Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012 Christmas Eve

Awaiting Baby Jesus at Basilica San Juan
Don and I drove  9 hours from Orlando to Buloxi Mississippi and stayed at a Casino Hotel there for the night. After a nice Senior buffett breakfast at a nearby Casino, we drove another 9 hours to SanAntonio, Texas and stayed at a Marriott Residence Inn - enjoyed the manager's special dinner and nice breakfast. Mary investigated the evening Riverwalk Lights - chilly night since a cold front (from Canada of Course) came through that afternoon.
Tuesday, December 12/12
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we drove the 4 hours to Trophy Gardens in Alamo and set up for our winter stay.
Since we have been here, Mary has been teaching her exercise class for 3 monings, Don is back playing Masters Slow Pitch in McAllen in the competitive league, we bike and golf and swam etc.
Mary went to see "Beauty and the Beast" play at the Sharyland High School in Mission, donated blood, cleaned the trailer outside and inside and set-up an awning.
Tonight we will go to the Candlelight Christmas Service in the Clubhouse and tomorrow we will join lots of other folks here for our Christmas lunch in the Clubhouse. Merry Christmas to all.
Friday, December 7, 2012  Katie's Birthday - Magic Kingdom - Disney, Orlando Florida
Got up early to make it to the front gates of Magic Kingdom before opening to see the Disney Characters arrive  on the Train. Katie got her Birthday Button at the Town Hall and all day the staff wished her "Happy Birthday" which she loved. On entering the Magic Kingdom, we hurried off to Fantasyland, which had just opened some new attractions and we visited the "Beauty and the Beast" area, then on to "It's a Small World", a 3 D show and more rides. We dined outside the Sky Cafe for lunch, Jacob fell asleep on the peoplemover ride in Tomorrowland and Hannah enjoyed a nap at the same time while Diana, Tom and Katie snuck off to Space Mountain and Oma minded the sleeping children. A picture with Santa was tried but Jacob doesn't seem to like Santa yet. But he did like some other Disney characters.
We lasted all day until 7PM with our last stop at the Child Care Center to feed the kiddies and got a beautiful Disney balloon on the way out for Jacob. Opa Don opted out of the Disney adventure and spent the day back at the Resort.
In our stay in Orlando area we also visited Disney Downtown for some shopping and an evening stop at the Disney town of Celebration - which had hourly snow falls - from soap blowers on the lampposts.
Don and I left Orlando on Sunday morning and Tom, Diana, Katie, Jacob and Hannah moved accommodation to a fancy resort hotel beside Universal Studios where Tom will be attending a conference from Monday to Friday and then flying home to Virginia. They did Universal Studios for a few days and then Diana and Katie drove back with the kiddies to Chesapeake on Tuesday. Katie stayed in Chesapeake until that Sunday and then flew home to Buffalo and drove back into Canada.

update to Florida

Monday, December 3, 2012
Crab Trap Xmas Tree in Duck
Now located at Summer Bay Resort in Orlando Florida
Don and I survived our Dr Oz 3 day detox/cleanse and enjoyed the rest of last week in Duck NC. Diana visited with Jacob and Hannah on Friday, Nov 30 - her birthday. We visited Duck Donuts, had lunch at The Blue Point and went swimming with the kiddies in the big resort pool.
Diana and Jacob @ Busch Gardens
Saturday morning we packed up and drove back to Chesapeake. Katie arrived at Tom and Diana's last night. Saturday afternoon, all of us but Don went to see the beautiful Christmas light displays at Busch Gardens. We stayed till after dark and then returned home to get packed for our Orlando trip on Sunday.
Sunday was a 12 hour drive to warmer weather  - destination of Summer Bay Resort in Orlando Florida. We rented a 2 bedroom unit that is on the 4th floor of one of their buildings. It is a lovely place with lots of pools and things to do. Tom and Diana and kids will join us here on Wednesday to do Disney and Universal Studios later in the week.