Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by FreezinRafiki, Sep 7, 2012.
I was promised baby pictures! Let's do this thing!
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Gee, I've been gone 9 days now and still no update?????
Maybe I'll check back again when we get home next Saturday.
All caught up here.
Update?? You are suppose to update these things?
Doesn't like football? I've never heard of this condition before...
With a very large pin. And a hammer.
They're more like guidelines, you know.
Do bears squat in the woods? Oh, sorry. Wrong TR.
Yup. It's a really cool effect, except when you look at your pictures after vacation and see Mickey blinking in 2/3 of your shots.
There are two things you should know:
Never get involved in a land war in Asia
Never trust a Canadian with your Photopass Pictures.
You don't see Tigger complaining, do you?
Glad you're here! I think I'll actually get an entry done soon. I think.
Are you hinting at something?
Thank you and Welcome!
All of them? And you came back for more? Well, if you really find this dribble interesting, I'll keep writing it.
Buckle your seatbelt Carl, we're about to hit 2nd gear. Right after I grind the gears a couple of times and stall it out twice. But then we'll be ready to roll!
Uh oh. Anger appears to be setting in. I'd better throw a bone just in case I can't get an update tonight.
I didn't want to be rude and post an update while you were gone. Yeah, that's it.
Oooo...the natives are really getting restless.
Welcome! I had good intentions to finish an entry tonight, but my guess is that all of the wives in the neighborhood are watching the Emmys, so all of the husbands are streaming the football game on the Internet. I could barely load the Dis it was so slow! I'll get it finished up at work tomorrow!
We interrupt this playful banter to bring you a trip report entry. Your regularly scheduled banter will continue as soon as you're done reading this.
Unlike most of our Disney trips, this one started out very shi...oh, wait, I can't use that particular adjective on these family friendly boards. None the less, it wasn't your typical happy-go-lucky we're-going-to-Disney-World type of day. Mostly because our flight wasn't scheduled to leave until 6:15pm, so to conserve precious vacation days, we went to work that morning. Unless there is an overwhelming demand, I'm going to skip all the boring work stuff and skip ahead to where I leave and head home.
We had the van packed the night before, and by the time I got home Bambi had the kids all picked up from day care. We grabbed the last minute things, packed them up and got ready to go.
(Oh, and I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures in this update. The camera was packed away, so all photos in this update were taken with the crappy camera on my iPhone.)
Yes, Ryder is so excited for his first Disney trip that he fell asleep. And yes, Evan is giving himself bunny ears. Not sure if I've ever been prouder.
Since the flight was scheduled from 6:15-9:50, we knew we'd be getting quite hungry about halfway into the flight. Even first time parents know this is a recipe for disaster. Actually, this is the recipe for disaster:
3 small children, under 8 years of age
5 .01oz (ish) peanut packages (Because mom and dad will one too, but be guilted into giving it up a "starving" child)
1 Boeing 737, preferable packed full
Mix the first two ingredients in the 737. Let stew for 3 hours over dinner time. Use caution when opening the door. Contents will be under extreme pressure.
Having perused that cook book before leaving, we decided to stop at Wendy's on the way to the airport because of two of the three following reasons. You can decide which two are valid
a)it's cheaper than anything you'll get at the airport
b)it's right on the way to the airport
We arrived at the airport in plenty of time, so we conducted our usual airport drop off procedure - I dropped Bambi and the kids off at the curb with the luggage to check (thank god for Bags Fly Free on Southwest!) while I then drove to the cheap remote parking place and took the shuttle back. By the time I met up with them outside security, they had all the bags checked and we were ready to cruise...wait. Let me try that again. We were ready to fumble through security, separating everything we've packed so nicely from everything else and getting all discombobulated. Luckily, Milwaukee's airport has a place to remedy that.
On the way to our gate, we passed one of the airport giftshops. After I pulled myself back up off the floor from laughing so hard, I got my phone out to take a picture. However, as soon as I saw the shirt through my viewfinder, I started laughing all over again and had to take another minute to compose myself before I could snap the picture.
