The girls and I just spent 4 days in Florida. Thursday we flew down. Friday morning, Dr Jay flew to a meeting. We stayed at a friend’s timeshare. Wow. Let me just say wow. The girls and I went to Olive Garden for dinner, they LOVED it. I let them go to the restroom with each other while I stayed at the table (major mom anxiety, but they are getting older and we let them at home and they stay together…wait, my blog, why am I trying to justify this? Because society makes me feel like I shouldn’t let them.). We went food shopping and then came back to go swimming. At night! In a pool with a VOLCANO! THAT GLOWS RED! AT NIGHT! OMG! an you tell the kids were excited?)
Friday morning, we got up early and went to Disney. I met another friend, who’s sister works at Disney and her sister got us passes with her corporate points (or something like that). I was so blown away by the generosity. The girls dragged me all over the park. I mostly let them agree on rides. We did roller coasters, the flume (I hate both of those rides except Space Mountain), we did the pirates of the Caribbean (TWICE-even though they changed it to match the movies) and we even got to SEE Space Mountain. We did our fast pass on that and when we had 30 minutes left, we did the people mover ride. It takes you THROUGH Space Mountain. The lights were on, so we got to see that the coaster is really compact and small. We did the people mover again, but by then, they were testing the equipment. I checked to see if they were ready, but they weren’t, so we ran off to two other rides and then came back, did Space Mountain, and met with my friend with the timeshare. They live in FL, so her daughter is already in school.
We went to bed REALLY late. Then up again in the morning to do Animal Kingdom. This time, we meet our other friend and her sister, and 4 more kids! We had a ball and enjoyed the Safari, didn’t enjoy "It’s a Bug’s life" (Soleil was on my lap SCREAMING to get the hell out of there with the spiders) and we had fast passes for the roller coaster "Everest". Well, our friend and her posse of 4 kids went home before the coaster time. We had 5 people, and 10 fast passes. Guess what? We did Everest twice! OMG, I hated it because a) I don’t like coasters as they can trigger migraines and b) it went backwards! GAH!, but you do things for your kids and enjoy it, right?
We stayed up way too late and enjoyed ourselves. This morning, my friend and her daughter headed home. We checked out and went swimming for 2 hours, Got lunch and headed home.
This was an amazing weekend. I want to give a shout out to my friends.Yes, I could have afforded the tickets and the food and the hotel. But your simple generosity blew me away. You wouldn’t let me pay for things (which let me spoil my kids more) and my girls really had a magical time.
Now we are back to the grind, but that’s okay. Except for the cold I picked up on the way down!