Mickey Power!!! - July 2019 - Learning to Swim Again! - 11/1

pkondz

. . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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I actually took a couple of weeks off to be home and pretty much just disconnected from the internet during that time in order to avoid work, and to be a little more focused on spending time with the kids.
That sounds... perfect
In life news, the kids are doing great.
Good!
L is playing in 2 different basketball leagues right now so our life is hectic on the weekends

B is playing in 1 basketball league and has tumbling one night every week so we're usually on the go.
Man, that'll keep you busy!
He's been very quick to revert to screaming uncontrollably and trying to bite and pinch, much like the night he was in the hospital, if things don't go exactly the way he wants.
Oh man. Hope that settles down soon. Poor Little Guy and poor you guys! Hang in there! :hug:
Unfortunately, I lost all my notes due to some technical difficulties, but I do have some pictures and some stories I remember, so I'll do the best I can with what I have to work with to finish up.
That's too bad. But... hopefully it'll work out. :)
 
  • Steppesister

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    Dec 27, 2013
    In life news, the kids are doing great. L is playing in 2 different basketball leagues right now so our life is hectic on the weekends, but he loves playing, and frankly, it's one of the few things he wants to do aside from sitting around playing video games. B is playing in 1 basketball league and has tumbling one night every week so we're usually on the go. R has been doing awesome since his surgery and in follow up visits with the surgeon everything looks great. However, we have noticed some extreme behavior issues with him since his surgery. He's been very quick to revert to screaming uncontrollably and trying to bite and pinch, much like the night he was in the hospital, if things don't go exactly the way he wants.
    You are very busy parents and are on track with being there for your kids first. :) I really do hope R's behavioral issues work themselves out and he can re-learn appropriate communication. But I know how tough it is. I had one that was tough in that area too, so really understand how wearing it is.

    So, with that, I'm trying to catch up on everyone's TRs and then I'll get back to mine. Unfortunately, I lost all my notes due to some technical difficulties, but I do have some pictures and some stories I remember, so I'll do the best I can with what I have to work with to finish up.
    Miss you around here, Andy, but glad you are popping in as you can and have time. Looking forward to your updates. :)
     

    luvpoohandcompany

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    Sep 30, 2009
    Glad life is returning to it's normal, busy way :)
    Kids are tough going sometimes but hang in there-not many 12year olds bite to get their way so it will pass! In the meantime there's always wine/beer/chocolate/fresh air/disboards/ whatever it is that you do to destress :thumbsup2
    Look forward to hearing more about your trip when you find the time:goodvibes
     

    Gracefulskinny

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    Jan 28, 2013
    :wave2:
    Hello there! I fell off the face of the earth a bit there ( turns out homeschooling doesn't leave much time for other things.) I was glad to find you on here when I did pop my head back in and Glad to see your son has done so well over these last few years. (Last I had checked in he had just been born.)

    The first morning when we put it on he kind of looked at it questioningly and DW told him it was his Mickey Power.



    The kid likes Superheroes (he ran around the county fair with his Captain America shield) and TV shows like PJ Mask, so the concept of having an item that gives you a power is familiar to him and he caught on to that in a hurry.



    We’d put his band on in the mornings and he’d get all excited and yell Mickey Power.
    That is beyond adorable!

    Hammer down.

    We ended up making it all the way to Calhoun, GA as the sun came up.
    Wow great timing!
    We booked our stay at the Holiday Inn Reosrt, Lake Buena Vista. It is a good neighbor hotel and from the pictures, it looked like it had a nice pool and play area.

    Sometimes pictures are deceiving.
    Hmmm duly noted.

    And I appreciate the ones of you who have jumped back in after my absence from the boards.
    As you can see I haven't been all that around much either.

    But last trip it was a big delay getting our check and leaving and then this trip it was a big delay just getting to the check in desk. I just feel like the service there is honestly a little subpar by Disney standards.
    Oh lovely! ANd the one place Little MIss keeps asking for whenever we get our next trip. :worried:
    Naturally, about the time I hauled in the last of our things, the rain stopped.
    Naturally.:rolleyes2

    As we were riding, I continued to get texts. I’m going to try to tell the story based on this chain of texts and I hope I can do it justice.

