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Old 06-28-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
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Home is Where the Mouse Is TR (June 1 - 11, 2017)

I thought travelling with older kids was easier, boy was I in for a rude awakening. Add to that a husband and you have a recipe for a stressful vacation. It was a great trip, don't get me wrong, but it was challenging at times and I found myself frustrated a bit.

This TR will be interesting. I was terrible at taking notes, even worse at taking food pictures and almost all my photos were taken with my phone (camera was not good, may be time for an upgrade). The first 6 days, notes were very detailed. The rest of the trip, notes were non-existing. I'll have to rely on memory, which by the way is not that good as you're approaching 40. But I digress...

So, without further adieu, I present to you my TR. Enjoy!!!


Wednesday, May 31 - Day before trip

Today was a stressful day. First of all, I had to go to AJ's school to pick up his report card (straight A's) and to order his senior class shirt (OMG, he's a Senior!! ). Abniel had a pool party to attend for a friend's birthday. Arben took him, since he had a chiropractor appointment and the pool was on his way. I know I did something else today, but I can't remember what. Maybe some last minute shopping.

To add more stress, we'd been without power since the day before, so all my plans of washing the beddings were down the drain now. To say I was mad is an understatement. I had this idea in my head that my entire house would be squeaky clean when we came back and now I couldn't even wash our sheets. But, there was nothing I could do.

The kids helped me around the house while Arben had to stay with his dad. His mom went out with SIL so she could buy some last minute things. This would turn out to be a shopping spree that would take a couple of hours. I was mad and frustrated because considering we were leaving later in the evening, my MIL could've stayed behind because she knows that when SIL goes out it's an all day affair. Plus, we had lots of things to do and it would've been nice to have Arben's help.

Since there was no power, I hadn't been able to check in for our flights. I figured out a way to do it on my phone and even had our boarding passes on it. Yay for technology!!

Our flight was supposed to leave at 2:30ish, so we would be leaving our house at 12:00 am. But, I started getting notifications that the flight was delayed.


Next up... Will we ever leave?
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I'm so glad you've started yours! Sounds like your trip was off to a bit of a rough start too.
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Mayra!! Sorry for all of the tension and delays but no worries!! YOU ARE HEADED TO DISNEYWORLD!!!
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Oh dear. Not a fan of rocky starts! When you have a plan in your head and things don't go that way, it can be very stressful!
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I'm so glad you started your TR!!! It sounds like it was a stressful day before your trip and your departure day sounds kind of stressful too with the delays.
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Oh boy... sorry for the rocky start! I hope things begin to turn around soon! But as Tara said... you're on your way to Disney!!!!
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Signing on!

Sorry the day before was stressful...it seems like it often is no matter how much we plan in advance! I hope you're able to get underway without too much fuss, but I don't like the talk of delays....
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Glad you've started your trip report.
I also like to arrive home from vacation with a clean house. Since I was on a solo trip this time, I gave DH strict instructions on how the house was to look when I arrived home. He did a decent job.
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Signing on! Bummer about the power outage and the husband hijacking, but sounds like your team rallied none-the-less.
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Add me to the list! Not the most magical start it seems


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Sorry for the stressful pre-trip day! I hope it gets better from here. I can't wait to read all about it!


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That's quite a stressful day you've had prior to departure! Hope it gets better soon but at least you'll be in Disney soon!
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