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Unread 2 Sep 19, 05:46 PM  
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So we missed sunrise! We all snoozed for way too long!
OH was up just after though and disappeared off for coffee and donuts from The Donut Experiment. Nice and healthy 😬

They were key lime, plain cinnamon sugar dusted and a bacon and sriracha for DS 🤢
They were still warm ☺️

Anyway. It was a gorgeous day so we headed for the beach.

Heres OH hiding behind a tree.

Sadly the water wasnt still and turquoise as we know and love it to be but it was still a nice morning. I think there had been a lot of rain for about a fortnight prior to our arrival and the water was fairly rough for AMI




I positioned myself in between a
couple of turtle nests just in case something exciting happened 🐢


DS took being sun safe very seriously 😆 His 6,1 frame is squashed up under that towel 🤣

He was soon bored. He hates doing nothing so after a swim we wandered back along Pine Avenue and had a browse in the shops.
We all had an ice cream from Dips which is now at the General Store along with the sports memorabilia store that used to be next door in the old location.
DS bought a Tampa Bay Rays cap (spoiler alert, hes already lost it)
I thought this ice cream might appeal to some of us parents!

I neglected to take photos of what we actually had but mine was lemon meringue and was delicious!

After that we decided to head to Publix for spray suncream, more water and some lunch things.


I took a picture of that because it sounds absolutely revolting!

Also, I found these milk descriptions entertaining.

DS chose a sub from the deli with anything and everything in it.
He keeps getting carried away when there are unlimited options as we all find out later...

OH had something a bit lighter! Also from the deli


I hate reformed meat so sandwiches here are a nightmare for me.
I settled on an entire rotisserie chicken just so I could just put some in a roll. The others picked at the rest of it.

We also picked up a slice of lime and coconut cake from Hometown Desserts.
Im not a fan of cakes over here but this was actually very nice.
Moist, no manky smell of shortening and it had a whipped cream topping with toasted coconut rather than frosting.
I forgot the photo but its definitley worth checking out.
I have no idea what we did after this?
Laundry perhaps.
Anyway that evening we headed to The Waterfront.
We much prefer the food here to the Sandbar.
We went to the Sandbar first to watch the sunset then headed to the other end of the street for dinner!


Photos are awful but itll give an idea!
Drinks were a beer for OH, virgin mojito for DS and a Prosecco for me



Bread came quickly and was pretty much devoured by the dustbin of the family 🙄


I didnt try it but apparently it was nice and the oil and vineagar were good.

Appetisers were as follows

DS - calamari
OH - home smoked salmon
Me - candied walnut, beetroot and pear salad

Now we did eat quite late and I think the chef must have decided to just give DS all the calamari he had left for the day 🤣 Waste not, want not!

He ate it all






Mains were

OH

APRICOT GLAZED PORK TENDERLOIN (GFO)

Chili-rubbed whole pork tenderloin chargrilled with a gingered apricot orange glaze, then sliced and served with tonights potato.


DS

Chicken Parmesan


Me
Grouper Piccata with linguine.


The food was all excellent. We really rate this place. The food is so much better than at The Sandbar.

Desserts were declined and we sat enjoying the sound of the crickets while we finished up our drinks.
DS suddenly announced that he felt sick and was.
He made it to the loo in time and vowed not to over-eat again.
I was so embarrassed.
The server was so kind and brought him a ginger beer.

We wandered back and then DS realised hed left his cap so we both ran back down the road to grab it before they closed up.
He was now on top form and I couldnt keep up!
With the cap back in his possession we walked back again to find an intruder 😻

A lovely, friendly kitty!
It stayed a while then disappeared into the night.
Were off to Orlando tomorrow and very excited to meet up with some friends and hit Volcano Bay for the first time 😊

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2 of us made it out for sunrise.
1 remained fast asleep.
No prizes for guessing who!


It was so pretty and peaceful.
Then it was time to pack up and check out.
OH and DS went for coffee and doughnuts again but I really couldnt face them 2 mornings in a row!

I love AMI and would like to have stayed a bit longer.
Last time we came as a large group and hired a lovely house and this time that would have been excessive!
We quite liked Sunrise Garden Resort. The staff are really nice and its very well equipped but, I feel it needs a deep clean. I know its the end of the season but it looked a little neglected outside too.
Anyway, its a good option for short stays.

We popped to Emersons Gallery for a print wed seen and a couple of other little things and then hit the road at about 1.
OH drove the long way so he could take the Sunshine Skyway 😎


We made it to Cabana Bay at about 3 and were given a fab room overlooking the volcano.
We were just here for the 1 night as Id somehow left a gap between AMI and Disney.



I realised Id not eaten all day so ate way too many pita chips before we changed and headed over to Volcano Bay.
We were in block 6 which is so handy for Volcano Bay! Its a hop, skip and a jump away.

We were meeting friends at 6 but managed to get a few roses under our belts before then and a couple of laps of the fast lazy river. Thats so much fun!

Once theyd arrived, we did a few of the group rides and then left the kids to it (theyre all old enough!)
We stationed ourselves at a bar and spent insane amounts of money on a few beers and cocktails 😱
They really do hike the prices!
We were reunited with our offspring at about 9 and all headed to Bubba Gump for dinner via our respective hotels for a quick change.

We got the bus to CityWalk but it was an unmarked one so we werent sure it was actually run by Universal. It was a bit odd and there were only a few others onboard. OH and I remarked on jest that we hoped we werent being abducted.
We got off and started walking to the restaurant. I turned round to ask DS something but he wasnt there...
Hed been so engrossed in Snapchat that hed not noticed the bus stopping 😱
OH ran like Ive never seen him run before!
He chased the bus for a fair distance and then ran in front of it when it had to stop in traffic.
DS still hadnt noticed we werent onboard 🤣🤣🤣
He got a bit of a telling off but OH did apologise afterwards. He was just genuinely very worried about the random bus!

I really dont love Bubba Gump. Weve been a few times and its ok but I was happy to go with the flow and we have Landrys so expected to be seated quickly. We werent!

I actually really enjoyed it!
It was much better than our last visit.
I dont think our server was great. He was nice but just not really organised enough.
We realised after wed paid and left that we didnt get a couple of the side dishes wed ordered but they were on the bill.
Anyway, a few of us had the same thing which was a sampler type dish. This included battered fish, coconut shrimp and battered shrimp.
1 person had a steak and 1 of the kids had a kids meal.
I hardly took any pictures.



More cocktails for us and some random flashing drinks for the kids!



We didnt have desserts but Ive just remembered one of the kids said it was DSs birthday so a cupcake was promptly delivered!

I would actually go back quite happily. Previously Id not have bothered.

We said our goodbyes (friends are off home the following morning) and went and admired the volcano view in the dark

Edited at 03:17 PM.
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Ive been seriously slacking!
We arrived back on Monday and went straight to school and work from the airport.
Im determined to do this though!
Thank you all for following along. I appreciate all the comments 😊
I have added to AMI so there may be food you havent seen in a post you have actually read!
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Some delicious looking food so far, it's nice to see food that's different from the usual suspects. This couple of sentences had me crying with laughter...I had to google FOMO

We wandered back when DS decided he was ready! OH suddenly suffered from FOMO but I dragged him away!
According to my phone he may have stroked some sleeping chickens on the way home and I definitely recall him giggling at the ladies of the night
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Just caught up with your report. Wow! That was a lot of calamari your son had, i would have been full after that. Loving all the photo's , never been to the keys or AMI, all looks fab.
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