The summer climax….family vacation

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Family Vacation-It is grueling in a lot of ways. It is also worth it in a lot of ways too.

We booked our vacation in February. After receiving our income tax return. Thank you Government! It is the only way we can budget in a vacation. I was really really surprised how reasonable a Disney vacation package is.

I was determined to maintain reading time even with being on vacation. The car drive was a good place to enforce this. It was more like me saying every ten minutes. READ.. Are you reading? READ!  She had her book out the whole way there, a two hour car trip.

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We got to Fort Wilderness campsites. The check in time was suppose to be one pm or later. We got in ten minutes early. BONUS! We got campsite 2006. It would have been super awesome if it was 2005 since that was the year she was born , we were here to celebrate her birthday after all. I was super stiff from the car drive so I did some stretching while the husband went all Master Tent Setter-uper. It took about twenty minutes before the kid was ready for the pool.  We went ahead to the pool. Hubby was super about setting up the tent and inflating the air mattresses.

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Let the standing in line begin! An hour and half and we are done-for now.  A small trip to Wal-Mart. No vacation is complete without a trip to Wal-Mart.  We saw the good side of Orlando. We saw the bad side of Orlando. Thank you G.P.S. for taking us on the longest route possible.

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Each night Fort Wilderness has campfire events, Chip and Dale were there. The first night it was charades. It is amazing how much they can express without saying a word.

As a native Floridian you would think Epcot would be old news. It actually has changed a bit. It was a nice mix of familiar and new stuff.

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Of course, there is also the difference of seeing it through your child’s eyes.  Remembering how you felt and seeing it expressed on their face.  It really is priceless.  That’s what you hold on to when the kid is in mid temper tantrum. Actually she was really really well behaved.

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Some of the things have changed. Figment is not the same.  It takes a bit to remember that change happens. The message is still just as fantastic.

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Kids absorb so much more than we realize.  There were some really inspiring quotes around too. Which was great  because what else are you going to do in line? Think deep thoughts of course!

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NOT! It’s more like how long until alcohol!

There were primarily two types of parents at Epcot. Those who had alcohol and those who wished they had alcohol.

We did not indulge this trip. It was really tempting in Mexico to stop for some Tequila!

No really after ten hours at Epcot I can see how kids would have temper tantrums. I can see how parents could have temper tantrums. I am  physically only able to handle one day, even that was hard. I can’t even imagine going to parks back to back.

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Sunday we chilled. We went to the pool. We went to the arcade.  There were a few temper tantrums. It really should be expected. If you are tired, your kid is tired too.  It also helps to remember to eat frequently.  That is primarily where we ran into trouble. You really do loose complete track of time and not realize its been so long.

There was Mommy and daughter time. Even if she did say…..” look Mommy I am floating like you only better!”

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There was Daddy and daughter time.

There was bike riding, not by me though. My back won’t tolerate that. They rode their bikes, I walked to the bus stop and took the bus!

I also took advantage of the hot tub at every available chance.

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The campfire events were the perfect end to the day. Okay the S’mores might have been part of the reason for that. They had a movie as well but, realistically we were beat by seven pm. We headed back to camp by eight thirty each night. It was hot. I am not gonna lie. It was not miserable hot though. We had electricity hook up so we had a fan, which really did help.

It really was exactly what needed as a family.

Monday we packed up and drove home.

Tired, slightly burnt(despite copious amounts of sunblock) and ready for home.

I did not do much of anything once we got home.

Other than start planing next years vacation to Animal Kingdom!

So what did I learn?

1. Medicate medicate medicate.

Set your alarm. You may even need multiple alarms to actually take the medications! Don’t wait to be in pain! It slowed me down to wait for pain to ease to keep up with the kid.  It was easier to put aside my discomfort to make sure she had a great vacation by telling myself its temporary and rest is coming. Make up a mantra to help keep you motivated.

2. Pace yourself and go with the flow.

Some of our past vacations I have been completely stressed out.  It is better to have an idea of how the day will go but not be very rigid.

3. Speak up for yourself.

I mostly use over the counter medications. However I did discuss this trip with my Doctor. He was willing to prescribe muscle relaxers and pain control meds for the few days we would be gone.  I also was more tolerant of myself using some of my vices, Chocolate and Caffeine. I used Mountain Dew and a snickers bar to finish the trip home.  It was a small boost but it helped.

4. Plan ahead

So this may seem a lot like training for a marathon. YOU are training for a marathon! I did slightly more walking the days prior to going. I also tried to rest as much as possible as well.  It doesn’t always work but being mindful of needing to train and rest certainly helped.

5. Plan for REST!

I am really glad this year we added an extra day to hang around the campsite. It really helped me feel less taxed from our vacation.

I am still extremely tired and easily exhausted. I am still in higher amounts of pain. I expected it though. Plan for plenty of rest after the vacation as well.

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