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We changed our plans slightly over night as Grace was unwell just after I put her to bed. I think it was too much sun after walking around but there were no further episodes. It did mean however that I had not finished packing and was too tired to do it, we also did not know what lay in front of us that night so decided the morning would be leisurely and we would not rush out the door before 8 for the drive to Miami as originally planned. This was seconded by me checking the flight on the BA app as I had forgotten to do this to check the seat allocation. We had been allocated seats together but it also said we had quite a big delay and would not be flying at 11.15 but 1.30am! There really was no point rushing in the morning!

I woke up at 7 and got up to make tea and see how everyone was. We were in good shape but Grace was complaining of a head ache still, so she chilled on the sofa with some water while Mick and I finished packing while we drank tea!

We wanted to be out by 8.30 and go and have breakfast at Bob Evans at the I4/27 junction. This actually happened everything was packed apart from tooth brushes so we could go out and chill out a bit.

Bob Evans for breakfast on the last day is now a bit of a tradition for us. Apologies for the photo with the half eaten egg! This is the 3rd year we have done it and it has not disappointed us yet. I had the original which was 2 eggs, I chose sausage patties as the meat option and home fries. I got 2 slices of French toast with this too.
Mick had the sunshine skillet (he always had this) and it didn't disappoint, he loved it.

Grace had 5 small pancakes with a sausage link. Mick ate the sausage but she ate all the pancakes, every single one 😊 she had water and the two of us had coffee. It came to $28 and we left our tip and went back home very happy. This was just what we needed for our long drive to Miami.

I put the last wash on and the dishwasher when we got in and packed the last toiletries. Mick started to load the car and we were soon ready to get on our way. It had actually been the right decision to not rush this morning, it was going to be such a long day due to flying so late and with the drive too.

It was 10.20am when we left the villa and the Westridge Community, we had certainly enjoyed our stay. Mick was going to do the first half of the drive and we would swap hopefully at a dunkin doughnuts somewhere (Grace's request). We were also going to take the scenic≈ US27 route. I had not done this before and the map only said 15 minutes longer than going down the I95 so we thought why not?

We did stop at the Walmart at southern dunes for a couple of last minute things but this only took 10 minutes and we left Mick in the car with our worldly goods. We then did a petrol fill up and started to think we were getting somewhere. We weren't really it was over 200miles and took ages. There was lots to look at though and I quite enjoyed it. Mick didn't like all the traffic lights but they did get less and less as we went along.






We stopped at Glades County to swap over, this was just after 2 and we did stretch our legs for 5 minutes outside the quite nice court house... They gave me free WiFi which I was very pleased about despite it not being open 😊

About 10 minutes up the road the lovely dunkin doughnuts appeared and the lovely little lady who had already had a sleep in the back of the car was delighted. We got 2 chocolate glazed doughnuts an orange juice and a medium coffee for just over $6.

I had one of the cinnamon buns I had made which we had brought with us and we took it all to go. We were on the homewood stretch now with less than 2 hours to go. The heavens opened though, and this always happens, when I drive it was like it waits for Mick to move over and be a passenger!!

It wasn't the worse I had driven in and it didn't last long thankfully and very soon after that we were on the I75 and getting closer to big roads and more traffic.

We made it round to the airport without any trouble until we were about 5 mins away from the hotel before we started going round in what seemed circles, I just couldn't remember some stages so we had to follow the map and 20 minutes later we arrived where we had started last year at the Cambria Suites, blue lagoon. It was a welcome sight, and just after 3.30pm.

We got everything inside and checked in to our room without any problem no. 407.
We found our room and dumped everything before agreeing to try and get a couple of hours sleep and then have something to eat in the hotel before making our way to the airport.



We couldn't sleep but we did get a good bit of rest and we were glad we had done this. We did want originally to get here for lunch time and spend time by the pool to really make it worthwhile but it wasn't to be. We had showers at about 6 and then went down to get some food.

Grace had mac n cheese (just for a change) and Mick and I shared a pepperoni pizza. I had a glass of white wine, Mick a coke and Grace an apple juice. This came to just over $30 which we didn't think was too bad for hotel dining. We had talked about going out but we couldn't face the round in circles thing again and we don't really know where is "safe" to go and where isn't, so this was much easier. The pizza was really good and Grace ate all the mac n cheese too so we really can't complain.

We went back upstairs, it was 7.30 and out flight was only saying an hours delay now. We had a suitcase re-gig... again and soon we were filling the car again. I can recommend this hotel, the staff are very good and friendly, the rooms are good, microwave, fridge, coffee, good bathrooms and very comfy beds. There is free coffee available all day downstairs and the whole place is spotless. It's also only 10 mins from the car rental centre.

