a lot of firsts for me:

The first time flying by myself
The first time traveling to Florida
and my first vacation with the Miller clan.

It turns out that one week is really not long enough for a Florida vacation.

DAY 1 - Flying out from Montreal, an hour late due to a frozen fuel hatch, heading to Orlando
DAY 2 - My first morning with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice
DAY 2 - The resort pool with palm trees - I loved the blues
DAY 2 - Chocolate Kingdom
DAY 2 - Chocolate Kingdom - tasting cocoa liquor, except Bee who got milk chocolate.  My stick is the one in the middle.
DAY 2 - Chocolate Kingdom - making custom 1lb chocolate bars with your choice of 16 different toppings
DAY 2 - Chocolate Kingdom - making custom 1lb chocolate bars with your choice of 16 different toppings
On Day 3 we went to Sea World. About half way through the day I had to switch out a full memory card and discovered later in the day that it fell out a new hole in my waist bag. So, I lost all my morning photos including the flamingos, stingrays and part of the backstage tour.  Here are some of the remaining shots I was able to come home with:

DAY 3 - After the show that included birds, acrobats, dolphins and whales
DAY 3 - So peaceful
DAY 3 - Penguins
DAY 3 -Taking pics
DAY 3 - Pretty feathers
DAY 3 - Rescued tortoises
DAY 3 - As part of the backstage tour we got to meet and pet Ki the penguin. Ki hasn't connected with a mate yet so according to the keeper it's all drama, drama, drama.
DAY 3 - getting to pet Ki
DAY 4 - my new favourite mug
DAY 4 - new pj's
DAY 5 - Magic Kingdom
DAY 5 - outside Cinderella's castle
DAY 5 - Waiting in line to see Belle
DAY 5 - Meeting Ariel
DAY 5 - Meeting the Stepmother and stepsisters - Bee made a point to tell the sisters to be nicer
DAY 5 - Bee getting her hair, nails and makeup done by her fairy godmothers and the Bibby-bobbity-boutique
DAY 5 - Princess Bee
DAY 5 -Yummy Dole Whip was a great treat
DAY 5 - Parade down main street
DAY 5 - She lasted until just after the fireworks then crashed lol
DAY 5 - My Magic Kingdom souvenirs
DAY 6 - Resort pet and apparently it's only a baby
DAY 6 - cute little gecko at the resort pool
DAY 6 - view of the apartment from the other side of the resorts lake
DAY 7 - On the way home to the snow

NOTE: This is just a very basic edit of my trip and some of the photos were also used in my 365 challenge.


Sunday 1 February 2015

365 - February 2015

Here's hoping the groundhog doesn't see his shadow.

Things to look forward to in February:
- My first vacation of 2015
- My first trip to Florida
- My first time at the Magic Kingdom
- Spending some fun time with the Millers and Wilberforces
- Remembering the good times with Aunt Rosemary and Nanny Vivian
- Febfest and the polar plunge
- and lots more...


