Ya gotta love a place that has a castle on every corner:

Castle

Truck-eating alligators:

Alligator

Mary Poppins:

Mary

And China dolls:

Chinadoll

We found Orlando/Kissimmee to be a very different place from our sleepy little island. It’s very touristy, beautiful in some places and pretty tacky in others (see aforementioned truck-eating alligator). We loved Epcot Center. I have never visited a tourist attraction where the people were so gracious and nice. We loved the animals at Sea World, but it was very, very crowded and seemed more blatantly “touristy” than Epcot. It was hot – up in the 80’s and we had to laugh when the weather forecaster said it was going to be “cold” – 64! That’s summer here in the Pacific Northwest. In all fairness, we only hit the touristy spots this time. And, as Kris reminds me, there are some beautiful spots to visit that are much less “manufactured”.

All said, we will certainly go back again. Why, you ask? Because our children will be staying there. The day after we arrived, the company that Ben had been contracting for offered him a permanent position. It was one of those too-good-to-turn-down offers. They did talk to us before accepting, but we assured them that our first concern was that he have a decent job so they can start building a life instead of traveling from contract to contract. We are greatly relieved that he has such a good job. We will still hope that some day they end up out here, but in the meantime I’m sure we’ll burn up the airways going back and forth. And it’s certainly closer than England!!

So now I need to start thinking of cool, cottony knits instead of woolly Baby Dales:

Dale

Well, maybe one Dale a year for the winter months, don’t you think? Stay tuned for more – knitting was accomplished on the trip.

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  1. Welcome home Dorothy, looking forward to hearing about your vacation knitting.
    That sweet little grand daughter of yours keeps getting cuter and cuter, I bet she’s a lot of fun now.

  2. That child is gorgeous! And she is growing up so fast. Don’t you want to just stop time for awhile when they are at this age?
    She doesn’t look so impressed by Mary Poppins, by the way.

  3. Izzy looks so adorable and grandma looks happy as a clam! I know it’s hard to be so far away but congrats on your son’s new job! My Mom’s only grandchildren live in San Francisco and my parents live here, maybe you and my Mom can work out some sort of a time share program and exchange coasts for a few months 🙂

    Believe me, after your kids are here for a few years, they’ll be thrilled to have a woll sweater for December thru March!

  4. Welcome home. Love the pictures, especially the look on Izzy’s face as she checks out Mary Poppins.

    Is that Izzy standing up? By herself? Is she walking?

    Those jobs across the country from Grandma sure do make life interesting, don’t they?

  5. Even I wore some woollies while I was there. 64 degrees is a bit cold to these Florida bones. We do, however, have much less time to wear our woollies.

    Glad you had a nice trip.

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