We went round the back of the hotel to a main drag with loads of petrol stations and filled the car up. I wasn't worried about doing it now as we only had to give it back 7/8ths full as this is how we received it... We were soon pulling in to the car rental centre with no errors in navigation from either side this time. I checked the slip he gave me back read zero and was delighted that it was as I was not convinced I was going to have a fight on my hands.
All was good with Avis in the end, I will just wait and see what the toll charges bring! I will keep you posted.

Car unloaded we went to catch the people mover to the main terminal. This worked OK, Grace had 2 of the small wheelies, and I had a big case and a small wheelie and Mick took 2 large cases. They were heavy but it wasn't for long and we managed.

We walked round to the BA check in and it was practically empty, we only waited a few minutes to be called forward. Our cases weighed 19,20 and 23kg, we were pretty pleased with this and its always good to see them going off whilst we cross our fingers we get them back the other end.

Security was next, it was a little busy but really nothing major. Ipads out and shoes off here. We could walk through as a family so didn't have to go in the body scanner and Grace didn't have to take her shoes off either which is good.

We were a bag down though and I remembered it was mine with the BBB candles. The guy who checked it was really nice though, asking me not to touch anything until the end and said yes it would be the candles. He was very polite and packed everything up nicely and we were back on our way.

We went straight for the gate, it was 9.15 and Grace was flagging and she just needed to sit. We got some water and then started to wait it out. We did a bit of surfing, Grace watched a bit of you tube and I did some reading and we did lots of people watching!

The time ticked by and Mick and Grace went to spend the change we had in the vending machine, coming back with a twix and a packet of lays. We visited the restrooms hundreds of times for something to do and finally at 11.30 it was time to board.



View of the airport from our hotel room. This was a bit of a shambles with a million people who are queueing but it's not their group and blocking us who should be boarding from getting through!
Soon we were on though and sitting in row 32 and all ready to go now. We took off at 12.30 and the pilot said we would land at 2, which was an hour later than it should be.

They got the drinks round pretty quickly and I had orange juice. Mick had a red wine and Grace was already asleep. Bless her she had done so well but it was difficult with it being so late.

Dinner was next and it was Thai green chicken curry or tomato and cheese pasta. We had the chicken but I only ate the chicken and a little bit of rice, it was OK, it tasted nice but it was dry! It really need some sauce There was a nice little lemon pudding for desert which was nice.

We settled down for some sleep and I have to say I slept a fair bit compared to normal. Don't get me wrong it was very broken but I was pleased as I was driving back from Heathrow and I could do with some rest before negotiating that.
We woke up with an hour and a half to go. We had caught up some time and would be landing at 1.30pm so was very happy about that.
They served breakfast which was a cream cheese and tomato croissant and a cereal bar. We had coffee and Grace had her usual on a plane absolutely nothing 😀😀.

We landed at 1.35pm and were soon off the plane and it was 31 degrees... Hang on a minute where are we? It was so nice to get off a plane and not feel cold!

Immigration was first after a rather long walk, we went in the family line and were soon at the front and I could see our cases were on belt 9.we went to find the belt and it was 35 mins since we got off the plane but the cases were not there yet. The they soon were though and we were out if that terminal within 45 mins, we could not argue sbd be to fair the terminal was very quiet indeed. We agreed this was a great flight to get.

I called the car people and he arrived 10 minutes later and we were off to get the car. This was no drama and they had looked after it very well. We moved all the cases over and I drove home and we were home sweet home by 4.15pm



Evening selfie at home... Very happy but tired family ☺️

So another year done, and a great family holiday. Thanks to all of you who have read along and sorry for the delay on posting this last day. This is why I do it while I am out there as everyday life gets in the way and it doesn't get done otherwise.
Thanks for all your comments too it means a lot.
I will index everything in the next few days and do a summary.
See you next year Bye


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Today I didn't open my eyes until 7am, I really wanted to stay in bed a little longer but we had made the decision last night to go to Walmart first thing, so I forced myself out of bed. I remember some joker thinking it was funny to ring the house phone at midnight on the dot too!

I made 2 cups of tea that we drank as we got ready and I had a cheeky strawberry yoghurt too. We were out the door at 7.30, not bad for a Saturday morning.

We didn't spend long in Walmart. We got some souvenirs for friends and some croissants for breakfast and I got a couple more spools of ribbon. We also returned some goggles we got on our first Walmart visit. We got 2 sets by mistake and 1 set fell apart when we opened them, it was no bother to return them.

I popped over to the liqour store which said on the website it opened at 8 but on the door it said 9!

Never mind we can do that later. We stopped by the dollar general store again so I could get some melatonin as this is cheaper than Walmart, so I the other 2 got more sweets!!

We were home before 9 and Mick did the breakfast while I packed some more. I also did my pool duties and sorted out outside.

We had breakfast same as usual and Grace had the croissants, she enjoyed them too.