February 1, 2015 - Happy Birthday Orrin. Mom made you a doggy-friendly b-day cake (and yes, that is bacon and peanuts in the cream cheese icing)
*EXTRA* February 1, 2015 - This is what I call her lazy play, just reaching and hoping the toy will come to her.
February 2, 2015 - So much snow fell that the basement windows are starting to get covered
February 3, 2015 - When you're home sick - ginger mint tea hits the spot
February 4, 2015 - Something new to learn
February 5, 2015 - Mr. Pottery's Grade 4-5 class, from Frontenac Public School, share their reflections on the days learning in council chambers in Kingston City Hall as part of the Beyond Classrooms Kingston program
February 6, 2015 - I'm 0-1 on the first roll up of the season
February 7, 2015 - A home made meal tastes even better when your sick
February 8, 2015 - The freezing blowing snow didn't stop the brave volunteers from taking a dip in Lake Ontario for the 2015 Ontario Law Enforcements Polar Plunge for Special Olympics during FebFest
*EXTRA* February 8, 2015 - Whig-Standard staff reporter Steph Crosier jumped right in for the 2015 Ontario Law Enforcements Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.  I offered to shoot the event when she was able to get fellow reporters to sponsor the entry fee.
February 9, 2015 - It's kinda nice when your cough drops (and vitamin C drops) give you a pep talk
February 10, 2015 - Students from Ms. Graham's Grade-6 class at Perth Road Public School show off their finished e-textile projects on Tuesday February 10, 2015. Through designing and sewing their individual projects, the students learn about stress management, community building and methods to use when developing new skills.
February 11, 2015 - Shout Sister choir manager Nancy Greig, left, and creator Georgette Fry pose for a photo in Greig's home in Kingston on Wednesday. Since it started in 2002, Shout Sister has expanded into 17 different chapter choirs with more than 1,000 members, across Ontario.
February 12, 2015 - It's time to bring in the big guns and put this cold to bed for good
February 13, 2015 - Mackenzie Lockett-Hiemstra, right, and Takami Miller lead a group of students into James R. Henderson Public School as part of the schools Walking School Bus program in Kingston, Ont. on Friday. The program runs four mornings a week and give students the chance to get some exercise along with help with the traffic congestion problems at the school in the mornings.
February 14, 2015 - Happy Valentines Day.  All I got was a fever and confirmation I had influenza (even after getting a flu shot).  At least the big snow flakes looked pretty.
February 15, 2015 - Happy post-Valentines Day. I hope you didn't spend too much on those flowers yesterday.
February 16, 2015 - A lone male cross-country skier and his dog brave the -27C wind chill to make their way along the shore of Lake Ontario by Breakwater Park in Kingston
*EXTRA* February 16, 2015 - Kingston Frontenacs Lawson Crouse moves to intercept Ottawa 67's Trent Mallette before he can reach the puck behind the Fronts net during the first period of Ontario Hockey League action
February 17, 2015 - View from flight leaving Montreal en route to Orlando, Fld
February 18, 2015 - Freshly squeezed Florida orange juice
*EXTRA* February 18, 2015 - By the resort's pool
February 19 is the day I lost one of my memory cards at Sea World so I don't have any of the photos I took in the morning, which include the flamingos, sting rays and the start of the behind the scenes tour.
February 19, 2015 - Dolphins
*EXTRA* February 19, 2015 - Penguins
*EXTRA* February 19, 2015 - and turtles, oh my.
*EXTRA* February 19, 2015 - There are some very pretty birds down south
February 20, 2015 - got a few touristy things on my shopping day
February 21, 2015 -We spent more than 16 hours at Magic Kingdom and got to meet lots of characters
*EXTRA* February 21, 2015 -Souvenirs from Magic Kingdom
February 22, 2015 - Local resident at the resort. Lives in the back lake.
*EXTRA* February 22, 2015 - a view of where I stayed, from the other side of the lake.
February 23, 2015 - In the Airport
*EXTRA* February 23, 2015 -View on way into Montreal
February 24, 2015 - Kingston Fire and Rescue responded to a building fire inside J. Harrison Excavating and Pipeline Ltd off Terry Fox Drive on Steve Fonyo Drive. No one was in the building at the time of the blaze, which included black smoke and a strong burnt rubber smell.
February 25, 2015 - Kingston filmmakers Brent Nurse, left, and Leigh Ann Bellamy, seen here in Memorial Hall on Wednesday February 25, 2015, each have their first feature film screening in the Kingston Canadian Film Festival on Saturday, Nurse with The Stronghold and Bellamy with Fault.
February 26, 2015 - It keeps getting bigger
February 27, 2015 - Kingston Frontenacs Spencer Watson celebrates scoring the second goal of the game against the Sudbury Wolves during the first period of Ontario Hockey League action at the Rogers K-Rock Centre
*EXTRA* February 27, 2015 - Kingston Frontenacs Lawson Crouse makes a hard shot  that is blocked by Sudbury Wolves goaltender Samuel Tanguay
February 28, 2015 - Homemade turkey soup
to be continued in 365 - March 2015

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