Jackson’s Birthday Party

by Christopher on July 21, 2012

Evan got invited to Jackson’s lego & swimming birthday party.  I’m pretty sure he had a great time.


Hanging out in the hot tub

by Christopher on September 11, 2011

Once Evan went into the kids hot tub in Maine, he didn’t want to do anything else.  Every time we went swimming, he would want to go back and stay in the hot tub.


Our trip to Universal Studios

by Christopher on March 22, 2009

I went through and picked a good selection of pictures from our trip to Orlando, Florida.   We only took our video recorder when we went to Universal Studios, so I will post videos of that separately soon (I hope).

All three of us had a great time, it was pretty hot for me but only in the 80’s which is about 30 degrees hotter than I like.  I was amazed at how many ducks everywhere we went.   Even at the pool, we actually swam with ducks!  There also were a lot of gecko type of things on the hotel grounds.

Evan really enjoyed taking the boat back and forth from the hotel and City Walk.  Evan was saying “Ride The Boat” which was quite funny.  Sometimes we would take the boat back and forth just for Evan.

Evan saying “Ride the Boat”

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On Friday Scooby came to visit people eating dinner at the hotel, Evan thought this was great.   He was kind of shy and didn’t want to really get to close to Scooby and took some convincing just to get him to give him “five”.  But Evan kept following him around and laughing, jumping, and throwing his hands up in the air he was so excited.   One of the times I regret not having a camera with me, it was so funny.   It is even funnier to hear him say “Scooby”.

Evan saying “Scooby”


Evan did really well on the plane, although on the flight back near the end he lost his patience.  But he did sleep a good hour and a half of the flight.  Going to Florida he didn’t sleep but he did really well only occasionally kicking the chair in front of him.

The hotel room was really nice, we had the best room in the place I think.   There was only like 5 balconies in the whole place and we had one of the two double balconies.   We also had a separate shower and bath tub, so that was really nice.  Although I was not a big fan of the 4 hour wait for our room to be cleaned when we got there.  Check in is at 4pm, an hour later than most places, but most of the time you can check in as early as 12pm.

We stayed in the “beach pool” most of the time, it was the one in the picture below.  Evan preferred to play in the sand with his shovel than actually go in the water, although he did go in a few times with  me and occasionally Jean he spent most of his time playing in the sand.  He did love walking around the pool though, he would been perfectly happy spending all five days walking around the pool and going up and down all the steps.  Poor Jean was chasing around a lot.

One of the nights I wore my khakis pants and a nicer shirt to one of the nicer restaurants at the hotel and the waiter spilled a soda all over my pants and shirt.  A little frustrating as the last time I took Jean to a nice place, they spilled a lemon drop martini on my crotch.  Needless to say, I am not a fan of fancy restaurants and believe you get better food and service in restaurants like T-Bones and the Texas Roadhouse on average.

Evan ate fish (talapia) for the first time while we were there.   If you know me, you know I am “allergic” to fish and cannot even stand the look or smell of it.  He didn’t want to eat it at the resturant (like most of his meals while we were there), but when we got to the hotel he ate it right up sitting on the balcony.

We were not sure if we were going to go to the Universal Studios park, but Jean really wanted to so we ended up going.  Although I was exhausted and hot, I had a lot more fun than I expected.  Evan really enjoyed the rides, we started on the ET ride.  I really loved the ET ride, I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie or anything but it was just a fun experience.  We went to Shrek 4D which I thought was awesome “3d” like motion movie.  Jean insisted we go to the Jimmy Neutron ride, this wasn’t all that great.   It was just basically like a movie/roller coaster and Evan and Jean had to sit in the stationary seats up front.   They also asked me to move from the first moving seat behind them to the next one day so another group could be together.  This was just basically a salt and pepper ride with a movie linked into it.

All three of us really enjoyed the Doctor Seuss rides, I think Evan went on the carousel 3 times.  I regret not being able to go on the Mummy ride, I really love haunted rides like that and it looked so good from the video I saw in the hotel.  I would also have loved to check out the spiderman and terminator rides.   We only had a day pass and it was really hot.

One of the first places we went in the park was the Curious George area, this was one of the main reasons we even went.  I was not very impressed with it, it was fun and nice and all but there was very little Curious George.   A few big plastic books at the entrance, and a Curious George statue, but then it was a cartoon town with no real reference to Curious George at all.  It is a great park event, but just no real tie to Curious George is my only complaint.  There is a really fun ball room where you pick up balls and  put them in vacuum driven machines.  Balls are flying everywhere, I think Evan had a lot of fun here and I wish we stayed here longer.

There was a Woody Woodpecker train ride he really wanted to go on but he was just too short, it required 36″.  He did get to go on the Dr. Seuss sky ride that required 34″, but he just barely made that, questionable even he really did but they let him on anyway.

I had a lot of fun, but it is really nice to be back home.  It was really exhausting taking Evan out three meals a day for five days.  Although he is amazingly well behaved, he is still very curious and wants to move all over the place.  I think Jean had the most fun at Margaritaville, it was a nice outdoors dining room with live entertainment.  We were planning on getting there again but ended up at the Nascar restaurant.  We hit the Hard Rock cafe (largest in the world they say) the day before, I wasn’t all that impressed.

I think we are planning on going back in a couple of years when Evan is a little older.

I will likely update this post later on and add in the video from the park once I have a chance to rip and edit it.