We hit the pool and the others were in and out watching football and generally chilling out. We ate leftovers for lunch and I even had a couple of beers, I was on holiday after all 😁

Mick and Grace went in to shower at about 2.30 but I stayed out until 3.i had also been popping in and out doing washing and packing up things we were no longer using.



We were going through with our idea to go to visit the Grand Floridian Hotel this afternoon. I did want to run in to Michael's and the Dollar Tree at Posner Park first, but the others too this well.

We were there by 3.30 and I got some paper for my Christmas card making and some wire wreaths from the dollar tree too for Christmas.

We got back in the car, and we knew there was a crash on the I4 but not a long delay and it only kept us for about 5 minutes, we were soon past it and in our way to Disney World. We had decided to try and blag our way in to the Grand Floridian but if we couldn't we would park up at the Magic Kingdom and pay up rather than going back out to Disney Springs.

This is exactly what happened the man on the gate was very polite but basically it was back to the Magic Kingdom. We soon arrived at the TTC though, and it was boiling hot!!



We were not alone in taking a picture of our parking row.












We were baking but we took lots of photos and then got on the monorail and we stopped at the Polynesian. This was super we loved it, and we even had a wander outside.

Back on the monorail and the 2nd bag check lol and round to the Grand Floridian. We were going to stop for a drink but it was already 6 and we were flagging and needed dinner really. This hotel is amazing we absolutely loved it, very grand indeed, gorgeous.












We left and ended up doing the full circle on the monorail. This for us was money very well spent and a really nice way to spend an afternoon. We are glad we made the effort to do it. We arrived back at 7.20 and made the dinner.

To be fair Mick made dinner whilst I acted like a crazy woman trying to pack everything. We were tired and hungry which didn't help but we ate everything we had left and then Grace went to bed.

I still have some stuff to pack but I only have the beds to wash in the morning all the towels are done and the last 2 hand towels can go in with the sheets in the morning.

I am just putting Grace to bed now and then I shall finish up and get some sleep.

Tomorrow we do not fly until 11pm out of Miami. The plan at the moment is to leave here as early as possible and have breakfast at Bob Evans, then drive down to Miami. I have booked a hotel, the Cambia Suites at Blue Lagoon where we stayed last year. This is purely indulgent as we can then make the most of the afternoon, by the pool, relaxing in the room even having a nap before we need to get to the sirport. It is going to be a long old day so this will hopefully make things a bit easier.

Thanks as always for reading along and we will see you tomorrow.. Bye



Pretty good night and I was up having a cuppa at 7am. Grace was up very soon after and then Mick at about 7.15.

I decided to sort out our cases this morning ready to have a tidy up and pack some bits. I also put some washing on whilst Mick went for a walk around the block.

I actually got quite a bit of packing done but remembered it's much easier on the return because basically you take everything with you, don't you.

I went out to do my pool cleaning duties at around 8.30 and due to the rain there was a bit to do. Mick was doing the breakfast this morning and that was soon ready. We enjoyed this as always and we decided we would cook some bacon at home at the weekend in the microwave too and have it during the week once we were back home.

We were soon plotted up outside, well Grace was you tubing inside, while I did 100 lengths of the pool, this was good it took about 20 mins and I was pleased I had managed it. Well it wasn't hard really lol

We spent about an hour outside, and just before 11 the other 2 announced they were going to dollar general which was only 5 minutes up the road. They are complete professionals at travelling on their own now after the perkins debacle so off they went and I'm not joking but 10 minutes after they left it rained!! I managed to grab everything and stop everything getting soaked.

What does a girl do when she's home alone and its raining?? Baking that's what, baking.
We had got some cinnamon rolls the other day ready to bake so I did those first and then I made some brownies from a box kit we had got from Aldi the other day. By the time I had done this I was just pulling the cinnamon bins out if the oven and putting the brownies in when they arrived back.



We decided to wait for the brownies and then head up to Winter Gardens for some shopping, this was always the intention it was just much earlier. We thought if we got out we could get it done and get some sun later.

I remember reading about winter Gardens in one of Pussycatdolls reports, well thanks Selena if your reading we absolutely loved it.

We went up the 429 it took 30 very easy minutes. We arrived at 1pm and parked right in the middle of everything so we could walk everywhere with no problem. First we went in to Old Navy. I split up with Mick and we went to look at our own stuff. I picked up about 3 dresses to try on and a denim jacket which was only $15! I went with Grace to pick her things and she got a dress and a playsuit. We met her Daddy and we were put in a changing room together where I quickly realised I was not a small in here but a medium. Due to the fact we had a big changing room I could run out quickly and switched the dresses for a medium and ended up getting none of them and just the jacket lol. Grace got her 2 things and we went back and got another playsuit as they were only $5. 99. Mick got a shirt and we left the store about $40 lighter but very happy.

