Flying

Flying

Getting home from Orlando after Spring Break turned out to be a pretty long drawn out affair. We took the Magical Express – which lets just admit, is WAY less ‘magical’ when you’re on your way home. Our flight was delayed until, oh forever, and it took a bajillion years to actually make it back to Huntsville. Don’t you just love it when people complain about their vacations? Yeah. me neither. Flight delays are no bueno when you have five kids and a grumpy spouse – I’ll let you decide whether it was me or Billy that was grumpy. P.S. Y’all don’t tell anyone but it was totally Billy.

Another fun and exciting thing that happened on the way home involved the actual aircraft in flight. When it was past time to land I realized we weren’t landing but were circling the airport. Now I’ve been flying forever so I’m no stranger to the ‘circling round ye olde airport’ rodeo. After about what felt like the fifteenth circle the pilot came on and said ‘well folks, I’m sure you’ve noticed we’ve been circling – just working out an issue we are having with a flap before we can land.‘ Cue the nervous laughter and looks. Uh, a problem with the flap? You mean the thing that keeps us in the air? The thing that lets us land without crashing?

The boys all had headphones in and were completely oblivious to any trouble on the plane. Once the flap issue got worked out and we finally landed the ENTIRE PLANE burst into applause. The boys began asking ‘why are people clapping?‘ Cue the ‘Sheesh Mom, why didn’t you tell us’ comments and the excessive Southwest jokes by the boys for the next few days.

Egads, what a blast we had in Disney World. Mainly because we brought sitters along. It was so so SO nice to be able to send Gracie home in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the evening without her. 

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Our sitters. No, you can’t have their numbers. They’re mine I tell you – mine, mine, mine!

For real though, Gracie is way more trouble than this picture lets on.

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One night we sent both Gracie AND Stella home and set the boys loose so we could have date night. We ate at Le Cellier which was just as amazing as everyone says it is and walked around Epcot. See all these empty seats? We watched the America movie at the very last showing.

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Along with one other person we were the ONLY people in that gigantic theatre. It was even more fun that way. I LOVE date night in Disney World. We love the kids but man is it nice to be alone for a few hours.

Oh look, it’s those kids…

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This is on Tom Sawyer Island. Yet another place Gracie wasn’t invited to. Oh don’t feel sorry for her. Look at that grin – she knows you are over there feeling sorry for her.

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Welp, the good news is no one died on that plane with it’s flap issues.

About That Pain…

About That Pain…

A couple weeks ago Hank decided it was all over him. He had this pain he couldn’t explain in his abdomen and he was pretty sure his short little life was drawing to a close. It was nothing that should have caused too much trouble but he absolutely couldn’t shake worrying about it. Why does it hurt? What is causing it? What if it doesn’t go away? What if I have to have more tests? What if the doctor can’t find out what was wrong with him. It was consuming him.

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We got it x-rayed, we went to the doctor, heck, we even had blood work done. The doctor determined he’d probably just injured it during baseball but Hank still couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Come to find out he’d watched some sort of movie about a child that get’s cancer and dies. Oh Henry…Even after I talked to him about how movies can put ideas in our heads he was still fixated on this pain.

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Finally I had the bright idea to ask my friend Kathy,who is a therapist, about it. I told her how he had no reason to worry but he was.

In case you can’t see the picture here was her response: “I would say something like ‘I know you are worried. We have been to the doctor, he has run all the tests he needs, and you are healthy. Sometimes our brains get stuck and we worry about the same thing over and over until it seems real. You really are okay. You need to tell your brain what to do. Tell it you are fine and go do something fun.’

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Y’all! It worked. It really worked. Now I had to say it several times over the course of the next several days but every time he would bring it up I would just pull out my phone surreptitiously and just reread it to him. He’d say ‘okay’ and then wander off.

You should totally find a friend who is a therapist.

The other little quandary we’ve had with this character occurred before we left for Disney World at Space Camp. The fifth graders at Hank’s school go to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for a five day day camp. After graduation the kids were allowed to hang out and ride the rides. All his friends piled on the Space Shot ride and he got on with them. Now he had hemmed and hawed about whether to do it or not and finally decided to go for it. He gets on the ride, they buckle him in, and then they say ‘last chance to get off’ and Henry raises his hand and says he wants off. Whomp, whomp, whomp…I pleaded with him ‘Hank, I’m worried that you’re really going to regret not going on this ride.’ But, he insists that he wants off. So, off he comes.

About thirty five seconds after we get in the car to go home he starts up ‘I should have gone on the ride. Why didn’t you make me go on the ride?’ It reminded me of a tweet I’d seen Jon Acuff make recently:

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‘Regret has a longer shelf than fear.’ Ain’t that the truth. It certainly set us up well for the next week when we went to Disney World though because he went on everything there. Even Everest.

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Let’s just hope he doesn’t see a movie about a kid that dies on a roller coaster or we’ll be back at square one. 

 

 

Nine Flipping Keys

Nine Flipping Keys

You know when you decide to take nine flipping people to Walt Disney World you’re going to need to plan things way in advance. Gone are the days when a large family could take an impromptu trip and have any kind of fun at all. Want to sit down and eat? You have to have reservations and you have to get them months in advance. Want to get a fast pass for a good ride? Better make them as soon as Disney releases them. Want your pick of hotels? Months and months and months in advance! This isn’t necessarily bad it just means a lot of planning needs to go into all this business to make it seem more like a vacation and less like a MOTHER OF PEARL WHERE DID ALL THESE PEOPLE COME FROM nightmare.

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Enter the Disney App. You can manage your fast passes, see where you have your reservations are, check wait times etc and all that. I made sure the sitters and the older kids had the app too – that way no one had an excuse for not knowing where we were supposed to be when.

We didn’t quite make the opening ceremonies for rope drop that first day. Certain (Billy) members (Billy) of (Billy) our (Billy) party (Billy) felt (Billy) the (Billy) need (Billy) to (Billy) bring (Billy) backpacks (Billy) so (Billy) we (Billy) had (Billy) to (Billy) wait (Billy) thru (Billy) the (Billy) long (Billy) bag (Billy) line. Of course, no need to sell out who that person was.

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Yes – yes it was you.

For the first couple hours of the day crowds were very reasonable. After that, it turned into a total madhouse.

Speaking of madhouses…we take our Buzz Lightyear very very seriously.

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Apparently, we also take our ice cream very seriously, because, good gravy, look at the size of that thing.

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If it looks cold and overcast that’s because it was cold and overcast. We shivered through the Astro Orbiter.

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We shivered through the tea cups.

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And we finally got relief in the indoor rides. Oooh! Oooh! Stella got chosen to chat onscreen at the Monster’s Laugh Floor attraction.

If I was a fancy blogger I’d know how to upload the video to the website. They asked her several questions and told her a joke – which she actually got.

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It was super cute. An unplanned surprise.

Huh…maybe fun can be had at Disney World without completely over planning everything…but, I wouldn’t recommend it.