The Boys and I on our Ten Year Anniversary in Florida

This summer I really wanted to spend a lot of time with my boys.  Zamir and I had a lovely time on our cruise and were able to spend some one on one quality time.  We really get along well.  I also planned a one on one trip to Peru with Zarien and myself so that we could spend some time bonding, check back for that three part post later.  But together, my boys and I headed to Florida.  My girl Jennifer rented a large pool house for the month of July and invited us down.

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So on Zarien’s birthday, July 2, that’s exactly what we did.  We spent 10 days, relaxing and having fun.  It was 10 years ago when we first experienced Florida together.  It was Zarien’s 5th birthday then, and just the boys and I flew down to Orlando to experience Disney.  We visited four of the Disney parks and witnessed the best fire works show ever.  Ten years later we were back.  One thing about Florida in July, it rains almost every day but we didn’t let that stop our fun.  We swam in the pool on lazy days and went out on others.  We had a barbecue and celebrated Zarien’s birthday with Ice Cream Cake.

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Chillen on a pile of shit in the water
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Fun times in the backyard pool

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Birthday boy blowing out his 15 candles
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One word: GREEDY

We enjoyed played miniature golf and went ziplining.

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I like hanging in trees
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Getting ready to tackle the big zipline

We went to Busch Gardens where I rode a few roller coasters and was the designated bag holder for the other rides.   As I’ve aged, I’ve become fearful that I’d have a panic attack so I tend to not get on too many rides.  I like Busch Gardens though because it’s kind of a mix of an amusement park and zoo.  We saw alligators, elephants, zebras, etc… all around the park.

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Friends and family
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He talked me into going on it with him
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Have fun ya’ll. I’ll be right here, holding your bags.
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Yeah, you can kiss my @#$%, that’s not very nice
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Just chillin
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Pretty in Pink

I always wanted to go to SeaWorld and see a dolphin show, so we did that too.  And forget about that age thing that I mentioned earlier, I rode all the rollercoasters, all 3 of them. (I can hear you laughing. Don’t laugh too hard) The first one was the Manta and even though I’m glad I tried it, you can only fool me once.  That ride is the devil.  I swear I blacked out at some point on that roller coaster.  So when everyone else went back for a second and third dose of the Manta, I became the designated bag holder again.  I rode the Mako roller coaster three or four times with everybody and even sat in the first row one time.  That rollercoaster was fun and has a mean drop.  The last of the coasters was the Kraken; that one was pretty fun as well.

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Finally made it to SeaWorld
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Just couldn’t get this picture right, so there you have it
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The devil roller coaster

On our last day, the boys and I drove an hour away to Cape Canaveral.  We visited the Kennedy Space Center.  It was much bigger than I had anticipated with a lot things to do and see.  We arrived mid day and I wish we had arrived earlier to fully experience it.  But while we were there, we toured where the launch pads are, learned about America’s plans to visit Mars, the evolution of space shuttles and space visits, the heroics of astronauts who lost their lives, and saw many exhibits.  It’s both an educational and fun place to visit.  A must see while in Florida! See you again in 10 Florida!

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She got the whole world in her hand
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A must see in Florida
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Feeling like I’m in one of my favorite movies: Armageddon
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Space ship launch pad
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A pod
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Looking Distinguished