I can't believe it's been a month since I updated last. Crazy! We took a nice vacation and drove across the country. We spent just over two weeks driving from Montana, to Fargo, where we spent the first night. The next day we went to Minneapolis, where I stopped at a real life Dick Blick store (we don't have one in Montana), then we stopped in... well, I actually can't remember where we stopped the second night, lol!
The third day we went to Fort Wayne Indiana to visit their public library. They had a book there written by someone in my family that contained all the names of the various branches of our family tree. I've been trying to put together a massive family tree of my husband and I's families, and it's been rather difficult to find a few branches, so I wanted to see that book and any others they had there. The main public library there is amazing, make sure to visit if you live nearby. We stopped that night in Dayton, Ohio and visited with my friend Sam. The next day we drove to Atlanta and stayed there for a few days to visit family and we did a lot of other fun stuff while we were there. We visited the Georgia Aquarium with my husband's parents, and I went to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory with my mother-in-law. That museum is an ancient art museum with massive exhibits of Egyptian and Greek art. The African art section was closed so I missed that, but that's something to look forward to for next time. We also visited the Fernbank Museum, which is a natural history museum. Luke and I had a date night and had dinner, drinks, and a play at the Shakespeare Tavern, where we saw The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. That particular company is done with that play now, but if you ever get a chance to see it, it's hilarious. My face hurt from laughing for a couple of days afterward.
After Atlanta we spent a day driving to Orlando. I've always wanted to go to Florida but have never had the chance before. I loved it. It rained almost every day we were there, so we were frequently soaked, and the thunderstorms there are intense! We spent 3 days at Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Riverside resort in the Magnolia Terrace building (beautiful, but super uncomfortable beds) and in that time we managed to visit The Magic Kingdom once, Animal Kingdom twice (my favorite!), Epcot, and Typhoon Lagoon. I LOVED Typhoon Lagoon so much, and I can't wait to go back. They have a "storm pool" that has a wave generator. It generates one massive wave every minute or two that sends everyone screaming and whisks anyone in the deep end away. My husband and I would take turns, so for 3 waves one of us would play in the shallow end with our son, and one of us would go out and wait for a wave in the deep end. It was a blast and I managed to keep my hat on even when the waves pushed me under.
We rode most of the coasters (Wolf isn't big enough for all of them yet), went on a Safari, went on the Kali River Rapids (where I, and no one else, got completely soaked! Argh!), ate dinner in Morocco, The Lady and the Tramp restaurant, at the "celebrity table" next to the waterfall in the Rainforest Cafe (am I a celebrity now? Hah hah hah), and had breakfast in Beast's Castle. We rode the teacups ride too many times, petted goats, rode a riverboat and a ferry, shared some spiked tea in China, and didn't get to ride the Haunted Mansion enough times, although it did breakdown once when we were on it, but we had no complaints because it was air conditioned, hah!
After being in Florida for several days, we had to make a mad dash home. We stopped in Dalton, GA the first night, then Kansas City, then Rapid City, then HOME! I can't wait to go back. I'll post some pictures and videos later, once I get them all off my phone and laptop.
I could write a lot more, but I'll save some for later so I don't totally overwhelm you! I just wanted to post that I was back after a much-needed vacation, and look at how much I wrote just to tell you that! Sheesh. Long-winded, eh?