There will be a lot of pictures on this Trip report but, on Day 1, none of the photos saved to our cameras memory stick. The intro. of the cast was done on my pre trip report. GKTW Pretrippie Sept 2007 Table of Contents Post #1 Getting out of the Drivway Post #23 Getting onto the Plane Post #32 We interupt this trip report to use the world pass in Vegas! Post #35 Arriving at GKTW!!!!! With Villa Pics!!!! Post #47 Friendlies Pics and Villa pics for Enquiring minds! Post #49 GKTW and Village Idol with Pics!!!! Getting out of the driveway I had been very sick the previous days passing salivary stones. I had not packed myself or capped my probiotics yet. The alarm was set for 5:30 with an airport arrival time of 7:10 for a 9:10 flight. The drive to the airport is 45 minutes. Black Ear Envy took care of knowing when we needed to leave for the airport to make the plane. I awoke before the alarm at 4:30 am feeling very energetic. I gave myself a foot rub using reflexology and apricot oil and did some stretching and deep breathing exercises. I took account of how I was feeling and it was positive news, I felt well for the first time in days having passed most of the salivary stones a few days prior. I put some hot water on the boil for some tulsi tea with lavender chammomille and Swedish bitters. The abx, supplements and homeopathic remedies were working. For one day, I had taken 20,000 mg of vitamin C, a mega dose. Dr. Shelton, our Naturopathic Physician gave me a warning of taking that much vitamin C because it could cause me to pass kidney stones. I had taken 10 and 12 thousand mg of vitamin C a day for a week and a few days ago, the biggest salivary stone passing day, I had taken 20,000 mg of vitamin C in a sodium ascorbate form. Personally, I think the high dose of C cleaned out 90% of the stones in a day, allowing me to be well enough to go on the trip. Dr. Shelton told me correct doses to take of everything I had, he suggested that I lower my C to 2,000 and up my fiber pills to about 3,000 mg twice a day so down with C and up with fiber. He explained the five different detox pathways, skin, kidney, liver, colon, and lungs. My instructions were to drink as much water as I could for the kidneys, take milk thistle for the liver, fiber and bowels moving through colonics if necessary for the colon, sauna and skin brushing for the skin, and deep breathing for the lungs. I was great on all of those except for the colon. I had not gone poo in about a week. That morning, just as the naturopath suspected high doses of C might do, I was passing very small kidney stones. They were not as painful as the salivary stones, so they must have been insignificantly small. I was able to begin to pack myself but my OCD tendancy kept me from actually packing because I was missing one shirt. The items of mine that were supposed to go into a suitcase in order of days worn, were in a neat stack on the table awaiting the shirt I was supposed to wear on day 2. I began finishing up packing odds and ends while I searched for the shirt.. I packed up dds special food for the day in a cooler. I added a hard frozen package of hot dogs to keep the rest of her food cool. I learned this tip on the disboards. You are not allowed to pack frozen gel icepacks for coolers at the airport. I thawed the gel packs the night before and packed them into RGs bag. My mom had noticed that even in a ziplock, some condensation from the gel icepacks had gotten things in his bag wet, so she had laid out the wet packed things from his bag the night before we left. I repacked the gel packs in ziplocks and into a bag that didnt have clothes. I was able to repack RGs bag with the things that had dried overnight. I put a bottle of milk, some hersheys candy bars, salami, and some dried cherries in dds new purple cooler. I also packed her iron, cod liver oil, echinachea and chammomille calm liquid herbal formulations, and the probiotics, still not capped, into the cooler. I shoved the pill capping kit into the supplement bag. I gave myself my last swath of lip balm before having to pack it away ..farewell lip balm. With Salivary stones, your lips get uncomfortably dry .but there are so many airport rules and we all know how dangerous lip balm can be. My mom was in charge of knowing all of the airport rules and making sure all of our carry on bags had only allowable items in them. She did a great job of educating all of us and gave a special family meeting about the airport rules a week prior to the trip. I was hyped up on adrenaline and excitement and vowed not to let my condition interfere with anyone elses enjoyment of the trip. I already had interfered with someones enjoyment of the trip though, because Black Ear Envy had chemical sensitivity and during the last days before the trip, he spent the weekend doing last minute shopping with the expense check from the dream factory. The night before we left he didnt shop, and my Mom went out and bought the girls costumes for village idol. Black Ear Envy gets sick from too much shopping and sending him to do last minute shopping had started him off on a weaker footing with a tickle in his throat and the beginnings of bronchitis. Also the day before the trip, Aristacat girl was sick, fever, chills, vomiting. We let her sleep in hoping that she would be ok this morning. I made her some chammomile tea. It was Black Ear Envy who took AAAT girl shopping for shoes and did the fitting. They didnt get keens, but a different brand of shoe called a Privo. It was a $75 dollar shoe marked down to $34 at Marshalls. I didnt know anything about Privos and had never heard of them, but figured for the price, they should be a quality pair of shoes. There was only one of them and I think I recall them saying it wasnt the exact size for