Thursday, July 24, 2008

Trip Details

As you may or may not remember (Julie!) :), we have one more trip planned for this summer. Olivia's wish trip. She is being generously granted a wish through Make a Wish, and through that we will be going to Orlando August 4-10. I think it will be a wonderful experience and I myself am so looking forward to experiencing Give Kids the World Village where we will be staying. We still have some unanswered questions on how things "work", such as car seats, and it's been difficult not having a wish granter to ask our questions of, but Olivia is so excited and I know that they will have a glorious time! :) We received our itinerary in the mail on Tuesday.

The one thing I'm nervous about is traveling. As a single parent I am able to bring along one extra adult as a wish participant. My mom is going to be that adult. My dad is going to come along as well, but will pay for his things himself. BUT, since my parents live 1 1/2 hours from Orlando, they are driving and meeting us there which means I'm on my own with traveling. Normally this wouldn't bother me in the least. We travel and do things together constantly, obviously, and I wouldn't want to continue to take kids if it meant I was afraid to go places with them. However, I hated airports with one child, even more with two, and three was horrendous. Hence the "bus" of a new car and why we typically drive to our vacation spots now.

I can't stand going through security checkpoints, trying to get everyone's shoes off, keep track of escape artists, juggle one in my arms, and yet still fold up the stroller and place it on the conveyor belt. No matter how many are around, no one ever seems to notice you could use a hand and offer to help. The one exception to this was when we flew to FL on Christmas Day. That was nice. People were in holiday spirits, and the airport was rather empty.

In addition to the airport situation, our flight there leaves at 6AM from an airport 1 1/2 hours away, which means we're going to be picked up around 2:30am! Then we have a lay over and have to switch planes in the middle of the flight. I am so nervous about the cranky, tired kids and how easy/hard it may be to make it to FL in one piece and without a nervous breakdown. Please pray for us!!! And for our fellow passengers who I pray are able to get to their destination without children (mine anyway) crying and sounding miserable. :)

The one thing I'm most excited about on our trip right now, as silly as it may seem to some, is that I think we're going to be able to meet up with two of my blog friends: Brandi and Jessica! I'm really looking forward to meeting them!!! God works in wonderful and mysterious ways, including the web I guess. :)

Any thoughts or advice on our travel situation???


Julie said...

THAT'S RIGHT- I TOTALLY FORGOT!! I am very excited for you!! Here is my one suggestion for the escape artists-
It is $10 and could help with the run aways- It is a backpack with a tail that is a leash- I NEVER thought I would be one to leash my kids but G is a runner and if she wants to walk- this is the only way. She loves it because it is a doggie and she feels like a big girl with a back pack on- If your boys already will have back packs on- then consider finding a strap you can hook on to it. Security will be a night mare- but outside of that- this should help! :) I will be praying!!and can't wait to see the pics!!!!

Brandi said...

hmmmm.. .let's see

Luggage: with wheels! Check luggage at curb instead of wrestling it inside. Worth the $2!

Airport: Backpacks for each kid with their own stuff, flipflops make the shoe thing easier and. . .anything work like benedryl?

Then. . .sigh. . you'll be here!

Can't wait to hang! Hey, that's soon! Whohoo!


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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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