Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Family Vacation - Tampa, Florida

We took the most wonderful family vacation to Florida the first week of October. I feel so lucky to have family to visit in one of the top vacation destinations. Man, is Cooper lucky? This was the first vacation that Cooper has actually been old enough to actively participate in, and we had so much fun. We were running around constantly, and he was such a trooper! We really didn't have any melt-downs, and that is a lot for a toddler!!

On Monday, we ventured to the Florida Aquarium. Cooper was so excited to see Nemo and Dori in person. All he could keep saying is that he wanted to see that Nemo fish again. Of course, right before we got to Florida, Cooper realized that he might be a little bit afraid of the dark. So, naturally, the aquarium is not the brightest place on earth. There was a lot of uncertainty, but he had a good time. 

He even got to ride in an elevator with penguins. Now, how many people can say they have done that??

On Wednesday, we spent the day at Disney World's Magic Kindom. We began our visit with a trip to Mikey and Minnie's house. Cooper was star struck! 

Once we got in line where he could see the two of them, he could not hardly wait to get to the front. He kept calling out that it was his turn. Once it truly was his turn, he ran up to them both with arms open wide. He was very matter-of-fact. Hi Mickey! Hi Minnie! They came down to his level, and he got all of the hugs and kisses he could stand. (He must have remembered his Sir Topham Hat and learn!) 

About half way through the day, Nana and Grandpa Andy took Cooper to get his 'Mickey Ears'! He put them on, and then wore them for the rest of the day. I was changing him into his PJs before heading home, and he finally took them off. 

That place is truly magical. It was so special to experience Cooper meeting his version of celebrity. Look at how mesmerized he is by "His Minnie"!

On Friday, we visited the zoo. This zoo is just amazing! We saw some very exotic animals. Cooper got the opportunity to feed a giraffe straight from his hand. He would just get so tickled everytime the tongue touched him. 

We spent a lot of time in their children's area. Watching Cooper play in the water was hilarious. Every time he would run through the water, he would get a little braver and then a little braver until he completely passed under a giant waterfall. And of course, my mother and I both missed it!! We turned around, and he was just drenched. We were setting there with the camera waiting for that moment. Don't you know that always happens? 

While in the childrens area, we also rode a train and fed the goats at the petting zoo.

Thanks a million to Nana... 

and Grandpa Andy... 

 for facilitating such a magical family vacation!!!

We look forward to many more to come!!

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