Day 8 of the Hartian Family Vacation – 2016

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This morning we got all our suitcases and everything in the car and checked out, then went to Toasted Mango for breakfast. (That place is a winner!) During breakfast, since today is mom’s birthday (September 7th) we gave her her gifts (which she had no clue she was getting). It was awesome! Then we got in the car and drove to our hotel in Winter Haven. Us kids had to do homework. We got to our hotel rather early, so we sat and the kids were bored, so we played video games. (I know – we’re on vacation!) Dad ordered pizza and root-beer for lunch, then mom wanted to go hiking, so we did. The entire hike was over a decked path and it wasn’t very long. Afterwards we got in the car and went to Legoland hotel for dinner, which was entirely unplanned. (We were just driving by and happened to see it.) The hotel is crazy amazing! There is Lego everywhere,  a very cool play place, and a fun restaurant. At the play place, two women (one dressed as a forest ranger, the other as a princess) were making up games to play with the kids. We kind of stole the show! There was one game called London Guard where one person is the guard and tries to keep a straight face while the person standing in front tries to make him or her laugh. If they succeed, they become the guard. If they don’t, a different person tries. My brother, Ricky, was the champ! He stood there not smiling while two people, (they both had the forest ranger to help and she was hilarious) tried to get him to laugh. The only time he laughed was when Brynn, Elie, and I came up and started reciting something silly. (We were their last effort. They had invited the whole audience up to get him to laugh.) We went to the hotel restaurant for dinner. It was a buffet style type dinner. We had ice cream for dessert. The food was just so-so. The ice cream wasn’t very good. Before dinner we told our waiter it was mom’s birthday, so they brought her a cake and sang extra loud to embarrass her. Why? Because our waiter overheard mom tell Elie she didn’t want to be sung to, so she went over to one of the guys who sings quietly and told him to sing extra loud to embarrass Mom.

Mom Holding her gift from Brynn.
Mom Holding her gift from Brynn.
Mom holding her gift from Eli.
Mom holding her gift from Eli.
Mom and her gift from Ricky.
Mom and her gift from Ricky.
Mom and her gift from me.
Mom and her gift from me.
Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom.
This was are waiter. She is super nice. She gave Mom a brownie for her birthday.
This was our waiter. She is super nice. She gave Mom a brownie for her birthday.
We found this huge spider well hiking. Its freaky!
We found this huge spider while hiking. Its freaky!
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These are huge palm fronds.

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The play area.
The play area.
This was behind the front desk they are all minifigures!
This was behind the front desk. They are all minifigures!
Tons of minifigures!
Tons of minifigures!

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This is the game.
This is the game.
Eli making Brynn laugh - it took about 5 seconds.
Elie making Brynn laugh – it took about 5 seconds.
Ricky. Is the star. of this game.
Ricky. Is the star. of this game.

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Ricky wanted pictures with the characters.
Ricky wanted pictures with the characters.

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I thought this was cool.
I thought this was funny. AFOL stands for Adult Fan Of Lego.
The mixer moves!
The mixer moves!

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I like the windows
I like the windows.

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Someone at Lego has a sense of humor.
Someone at Lego has a sense of humor.
This, by the way is ginormous.
This, by the way, is ginormous.
We took a walk after dinner.
We took a walk after dinner.

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