Next was Ross and in here I got a pair of sandals, a long evening dress, this was $19 and I was very happy with it. I am always on the look out for a long evening dress as we do go to a few occasions where I need to wear one. One of the seams needs a cm stitch but apart from that it was beautiful and perfect so I couldn't say no for that price. Grace got a tiny rucksack for $11 and she was very happy with this.

Mick didn't get anything and we moved on to Marshalls, I do like a Marshalls but despite a good rummage we didn't get anything in here. Next was Target and we were thirsty so we had a coffee and a cookie before a quick look around. I got a NASA t shirt which I was very happy to find $12.99 but nothing else so we went out.

I wanted to go up to Jo-Ann's so I went on my own while the other 2 went to Staples (Grace had seen a good advert on TV for Staples and really wanted to go and look at the stationary.. I don't think the advert lived up to the expectations lol )

I popped in to my shop and went and looked at the paper punching things and then looked at the paper but they only had card that I wanted not paper.
I went to the back to the clearance part and was lucky and got a few things for my Christmas card making, at good prices so I was pleased I had come in. There were about 5 people in the queue to pay in front of me though and only 1 till open! This does not make me happy, the young girl didn't call anyone either because when a guy came he said to her why didn't you call me!!

Anyway I was soon out after that and went over to meet the others who were waiting outside. Bed Bath and Beyond was our last call as I always get my shower curtains in here. I had a look at the thermos mugs too but couldn't see anything I liked so we picked up the shower curtains and left.

We promised Grace Chick Fil A again and I hitched on BBB's WiFi to see exactly where it was (I knew it was close) and it was over the road so we made it over there and Mick ran in to get a 6 nugget meal with water that Grace had in the car. It was 3.30pm and the skies were clearing nicely and we were soon on our way home. We did a pit stop at Publix for lemonade and tonic water and were indoors for 4.15pm. Grace was straight on the WiFi to facetime her nanny and show her and tell her what we had been up to before it was too late in the evening for them.



I made the drinks up (vodka) and we had them out by the pool. The weather was lovely and we had a good couple of hours out there before coming in and having showers and our tea which was a mixture of chicken nuggets and salmon tonight. I forgot to say but I cooked the salmon we got in Aldi this morning when I was doing the packing as I like it cold so that was all done. Grace ate some nuggets too and we had garlic bread again with it. We really are enjoying these dinners and not missing going out at all.

We sat down in front of the TV and watched some more Ninja American Warrior, this is becoming a little addictive for us in the evenings lol

We commented today a lot about what a nice holiday we were having ( I think it's a sign that we know we are going home soon) but it has been another top day despite the weather changing our plans yet again.
Tomorrow is definately a trip to Disney Springs and a bus to the Grand Floridian for a mooch about. We also plan to do Walmart first thing again.

Apologies for the lack of photos today too!

Thanks very much for reading along again and we will see you tomorrow. Bye



Today is Aquatica today... Hooray

We had a super busy morning, with 3 sets of exam results to find out before we did anything else.

I got up at 6.30 as we really wanted to get to Aquatica for opening time... (we didn't) and we needed to do exams first, then breakfast, then get out the door!

Firstly we had Micks daughter and her results to get so Mick called her and she did really well, so that was good. In the meantime I text my Nephew and he had done brilliantly too and then my friends kids who also did well...very proud of all of them

Enough excitement for so early in the morning! Next up we started breakfast, it was about 7. 15 and Grace was actually still in bed asleep, this was not the morning for her to have a lie in! She didn't get up until 7.35...We had our usual eggs and extras and I managed to get Grace to eat some French toast at 8am... I wanted to leave by 8.15 so I was trying not to stress!! I packed up some towels, pool shoes and some water and snacks we had over that we knew we could take in.

We were in the car and off by 8.20am so not bad at all, we did have to get gas though so we stopped for that, I don't know if it's just me but this always seems to take forever! It was busy too we had someone waiting behind us!

We took the route along the 192 and around the I4 as there was an accident so we basically got on and the Google maps route that I set at home sent us straight off and round on to International Drive to avoid getting stuck. We pulled in to Aquatica at 9.20.






We had 3 Groupon for entry that I had printed off and I prepaid for parking too, I am not sure this bit saved anything but it was a job done in advance. Buying the Groupon was good value and I think we paid about 86 for all of us to get in.

We knew we wanted to be parked up round by the kids bit so we got a locker and made our way round there. To be honest I did not really understand the map so we just followed the route round. I didn't think the park was actually that big to walk around everything seemed close and if you didn't know where something was it didn't take long to come across it.

We put everything in the locker and then as we did the sun lotion Grace tried a couple of slides in the kids bit. These were great because adults can go on them too

I said we should move on even though Grace was loving it so much and do the bigger thing before it got too busy. We went in search of Roas Rapids, this is likt a lazy river but with a current so it takes you round and you wear a life jacket. We absolutely loved this and I lost count of the times we went round. It was brilliant fun, we did try it without the life jackets too but it wasn't as good you needed the float to make it easier. getting on and off or in and out I suppose it is lol is tricky but amusing, it was great!

