Yikes guys…I am so behind on posting our Disney photos. I haven’t forgotten about them, there are just so many pictures to go through. I’m finally getting caught up and was planning on blogging Day 1 this week but instead I thought I’d write about the day leading up to our vacation because it was, as always when we are about to go somewhere, insane.
We purposefully planned this trip in January so we could A) get a break from the winter and B) take advantage of the low crowd days. I’m happy to say that it was 100% mission accomplished because the crowds were low and we got the biggest break from winter we could have possibly experienced- we completely missed the East coast blizzard of 2016.
That’s not to say that old man winter didn’t completely mess with our plans. In fact we weren’t supposed to fly out until the Saturday the storm hit. My husband contacted Southwest on Thursday asking if we could switch our flights and to our surprise (thank you Southwest!!!) they said we not only could fly out earlier, they would make the switch for free.
Our house quickly became the center of it’s own storm as I packed a day earlier than planned for a stay longer than planned, made last minute accommodations in Orlando for our additional night, figured out what to do with our dogs, tried to figure out how the heck we were going to get from the airport to the condo we had to rent off Disney property (the inn was full so to speak) without car seats. Thankfully my inlaws saved the day.
As I’m running around my bedroom shoving all the short sleeved t-shirts we own into a suitcase, Jack starts screaming bloody murder. I get over to him and realize he broke one of Layla’s stretchy beaded necklaces across HIS FACE. He had a mark on his cheek from where the necklace snapped and he wouldn’t open his eye. Awesome! After him screaming “take me to the hospital” I called the doctor. Of course they wanted to see him and so we had to add a “quick” visit to the pediatrician on our “To Do Before Disney” list.
After a really fun test where I had to hold him down with all my strength while they turned all the lights out, put dye in his eye and had him look through what looked like a heavy pair of binoculars he was diagnosed with a scratched eye. They prescribed an ointment to keep it from getting infected in the first 24 hours. What better way to kick off a vacation to a WARMER, SUNNIER CLIMATE than taking your 3 year old with a newly diagnosed sensitivity to light? This is going to be a blast!
Our poor boy was miserable and didn’t sleep well that night because of the pain. I really felt so sorry for him…and for myself. The next morning we were off but not without tears that it was too bright outside. The snow starting to come down didn’t help.
We got to the airport with no major incidents. Bryan dropped us off so we wouldn’t have to bring our winter coats to Florida and the kids were actually very helpful getting the suitcases checked.
We were going through the security line when I asked my husband if he had Jack’s eye medicine. I’m sure you can guess his response…”no, I thought YOU had it”. Nope, I sure didn’t. So now Jack won’t get his eye medicine for 7 hours during a critical time in his eye healing journey. Best parents ever? That’s us!
Speaking of travel time, lines were long because of the impending doom the blizzard was sure to produce. The kids did well walking around the airport but we knew the plane was going to be another story.
We were on the SAME plane for over 6 hours. We had a layover in Chicago but we were not able to get off because of such a quick turn around. I shouldn’t complain because it was a miracle we even got out before the storm…but it was a looooong day for these two.
The fact that we survived that long sitting in one place must be true Disney magic. The kids were rock stars and no major fits were thrown. You can imagine the relief we felt when we arrived in Orlando and Grandma and Grandpa were there to pick us up. Seeing them gave the kids an extra burst of energy and we were all ready to get this vacation started.
I promise to post more pictures next week! I’d work more today but my daughter just got diagnosed with Scarlett fever (I can’t make this up) so we have a doctor’s appointment and a pharmacy trip to make. WHY do kids get sick over the weekends?!