Friday, August 02, 2013

Day One...

of Braeden's special 10 year trip...

Started out at Discovery Cove.  Braeden LOVES animals and I KNEW this was right up his alley!  It was Ah. May. Zing!





They restrict the number of guests so it's not crowded at all.


Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks are all included, and they provide a vest or wet suit, snorkel, and mask.




There's an aviary where you can feed MANY kinds of birds.  
One landed right on my head!



The Grand Reef is so amazing, and the rays swimming with you are HUGE.  



Of course the hammocks are great too! :)


From there we headed to our home away from home for the trip...














Simply amazing lodging that we don't or won't do otherwise, 
but now is the time to "splurge".




And again, animals are the theme here!
This is the view from our balcony!!




We headed downstairs to their specialty African restaurant.
Boma is what Braeden still talks about.
There was so much wonderful food to try and choose from as it is a buffet style restaurant.


Love their tiny desserts!



Outside the lodge...






We finished the night with a little swim time 
while watching Peter Pan.


He was pretty warn out! :)



And it was a GREAT start on our special trip!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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