We then went and found the lazy river Loggerhead Lane. For this you had to be on a double doughnut type float thing... I can't think of the word lol. I went on with Grace and Mick went on on his own. This was fun too but not as good as the faster one so we only did this twice round.

We then went back to the kids area and we took it in turns to go down the slides with Grace who soon found the confidence to go down the enclosed slides. She really doesn't like the dark and was scared but she soon mastered it and loved it. She did spend time in there on her own too which was great. I did find that you just got soaked the whole time everywhere on the slides off them there was water all over the place lol

We sat a couple of times and had our snacks and a drink and then kept going back. At 2pm we had really had enough, we were shattered and starting to get hungry so we went to get changed. the facilities are good, they have showers (cold though) and shampoo and plenty of space to get sorted, I was impressed.

We soon found our way out of the park and found the car with no dramas.. (we are not good at this normally), it was another hot day and reading 99 on the car... It felt like it too.

Our mission now was another Groupon, Cici's pizza. This I felt was perfect for all the work we had done this morning... I had paid $10 for 2 adults so we only had to pay for Grace $3.99 and drinks another $5 I think.

This hit the spot, you know what it's going to be like very cheap and chearful but I have to say the pizza was really good.

We were back indoors for 3.45 and we didn't plan on going out again tonight in fact I was going to try and get Grace to bed earlier tonight as I think things are catching up a little. We have spent some time watching movies... Secret life of pets... love it... as we were going to go back out by the pool but it's well and truly tipping it down !! First proper rain since we have been in Orlando so we can't grumble. I did some more washing and tidying up and just going to chill out now.

Tomorrow or Saturday we are going to go on our trip to the Grand Floridian.. Depends how things work out.
Thanks for reading and we will see you tomorrow. Bye









My sunrise picture through the screen.


Today another early rise out surfing by the pool at 6.45.Grace was up with me too and at 7 I said let's go to Walmart! She was up for it so we got dressed and we're in the car for 7.20 😁

The roads were busy not quiet like when I pop out in Rotonda. We were soon there up at Cagans Crossing looking at loads of stuff we didn't need lol.

I got my Mum some chocolate she really likes and I got some ribbon for Christmas, this was super cheap and I may even get some more.

We got a couple of essentials, chicken nuggets for tonight and some rice and water and we will do Aldi for the other things we need to take us to the end later.

We were in for 8.45 and had breakfast, Grace had the last of the French toast and we had eggs and our usual extras.

We were then out by the pool for another hot day. At 11 the troops got restless and they went out to Dunkin Doughnuts! They remembered money and sat in with a coffee and orange juice with Mick having a chocolate chip muffin and Grace a jam doughnut. Both were delicious and they really enjoyed it. They brought me home a pumpkin muffin, this was really nice and I had it with a cuppa outside. I must admit I had a lovely snooze on my sunbed when they were out, it was great.






One choc chip muffin... 😊



My pumpkin muffin... Can recommend it 😊
Grace had a cheese sandwich at about 1 and then we played some more until 2.40 when it was everyone out and shower time. We had great fun today.

We were soon ready and out the door at 3.10 and on our way to the premium outlets at the top of town 😊

Wow everything looked so different since the last time we had been here! Longhorns, Bahama Breeze and everything... Anyway I digress..

We managed to park fairly easily if I am honest, someone came out just as we were going around and we were next to Victoria Secrets... We did go in here and I did try on a bra but it was too small and to be honest I couldn't be bothered. We left here and got a cinnamon pretzel just outside, just what I needed. I haven't mentioned how hot it was today, honestly this place was like an absolute furnace, it was 97 on the car and my goodness it felt like it. The back of my legs were burning! The air conditioning was most welcome it doesn't matter where it comes from.

We made our way around to Calvin Klein after a quick once round in Ralph Lauren. Nothing in wither if I'm honest so in to Tommy Hilfiger which again was disappointing. We decided to make our way down the far end to Nike and check the trainers out for Grace one last time.

We decided that we were not going to get what we wanted and we would have to wait until our next trip to see what size she is and go from there..
We decided to call it quits here and head up to the Mall at Millenia and get some cheesecake from the cheesecake shop we know there... You know the one!
We were absolutely dripping when we got in to the car and were thankful for moving off and getting the air con working, I had checked out Google maps to get my bearings as it looked so different and I realised where we were. All these restaurants were on my secret shortcut which was clearly a secret no more!!

We did get some things in Gap actually, I have just remembered! I got 2 tops for work and Grace got a T Shirt but that was all, we have decided to very possibly give the Vineland outlets a miss!!



