Saturday, February 19, 2011

Where Dreams Come True

So I'm still nursing my Disney hangover. I swear, that trip took up one week before, one week of and a week after to plan, enjoy and recover! I'm still doing laundry!

The magic of the week hasn't left me, but the words to describe it have. Both girls got the stomach bug and God bless my mom for staying at the hotel to love 'em back to good health. She is a saint, Saint Juju, Patron Saint of Sick Babies. She rocked! Baylor was only out for one day and the toxic mess she produced during that 24 hours was well worthy of the panic stricken calls to housekeeping! Eventually they just left the air freshener with us.

Harper's bought with the bug came a day later and she was down and out for a good day and then struggled with the poopsies for two more days. Bless her little heart, on the drive home she finally said, "I can't take it anymore!" We stopped every hour of an eight hour drive so she could fart and fizzle. Poor darlin'. I hate taking care of that stuff in convenient stores and truck stops, but sometimes a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do-do! Ha!

All in all it was a great trip. I strongly suggest to anyone planning a trip to do the following:
1. stay in a Disney resort so you can travel by bus and boat to the parks, ect. Beats loading into the car
2. pack snacks for the hotel room and parks. I didn't do this and wish I would've.
3. take your own stroller
4. avoid the big, expensive mom camera. Take a small one you can fit in a pocket. The pros are stationed at every park and the photo pass will get almost every good shot you want.
5. DO a character meal. Breakfast with Cinderella and the Princesses was a highlight for the entire family, even Dad!
6. Take a babysitter!
7. Enjoy Epcot at night, one country at a time. You can travel there via boat from several resorts. Also, they have an amazing fireworks show every night!
8. Check out the Disney Boardwalk. Very casual with cool performers!
9. If you stay a week, take a day off in the middle.
10. Don't over pack. Do a load of laundry at the hotel.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

But I'm not leavin' on a jet plane. Nope, we are driving. All the way to Orlando. Not even snow or "winter mix" will keep the Cauley's + Juju from the magic that awaits us.

I wonder if I'm the only mother that begins to "glisten" just thinking about all the necessities for a nine day trip with two small chillins. Pack n play, diapers, wipes, swimsuits, do I need floaties?, comfy shoes, dinner shoes, pull overs, play clothes, jammies, blankies, lovies, sippie cups, tylenol, benadryl, ...... you get the idea. What makes it worse is that we are leaving in snow and driving to the mild 60-70's. What's a mom to do? Simple - over pack! Why take less when I might need it? Really, are a couple of extra outfits per person going to affect our gas mileage? Heck no. Problem solved.

I am so ready for this. Harper is SO ready for this. We have our "free" maps marked up with "must do" and Biernbaum's tabbed and ready to go. Itinerary - check. Reservation confirmation - check.

Fabulous pictures and stories to come as Harper and Baylor will MEET Cinderella and her royal gang at the royal table. Yes, birthday celebrations will take place on Friday with special guests to arrive on...well, you'll see.

Happy Disney!