Saturday, September 17, 2005


Well, here we are aboard the Disney Magic.... We have dinner in our bellies and the 3 youngest kids are all in their clubs, ready to party the night away without parental intrusion. Looks like rough seas in store for our original destination (Eastern Caribbean), so we've been rerouted to Cozumel and Grand Cayman, with a first stop in the morning at Disney's island, Castaway Cay. We were looking forward to those 2 straight days at sea on our original itinerary, but welcome the chance to see something new as well.

Had a great time during our 2 days in Orlando before the cruise. Our 2-bedroom villa at Beach Club Villas was great; I can definitely picture a week-long (or longer) stay! The washer/dryer came in quite handy. We were able to meet up with old neighbors/friends on Friday and did MGM and Epcot with them. Best rides of the trip: Test Track and Soarin'. Soarin' is awesome. I'm looking forward to riding that again when we visit Disney's California Adventure after Thanksgiving this year.

Backing up a bit.... I have to pass on the shaky start we had. We left home much later than we wanted to on Tuesday. We dropped the rats off at their sitters' house and then ate a quick meal at McDonald's. I had mapped the "quickest" route with Microsoft Streets and Trips... unbeknownst to me, this route was very twisty and curvy. It was not a "quick" trip by any means. And then poor Joel, sitting in the 3rd row, lost his dinner. Thankfully we were near a 7-11 and were able to clean out the truck and his seat, spray everything with Febreze, and get him cleaned up and in clean clothes. The best is yet to come, though. When we reached our hotel in San Jose and carted everything inside (we were doing a Park and Fly), Halle asked, "Where's my suitcase?" Yes, it was back home, an hour and a half away. It was now shortly after 10pm and Brian, who had been up since 4:15am, had to drive back home to retrieve her clothes. He got back around1:45... we got up at 3:30 to get ready for our 4:15 shuttle to the airport. Yes, Wednesday was a VERY long day!!!

Off to see what fun there is to enjoy tonight!


Jenni said...

So sorry that the start was rough, but sounds like you are making up for it! I love the fact that you are blogging on vacation.....can't wait to hear more!

Denise said...

Howdy there. I just had to leave my handprint on your blog. I found it through some long twisted chain of links. Just I saw your little bit about you and had to stay a while. I too am a homeschooling mom of four, married to the military. No dog here though. :)
Sounds like your vacation isn't going as expected, but you're still able to enjoy it, and that's awesome. Hope the rest is smooth sailing for you!

Thumper said...

Oh man, poor Brian! I suppose she just HAD to had clothes to wear, eh? ;)

Hope you;re having TONS o'fun!

jlybn123 said...

Glad everything has turned out okay, after that rocky start!

Oreo said...

Oh, how terrible! Gotta love traveling with your kids...always an adventure!

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