DJ, Makenna, and I went to Florida to visit my mom for her 50th birthday. We arrived on Friday. We stayed in a condo on the beach for the first few days. We laid in the sun and played at the pool. Makenna LOVED the pool. She cried when I made her get out. On Saturday my mom had her 50th birthday party at a restaurant on the beach called the Palm Pavilion. There were about 40-50 people there. We had a great time. My mom's sister gave her a walker for her birthday!! Leave it to family to remind you of the joys of getting older!! Of course Makenna was the life of the party as usual. As I'm writing this Makenna decided to play with the fire poker set and before I could get to her her hands were covered in soot. Okay that disaster was averted. So, on Sunday we (my mom, DJ, Makenna and me) drove to Orlando. We stayed in my mom's time share which was beautiful!!! Thanks mom! It was a huge condo with a big jacuzzi tub that we ended up not using! My mom watched Makenna on Monday while DJ and I went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. We had a great time! The first ride we went on was the Shrek ride and it was great!! It wasn't really a ride it was a 4D movie and it was so fun. Then we went on the Simpson's ride. Big mistake!! It was a simulator and it made us so sick! We felt sick for the rest of the day. But we still had a great time. The Superman ride was really fun in Islands of Adventure. DJ rode a roller coaster but I didn't go with him. We lost our camera but we managed to find it, thank you Lord!! We had a wonderful time! That night Makenna woke up at 11 throwing up. She threw up about 10-12 times that night. Needless to say we didn't get much sleep so our plans to go to Hollywood Studios on Tuesday were put on hold. She slept and laid around the most of the next week. But on Wednesday she was feeling a little better so DJ and I decided to go to Hollywood Studios. We had a wonderful time there too. And I actually rode a roller coaster with DJ and it was a lot of fun. It was so great to spend time together just the two of us. We came home late on Thursday night. Makenna was still vomiting off and on but we managed the trip ok. Overall, even with Makenna getting sick it was a great trip. I'm just sad it ended so soon. Here are our pictures. You now me, there are a lot of them.
Makenna and her Nana.
My mom at her birthday party.
Four generations, My mamaw, my mom, me, and Makenna.
My grandmother and her boyfriend Neil.
Me and my Aunt Debbie.
She couldn't be any cuter!!!
Kassie's niece is about 5 weeks old, her name is Emma. Makenna loved her! She is giving her a hug! So cute!!
Here she is giving Emma a kiss!
In front of the Jaws ride.
Ahhh! DJ's getting eaten!
One of the sharks they used for the movie. It looked very realistic.
The street of Universal.
One of the indoor/outdoor roller coasters.
This was really cool. It was a thing that you put your camera on and it made it look like this background was behind you. It is really hard to explain, but that background isn't really there.
The sidewalk in between Universal and Islands of Adventure.
Islands of Adventure was made up of different "islands" (duh). The first one we came to was Dr. Seuss Land. It was AWESOME!!! Every building, fountain, everything looked like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book. It was so cool!!
Popeye and Olive were standing there so kids could take pictures with them.
You can't really see it but this was a scene from Beauty and The Beast all made out of plants. It was really cool.
This was the waiting line for our favorite ride, the Toy Story ride. It was a ride where you wear 3D glasses and shoot at carnival type games. It was so fun!! We rode it 3 times. The line you wait in was decorated with all sorts of toys we played with as a kid. The whole experience was really fun.
A singing Mr. Potato head.
I loved Barrel of Monkeys as a kid.
This was a show where they showed you how they make action movies and blow things up in the water.
This was a train ride we took where they showed you how they make a big outdoor action scene with a small set.
The actual ship from Flight of the Navigator. How cool is that!
The Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground.
The buildings in the background aren't really buildings. They are cardboard that are placed at certain angles to make the depth appear to be the New York skyline.
This was our favorite show. It showed you how they make car chases in movies. I thought most of that was fake but it isn't. They really drive those cars and do all of that crazy stuff you see on TV. It was amazing to see someone make a car do that. It was the best thing we saw while we were there.
DJ rode the Tower of Terror, but not me!
Some of the characters from cars were there for kids to take pictures with.
Look at how much smoke their tires produce.
I don't know if you can see but they are really driving on two wheels.
The finale of the car show. It was awesome!