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Old 09-09-2011, 03:20 PM   #1
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Escaping Irene: A NY family "evacuates" to Disney! *Update 7/7 WWoHP*

I'm going to try to start my trip report. Finally.

This was our 2nd Annual August Trip to Disney World. Our schools traditionally start the day after Labor Day so we like to take advantage of the low crowd levels in late August and enjoy an end-of-summer family trip.

Cast of Characters:

Me = Amanda. I'm an almost 40 year old mom of 3 who works full-time as a pediatric urologist.



Amazingly, in over 800 pictures from the trip, this is one of the few pictures of me! (And it's not even a very good one!)

Tom. Chronological age = 42. Maturity level = ??? Tom is an adult urologist and father to our wonderful children.



Nathaniel, age 7.



Jessica, age 5.



Zachary, age 3 (Zachary was ill during the trip so we allowed the pacifier much more than usual so please ignore the "ba-ba" in his mouth in every picture)



Poor Buffy the dog was stuck in NY, braving the hurricane!

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Old 09-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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I'm the "official" Disney addict in the family but truthfully we all love Disney. Tom complains that he's getting a little Disney-ed out but I know he enjoys it almost as much as I do. I went a few times as a young child (in the mid to late 70's before even Epcot was built) and then didn't return until January, 2008 when I was pregnant with Zachary. We went back again around Zachary's 1st birthday (May, 2009) and again in December that year. April, 2010 I went to a work conference at Yacht Club and brought Tom along for a weekend trip. Our 1st annual family trip was that August. I ran the half marathon in January, 2011 and then we returned in August. I'd say we've had a pretty good run!!!

The original plan was to fly out of White Plains Airport on Saturday, August 27th at 11:15am. We'd arrive at MCO around 2pm, pick up our rental car, and head to BLT for a lovely week in Disney. Sounds great, right? The Hurricane Irene came into the picture. The Monday before our trip it seemed that Irene was likely to hit Orlando and possibly mess up our arrival. As the week progressed it became clear that NY was in danger and not Orlando. Thursday morning I noticed that JetBlue was offering a fee waiver to people who wanted to change their flights to/from affected locations. Tom quickly picked up the phone to see what JetBlue could do for us. After waiting on hold for a considerable amount of time and watching many of the flights become unavailable as we followed online, we began to worry. A lot. Tom had a full day of work ahead of him on Friday and I had a half-day followed by an important dentist appointment (to get a temporary crown - I've had a nightmare with the dentist over the last month) so we needed a pretty late flight.
There were no longer any available flights out of White Plains and we settled for flying out of JFK (about 45 min to hour away instead of about 15 min). Problem was that we couldn't get 5 seats on the same plane. We decided that I'd fly at 7pm with Jessica and Zachary and Tom would take Nathaniel at 9pm (Nathaniel is pretty much the only child in our family who can tolerate staying up really late without completely melting down). We also figured that I could take a car service to the airport so our nanny could wait with Nathaniel until Tom got home. Then she could drive Tom and Nathaniel to JFK. So far, so good.

(Posting so I can take Nathaniel to his violin lesson. More to come!)

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Old 09-09-2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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I'm here!

Your hurricane story takes me back to our winter flight when we had to get out ahead of the bad weather. I am so glad you were able to change flights! Can't wait to hear how the flights were!
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I'm in! another three kid family here. And my 8 year old had surgery when he was a baby to fix his kidney reflux, so I have a special place in my heart for pediatric urologists.
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I'm so in!!! Now I need to go back and read.

Edit- caught up! Love a trip report that starts out with drama in Post 2! I know there is more to come!

I can relate to your absence in trip photos! We pay the price being the official photographers of the family.
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Definitely in...I was there too and the storm hit at home in NJ.
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I'm here!

Your hurricane story takes me back to our winter flight when we had to get out ahead of the bad weather. I am so glad you were able to change flights! Can't wait to hear how the flights were!
We're very lucky that we could change flights!

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I'm in! another three kid family here. And my 8 year old had surgery when he was a baby to fix his kidney reflux, so I have a special place in my heart for pediatric urologists.
I know one of the pediatric urologists at Emory very well. I probably know some of the other ones by name.... Thanks for the love!

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Edit- caught up! Love a trip report that starts out with drama in Post 2! I know there is more to come!

