Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And then there was the other time zone...

Let's see...when was I?

Central time, Pacific time, Kindergarten time (we all know the 5 year olds run on their own little clocks)...

After Kindergarten, I spent 4 days back in modified Central time getting my 5 ready for our not-so-traditional Thanksgiving week.

I say modified Central time because at this point in the month we'd been getting up multiple times in the middle of the night to monitor the new insulin pump every night for 4 weeks.

Yes, that's what I said...4 weeks.

We were 4 weeks in to the insulin pump thing and we still didn't have her night numbers anywhere close to good.

The only thing I can compare it to is the night time schedule of a newborn. Honey and I certainly had that glazed over, I'm getting no sleep, what day is it? look. Accept I think being up with a newborn is way more fun. (One newborn is more fun. Two? I think I'd rather deal with the pump.) At least you get to nap during the day when they do, right? With this you get all of the awake time and none of the precious snuggles or naps.

By the end of the week, Honey and Brooke were both on antibiotics. (If you're a diabetic you know that antibiotics are SUPER fun.)

ANYWAY, I was a little stressed out as we boarded the plane and headed to Florida to see Mickey and friends. The idea of going to see Mickey was thrilling. The actual process of getting there...not so much.

My friend Valerie suggested that I get some argentum nitricum at the health food store. The bottle says that it helps with "apprehension and stage fright with agitation". It might have been in my head, but I don't even care, because I took a few that morning before we left the house and a few at lunch, and I was pretty peaceful the whole entire day. Even when I was being very diligently hand searched and the TSA agent was all up in my personal space because I wanted to carry on the evil apple flavored Juicy Juice and the pointy ultra delicate lancets I felt nothing but calm. No agitation, or apprehension, or stage fright.

Once we got there we had a wonderfully magical time. It truly is the happiest place on Earth. My parents and Uncle Bubba went with us. Or more accurately, we went with them.

We pretty much can't do anything involving Mickey without my parents. My family has been going to visit Mickey for 30 years. I have many happy memories that involve Florida, and Minnie, and magic. This trip was really my parents' idea, and we cashed in on lots of my dad's travel points to help with expenses.

the kids with Gran and Grampy
(yes, this was the best picture, you should have seen him in the others)
This was our chariot for the week. It fit all of us plus our luggage and took us everywhere we wanted to go. Surprisingly, no one stopped and asked us to shuttle them anywhere.
After about 2 days of park hopping, the girls played tour guide constantly. We heard an ongoing dialogue of "You are boarding with the blue group." "Keep your hands and arms inside the tram." "Move all the way down to the end of the row." "Fill in all the empty space."
Uncle Bubba was our driver
Bubba got some love from Minnie

When we got to Magic Kingdom, I asked the girls if they remembered riding some of the same rides at Mickey's California home when we went almost 3 years ago. I was sad when they didn't. They remembered the tea cups, Dumbo, and Space Mountain, but that was about it.
We spent one day at Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom, and we spent 2 days at Magic Kingdom. Thanksgiving day we took a break from the parks and slept in, watched a basketball game at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and shopped at Downtown Disney. Then we drove over to Universal and ate at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville for dinner. I must say, Jimmy Buffet is a pretty fun Thanksgiving dinner guest.
my five
(no Bubba is not taller than me, see how he's concentrating on standing on his tip toes instead of smiling and holding his head normal?)
I hope your Thanksgiving was as happy as ours. We have so much to be thankful for...even if we hadn't gone to see Mickey. God has truly blessed us this year. He has taken care of us in so many ways, often before we even knew we needed His care. He has carried us through scary and stressful days and blessed us with laughter and love and calm at just the right moments.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Hairdryer Family!

1 comment:

valerie in TX said...

Love love love love love love love! I SO want to take my family to Disney! I've been to both Cali and Florida (but no one else in the fam has been to either), and I'm sad to hear that FL is more expensive, b/c I have to say, I like it more.

So glad the "stuff" worked for you! I totally took some in the grocery store the other day when I thought I was going to have a breakdown b/c my kids were FIGHTING and TATTLING and ASKING FOR EVERYTHING and I was in a hurry and it was late and we were taking forever and and and.... Just so you know, it works for that too. :)