We got up to the Mall and parked outside Macys so we could have a once round in there. They had nothing but we made our way in to the Mall and I stopped in that beauty shop right next door to it, to buy a nail treatment. I said to Mick when I came out that I have been buying this nail protein in that shop for about 15 years and the price has not changed once! I cannot complain!

Down we went to the Cheesecake Factory and as usual there were people waiting all over the place for a table.. I miss the Sarasota one where you never have to wait. Anyway we didn't wait today because we were only buying cheesecake and leaving.

Mick decided on Chocolate truffle tower cake, OMG it was massive! Grace was going to go for the Oreo cheesecake but changed her mind when we got there to a Salted Caramel Cheesecake. We waited for about 3 minutes while they packed it up and then my happy campers left laden with cheesecake!

We made out way back to the car as it was now nearly 6 and we still had Aldi to do. I googled the traffic situation before we left the WiFi at the mall and it said that the I4 was not great and it wanted us to go up to Winter Garden and down on the 27! I thought I would risk it to be honest!

We did really well considering and we made it to Aldi without too much delay, the I4 was moving which is fine if a little slow. Aldi was empty, we had a list and we stuck to it and we were in and out in a flash, we left there at just after 7 and were soon indoors.



We got up to the Mall and parked outside Macys so we could have a once round in there. They had nothing but we made our way in to the Mall and I stopped in that beauty shop right next door to it, to buy a nail treatment. I said to Mick when I came out that I have been buying this nail protein in that shop for about 15 years and the price has not changed once! I cannot complain!

Down we went to the Cheesecake Factory and as usual there were people waiting all over the place for a table.. I miss the Sarasota one where you never have to wait. Anyway we didn't wait today because we were only buying cheesecake and leaving.

Mick decided on Chocolate truffle tower cake, OMG it was massive! Grace was going to go for the Oreo cheesecake but changed her mind when we got there to a Salted Caramel Cheesecake. We waited for about 3 minutes while they packed it up and then my happy campers left laden with cheesecake!

We made out way back to the car as it was now nearly 6 and we still had Aldi to do. I googled the traffic situation before we left the WiFi at the mall and it said that the I4 was not great and it wanted us to go up to Winter Garden and down on the 27! I thought I would risk it to be honest!

We did really well considering and we made it to Aldi without too much delay, the I4 was moving which is fine if a little slow. Aldi was empty, we had a list and we stuck to it and we were in and out in a flash, we left there at just after 7 and were soon indoors.



We got up to the Mall and parked outside Macys so we could have a once round in there. They had nothing but we made our way in to the Mall and I stopped in that beauty shop right next door to it, to buy a nail treatment. I said to Mick when I came out that I have been buying this nail protein in that shop for about 15 years and the price has not changed once! I cannot complain!

Down we went to the Cheesecake Factory and as usual there were people waiting all over the place for a table.. I miss the Sarasota one where you never have to wait. Anyway we didn't wait today because we were only buying cheesecake and leaving.

Mick decided on Chocolate truffle tower cake, OMG it was massive! Grace was going to go for the Oreo cheesecake but changed her mind when we got there to a Salted Caramel Cheesecake. We waited for about 3 minutes while they packed it up and then my happy campers left laden with cheesecake!

We made out way back to the car as it was now nearly 6 and we still had Aldi to do. I googled the traffic situation before we left the WiFi at the mall and it said that the I4 was not great and it wanted us to go up to Winter Garden and down on the 27! I thought I would risk it to be honest!

We did really well considering and we made it to Aldi without too much delay, the I4 was moving which is fine if a little slow. Aldi was empty, we had a list and we stuck to it and we were in and out in a flash, we left there at just after 7 and were soon indoors.



We got up to the Mall and parked outside Macys so we could have a once round in there. They had nothing but we made our way in to the Mall and I stopped in that beauty shop right next door to it, to buy a nail treatment. I said to Mick when I came out that I have been buying this nail protein in that shop for about 15 years and the price has not changed once! I cannot complain!

Down we went to the Cheesecake Factory and as usual there were people waiting all over the place for a table.. I miss the Sarasota one where you never have to wait. Anyway we didn't wait today because we were only buying cheesecake and leaving.

Mick decided on Chocolate truffle tower cake, OMG it was massive! Grace was going to go for the Oreo cheesecake but changed her mind when we got there to a Salted Caramel Cheesecake. We waited for about 3 minutes while they packed it up and then my happy campers left laden with cheesecake!

We made out way back to the car as it was now nearly 6 and we still had Aldi to do. I googled the traffic situation before we left the WiFi at the mall and it said that the I4 was not great and it wanted us to go up to Winter Garden and down on the 27! I thought I would risk it to be honest!

We did really well considering and we made it to Aldi without too much delay, the I4 was moving which is fine if a little slow. Aldi was empty, we had a list and we stuck to it and we were in and out in a flash, we left there at just after 7 and were soon indoors.



