We’re home. Finally. Blissfully. We. Are. Home.
It was an interesting trip, to say the least. The kids loved, loved, loved Disney. The adults were completely and utterly exhausted. We managed to maintain both our sanity and manners, which makes me feel like the trip was successful. I could write a lengthy post on all the details of our trip from beginning to end, but frankly–I’m just too tired! So, I’ll leave you with a few things I learned while away. Another picture post will follow later this week once I download our 800+ pictures onto Shutterfly!
- Pack extra underwear. For everyone. Trust me…you will need it. For everyone.
- If you are traveling with 9 other people, one who uses a wheelchair and another who uses a stroller, it will take 45 minutes to get through airport security. It will. Even if it’s midnight or 4 AM. And two of your small children will be flagged by TSA to be patted down. Because they totally fit the description of potential terrorists. Must be the carry-on full of candy and stuffed animals.
- All of your children will want to sleep in bed with you. Even though there are ample other beds available. Even if it makes everyone sweaty and cramped. And you will end up falling out of bed, changing sides of the bed and eventually just sleeping on the floor or in the bathtub.
- After five days of theme parks, your normally wonderful family will begin to seem less wonderful. And everyone will start to smell…just a little.
- Your children will want to stand in the longest lines for attractions they and you have never, ever heard of. And then want to do it again. And again.
- Your children will not, however, be willing to stand in line for five minutes to get a picture taken with you and the rest of the family.
- When you go around the table each night to recount your favorite moments as individuals, your children will say they loved seeing a duck, riding on a bus, watching a $9 balloon float away, drink out of a water fountain, or using the automatic sinks in the public bathrooms.
- And, you will have to quietly but firmly explain to them in private to please, please, please tell Grandma and Grandpa that you loved seeing Space Mountain/Cinderella’s Castle/Shamu more than seeing a duck. Please. Before Grandma blows a gasket…
- You will find yourself muttering sarcastically under your breath, “This is the happiest place on earth, ” over and over again towards the end of the week…lack of sleep and Disney over-exposure are to blame.
- Home truly will become the happiest place on earth…
Really, we did have a nice time on vacation. It was a wonderful opportunity to be away together and a great opportunity to be blessed. Just a little tiring. I’m princessed out and glad to be back in familiar surroundings:) Thanks to all of you who prayed for us. It was needed and I felt very covered and loved.
Lord, Thank You. For everything. For the sunburn, the trying times, the now funny stories and memories. For our home. For being You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.