Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Vacay Part 5: Central Florida

On Thursday we arrived at my parents in DeLand. Allie loves being at their house so I was glad we got to make it down here this summer.
We went to dinner at one of our favorite local spots with mom, dad, Aunt Susan, Uncle Lloyd, and Momso (my aunt's mom). It was so great to see our extended family we haven't seen in awhile!

Mom, dad, and Al by the manatee-themed waterfall.
We ended up staying at mom and dad's until we came back to Charlotte Sunday.

One of Allie's favorite things to do at my parent's house is really strange. She loves cleaning their pool! HAHA

And swimming in it of course. :)
We also took Allie back to a bookstore she loves in town. My mom took her here two years ago for her birthday and she always wants to go back and get new books. So we did. :)

I also cleaned out some things at my parent's house and gave Allie some of my old stuff, including this etch-a-sketch.
It's so funny to see her sitting on my old bed, in my old room, playing with my old stuff. I'm glad it brings her just as much joy as it did me oh so long ago.

On Friday we headed over to Ormond Beach, our home for about 8 months prior to our move to Charlotte. The weather was perfect for a beach day - the sky was blue, the water was the perfect temperature, and the waves were relentless!
Me and Al, rocking our sun hats.

 Allie and Zach, playing in the waves.

Beautiful beach girl.
 A trip to the beach would not be complete without ice cream from an ice cream truck!

 (P.S. I adore her swim suit! She picked it out and I just love the little striped flower on the ruffled top.)
Playing in the sand.

After the beach, we got cleaned up and headed down to Orlando to go to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament! I've been wanting to take Allie here for awhile and I'm so glad this destination made it on our vacay itinerary.
Allie wore a dried flower headband that my sister got from Medieval Times 20 years ago. She loved it and it of course made her look like the perfect medieval maiden.
Outside the castle!
We explored the medieval village which was pretty cool.

Each room/exhibit displays what real medieval life would have looked like from clothing to cooking to woodworking to even torture devices! Yikes!

After walking through the village we went and waited in the great hall to enter the arena.
We ended up cheering for the green knight.

Medieval Times is fun for many reasons, but one of them is that you eat with your hands just like you would have during the middle ages.
During the tournament, you are served a 3-course meal including all the items listed above. It looks basically like this: (Stock photo from MT. I didn't take a pic cause it was too dark.)
Umm.. delish. And hot. My fingers were burning from the hot meat. Ha!

Let the tournament begin!

During the tournament you watch the knights compete in a variety of events.  (Go green knight!)
This includes swording fighting.
After each event, the knights that perform the best hand out a flower to one person in their section. So who do you think got a flower when the green knight did well? Yep! Our Allie!
Mom, dad, and Al after the tournament
The three musketeers!
Medieval Times was really fun! I haven't been here since the 6th grade and it was so fun to bring Allie, especially since she's starting 6th grade this fall.

Our time in Florida was well spent and I'm really glad we got to come down. Thanks for having us mom and dad!
On Sunday we drove back to CLT, full from a fabulous vacay. Our next family trip is coming up THIS Sunday as we head for Lake Junaluska, my family's summer vacation spot since before I was born. My family has a reunion there every summer and I'm looking forward to being in the mountains and seeing the fam!

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