We got up to the Mall and parked outside Macys so we could have a once round in there. They had nothing but we made our way in to the Mall and I stopped in that beauty shop right next door to it, to buy a nail treatment. I said to Mick when I came out that I have been buying this nail protein in that shop for about 15 years and the price has not changed once! I cannot complain!

Down we went to the Cheesecake Factory and as usual there were people waiting all over the place for a table.. I miss the Sarasota one where you never have to wait. Anyway we didn't wait today because we were only buying cheesecake and leaving.

Mick decided on Chocolate truffle tower cake, OMG it was massive! Grace was going to go for the Oreo cheesecake but changed her mind when we got there to a Salted Caramel Cheesecake. We waited for about 3 minutes while they packed it up and then my happy campers left laden with cheesecake!

We made out way back to the car as it was now nearly 6 and we still had Aldi to do. I googled the traffic situation before we left the WiFi at the mall and it said that the I4 was not great and it wanted us to go up to Winter Garden and down on the 27! I thought I would risk it to be honest!

We did really well considering and we made it to Aldi without too much delay, the I4 was moving which is fine if a little slow. Aldi was empty, we had a list and we stuck to it and we were in and out in a flash, we left there at just after 7 and were soon indoors.



I put the oven on and unpacked the shopping and we then sent some good luck exam messages so out friends and family would have them in the morning. The sun was just going down when we got in and it was still 90 by the way!

We had chicken nuggets today which were actually OK and a couple of vodkas.

Next up was the cheesecake, Grace had eaten all her dinner and was more than ready for her cheesecake the salted caramel, and she loved it!



Apologies for the end being cut off, but I that was my bit 😂😂



Micks was epic... I encouraged him to save some from tomorrow as Grace couldn't eat all hers and now they both have some for tomorrow.

We were going to Aquatica tomorrow so we spent a little time planning our day and packing a bag up for that, as we aim to be there for opening.. I don't know if we will make it but we will really try!

Thanks for reading and we will see you tomorrow Bye



I did not have a great sleep last night I was rather restless and it meant I got up at 6.40, I felt fairly well rested though so it was just one of those things. The other 2 were still asleep so I sneaked about trying not to wake them so I could have a nice cuppa in peace. I did my usual surfing and then read a bit of my book which I had nearly finished.

Mick and Grace were up at 7.45 because we were going to go to IHOP this morning. I hurried them along as I wanted to get there before the rush. It was only a little way down the 27 at Berry Town Centre and pretty soon we were sitting in a booth with a vast menu in front of us. If I am honest it took me ages to decide. In the end I had a current special it was something like a bacon egg combo with Mexican pancakes, in a nutshell 2 eggs, bacon, hash brown and then 2 pancakes with a caramel sauce drizzled over... Super delicious Mick and Grace both had chocolate chip pancake stack,, these were full of chocolate and they both loved it






The bill was $35 and we left $40. We popped in to Publix for pizza for Grace for tonight and some garlic bread for us all as we were going to finish the salmon tonight.



The cinnamon bun from Perkins... Was yummy!

It was then home to the pool, we were in Publix for just after 9 and sitting by the pool for just before 10. The usual games commenced and book reading continued. The grass was being cut today and goodness they looked like they could do with a beer it must be so hot for them, We did discuss asking if they wanted one but we had no idea if this was the done thing. I did say coke may be more appropriate seeing as they were charging around on a great big lawn mower lol

At 2. 30 Grace announced she was having a shower I couldn't believe this, no more pool I said?? Do you want to go shopping I said? Yes she said! It was going to be a day we didn't go back out.. The weather was glorious and we were due to just kick back but we thought we'll, why not?
So we had super speedy showers and we're in the car just before 3 on our way to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. I love the way our days have just been completely spontaneous!

It didn't take long to get there at all 30 minutes and we decided to just go in to stores we really wanted to get something in and avoid any distractions so we could still be home in good time for dinner.



Picture next to the sherrifs car at the outlets 😁

First up was Aeropostale where we got t shirts from the clearance section a total of $14 for 3. Then we went in to Fossil where I saw a purse I really liked but we decided to chill out and think about it.... I wanted that purse lol.

We went in to converse next and I picked up a really pretty pink pair for my friend for $50, then a run around Tommy Hilfiger but found nothing. This is usually my go to store but so far I have not been close to getting anything which is very disappointing. We had a look in Nike next and tried to get Grace another pair of the trainers we had got her the other day in a bigger size but we think now that she has the biggest of that style and they don't do it bigger. We will check the other outlets though. We did get her another T shirt and I also picked up one for my youngest Nephew so that was great.

