Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

We had promised the kids that we would do some serious factory outlet shopping once we were in Orlando.   So they'd  been saving up their pocket money, and we thought we'd start at the Gap shop, 'cause that normally has something for us all.  However, to the disappointment of the children, there's was no 'kids division', but that didn't stop us spending 2 hours in there, with the 'buy one, get one free deal'.   We'd had morning tea at 10.00 in the campervan (in the carpark), and by the time we got back it was time for lunch!

We certainly hadn't intended to spend the whole day, but we thought we should at least move on, and we had a mission to get Tara some new swimwear - so that was definitely on the agenda.   But on our way to the swimwear shop we managed to stop at Ecko, (awesome gear there!), the Toy shop (amazing deals , if only our backpacks were 10 times the size!),  and some great shoe shops

By 6.30pm I'd spoilt myself with the most gorgeous Coach bag, we had some Japanese dinner in the food hall, and been back to the swimwear shop, twice; still hadn't managed to buy a pair of togs for Tara.  Either, she liked something, and we didn't or vica versa.

Anyway, we decided that as the Aquatica Waterpark was scheduled for tomorrow, (and one needs new swimwear)  we'd take a drive along International Drive, and see if we could find the elusive swimsuit.  Stopping at a few shops along the way, only got us frustrated, and caught up in traffic jams.   By 8.30pm we ended up at the most beautiful mall, with fountains , ponds and bridges in the middle of it, and a very big mix 'n' match swimsuit shop (albeit expensive).  By 9.00pm we hadn't found anything, despite the amazing efforts of the sales assistant, whose patience was exceeding the fathers at this point.   I'm not going to bore you with the details, but even past 'closing time' we were no closer to the decision, so we all left - Tara deeply disappointed, Gary frustrated to the max, Harrison could NOT understand why on earth we couldn't just make a decision, the younger kids VERY tired, and me just trying to referee the whole shooting match.

Once we were back home at Walmart carpark, showered and reflecting, we were very happy, with our bargains in our 12 hour day (that was going to be 4 at the most!),  and everyone had got something, although the Tara/togs saga has not ended ....  Stay tuned ....
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