And we begin… tomorrow! I have high aspirations to do a live trip report, but realistically, we’re likely looking at a summary at the end of the day after the little ones are asleep.
It’s a testament to how good of a place i’m in right now that i’m able to type this up at 10:15 PM the night before a 9 night/10 day trip out of state. Most such large trips, my husband and I are up until at least midnight scurrying about like Chip n Dale trying to get everything together. Not tonight. Call it 16 months of anticipation. Call it desperate to make this a “not awful” experience for my husband (that’s seriously what i’m shooting for- not good, not great, just “not awful.” Setting the bar pretty low), but I’ve been cleaning and packing with focus and determination for the past week. And it’s all paid off. With only a mild (understatement- SEVERE understatement) meltdown last night. But all is well tonight, and we are ready for tomorrow. House is clean, bags are by the door, breakfast is planned, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made and placed strategically next to the beef jerky in the fridge so that we are guaranteed to forget none or both.
The important details: Myself, DH, DS(2), and DS(1). Well, 10 months, but for simplicity, we’re rounding up here. It’s their first trip, our second. This is a rescheduled trip from May when we were going to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. My mother in law was going with us, and she no longer is due to COVID concerns, so this is somewhat of a “trial by fire” for us as a family of 4. My husband and I have discussed strategies to keep us both sane. For him, mandatory alone time (my beloved introvert). For myself, mandatory Abracadabar time. And time on the porch/balcony hanging out together after the kids go to bed.
Our original plan was to stay in AOA Cars suite, for my Cars loving boy, and due to a need for separation from MIL. But since she was no longer going, we jumped at the chance (actually we hesitated, we talked about it, we ourselves were unsure about giving up the extra space. I even made a post about it) to switch to Yacht Club using a Priceline Express deal (thanks again, @JJT ), saving us about $1000 on our room.
What else… A big thank you to our Fairy Godmailer @HutchFamily. DS(2) has talked every day for the past week about going to see Mickey. He stares at the postcard of Mickey and friends and I am excited to wake him up tomorrow to tell him that “today is the day!” He also loves airplanes and we are flying so it’s a big day for him! For all of us. We’ll kick this off bright and early tomorrow. Flight leaves at 10:40 AM, and we’ll be landing around 1:00 PM. We have a Beaches and Cream reservation for 4:45 PM. And we’ll just hang out around the resort, getting settled, and preparing for MK on Saturday.