Florida Fun

As we wind down our home assignment we planned to be in FL to meet with a few supporters here and see my parents and two sisters who all live in central FL. We took advantage of the location to take the kids to EPCOT on Tuesday and to Disney Quest on Thursday. Had the weather been better yesterday we would have gone to a water park but we couldn’t count out storms throughout the day so we opted for the indoor arcade park. If I never see another video game in my life, I’m sure I’ll be grateful.

My dad will reach 82 in a couple months and my mom is closing in on 80. They can’t really handle a week long visit but since we don’t see them very often, we decided to break up our visit with them into a few hours on Monday and then take this break with the Disney attractions. We’ll visit with them again today, tomorrow and Monday for a few hours. This will allow them to not get exhausted by our visit but also allow us to see them a few times.

The boys liked Epcot. Dayton was chosen by the Japanese candy artist to make whatever animal he wanted out of some sort of candy substance made with rice flour (?) and corn syrup. He chose a golden dragon and she did a great job. It was a little hard to get it home unscathed as we carried it through over 4 hours of rain at the end of the day, but the plastic cover kept it in pretty good shape. My sister took a photo of it for us and if I ever get that photo, I’ll have to post it!

We were then chosen as the “First Family” in the American Adventure exhibition and it didn’t really mean anything but we did get a privileged seating in the rotunda and then in the auditorium.

Disney Quest is a 5 story arcade with a number of virtual reality games which the boys enjoyed. Beth and I went on a few of them but generally once was enough for us. My head still is a bit woozy from all the noise and visual stimulation. Had the weather been better we definitely would have done a water park or done something outdoors somewhere. The boys had a good time though, of course.

We plan to leave my parents’ home by about midday on Monday and head for the panhandle of FL and Metairie, LA and then Dallas by the 10th. We’ll glad to see the end in sight for this trip. We left Mexico on July 3rd so yesterday marked 2 months on the road. Just about 3 weeks left before our arrival home. We have about a week’s worth of important details to take care of in Dallas otherwise we’d be home even sooner.

I hope to have some photos soon but we need to pack it up here this morning and head back to DeLand where my parents live.

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