We then went round to Calvin Klein, I wanted a proper look here as I really need some tops for work but unfortunately again I came out with nothing. It was nearly 5 so we decided to call it a day and head back, we did get a bit delayed on the I4 but it wasn't too bad and we were home by 5.45. I did the dinner Grace did a few jobs for me, folding washing and emptying the dishwasher, she is out of cash so being very good earning a few dollars



We tucked in to the salmon and he rice we had got in Publix...forgot to tell you we got that too along with some tomato, avodaco etc, it was really nice and we are actually considering not visiting anymore restaurants and just doing this every night... Watch this space.

Grace is currently watching You Tube and we are chatting in the kitchen drinking a few vodkas before setting down to watch a movie together. I think a secret life of pets is on the cards...

Tomorrow is still not planned lol, but I know we are going to try and head up to the top and do the Millenia Mall to collect some cheesecake from you know where and maybe do the outlets up there. Thanks again for reading and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow Bye



I woke up a bit earlier today 6.10 but i did manage to go back to sleep until 6.50 when we all bounced out of bed. We stepped in to our usual morning route now. Tea and coffee and then Mick was out the door on a walk while I made the breakfast. I know I have done no walking but I am sort of over it now. Lol

It was fruit and yoghurt this morning. Pineapple, mango, kiwi, grapes and orange with plain Greek yoghurt. It was really nice. Grace was back on the French toast which had been replenished now.

So, breakfast done and dusted it was back to the Perkins conversation. Grace and Mick were on it today getting everything ready for the return journey including money! They left feeling much more relaxed than they did yesterday at about 9.15. I finished clearing up the kitchen and folding washing then I was out on my pool cleaning duties. These must have been executed perfectly as I have had no complaints 😁

It was then me, my sunbed and my book for a most peaceful half an hour before I heard the car door slam on the drive and peace was shattered ha ha

Well what a couple of happy bunnies walked through the gate!! It was most definitely mission accomplished today. A strawberry shake and a piece of apple pie for Grace. The chocolate pie for Mick and a cinnamon bun for me double yum yum 😍

We put all this in the fridge, it was 10.30 and we hit the pool. The weather had certainly improved since Sunday and we enjoyed much sun (and heat) until we called it a day at 2.30. We had a light lunch at 12.30 to keep us going until later.



We had showers I put the pool towels in the wash and we were off out the door at 3.20. We were back in the door 10 minutes later because we forgot the purse with the cash in!!

We were off up to the Florida Mall this afternoon and we would go on to wherever from there and see where we ended up.

W ehad a small shower on the I4 on the way up but it was certainly nothing to shout about.. The car said it was 97 by the way, another scorcher!
We arrived at the mall at 4.10pm and parked up outside Macy's, we needed to change a printed voucher we had purchased a couple of weeks ago. A $20 voucher for $10 through travel zoo... Thanks to the Dibber who posted

We did have a little mooch around the bottom floor of Macy's, I even tried on a pair of shoes quickly but I wasn't feeling the love so we went out to redeem our vouchers and very soon we were armed with $40 that we had only paid $20 for. We went in to the M and M World store and got a lb of then for just about $14?? It was fun though and we had enough M and M's to see us through the week! He smelled really nice in this shop, you could even small the cocoa from outside it.









We went round to Abercrombie and even had a look in the kids once but I hate to say it but I think the quality just gets worse and the prices go up so we didn't get anything.

We had a look through the door of Bath and body works but moved round to Hollister. Now I had fun in here, I get jeans every year (that I don't really need) because they are so cheap. They were all half price at $25 each. I picked up a high waisted skinny pair in khaki.. Which are really a brown sort of colour not green and they had a really nice pair in white but they were ripped and I feel they are a little too casual (and I have 2 other normal coloured ones that are ripped) so I was just going to get one pair but then I saw the jeggings jeans and I thought why not?? So I got those in white instead. I paid with the 2 gift cards too so I was very happy.

We decided to get out of this mall, we are starting to get hungry and didn't want to crash out miles from home. I got on some WiFi and found the steak and shake and punched it in to the phone. We were going to do this yesterday and Grace was still going on about it so it had to be now. It took just over half an hour to get there the one near the crossroads I think it was. The traffic was busy around the airport turning but OK once we were away from there. We had spent nearly 2 hours somehow in that mall and made it to the restaurant at about 6.40. We were seated and I ordered a double bacon and cheese burger swapping the fries for coleslaw. Mick ordered the triple burger with cheese and fries and Grace had the mac and cheese and an oreo milkshake. It took a little while to come out but it all tasted delicious except I didn't get my coleslaw. The bill was $22 we left $25 as the service was slow and I was missing something..
We jumped back in the car and went down the I4 to the champions gate turning and home that way. We were back indoors at 7.50.

grace is now watching Wall:E and I am typing my report and Mick is surfing whilst having some red wine... He has just eaten his Perkins Pie and I forgot the photo apologies, he said it was really nice though

Tomorrow we are thinking of going to IHOP for breakfast but anything can change between now and then.
Thanks for staying with me and we will see you tomorrow Bye


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