In true first morning style I was up and at 'em at 3am! Nanny Lesley and Grandma both appear at about 3.40am and we sit and figure out how to work the TV between us. After some coffee I creep into the shower trying not to wake up anyone else. Steven appeared at around 4.30am and he woke Adrian up at 5.30am. We finished off our unpacking and people phoned home to let other people know we'd arrived. By 6.30am we were ready to leave the villa.
Traditionally our first morning breakfast is at Perkins. Not any old Perkins though. It has to be the one at The Crossroads. And we don't hop on to I-4 to get there either. We drive under the arch and through Disney property to get to our Perkins. It's how we do it. So we arrive at Perkins and it's unsurprisingly almost empty. The man asks if Steven wants a child's menu and we scoff in his face at this suggestion. Then we tell the man that Steven is only 10 and he looks the boy up and down and announces "Holy Crap!" much to our amusement. Well all except Grandma who didn't find it amusing.
Anyway Steven has heard about this Tremendous Twelve they have on their breakfast menu and as it's what me and Adrian always have on the first morning then that's what he wants too. Three eggs, hash brown, 4 rashers of bacon and 4 pancakes. Word soon got round the few people in the restaurant that a 10 year old was attempting this breakfast. Servers kept coming over to offer encouragement and Steven became some sort of minor celebrity. Eventually he gave up with one and a half pancakes left. Not bad for a first effort. Everyone in the restaurant was very impressed. Grandma offered to pay for breakfast and so began the fruitless struggle to get her to understand foreign money. In the end Adrian took her to the till.
Next it's Walmart time. We go here for villa supplies. And to look at weird stuff. And hopefully spot some weird people too. Grandma is obsessed with toilet roll. All she's been interested in since finding out the villa did not come equipped with 2 weeks worth of toilet roll is acquiring more toilet roll before some disaster befalls us all. It's pretty much all she's talked about all morning. Never mind all the other junk you can buy in there. Toilet roll. So we spent $117 on villa supplies (including many toilet rolls) and drinks and snacks for the parks, and then went round again and spent $172 on other things we couldn't survive without - t-shirts, hats, pool toys and such. We also bought 200 ibuprofen tablets off the shelf for $4. In the UK the maximum number you can buy without a prescription is 16.
Eventually we got to the point where Steven got whiny and Adrian got tetchy with Steven for being whiny so we went off back to the villa for pool time. Before we'd even unloaded the shopping Grandma had located the toilet rolls and taken a stash off for her room. The rest of us unloaded all the shopping before hitting the pool. The bubbly bit at the end proved to be interesting in terms of entry and exit and again the phrase "it's deeper than it looks" was used often.
We spent a couple of hours in and around the pool and dragged the boy at 1pm so we could do other things. Grandma is trying to pay her share of the Walmart bill and Adrian tells her to forget about it as it's too painful to watch her trying to sort money. She pronounces American money stupid. Adrian and myself pop up the road to Publix to buy beer and wine as it's too early to buy this when we are in Walmart. Then it's back to the villa where Adrian and Steven bicker over the application of suncream.