Monday, August 23, 2010

Our Vacation Staycation

Is it only called a staycation if you stay home?  Because we didn't exactly stay home, we drove an hour and a half up the freeway to a small little known, back woods town, known as Orlando, but we didn't leave the state, so I'm not sure if that qualifies as a staycation or not?  Anyway, we left on Friday morning and headed to the Reunion Resort in Orlando.  The resort is amazing, 4 star caliber, complete with bell hops, dress codes, plushy bath robes, and soaps that smell so sweet you take 4 bars home with you, along with a roll of toilet paper, and maybe a towel or two.  Can you tell we don't stay in places like this often? 

Anyway, the trip was amazing, stressful at times because traveling with 2 little kids is always a little stressful, but all in all we had a fantastic time.  I'll post about it through-out the week.  The Hubs has "the draft" for one of his many Fantasy Football leagues tonight, so he's called dibs on the computer tonight, so I won't be getting much done in the way of editing pictures or creating posts.  Oh well, I'm exhausted and could use a night of just vegging out.

But, I will share with you the high points and low points of our trip.  Low points first because you should always end a post on a good note, right?

Here goes - Lowpoint - it turns out that I have only one:
We are packing our suitcases and getting ready to head home.  I'm packing shoes in my suitcase and I turn around and WHACK!  Something strikes me square on the shin.  Now, I'm not one to brag, but I have fabulous shins with almost no fat on them, there is nothing to cushion the blow.  Camdyn was swinging her Little Mermaid suitcase filled to the brim with toys around in circles in the middle of the living room.  I caught the hard plastic bottom of the suitcase (you know where the wheels are attached) with full force right on my shin bone.  I go down like Nancy Kerrigan after getting clubbed with a tire iron.  I scream in pain, and writhe around the living room floor trying not to cry.  It hurt.  My foot went numb.  It still hurts.  Thankfully there is no video of this.  The mere spectacle was enough to make Camdyn cry.  She felt horrible, but then told me that I shouldn't have walked in her way.  Oye. 

So, being that was my low point and it only affected me, I guess you could say we had a pretty great trip.

Now the high lights!
1)  Watching Camdyn's eyes light up when we pulled in to Dinosaur World
2)  Riding the shuttle bus at the resort.  Why do kids like buses so much? 
3)  Sharing a beer with the hubs on our patio while the rain fell
4)  Finding out my photo for "ORANGE" was selected as one of the Paper Mama's favorites.  That seriously made my day.  Thanks for telling me Liz.  Go Here to check out the winner, the top 5, the Favs, and the Honorable Mentions.  Thanks for selecting my photo Chelsey!
5)  Watching my kids enjoy the water park and cloudy skies which made it even more enjoyable.
6)  Meeting one of my favorite bloggy mommas IRL.  That's right!  We hooked up with LeeAnn from The Life of Rylie and Bryce Too.  Since LeeAnn has her stuff together on a Monday morning and I do not, please visit her blog and read about what we did.  She's pretty much every bit as awesome as her blog is, and I'm glad that our first "meet up" was a good one!  Plus, our kids just look so cute together.  Oh yeah, and if you don't follow her, you should, cause she is just that awesome.
7)  The Disney Store - because watching Camdyn's eyes light up over Princesses gets me every time
8)  Watching Chloe Belle go down the water slide with her Daddy over and over again, and watching Camdyn go down the adult water slide all by herself.  It turns out my kids are frickin' fearless!
9)  Silence in the car
10)  Getting home and feeling like "Whew.  We did it.  It's good to be home!" 

I can't wait to share more details and pictures with you later!

Happy Monday, Y'all!


LeeAnn said...

I'm so glad you guys had a great time and of course it was totally awesome that we got to meet up! I don't know about having my stuff together...I think it was just that I was so excited about hanging out with you guys that I just had to post about maybe I'm just a little weird and need more friends? LOL

I'm sure the suitcase to the shin hurt like hell, but to hear you tell it I had to giggle. No, I'm not one of those people who laugh when my friends fall down...well at least not until I know you're OK. ;-)

Have a great week!

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun! I can't wait to see the photos. Also glad to see your positives way out numbered your one negative LOL.

Sassy said...

Sounds like you guys had so much fun! Traveling with kids is a LOT of work. Even when they're good, it still takes a lot of energy.We wanted to get to Florida this year but with the baby it just didn't happen. Can't wait to hear more! :)

Liz said...

Ahh I can totally picture the shin trauma in my head right now. So sorry that happened... OUCH! Can't wait to see pictures!! :)

Liz said...

Pictures of the kids of course... not the shin :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol! So glad you had fun in Orlando. Your list of positives is wonderful! So sorry to hear about your shin- that had to have hurt! And it's pretty cool that your photo got some recognition. I bet that made your day!

Mama Hen said...

Carol your trip sounds super! Sorry I laughed at your Nance Kerrigan comment, but I pictured you going down after a sweet little munchkin got you with a mini sized yet hard at cement suitcase. I get that sometimes from Little Chick. They can get you when you are not expecting it. It sounds like you had a lot of fun and a great time! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Mama Hen said...

Gosh, I hate typos! You know I know how to spell Nancy. Ugh! Hey, I would love for you to visit a blogger who wrote a post about her Dad and I think she deserves a lot of bloglove. Her post made me cry and her positive attitude lifted me up. Her link is at the bottom of my Cherished Moments post. I would appreciate it if you get the chance. I know I would love to hear from people when I post something like that. Have a great night!

Mama Hen

TV's Take said...

Congrats on a great vacation and only one fatality! We just got back from the beach and KLV was a pistol but other than that it was great. So glad you had a nice time and how FUN to have met another bloggy friend. Good stuff!

Mama Hen said...

Hey Carol, you are such a sweet bloggy friend! Thank you! Hey did you get that potty for in your car or bag? I know you will love the One Step Ahead briefcase potty. It is small, but not too small for the little ones. It will help when realators are late. :) Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Anonymous said...

I'd love a "staycation" in Orlando - one where I can stay and stay and stay. . .

I have to admit laughing at your shin incident - not because I'm morbid or anything like that. It was so funny to read the Nancy Kerrigan reference! Everyone knew exactly how much pain you felt with that.

I'm just slightly older than your daughter, but I love shopping at the Disney store too! I have my eye on a Tinkerbell figurine with a "spilled" salt shaker that says "Just a touch of Sass" for my new kitchen.

How many people can win a bloggy award while away? Congrats!