The Mommy-Files Goes to Florida – Hello Florida!
Where have I been for the past week? Orlando, Florida! That’s right! I traveled to Orlando, Florida for my little sister’s wedding and it was beautiful! There were some interesting events and people, but we had a great time. I was sad to leave and say goodbye to my mom, sisters, brother-in-law, and niece. I know I will be seeing them again soon though.
I had a few people ask me if we were going to theme parks while we were visiting. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit the local attractions. Universal Studios in Orlando hosted the Mardi Gras Festivities, but we were unable to make it to them. Maybe next time we’ll hit Walt Disney World or Islands of Adventure! Lots of things to do on the bucket list when visiting Florida next time.
Florida was different than California in many ways. The first thing I noticed as we stepped onto the sidewalk outside the airport was the HUMIDITY. It was nice and warm and humid. There was a slight breeze, to which the weather man described as very windy. What the heck? These people obviously have not experienced the Santa Anna winds!
The next thing we noticed (after getting into our rental car and heading to the freeway) was the abundance of toll stations. What new way of collecting money is this? Toll roads galore! The most expensive we paid I believe was $1.50 and the least expensive was $0.25. Can you believe I cheered when I learned it was only a quarter for the toll road? Yeah! Oh and you had to have coins or cash – no credit or debit cards. If you had a Pass, you didn’t have to exit to pay the toll (it’s already paid for). If you don’t exit and you don’t have the pass, you could wind up paying a yucky fine! So, pay the toll! But, on the up side, gas was only around $3.45 versus the $4.33 we’re paying in California for REGULAR UNLEADED gas!
The other thing I noticed was the abundance of Alligator signage. Alligator jerky. Pet the alligators. Alligator apparel. You name it! Maybe there were Alligator chips or Alligator candy somewhere? Ha ha. Florida and Alligators. There ya go!
On the first night, we checked into our hotel room and then drove over to my sister’s home. We met up with my mom and all of us went to dinner at Olive Garden. Oh how I love Olive Garden. All-you-can-eat soup, salad and bread sticks. Mmmm…..I’m starting to get hungry now! It was great to finally meet my future brother-in-law. He seemed like a sweetheart and I am happy to have him in our family. Plus, I got to meet my niece for the first time, and let me tell you, she is adorable!
More to come on the Rehearsal Dinner, Duties of the Maid of Honor, the Wedding, and the Reception! Stay tuned!!!