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Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa!

I have been gone from the blogging world for about 2 weeks now as life has been super hectic!

Here’s what’s gone down since my last post:

My parents, A, and I were going to be flying down to Orlando over the 4th of July weekend to spend time with my brother and sister in law at DisneyWorld for a few days followed by a couple of days at their home in Georgia.  We were supposed to be leaving on Friday from the Moline International Airport which is about a five minute drive from our house.  My father received a phone call on his lunch break on Thursday from AirTran informing him that the leg of the flight from Moline to our connection in Atlanta had been cancelled and that they were rerouting us through Bloomington, Illinois which is about a two hour drive south from where we live.  The flight was leaving at 5:30ish am, so we had to drive down Thursday night and stay in a hotel so that we could get up early and get over to the Bloomington airport.

Pause in the story…I must give you some background information at this point so that you can truely appreciate this story.  My father is…particular about customer service.  If something goes wrong in a business transaction, he fully expects to be compensated for it.  Because of this we have gotten a large amount of our bills paid for in full.  This includes items like dinners at a restaurant, eyeglasses, driveways…I’m not kidding.

So when my father called me to let us know about the change in our itinerary, the first thing I asked him was if he had gotten free tickets out of this.  His reply, “Of course we did.”  So we received 4 round trip airfare vouchers from AirTran that need to be booked by July of next year which made my heart do a little jump and a skip because now A and I have airfare paid for for our honeymoon.   Score!

So then we went on our merry little way to Orlando where the Magical Express delivered us to the Disney World resort area and to our hotel, the Grand Floridian.  From the moment we stepped off of the Magical Express, we were treated like honored guests at this absolutely beautiful hotel.  The service was impecable!  Here are some pictures of the hotel grounds for you to puruse…

A view of the main building.

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A few of the many different types of watercraft that you may take out for a spin.

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There are so many beautiful spots to sit and have a drink in this hotel.  This was one of our favorites.

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This is my brother enjoying some delicious pancakes on the patio by the marina.

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There are plenty of places to relax on the beach.

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Or you can take a dip in one of the two fantastic pools at the hotel.

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Here’s the chapel in which many weddings take place each year.

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You can’t pass up breakfast with Alice.

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At Disney World, even the garbage cans are pretty.

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There are many outbuildings that surround the main building at the Grand Floridian.  We stayed in room 7101 of the Conch Key.  We loved our room!  The patio that is on the right side of this picture is actually the one right outside our room.  Beautiful view of the marina!

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Our room had two queen beds.  It was very spacious and luxurious.

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We had a lovely flat screen tv and a sofa that could pull out into another bed if needed.

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The bathroom had double sinks and a soaking tub with beautiful products to use.

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I just love this wallpaper!

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And at night time, Maria, our housekeeper would turn down our beds and leave us chocolates on the pillows.  By the way, each pillow has a different firmness so that you could sleep comfortably…

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To get to the parks you could take a lovely boat right that picked you up right at the Grand Floridian and delivered you right to the opening gates of the Magic Kingdom.

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Or you could hop on the Monorail which stops at a station right inside the main building of the Grand Floridian.

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We only stayed Friday night and Saturday night, and that was not nearly enough time to even scratch the surface of the activities offered at DisneyWorld.  At the hotel there is a complete spa and the boats that we did not get a chance to try.  There are four golf courses, Epcot park, the Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in addition to the countless parades, shows, and restaurants to see.  Because of this, A has suggested that we think about traveling back here for our honeymoon!  I’m so excited!

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I hate Vegas.

lasvegassignI haven’t ever even been there, but I hate it.  We will not be going there as a couple.  Ever.  Where did this hatred come from?  I am not really sure.  The City of Sin.  Gambling, prostitutes, drinking, lights. 

I consider myself to be fairly liberal.  For me, I don’t really care about what choices other people make as long as they get the choice.  My choices are to keep my party guard up around my FI because a few too many drinks, and he’s a lousy drunk.  He’s not abusive or mean or anything…juuuuuuuust a little embarassing.  I know!  That sounds so terrible.  I should be proud of my future husband and say the best of him, but the fact of the matter is that after 3 or 4 drinks, my FI is asking ridiculously stupid questions and trying to sing karaoke to Pink Floyd.  (For another example of my FI being ridiculous when he’s had too much to drink, see the posts about our limo catastrophe.)

I should back up a few steps and tell you all that before I met my FI, I was the queen of my crowd.  I went out many times a week, stayed up late, spent a lot of money, and kissed a lot of guys.  I picked who, what, where, when, why, and how we would enter the night life scene on any particular evening, and my phone would ring off the hook.  About a month before I met my FI, I put the breaks on.  I am not sure how this decision came to be (providence?), but I needed to take a break for real.  I was exhausted and broke.  I was getting too old for this shit.  Then I met my FI who is fairly anti-social and takes a long time to get to know people.  Because I love him and I love spending time with him, and obviously we click, I didn’t mind at all staying home rather than going out, and for the first time in my life I was making massive payments TO my credit card rather than ON my credit card.  I nailed my first contracted teaching job, was accepted into grad school, started to tutor children, and went to bed on time.  Things were so much more simple than they had been before we started dating.

With the embracing of the new lifestyle and the distaste that I have for my FI when he’s had one too many, I shy away from situations where he’d be out drinking, with or without me.  Now, I will say, to his credit, that he’s gotten much better at regulating himself while he’s out, but that was only after a series of arguments where I would confront him about his drinking and he would deny that there was a problem.  At one point, I packed my bags and (almost) left.  After that ugly transition, my FI mellowed out, and my nagging evaporated.  That was a long time ago, and things are much better.

Now we are engaged, and things like the honeymoon and his batchelor party have come up.  Amongst those conversations, Las Vegas has come up more than once.  I have let him know that I refuse to go there, and I’d prefer if he not go either.  I think it is because I know that I would end up being babysitter to a drunk while he’s placing $100 bets and oggling the waitress…I know.  Shameful, but that’s the truth.  Please keep in mind that I have full confidence that my FI is faithful as I am to him, but that doesn’t make his drunken debauchery any less embarassing.  As far as his batchelor party, I know his brother has brought up taking him there as well.  I put my foot down as did my FI’s mother (thank God).  My FI’s brother is a ridiculous self-proclaimed “host with the most” who frequently cheats on his wife and is drunk 95% of the time.  My FI went through older-brother-idol-worship for so long in his youth that if his bro said he was going to take him to Vegas, my Fi would gladly go.  That is why I have spoken up now. 

For the vast majority, our relationship is strong and good.  We rarely have this alcohol issue come up nowadays because we really only go out for drinks or drink at home like once or twice a month.  Pretty tame, right?  I just wish that I could go out with my FI with full confidence that we could have drinks, and I could let loose, and not have to worry about anything.  Sorry, this post is a real bummer.  No zingers today, folks.

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