Ok, we were finally on our way again. Nothing was going to stop us now from getting on that plane!
Ok, that might.
Our 6:15 departure had been delayed to 6:25. Ok. No big deal. Then our 6:25 was delayed to 6:35. Hmmm...I've seen this movie before and I don't like how it ends. I think it was pushed back one more time to 6:45, but eventually the plane did land, get cleaned up for us, we were seated "comfortably" and ready to fly.
About 3 1/2 seconds after the flight attendant announced that we could use approved electronic devices, Madison and Evan were asking to watch a movie. Being a normal brother and sister, they couldn't agree on one. Thankfully I planned ahead and brought both laptops. 18 points will be awarded to the first person to identify what each child is watching.
Ryder fussed and cried for the first 20 minutes or so of the flight, but then fell asleep on comfy ole daddy's shoulder.
Aside from landing about 20 minutes late, the rest of the flight was fine. We boarded the not-a-monorail and headed to the not-quite-Magical-Express.
Which is basically Grandma and Grandpa sitting curbside waiting for us. (For those new to my TRs, Bambi's parents live in Lakeland, FL and we always combine Disney Trips with visits to them.) Since we are now a family of 5, we can no longer all fit in their Ford Explorer. Thus, they brought their other car, saving us the cost of renting one.
Bambi and I took Ryder with us while Madison and Evan went with their grandparents to get a snack and head to their house. We had a different destination in mind - Downtown Disney. It would be cutting it close, but we wanted to get there before they closed so we could exchange our vouchers for the actual Annual Pass, saving us that time on Monday morning - our first scheduled park day. We arrived in time for to take care of that, but after the stores had closed for the night. We were heartbroken, so decided to drown our sorrows in double scoops of Ghirardelli's ice cream on the drive to Lakeland. Contrary to popular belief, ice cream at 11:30 at night is a good idea.
Up Next: A Day at the Beach. Unless it rains. Which it will.
I'm ok with that, as long as you put a cover sheet on your TPS reports.
If you can give one of them an ear or sinus infection ahead of time, that would really do the trick.
I'm just going to assume there was no Taco Bell on the way, or else you'd satisfy all 3.
Ever get that feeling of deja vu?
Don't worry--I'm a limo driver!
I got nothin'. They need more explosions.
You mean there was any doubt?
Geez, how about a spoiler warning?
Boo! for delayed flights!
But, I'm glad y'all made it to Orlando safely!
That's a relief. I was afraid that there was going to be a TR somewhere in this TR thread.
Evan giving himself bunny ears...
Ryder is sound asleep...
Madison is cheesing for the camera...
Looks about right to me!
That's why we drive.
They say a picture says a thousand words. This picture and the above paragraph pretty much explains everything about your sense of humor.
I thought Grandma and Grandpa were even better than the Magical Express.
So, are you saying Bambi didn't think it was a good idea to have a kid sitting with you behind the back seat? Does this tell you anything???
Great timing! I know I'd be hearbroken that the stores were closed...
I think ice cream at 11:30 pm is always a great idea.
Your kids are soooo cute! Can't wait for more! Oh...and I didn't even know h Emys were on last night...DH and I were busy watching Dexter.
Nice update, Barry. Glad you all arrived safely (which obviously you did or we wouldn't be getting this TR!). And ice cream at 11:30 seems like a perfect nightcap to me.
My first time reading a trip report.
Loving all of the banter too.
Well Madison is watching the laptop on the left and Evan is watching the laptop on the right ... 18 points thank you lol
I'm intrigued! Looking forward to an update and your whole family is adorable!
Love the bunny ears!
Madison is Watching Camp Rock
Evan is watching...
Oh wait, I think Carl already got it.
Spoiler... "which it will"
While you're at it... can you finish my trip report!
I see High School Musical on Madison's laptop... Evan's I'm lost. is it UP?
I'm in for another one of your TRs. Ryder is so cute!
I laughed again over the recombobulation area.
Yeah for arriving in Orlando.
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