Talia's Make-a Wish Vacation Aug 9-15th, 2013

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  1. taliasmom

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    Well, first, let me apologized for how long it took to get started, and how long it will take me to get through it, LOL. It was a seriously adventure-packed week!:smickey: And with work and family, it's going to be a slow process.
    Day 1:
    So we just went to bed about midnight (give yourself more than one day to pack), and were up at 3:30am to get everybody dressed and Talia's last bit of medical equipment together for carryon.:coffee: The limo was supposed to be there at 4:30. Everything was going well and all we had left to do was get Talia's clothes on and hair done, we had 15 minutes left and then we heard a knock at the door, the limo was early, and the driver was obviously in a hurry. We quickly got Talia finished while Link (husband) loaded the car. Due to the wheelchair, most of the luggage was in the car with us, but that was fine, as long as it fit somewhere. We put Talia in the carseat and we were off :yay:. I would post pictures of the limo, but it was so dark nothing came out. Just ones of Talia sleeping.

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    So we all quickly fell asleep as we made our way to LAX. Now, normally that is a two and a half hour drive from our house, and technically he should have hit some rush hour traffic towards the end, but this guy was flying. Every bump was like riding in the back of a pickup, my rear caught air more than once!:eek: LOL. My son said when you looked at other cars we passed they looked parked. Later we found out he had a second appointment to pick up in Bakersfield (about 3 hours in the opposite direction) after us, so it made sense anyway. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 9:55, we got to the airport just before the sun came up all the way, about 5:45.

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    This guy should drive me to work every morning!
    So we do the curbside check in after a bit of confusion about how to get all our stuff to the line for check in:confused3. Once we got our bags handled and our boarding passes, we were escorted to security and allowed to go ahead of everyone in the line. We got patted down a couple times (hubby and I), got bags scanned a couple times (laptops should be seperate and asthma inhaler), and Talia's liquid meds and formulas tested and wheelchair rubbed down, we reassembled and moved on. Actually, for all we had going on, it was pretty smooth. We went to our gate and got the kids seated, then hubby and I went off to get breakfast for all of us. We went to Ruby Tuesday's and got food, nothing special egg and cheese english muffins,a breakfast burrito, and home fries. 40 bucks. And yes, I expect airport food to be expensive, what I didn't expect was how much better the egg and cheese muffin was compared to a McDonald's egg mcmuffin. Don't know if it was 10 dollars good, but probably close! So they called us up to board slightly early and gave us time to get Talia set up and I was left to deal with folding the wheelchair. They got us all seated with a bit of confusion rearranged some seating of other passengers so my kids could sit together and hubby and I could be somewhat close, and off we went. I enjoy flying so I didn't sleep at first, but everybody else did. I got to see the Grand Canyon from the window, pretty cool.:thumbsup2 So a little over 4 hours goes by and we land. I go get Talia's chair set up and when the boys finally come out with her, I'm told she can't be put in the chair and they keep walking carrying her into the airport.
    *WARNING* GROSS INCIDENT AHEAD
    As I'm following behind I'm informed that she pooped (she's in diapers), but it was far from contained,:scared1::sad2: and then it all hits me, the smell, the sight, she is pretty well covered from mid back to knees, and the car seat and straps are coated too. We get in the airport and it's packed. She doesn't fit on baby changing tables, so we've gotten pretty good at finding out of the way places for privacy, but there is nothing, people everywhere. Much to the horror of the flight attendant working the desk:sick:,:scared: the best place we could find was a little corner right by her desk. We didn't ask, just went to work cleaning Talia and I got the seat wiped up as best I could (but lord it still smelled), while I held up a large blanket to block everyone's view. We were fast, I'm sure that poor lady appreciated it, and got out of there quickly.
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    So we take the tram to baggage, when we leave the tram, you get a small dose of the heat that awaits you in florida, but more on that later. We get near baggage, then we see it, the GKTW sign welcoming Talia!

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    This lovely lady brings us a luggage cart and we go downstairs to get our things. We have three large bags, and we get them all stacked up and take the elevator to the floor where the rental cars are waiting. Our wheelchair van gets there, and it is so nice!!

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    Easy to load Talia in and out of, and has gps (remember this). So the nice guy shows me how to work everything, and tells me on our last day to meet him at 6pm in the same spot. We discuss if that's enough time since our flight leaves at 7, he assures me it's fine, and we part ways with him and our gktw greeter. So I get in the van and quickly realized that the seatbelt and I are not so compatible. Hubby and I switch spots and with the annoying belt tone dinging for some unholy amount of time, we get on our way to the village. This little drive is longer than you would think. We landed at 5, by the time we got everything together and travled directly, we arrived just after 7pm. Everybody was hungry, so after spending a couple of quick minutes with a girl in the house of hearts, the boys were off to go eat,

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    and I stayed for orientation. Orientation was cool, you would be surprised at what all you get and can do.

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    When I was done I found out the boys had checked in already and were at the villa.

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    They left me the van and I got it over there. I was a little bummed they had some problem with the name plate on the bunny sign and never did fix it, but oh well, no picture next to that.

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    Our villa was a bit plain on the outside, but I could definately live there. Nicest, most comfortable accomodations we've ever had! We took no time making a mess of it and relaxed for the night with some pizza (the boys didn't know about gingerbread house and just grabbed some boston market stuff from katie's kitchen, husband is uber picky and diabetic, so that didn't work out for him). Link and I made a late night run to walmart for snacks, water, and supplies . Pretty soon it was 2 or 3 am (we're from CA, it wasn't that late to us) and we got to bed, exhausted, which is pretty much how we were going to go to bed every night.
     
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  3. tiffany41108

    tiffany41108 Just the mama of a princess...

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    so excited to read about your sweet family's adventure!
     
  4. taliasmom

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    Thank you! I will write more soon!
     
  5. IntoTheLight

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    Great report so far! Can't wait to read about the rest. :coffee:
     
  6. wiigirl

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    Great report so far...can't wait to hear more. :)
     
  7. taliasmom

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    Sorry all, Talia is still sick, so time is sparse. I took a couple hours and wrote about day two, but when I went to post it, I got an error message and it all disappeared. I may try again later, but it may need to wait. Grr.
     
  8. FencerGirl

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    I hope Talia feels better soon!
    I just stumbled across your report and I'm loved the first installment.
     
  9. ksso32006

    ksso32006 Earning My Ears

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    Can't wait to hear more! We're going next month & can't wait.
     
  10. ksso32006

    ksso32006 Earning My Ears

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    Just checking in to see how Talia's doing.. And you too? Hope all is well.. :grouphug:
     

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