This will wrap up the birthday extravaganza posts…Good thing too. Holidays are coming and you know how I feel about holidays. I’ve already knocked out two and a half Halloween costumes, today the Halloween decor went up and there will be much to share in the coming weeks.
For now though…Naomi decided early on she wanted two theme park days so we made a deal. She would have to pay for the tickets to the second park, and she did. She treated me to a day at Volcano Bay, Universal’s water park. Because it’s Florida the weather was plenty warm and the rain only hit after we were about done for the day anyways. Again, can I just say how magical it was to stay on site and just walk to the park? Wow. I might be ruined for Orlando adventures any other way.
Well, we got to sleep in because even early admission wasn’t until 9 am. So we caught a few home re-model shows on HGTV because half the fun of staying in a hotel is watching either Food Network or home improvement shows. After meandering over and finding a good place to stash our stuff we got down to it. First off, I have to tell you about how mid-day she went on one of those vertical tube body slides. You know? The terrifying ones that drop the platform out from under you? I’ve never seen her so proud of herself, especially because I chickened out. I know myself well and am secure in my areas of cowardice.
The rest of the day was delightful. We went on all the rides she wanted to, spent lots of time in the lazy rivers and ate a yummy lunch (which she didn’t have to split with anyone). After it started raining we decided to go back and change before heading to Panda Express (Naomi’s favorite restaurant of all time) at Universal’s City Walk shopping district. After Panda, we went on a dessert hunt and landed at the Chocolate Emporium, a steampunk themed, high-end confection store and restaurant. Our hunt was a success: Naomi got a red velvet jar cake and I got a salted caramel chocolate cookie sandwich, that almost put me in a sugar coma. It was a near thing.
That was it. Our 13th trip was accomplished.
It poured rain for part of our drive home, but she was set up in the back seat and had a lovely, peaceful drive. She remarked about how old she feels like she looks in this picture…like a real teenager. Too true, kid. Too true.