    Finally got on the bus. They loaded a lady in an ECV and then she asked the bus driver to wait for her husband.

    15 minutes later.

    Husband is here. Also in an ECV. They’re loading him now.

    About 10 minutes after that:


    And now we're stopped along the road because somebody opened a beer on the bus.



    After we reunited, I got the lowdown on the bus situation. Apparently there was a relatively large family. They sent momma out to wait for the bus. She was ECV number 1. She boarded and then made a bit fuss to the bus driver about waiting for her husband (ECV 2). But it wasn't just him. There was a group of about 6 that came out with him. One of them apparently got a little too thirsty and couldn't wait until they got to EPCOT. He cracked a cold one open on the bus. The bus driver heard/saw the beer being opened and immediately pulled over to the side of the road and made him get out and dump the beer out along the side of the road.
    o_O:rotfl2::drinking1
    But no... he was concerned because the van was still running.



    They were in such a hurry that they didn’t care about inconveniencing anyone else. And they didn’t even take the time to turn the engine off.
    :rotfl2:
    The CM at FP then told us we needed to see the DAS CM. I asked where that was and he pointed clear across the walkway near the Rivers of Light seating area.
    Wait so the DAS CM is different than the FP CM? I'm just in the beginning stages of learning about the DAS system.
    He was still cranky and throwing a fit. The CM at the register was getting ready to check me out when another CM named Tony walked up and told her to stop. He grabbed a bar out of the cooler and walked around to the stroller. He kneeled down to R and started talking to him. He told him that he had a gift for him from Mickey and handed him the bar. R went from whining and crying to smiling almost instantly
    Awa! What a wonderful little small moment.
    This was the first of multiple issues we experienced this trip with lid free cups.
    Wasit wait wait...... Lid free? Is this a AK thing or a whole of Disney World thing? If they don't put lids on cups I might have to come up with something.

    They planned to get to Disney World Tuesday evening, but they’d driven farther than they expected Monday night and by the time we were eating lunch, they were just about to Disney World property. We didn’t tell the kids, but mom said they were going to get checked in and meet up with us at AK.
    We exited the theater and went to get the stroller. Right around the corner from the stroller parking area, Mom and Dad were sitting on a rock. The kids had no idea they were there, but B was the first to see them. She screamed and ran straight over for hugs.
    There is nothing like the magic of a Nana surprise to turn a grumpy day around.

    I don’t absolutely hate Disney pizza. No, it isn’t the best, but I don't think it is terrible.
    I used to think it was the worst pizza. Then I had to go predominantly Gluten Free.:rotfl2:Let me tell you, there are some pizzas out there that would make disney pizza look like heaven! lol
    See that puddle of condensation underneath the tailpipe at the back of that van? This was about 9 or 10 hours after our frustrations in the parking lot that morning.

    The van was still running.

    Now I really thought it was funny!
    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:Now I'm kind of bummed that you didn't get to find out their reaction to getting back to the car. Though I am kind of impressed that it would still be running.
    I didn’t touch it, obviously, but let me tell you the temptation to move it to a random parking spot clear on the other side of the lot might have popped into my head.
    :drive::tiptoe::rotfl2::rotfl::rotfl2:That's Brilliant.

    What a wonderful experience. There's a swim instructor in our area that does these kinds of lessons. I have refrained from letting Little Miss know they exist. lol
    On top of that we’ve had some issues arise with R’s health.
    :worried: poor little guy!
    This is going to be a major surgery with at least a weeklong hospital stay so if you could add him to your prayers, please do.
    Will do.
     
  • vamassey1

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    Oct 13, 2005
    Welcome back Andy! Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Going to Disney and the Holidays really threw me for a loop too. I'm sure whatever you post will be great, I mean you went to Disney with your family and made lots of great memories.
     

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