Thursday we decided to stay close to the hotel and see what was near us. We headed out to pick up snacks, milk and juice for Cooper and to see a little of Orlando. We spent alot of time in the pool this day as well. I knew it would be hot in Florida in August but the intensity of the sun was surprising! WOW! The pool was actually kind of warm at times and not as cool as I would have liked in order to really cool off.
Thursday night our Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen (MMOT) made us very proud by winning the prelim Evening Gown and On Stage question award! The first time MMOT has won a prelim at Miss America's Outstanding Teen. We decided that it would be better if we didn't try to get Cooper to sit through two nights of pageants so we went to dinner and waited the results. We were told that for great seafood we should try Big Fin restaurant. It was wonderful. I had lobster scampi pasta and Kevin had a seafood combination of snow crab, crayfish grits and veggies. Best meal of the trip!
Friday we packed up the car and head to Disney! Cooper did not know the Disney characters before our vacation, but I had sung the Mickey Mouse Club song to/with him and Mickey just so happens to be on his diapers. Plus he loves the larger than life characters in parades so we knew he would enjoy any characters we may see at magic Kingdom.
The next day was Saturday/Pageant day! I had a State Director's meeting Saturday morning so the boys explored the hotel for a few hours. After that we met the rest of the MN crew in Florida for a quick lunch. We only had a few hours between lunch and show time so we headed to the pool to cool off and tried to let Cooper nap. About the napping....
Cooper had a crib supplied by the hotel for sleeping during our stay. We first tried to place the crib near the entrance of the room and block his view with a sheet tapped to the ceiling. This worked the first night, probably because he was exhausted from traveling. The next night and nap times were a different story. We needed to move his crib away from the door so Kevin and I could still use the bathroom and leave if needed. We moved some furniture, taped up the sheet and hoped for the best.
We left hot and hungry so we headed to the hotel to quickly shower and change and find a place to eat. We ended up at a nice Italian restaurant where Cooper decided the table cloth made a better napkin that then one I had for him. He also decided that what he wanted for dinner was "cake!" which seems to be what he says he wants alot lately. Not sure why, as he hasn't had too much cake in his life.
We headed back to our hotel to pack up our things and get ready to depart for home early the next morning.