The bands arrived about a month before the trip and I felt my heart literally skip a beat! AHHHH!!! SO freaking exciting!!! Yes, I am completely afraid of color when I have to wear an accessory for a week. Grey for me!
Now let's compare. The Hubs.
By the time we got to the airport, they were BEYOND excited! I Pinterested the heck out of this trip and airplane trips in general. Again, Dane has NEVER been on a plane and Chaz hasn't since he was 10 months old. WHAT!?!?! New backpacks complete with every goodie, snack, surprise, book, activity, new ear buds, etc you could ever imagine.
And in all honesty, we ALL had some pretty good talks about how this was their vacation and we all vowed to relax. We didn't all do a good job (except for my momma, she is gold) but we certainly tried!
We finally landed in Orlando and were ready to get this party started!! Yes, my face is very tired. Stop judging me.
So, first thing is I dressed to ride on airplanes for half the day, not to sit poolside. As the kiddos and the hubs were getting in their swimming gear, I headed down to the pool area to get a place to sit. The bar was packed so I ended up on a lounge chair in the blistering heat. Did I mention I was wearing a red (Razorback, of course) T-shirt and jeans. Yes, jeans. I freeze on airplanes so I thought I was making a good choice to wear jeans and flip flops but bring socks for the plane... Well poolside, this didn't really work. Now here is where the story gets a little frightening.
As I am sitting poolside, in my jeans, I notice my crew heading over to the pool. The headed to the stairs, all together, and sat at the edge of the entrance. I looked down at something in my bag for a second and when I looked up I saw Chaz but not Dane. I stood up from my lounge chair to see my little guy with about 1/2 an inch of his head above water. I started screaming at Chaz to "GET YOUR BROTHER!!" I thought I was screaming but there wasn't much sound coming out. I was trying to run but felt like I was moving in quicksand to get to my baby. I finally made it to the pool and walked in up to my armpits to grab my baby. As I was grabbing his arm I see the hubs come flying into the pool, almost walking on water, to pull Dane's other arm up. I sat on the edge of the pool, in my soaking wet clothes only to hear my baby say "Well, that sucked"
Now I tell you this because I am a crazy safe person around pools. We grew up with a pool. I know pool safety. We were in a place with a TON of kids, lifeguards and adults yet my little 3 year-old ended up under the water with no way to save himself. This could have been very tragic. The hubs was about 2 feet away getting a life jacket, he told Dane to sit, he told Chaz to watch, he knew I was watching, as were my parents. Net, this could happen to anyone, anywhere. The best is that Dane is Dane and ended with "that sucked." This kid can bring laughter in the most stressful situations. I am glad this story had a happy ending.
I will tell you, although I firmly believe I am responsible for my kids in EVERY situation.....the lifeguard that came over several minutes after I had retrieved my kid and was sitting on the edge of the pool, in soaking wet clothes, talking to my sweet boy, asking me if "everything was ok" almost made me lose my cool. Really, dude? Really??
Ok now back to the fun! If you haven't been to Disney, or even if you have, I HIGHLY recommend the Ohana breakfast at the Polynesian Resort. It is wonderful! The food is great, the atmosphere is awesome and it gives the kids a chance to ease into the larger than life characters circling them at every moment. We did this the first morning. Such a good plan!
This is how it was suppose to go.... You write on their skin with a pen, cover it with liquid skin and it won't come off.
When you see the sword in the stone, you HAVE to try and remove it, right??
After a full day at the Magic Kingdom we headed back for a quick nap before going back for dinner and fireworks. Someone was tired and cranky.But a quick little round of selfies will get anyone smiling.
Yes, we have lost all sanity!
Did I mention he was tired? This was about 35 seconds after the above.
Selfie sticks are banned from the most magical place on earth!?! WHAT?!?
Have you ever exchanged something from the glow cart at Disney? We have. Dane saw someone with a sword so the Buzz from above went back in about 3 seconds. And yes, I had to pack this thing in the suitcase. #skills
One of the non Pinterest fails was the M&M coin holder. This was genius. You buy the $1 M&Ms that come in the little tubes and use the tubes to hold pennies and quarters for the penny smashing machines. I also had two that were pennies only and we used them for all the fountains. WAY easier than digging for change. They did end up spilling in the luggage but I actually think it was security riffling through to find these tubes full of dense material (Ooooops!)
He was so in love!
I love how he sits perfectly upright! Adorable!