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Cypress Grove Park

I know, the title makes it sound so “un fun,” but the truth of the matter is that you can get wrapped up in the fantasy world out here in FL and sometimes forget some of the most important things going on around you.  I shouldn’t say “forget” as much as “put aside” because as we all know, the fun is ALWAYS more fun. But my responsibilities come first, so on this beautiful Saturday morning we headed to the downtown Orlando area once again to have Kyra’s Senior pictures taken.

We were given the name of the Studio through Celebration, so hopefully they turn out well. Kyra chose a casual and then a dressy outfit, along with a prop for some of the pictures. I don’t want to give much away now, because I really want to show them off once we get them. The session took about an hour, and Kyra found it pretty painless. I thought I would have more say in the poses, but they only allowed Seniors in the picture taking area. She is old enough to handle herself, so I figured she would say what she liked and what she didn’t like. After her session was done, she seemed to enjoy it, minus a couple of possible cheesy shots- but we will have to see when they are done and developed.

On our way into the city, we passed the most beautiful park. We had so many wonderful parks in Wisconsin, that I was beginning to miss them a bit. Emily and Kyra grew up on slides and swings, so I was worried we may not have that here anymore.  We drove in among Cypress trees and long winding sidewalks, and even past the sweetest little rose garden.  I could see walking hand in hand with my honey here, and also taking some awesome family pictures as well. There was even a body of water behind it, but we were not sure if it was a lake or a very large pond.  Regardless, this was a spot of heaven I felt blessed to find.

After a bit of nirvana, we headed to Downtown Disney for lunch and a spot of shopping. Emily more or less looked to see what she could spend her allowance on, while the rest of us enjoyed the eye candy that is The World of Disney.  After finding nothing to her fancy, we headed to Earl of Sandwich to grab some grub and head out to eat at home. Normally we would eat there, but it was on the hot side today and very crowded, so we ordered and waited. As the kids filled our shared soda, a lovely reader, Beth and her husband introduced themselves as fans of the blog. I was so touched! They met the family, and they were so happy to have found their own place here in FL and to be moving soon.  It was so nice to have met them and we were truly happy to make more friends.

Coming off from the “high” of meeting new people, we would run into a long time reader and fan of the blog, Terri Dixson Dobbins and her family.  She is always so encouraging to us and kind in her comments, so Craig and I were grinning from ear to ear to have finally met her. We are so blessed to have met so many wonderful people this past week, and we look forward to meeting more.

We are finally buying a lawn mower today, so we have no excuse to do the lawn work before my Mom and Bob get here. I love a day of chilling out, as tomorrow I will be in full cleaning mode. Craig and Kyra are heading to Full Sail for a tour and to see if that will be her choice for College next year- so many major things happening that it seems that life is starting to blur. We are taking everything day by day, and I couldn’t be more happier because my Mom and Step-Dad arrive this week!! I am so excited to share Disney, Florida, and everything else with them. I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

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  1. My son Jordan also made an appointment with Full Sail to visit them during our vacation in December. A representative for International students called and talked to Jordan and they send him a lot of information. I really liked their approach and I can’t wait to go there with Jordan to have a tour. We will also be visiting UCF. I am still trying to recover though with the prices of tuition and cost of living that these schools are sending me. Nearly gave me a heart attack :))


  2. Love the blog! Full Sail is up the road from where I live. The area is nice and there are a ton of college kids with UCF right down the road as well. Good luck with the cleaning! And hope Emily is enjoying the virtual school!


  3. What a beautiful park. Trust me, there are plenty of parks in Central Florida; they’re just tucked in some places where you don’t always see them.

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Amy, this is too funny. My first trip EVER to WDW was coupled with a tour of the Full Sail facilities — I’d been in touch with their recruiters since about 1996, so in 2004 I was finally able to get over there! I know Kyra will be overwhelmed by the offerings….as will you, with the price tags! 😦 [It sucks having to be a responsible adult now!]


  5. Thanks for sharing your day with us—so looking forward to seeing your daughters Pictures ~~~ from what you have posted here I cant see where she would ever take a cheesey one–the park was beautiful, we will have to look that up when we get over there!! ENJOY your moms visit,,,Have a great day


  6. I remember senior portrait day! Just like Kyra I did the casual and the fancy shots. The only “cheesy” one I remember is the one where they put the mirror on the table and then we fold our arms and rest our head on our arms so you could see the reflection. CHEESY!


  7. Amy! That very park and the Estate house there is where 12 years ago the same day you were there was where we held our wedding reception! It’s such a beautiful location! 🙂 It was so fun to see your pictures of the place! Orlando is so much more then just Disney (shocking in know) there are so many amazing locations and hidden gems to discover and explore!


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