I can relate to your absence in trip photos! We pay the price being the official photographers of the family.
The irony is that Tom is the one with the better camera. He has a DSLR (which I still haven't learned how to use) and I have a several year old point and shoot. Which I often have to share with the kids.

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I hope your home was ok. Our house was intact. My parents lost power for a few days (Long Island) and my brother's house boat had some minor damage (he and his family stayed with my parents - obviously!).

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Getting there!

I got home from work on Thursday and realized that I had lost my packing time. I was supposed to have all afternoon/evening on Friday and a few hours Saturday morning to pack. Now I was working Friday morning, going to the dentist around lunchtime, and then racing home to hop in a car to the airport. That left NO packing time. Luckily I'm a crazy Disney person and had already started packing a few weeks earlier. And I knew that we'd have a washer/dryer so I was going to try not to overpack. I'm notorious for overpacking for everyone except me. I usually underpack for me! At bedtime I suddenly realized that I had left my iPad in my office at work. My office hours were at an off-site so now I was going to have to stop in the Bronx on my way to my closer-to-home office.
Friday morning I headed off to work. Things seemed to be going well - my patients all showed up early and I was ready to head off to the dentist. As I was walking into the dentist office I got a phone call from work with some patient drama. A patient who had never called the office for an appointment was told by the ER to show up in my office and was waiting for me. I felt horrible that I couldn't see the patient but there was nothing I could do. I still feel a little bad about that situation (there's more to the story but essentially the patient never told our office that she was coming and my office tried to call on Thursday to see if she was coming and then showed up anyway).
The dentist went fine and took about an hour. When the novocaine wore off I was in horrible pain - which scared me a lot because I had been in dental pain for over a week and the pain meds were causing stomach pain - but I took some tylenol and never had another issue for the whole trip.
I had asked my nanny to pick up Zachary from daycare around 3pm so he wouldn't be underfoot as I finished up packing. For some reason she brought all 3 kids home by 1pm. Jessica was so excited that she couldn't sit still. My nanny cooked lots of food so they could eat a mid-afternoon "dinner" since our flights were late. I finished the last minute checks and waited for the car service to arrive.
I am crazy about getting to the airport on time. I *need* to be there 2 hours early. Anything less than that and I get very nervous. We have used this car service many times and, while they have always gotten to the airport in enough time, I feel that they get me there later than I like. I told Tom to arrange for a 4pm pick-up. It can take well over an hour to get to the airport in rush hour traffic and with the hurricane evacuations on Long Island (JFK is in Queens which is on Long Island, for those who don't know).
Jessica was so antsy that she and I decided to bring all the bags to the end of the driveway. The first traveling group (Jessica, Zachary, and I) were bringing a stroller, 3 "check" suitcases, 2 car seats (to be checked), 3 carry-ons, plus my purse. The driver showed up around 3:45pm. Not the friendliest of drivers. He didn't look happy to have 2 young kids in his car. He put the stuff in his trunk. There was one funny moment when Nathaniel thought he was coming with us and I had to tell him that he was staying home for a few more hours. He was a little unhappy about that!
We finally got into the car with the kids in their car seats. I made a few mistakes. Zachary's pacifier and blankies were in his carry-on bag which was in the trunk. He kept asking for them during the entire trip. While I did have my iPad and iPhone for entertainment, I should have grabbed some kid toys to entertain them during the ride. There was quite a bit of traffic but we seemed to be doing ok. We had gotten on the road by 4pm. I think we pulled into JFK around 5pm but I'm not 100% sure. As we pulled into JFK, Zachary decided to vomit. Most of it went into my sweatshirt but it was all over him and all over me. Very little of it was actually on the car itself. Not a good start to the trip....

(More to come!)

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Interesting trip report. I'm following along.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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Interesting trip report. I'm following along.
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Omygosh Amanda! I think I would have been stressing out BAD! I can't wait to hear more!
I was totally stressing out!!!

Sorry to keep everyone hanging. I'm trying to start my TR while still getting the kids to all the activities this weekend. Which includes 2 hours of Hebrew School for 2 children, 3 birthday parties, a tae kwon do try-out, and 90 minutes of gymnastics! Plus, I still have to finish unpacking, do laundry, and my parents are coming over for dinner tomorrow night....

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