Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Our vacations disaster and memories of a lifetime.

I am a planner. I keep "to do" lists for work, for home, for myself. They can be yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly, daily. Some think it's nuts. but I love it. It really keeps me on track.
Sooooo, on January 19th I booked our July Florida vacations. Anthony's birthday is July 3rd, so we decided to go ahead and go to the beach for his birthday week.

My big boy's Birthday wish was "to swim with the dolphins". I was kind of glad that he made an "experience" choice rather than more toys. It is expensive, but he wanted it so bad, that we said "yes". As if we had a choice LOL. I found a place in Panama City Beach that is right across the street from the Gulf World Marine Park . Anthony was over the moon! For about a month before our trip they continuously played a radio commercial about "The biggest fireworks show on the Gulf Coast". He could not wait. Neither could we.

Everything went wrong. While driving to PCB, we were pulled over and got a speeding ticket. I was like "wow, way to start vacations!" But we decided not to think about it and think only about the beach.
When we got to the hotel, we were given our keys to find out that our room was on the ground floor right by the pool. Many would think of it as an advantage, but not me. As I have previously mentioned, I had booked this trip on January 19th through BookIt.com and in "special requests" field I put "no ground floor, please!!!!!!!" I was so frustrated! The girl at the reception was very apologizing, she said that the hotel never got this request from Bookit. Nice job, guys! We had no choice but to go to the room. When we got there, I was sure it wasn't going to work. The street level is on the 3rd floor of the hotel. So, not only we had to go 2 floors down every time, but also it was so loud from the pool, that I immediately knew I wouldn't have a nice stay. Mind you, I am 5 months pregnant and I do need some rest from time to time. If it was a last minute booking, I would just shut up and take it. But the fact that I made a special request half a year ago, made me so mad, that I decided to fight. They finally moved us to a room on the 3rd floor. It was a smoking room, but surprisingly, it didn't smell like smoke at all, so we were OK with it.

After changing really quickly we went to the beach. If I only knew it would be my last opportunity to see it! Anyway, Anthony had a blast. He got 4!! water guns for his Birthday, and refused to return any of them back to the store. So, him and my hubby were playing in the waves, while I was relaxing in the evening sun. Here are some pictures

As you can see, our first night was wonderful.
The next day was Anthony's Birthday. We woke up to some noise and at first I thought there was something wrong with the A/C. Nothing was wrong, though. It was rain. I mean, I had been to Florida so many times before, that I knew, it couldn't last long. I kept telling myself, that it would be over after breakfast and we can spend a great day on the beach. Boy, was I wrong!
The rain didn't stop.
It was raining and raining and raining.
To be continued.

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