I was able to go along to Orlando for the Florida Home School Convention last weekend. We left early Wednesday morning and got to our hotel by early afternoon. We checked into our rooms and got ground floor rooms, but saw they were facing the parking lot. This hotel was a HUGE hotel with a beautiful atrium in the center of it all! We were hoping to get rooms facing the inside, which meant a porch or balcony! :) So two of the ladies went back and asked if we could switch rooms....and they LET US!! :) We got the 3 rooms right across the hall from where we had originally been! :) We were so happy!
After we got all settled in, we drove to Publix to buy food for the next few days. (It's cheaper than buying hotel food!) Then in the evening we decided to visit Downtown Disney.
Waiting for the valet to bring our van up....
Got to meet Woody! :) Made out of 100% pure LEGOS!! :)
When we got back to the Hotel, us Mom's walked around to get a feel for the layout of the place, since we would be doing a lot of walking the next 3 days!
In the Convention Hall, they had a bunch of these Starbucks machines set up. Only $3.50 a cup....you could pay with a credit card or swipe your room key and add it to your tab! :O A lot of people drank some expensive coffee that weekend!
It sure was tempting! :)
Thursday, we went to the Leader's Forum, where they took time to talk about homeschool groups, listen to our questions and also had some motivational speakers.
We were served a very yummy lunch!!
Fish, Chicken and Veggies
The dessert was a chocolate mousse with cherries. The cherries tasted very strong, like they had been soaked in Vodka!! The district director from Region 2 was sitting at our table and the look on her face when she ate her first cherry was priceless!! :) We laughed with her. She did check with the hotel staff and they insisted that the cherries were soaked in dark chocolate!!?? Haha!!
Evenings were a fun time just hanging out and talking about curriculum, things we heard in workshops, or just other chit chat! :)
People, people everywhere!!
Friday night we went out to eat at Maggiano's. It was a very high class restaurant!! I had my first taste of squid, although they wouldn't tell me what it was till I ate it. Calamari just sounds so much more high class!! :)
This was the view from our porch.....a nice peaceful place to have devotions!
While we were taking pictures outside, we noticed an airplane writing in the sky! However, it was after this picture, and after these words floated away. So when I got home and put my pictures on the computer, I was surprised to see this.....
Kay, Robin, Emily and I. Denise W. also was there, but she went with her family this year, so we didn't see her as much.
Another pic of the greenery and falls in the atrium. It was just SO beautiful! I wished I had someone to take pictures for! The wooden walkways, the rocks and the greenery would have made a neat backdrop!
Inside the Vendor Hall. There were many, many rows like this!! And this picture is empty of people compared to what it normally looked like!