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Disney for the last time (I think) [Aug. 1st, 2010|08:17 pm]
Zoethe
Last day of vacation has not ended auspiciously. Went to the grocery store and when we came out the starter motor on the car was kaput - not even a murmur of turning over. So we had to walk home with groceries. Tomorrow I will have to have the car towed. Welcome back to real life.

A few final reflections on Disney: my original plan was taking it easy, a lot of time having drinks by the swimming pool, feet up, relaxing. Instead? We were in the parks every day but the day we left. We had drinks by the pool on the first night only, and swam in the pool only one other evening.

It was great getting to spend time with the nieces and nephew (many girls in this family). The oldest is 12, the youngest is 3, the rest spread out pretty evenly, so it was a lot of different interactions. But the danger of running around in overflowing parks with 6 young children is in keeping track of them. Keeping track of them AND keeping track of their parents. We were all in Hollywood Studios and going into MuppetVision 3D. Ferrett's mom and his sister June stopped outside and yelled to us that they were skipping it to get something to drink. When we came out the other side, we all decided that keeping 15 people together was just too much and it was time to break up: Sue and Adam with their kids, Pete and Judy with their grandkids, Ferrett and me by ourselves.

At which point 10-year-old Amanda tremulously piped up. "What about Morgan and me?"

Um, oh yeah. Thought your dad was with us. Oops.

We had a few incidents of having to call parents and let them know we had one of their kids, but the most amusing was that at least three times I reached back in a crowd and took hold of a small hand only to realize that the child to whom it belonged didn't belong with us. Fortunately, I never got more than a step with any of them, and all of the parents took it in good humor.

And Ferrett's mom, Pat, is a great roommate. She is funny and patient and flexible, all of which are required when three adults are occupying 175 square feet and sharing a bathroom. Some nights going to bed felt a bit like a slumber party, where we kept talking about the day's events until one of us was grownup enough to call for lights out. I would happily share living space with her because she is completely awesome - and I know how lucky I am to be able to say that about a mother-in-law!

It was hot and muggy, and my feet and back hurt for much of the time. But it was a great trip.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-08-02 12:44 am (UTC)
Glad it was a great trip. I remember vacations where we went back to work to recuperate from vacation! I've never done Disney, but two of my kids have! And congrats! A good MIL is a great thing!!
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2010-08-02 01:13 am (UTC)
A few final reflections on Disney: my original plan was taking it easy, a lot of time having drinks by the swimming pool, feet up, relaxing. Instead? We were in the parks every day but the day we left. We had drinks by the pool on the first night only, and swam in the pool only one other evening.

Haw haw! A friend of mine took her brood up to some camping site in the UP. She told me her plan was to just sit around the fire and relax. In her case because of where she went, she'll probably be more successful in just relaxing.

I think one factor you probably want to ask yourself before you plan a vacation is what kind of a vacation you want. Some vacations by their very nature can include a lot more activities than others.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-02 01:31 am (UTC)
Indeed, but I was not the planner of this vacation. It was a family reunion planned by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

And, to be honest, when I have a chance to plan a real trip to a new place I have a tendency to want to see everything. So I'm not sure I'd really be good at planning a relaxing vacation!
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-08-02 02:05 am (UTC)
I know how lucky I am to be able to say that about a mother-in-law!

people look at me like i botched my sanity roll when i go on about how much love is shared between me and preston and his parents and how well we all get along together. the four of us, we really do love each other.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-02 11:28 am (UTC)
It's great to have that, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-08-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have it any other way. :)
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-08-02 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time, (sort of.)

Maybe you and hubby need a vacation with just the two of you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-02 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, we definitely had a good time! It's just more interesting to talk about the weird moments.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-08-04 12:39 pm (UTC)
That's funny about accidentally grabbing other kids' hands in the
crowd. I used to laugh about those harnesses and leashes for kids but in a place like an amusement park or a mall, I definitely see the appeal.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 01:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't see a single one at Disney, which I thought was weird, actually.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-08-05 04:03 am (UTC)
Oh...I would've expected it to be like a dog park where all the kids
have leashes and are constantly crossing up the lines with the other
kids. Maybe those harnesses fell out of favor? I used to see them a
lot but haven't spotted one in years now. I just figured it was
because I didn't go to many places that were kid-centric.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-05 04:10 am (UTC)
I guess they have fallen out of favor.
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