As we started the day, Audrey wasn't satisfied with her pony tail and started to fit with her mother not getting it in the right place. After much conflict, we decide to move it into the van and make our way to the Springs. The conflict ensued all the way there and into the restaurant. They serve pan cakes for breakfast. This is the most unique restaurant I think I have ever been to
. Located in an authentic, historic sugar mill, you pay them to allow you to cook your own cakes. They bring over a pitcher of mixes, one white and one stone ground, and you pour the mix on the hot griddle right in the middle of your table, and cook your own pancakes. As everyones order was taken, the conflict with Audrey had progressed so much that we decided to remove her from the building, with the encouragement of several onlookers. Once out side, Clark thought a relaxing little sit might be in order. His daughter didn't exactly see it that way. He used gentle restraint at first but quickly realized his 8 year old was not a quitter. Shortly thereafter, the "relaxing little sit" resembled an alligator wrassling match! Oblivious to his surroundings, Clark didn't realize that one of "Florida's finest" walked up. Now this wasn't Clark's first conversation with a law officer but he was hoping is was Audrey's, so, he let her do the talking. (He's also conflict avoidant) Anyway, after Audrey was asked what his relationship to her was, she paused. She was neither intimidated not in any hurry to answer his questions. It appeared that several answers were swirling around in her head. After what seemed to be all afternoon, she replied with a bit of embarrassment, "He's my father". Relieved, he listened to the law man eloquently explain that she needed to listen to her father even if she didn't always agree with what he had to say. After a couple of eye rolls, Audrey reluctantly agreed (in theory) and the officer departed.
We ate breakfast, but for some reason Audrey was no longer upset at her mother, or father but at her brother. He had moved in on her territory and had stolen Olivia away from her. The green monster of jealousy had reared its ugly head. She was beside herself that the 2 lovers were going off to the paddle boats and she was stuck behind with her mother in the cold water
. Audrey was pretty set on having a bad time and "even though I am laughing, I am not having a good time", she would say repeatedly to her mother. The 2 love birds returned from their day on the water and Audrey began to sob uncontrollably. Despite the drama, the adults genuinely enjoyed their journey around the adjacent wetlands on the paddle boat. It was quintessential, ancient Florida, peaceful and calm,with the occasional flutter of a Great Blue Heron or an Egret's wings. However, the Spring was filled with teams of summer camp children trying to stay cold in the summer's heat and we all had a cool dip amongst them. We decided we had enough of the Springs, the kids had an ice cream float and made our way home. It became pretty obvious fairly quickly that the Griswald children could no longer cope with sharing Olivia.
I forgot to mention that the Krisan men left town yesterday for a baseball tour. So Today, it was the Griswalds and the 2 Krisan girls. It was the last day at Mt Dora and we all decided to stay away from the large parks and go to De Leon Springs (named after Ponce De Leon). This is a natural spring where the water stays a constant temperature of 72 degrees of freezing. Clark stated that the last time he was in water THAT cold was when he fell through the ice in northern Minnesota. When asked, "how do you like it?"The Grizwalds politely smiled at their hosts as their lips turned blue.