her but they would work. AAAT girl is a 8 ½ shoe size. These shoes only come in 8s or 9s. Black Ear Envy said that they would stretch when they got wet. When I saw them, they looked nice, and I thought they looked like they would work. I didnt really look at them on her feet though and do the push your finger into the toe test. AAAT girl had finally gave in to buying ugly shoes as she called them, and had worn them for the two days prior to the trip to break them in. For months, I had tried to get her to agree to Birkenstocks, Keens, crocks, or even some kind of comfortable flip flop. We had shopped and not been able to find a shoe for AAAT girl. She had resisted the wearing comfortable shoes. Then, just a few weeks before the trip she grew out of all of her clothes and grew out of her $80 skater tennis shoes. I had planned for the skater shoes to be a backup shoe and did not budget for the cost of replacing those shoes. I felt that the budget allowed for AAAT girl to get a keen type of multipurpose water shoe, or a Birkenstock, or crock, not this and a pair of $60-80 dollar skater shoes. Hindsight is 20/20. Had I known, I would have gotten AAAT girl several different pairs of shoes. I would have agreed to buy the skater shoe (we ended up having plenty of money) on the condition that she also pick a comfortable shoe and purchased a birk or keen weeks before, like everyone else who already had their shoes weeks or months before the trip. She only grew out of her skater shoes two weeks before the trip though. The budget had put the purchase of her shoes till after we received the expense check also. Around 5:30 they began waking each other up. AAAT girl had done the majority of the packing and had made sure the younger childrens clothes were all laid out and all they had to do was put them on. I had purchased Martinellis apple juice two weeks prior to drink that morning, which is my secret for avoiding the constipation that comes from traveling. There was nine juices in a package, and seven people drinking juice. There were two extra juices in the case. I had already drank one and split one with ds yesterday because I knew there were extras and I was trying to correct my problem. I had tried the night before to call Rosie Machette, who I go to about once a year for colonics when I get this way. Rosie had meant to call me back but she had been so tired, she fell asleep and woke up too late to call back. She contacted me later that day to let me know that the school of colonics she attended was right there in Orlando. I would try to make an appointment with them during the trip. Back to packing, there were just two items I could now not find, two of the tie dye shirts we were supposed to wear to the GKTW Christmas Party, one for dd and one for myself. A quick search did not turn them up, and I continued to search for them until there was no more time to look for them. At one point we are enjoying our tea and Black Ear Envy and my Mom are going Arent you packed yet. I explain that I cant pack without my shirt. Time is running out. My mom gets me a white shirt to borrow as a replacement. I plan on dd using a GKTW shirt as a replacement for her missing shirt. Ah, now I can pack. In all of this last minute packing, I am the only one who forgot to pack my toothebrush. Aristacat girl, AAAT girl and ds were asked to clean out the van of trash and household items in order for us to pack the van. There were just a handful of last minute things like this that werent done yet or left undone. I forgot to print out the photopass location maps that WendyGrace sent me. I didnt plan out some of the park days enough, Busch Gardens in particular .. Black Ear Envy was anxious because he couldnt pack the van until all of the bags were closed. Finally, the bags were all zipped up. Black Ear Envy had gotten RG up and sent him out to fill the van up with Gas. We carried all of the bags out. I glance down and notice that AAAT girl is wearing a $1 pair of flip flops .I raise my eyebrow and enquire about the shoe choice, and she explains that her Privos have given her a blister. UGGGH. I had meant to study what to do about blisters, and had run out of time. The children are video gamers, and blisters are something we have never encountered before. We had moleskin, gause, and bandaids. My Mom put a bandaid on her blister because the moleskin instructions said not to apply on broken skin. I thought this sounded funny .I thought that according to the disboards you could use moleskin on broken skin. No time to look it up, we are headed out to the van. My hands were full of bottled waters. Our driveway has a steep slope, and I set eight waters, one for each of us to drink before we got on the plane, down on top of the beach bucket. They all went rolling down into the street when the beach bucket fell over. Aristacat girl, ds and dd gather them up quickly. Black Ear Envy was wanting me not to bring our beach bucket and sandcastle making equipment. He said that we were not going to probably be doing the beach. He had the older children saying yeah, it would be embarrassing to carry the beach bucket through the airport. I said lets just bring it because we dont have time for this conversation now, we could decide in the car. It was 7:10, and we were behind schedule because we had not gotten breakfast yet. I quickly packed the waters in the only available front space in several of the bags. I shoved a water in my purse but wait it was the one I was drinking and the lid wasnt closed tightly. Will the tickets, itinerary, and list of allowable foods get completely destroyed by my ill placed water? Will we miss our flight? Stay tuned for the next installment A little off topic but Today is my 40th birthday!!!!!!!!! I hope you enjoy the trip report.