Friday, October 31, 2008

Disney, Day 2

I know, I'm REALLY slow these days. I can't believe how the time is flying. I've got to get these posts in before I forget what we did on the trip.

Day 2 was Magic Kingdom. We got there about 10:30am. Mom and dad had attended a timeshare sales pitch that morning. It made us run a little late, but they gave us $100 in Disney gift certificates, so it was WELL worth it! As soon as we walked in the gate, I was overwhelmed. There were people EVERYWHERE!!! Apparently Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, etc...had the week off and I think they had all come to Disney. I also should have studied a map ahead of time. Because you can't see the ride from the line, I wasn't sure if it would be too scary for the boys, so we spent the first few hours moving slowly. It was also VERY hot. The high for the day was 88 degrees, but the humidity was 96%. I have never sweat like that before! I knew the kids were hot and tired, but they never complained. Katie Beth and Jack slept on and off in the stroller or in the air conditioned shows.

Despite the weather and my lack of organization, we had a great time! We rode several rides and it was so fun to see it through the kids eyes. We also got to meet up with a family from our church that we knew was going to be there the same week. They have done Disney a lot over the years and helped us plan our trip. THANKS HEINRICHS!!!! They even rode some rides with us and helped us figure out what we were doing that day.

While we were waiting in line at Mickey's Philharmagic show, the family in front of us said, "I'm sorry I keep staring at your daughter, but she looks so much like ours." I looked down at their daughter and sure enough, there was a very strong resemblance- the same size, blue eyes, and blonde mullet. I asked how old she was, turns out she's only 10 days older than Katie Beth and her name...KATIE!!! We had to get pictures of the girls together, although the pictures don't do justice to their similarities. Too funny. They were a sweet family from Georgia. He was in the military and had served in Iraq and had just gotten home this summer. He had missed Katie's birth. It was sweet to hear dad, a military vet himself, thank him for his service and get choked up.

Although we had planned to stay for the light parade that night, the kids were exhausted and asking to go back to the hotel. I knew that with 3 more days to go, we didn't need to push it. We got back to the room about 7:30 that night, ate supper, BATHED, and hit the sack. Another day tomorrow...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Disney Trip, Day 1

We left on Friday, Oct 10, for Tampa. The flights to Orlando were full, so we flew into Tampa and drove about an hour and 15 minutes to Orlando. We had "real people" tickets, which were a HUGE blessing. We even had a seat for Katie, but I'll get to that in a minute.

We decided not to tell the kids about the trip until the morning we left. I had found Disney crocs for all of them on sale. We got donuts that morning and I had their shoes wrapped in Disney boxes. When they opened the boxes, we said, "Why don't you wear these on the plane today when we go to Disney World?" We expected cheers and shouting, Will said, "Yeah." Charlie said, "I don't want to go." Not exactly what we had invisioned, but nonetheless, we were off.

We got to the airport JUST as the shuttle was about to leave. If we had been even 2 minutes later, we probably would have missed our flight. We met my parents there and they helped us get loaded. There were 4 adults, 2 big kids, 1 toddler, 1 infant, 3 car seats, 1 double umbrella stroller, 4 suitcases, and 5 carry ons. Next time I'm bring my own mule!

Getting through security was the biggest hassle of all. Of course, the Barney Fifes that run the place are not very simpithetic to your plight. They want EVERYTHING non-human to go through the x-ray machine, including the carrier that the baby is in and the blanket that your toddler is clutching for dear life. However, they don't want you to carry your baby through until you have been cleared and they don't want anyone who has been cleared to come back through to help. Oh, and they also want you to take off your crying toddlers crocs, but you can't get them because she's on the other side of the metal detector and you have not been cleared. (So let the stranger take them off, becuase that's MUCH better!) Oh yeah, and Keith had gone ahead to the gate because he had to sign up to ride in the cock-pit. Thankfully, he came back at the end to help manage the chaos. Did I mention we had 4 adults, 2 big kids, 1 toddler, 1 infant, 2 car seats, 1 double umbrella stroller, and 5 carry ons?

The plane ride went well. Everyone had a seat to Houston. Then, the flight was packed!! We knew that there was no way Katie Beth was going to be held for another 2.5 hours, so Keith moved to the cock-pit and Katie remained in her car seat. Katie yelled for most of the trip, but at least she wasn't crying. I had gotten Monsters, Inc for the kids to watch on the plane, but of course, we could only get the bonus DVD to work.

Once we arrived in Tampa, the kids burned off some steam while we did potty breaks and diaper changes. Then Keith and my dad went to go get the rental cars while mom and I stayed with all the stuff. Again, 4 adults, 2 big kids, 1 toddler, 1 infant, 3 car seats, 1 double umbrella stroller, 4 suitcases, and 5 carry ons. (Are you seeing a trend developing?)

The play area at the airport, much like the one at the mall. GREAT!!!

Waiting for the guys to come back with the car. Thankfully, we were at the end of a long hallway and there was plenty of room to let the kids play.

All of our junk!
A sign of the times...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We're home...

...some of you don't even know that we ever left. We got home about 9:00 Wednesday night from Disney World. It was a great trip and I have lots to blog, so I'll put it in several installments. But before we get to that, I'll post a few things from before the trip.

Charlie is getting sweeter and sweeter with the babies. Keith and I came into the living room to this scene. Jack was perfectly content as Charlie explained the show they were watching.

Will had his first recitation at school. I never cease to be amazed at how much he is learning. They did a song about the continents and oceans and a few other things. You'll see in the background the new stone that we've just put up in our church. It's beautiful!

Happy Jack...what else is there to say? He is the best natured baby, so laid back and snuggly. What a treat he is!

This is what happens when you watch behind you while walking forward. Charlie walked into the teeter-toter at the park. Huge bruise just before family vacation...of course.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Healthy, weathly, and wise...

At least 2 out of 3 ain't bad. We are all finally healthy. It turns out that Katie had giardia. It's an intestinal parasite that you get from "dirty water" or other contact with contaminated poo. Because the incubation is 1-2 weeks, we'll never know where she got it. Thankfully, a round of EXPENSIVE antibiotics will kill it and no one else has gotten sick. Other than allergies, we are all doing really well.

I got to go on a scrapbook retreat last weekend that my mom hosts at a retreat center near Waco. Both of my sister-in-laws went too. This was the first time we've ever been away together and we had so much fun. I hope we will make this an annual event. Lots of visting and I still got 41 pages done. I got Jack's baby book completely caught up to this point, which I hadn't even started yet. Now I'm only a year behind in everything else. I may put a table up in our bedroom and try to work on it at night after the kids go to bed.