Guten Tag! A Trip Report
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Well, the trip is underway, so I'm going to say aloha to the PTR (har har har) and guten tag to the trip report!
I am beyond tired. It's been a long travel day. This morning I was up at 530am, and I knocked out some work. At 6am I ran out to Dunkin Donuts to pick up 3 dozen donuts for the Kindergarten Reception. Then, after another hour and a half of work, I walked Meri to school, and grabbed a seat in the front row for the kindergarten program. It was positively adorable, and the reception that followed was chaotic, but fun. Fortunately I was able to duck out early with Meri, and knock out more work (plus clean some). At 1:30pm we packed up the car. We stopped to get gas, then stopped at Chick Fil A, and we were on the road to Little Rock at 2:18pm.
We made amazing time, and got to Little Rock Airport at 4:40pm. After a snafu with losing my cell phone (I had left it in the trunk of the car) (this is a very common occurrence with me) I got through security and settled in at the gate.
Meri and I got some Burger King, and then after a time, we boarded. It was a VERY empty flight, so we headed straight for the very back of the plane - my favorite place to sit. I realize it's odd to say that, but it's very convenient. Right by the bathroom, and pretty quiet.
The flight was pretty uneventful, but after landing, we had a new experience. We taxied all around the terminals, and then swung back around and parked in a little "holding area" beside a runway. We ended up being there for about 25 minutes, which was annoying, but what can ya do? I just played on my phone, and Meri played on the iPod, and that was that.
After we finally parked at our gate, we headed down to baggage, where Meri saw our suitcases, and ran for them. Yes, my 6 year old dragged three suitcases off of the belt before I could even get to her. *sigh* She didn't get to her booster seat in time and promptly freaked out. She thought it was gone for good, lol, so I reassured her that it would come back around in just a second, and sure enough, there it was.
It took us a while of grouching and complaining and getting lost, but we found the hotel shuttle area (which, after we found it, was right where I remembered it being) and and our shuttle was there waiting for us! YAY!
Now we're at our hotel, relaxing in our room on the top floor. There's free wi-fi here, which is nice, and a full room service menu. Tomorrow morning we're going to get room service breakfast! YAY! Now THAT'S what I call vacation!!
See you all tomorrow! I hope we get on this plane tomorrow... I'm so nervous! It's not TRULY vacation until we get on that airplane and take off!
I'll add photos to this in the morning, as well... but I'm exhausted and don't even want to upload them.
Forgive me if I don't respond individually with multi-quotes all of the time. I will try to at least answer questions / address things even if I don't do it individually! It depends on how pressed for time I am when I'm popping in here!
You "should" hear from me from O'Hare... we're about to check out, have lunch with my friend, and head to the airport. And keep sending pixies please! LOL! I'm so stressed, even though "thus far" it looks do-able, with 7 hours to go.
I hate flying standby. It saves $3,000 but... lol...
How wonderful that the Little Rock airport was so well set-up. What a difference that makes! Logan in Boston is terrible. The hotel looks perfect for your needs as well. You all look wonderful and excited!
Hoping you're close to checking in at O'Hare, if you haven't already.
I do think it would have been hilarious to continue with the Aloha theme for the Germany TR, but perhaps I'm just a bit warped that way....
Loved the hotel room in Chicago - looked nice & roomy!
DisneyLand too many times to count; DisneyWorld: ('82; '94; '00; '04; '05; '08 - twice!; '10;'11 - twice); DCL (3 ships): ('00, '05, '06, '10, '11); DVC Hilton Head Resort ('06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13)