Orlando Vacation

A couple weeks ago, Blake and I traveled to Orlando. We spent most of our time at Blake’s annual general meeting (AGM) for work, but did have a few days to ourselves. Here’s how it all went down…

Day 1 & 2 – Flying. Ohhh the joys of living in Alaska. We left on a Tuesday evening and flew through the night to Minneapolis. During our layover in Minneapolis, I decided a pedicure would be a good idea. It was a great opportunity to get some girl time in with Lillian before dropping her off in ND.

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From Minneapolis we headed to ND. Another long layover. We left the airport and had lunch with my mom, oldest brother, and Blake’s bestie and his little guy.

Alas, it was time to say goodbye to Lilly. I was a wreck. I cried the whole way back to the airport, while we said goodbye, and then through security, on the plane, and on the plane after that. In my defense, the red-eye from AK is the worst and I hadn’t slept in like 72 hours. ;)

Day 3 – Universal Studios. Blake’s conference kicked off that evening, but we had the whole day to do whatever we wanted. Score! We headed to Universal Studios with a couple friends. We loved the Transformers ride and the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster.

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Day 4 & 5 – AGM. I won’t bore you with details. Just know that it was a blast. This was our 8th AGM (not sure how that’s even possible) and I think it was one of my favorites. I mean, we had exclusive access to Harry Potter World in Universal one night. Amazing.

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Really, the best part about AGM was seeing all of our dear friends and their growing families. We become very close to these people very quickly. We move to an unfamiliar place together and sometimes all we have is each other. Then, a few years down the road, we all pick up and move to different projects around the world. It’s hard. AGM is the one time each year where we are all reunited. It’s the best.

Day 6 – Relaxation. We actually had plans to go to Epcot this day but we were too “tired” to make it. Instead, we hung out at the pool all day. It turned out to be a great day for the pool, so I’m not even mad about missing a day of Disney.

Day 7 – Animal Kingdom. We arrived early in the morning and hit up all the must-see attractions before lunch because we knew rain was on the way. Sure enough, the rain started falling after lunch, but that didn’t stop us. We threw on our ponchos and enjoyed the rest of the day.

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FYI, if you want to meet Disney characters, go to the parks when rain is in the forecast. Proof below. Also, why would you ever take your small children to Disney? Sounds like torture to me. (guarantee I’ll be eating my words in a couple years when I insist we take Lilly)

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Day 8 – Flying. It sure is easy to cope with your vacation ending when you have a little sweetie waiting for you back home. It was sooo good to see Lillian. We missed her tons!

We had a great vacation. It was nice to spend time with Blake and so many of our friends. So much fun. So little sleep.

Until next time,


  1. Kelsey says:

    Good for you guys!!! I would have been the same way if I was leaving my little ones. I cried when I slept overnight in a hotel in Anchorage! haha. But how fun for you guys, and all these pictures are amazing! You look gorgeous!

  2. amanda says:

    What a fun vacation! I would have cried just as much.

    I need to know where you got those shorts! I can’t find longer shorts that I like anywhere.

  3. rebecca mosser says:

    Looks like you and Blake had a great trip to Florida. Nice to see the pictures. I’m sure Lillian was just fine with the Grandparents in ND, but I’m also sure she was glad to have you and Blake return home. A person always wonders what must be going through their little minds when your away for more than one day. Glad to know you had a good much needed and well deserved vacation!

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