After having a sleepless night with Mia and leaving with this newly developed rash/sore, anxiety was setting in. Of course whatever was going to be..... was going to be. We packed the car and at about 5pm, we all piled in and headed south. Dave was ready to get some pavement under those wheels and cover some distance. Well, that drive only lasted an hour!!!!! An hour! Really? Yup!!! The babies were so cranky we decided to stop for dinner and a stretch and put on clean diapers (the babies, not us -ha, ha). We were hoping, praying, that this break would settle everyone in for the night. If not, we were in for a VERY long drive to my Uncle's house. With our vacation getting off to a rough start, I was thinking, "oh no, what have we gotten ourselves into?".
Lucky for us, the babies settled into a movie with the big kids. At about 8pm it was lights out and everyone fell fast asleep! Dave drove through the night, I only helped for a couple of hours in the early morning. When everyone woke up, around 5am, we were in N. Carolina. Now we just had to make it through the day. We stopped for breakfast in South Carolina and then drove straight to Uncle Tony's. We arrived to an empty house at 3:15. Can you believe that?! My uncle said he NEVER expected us to be there so early but I believe we really did scare him away! He' s not fooling me. If we didn't scare him, I know we scared at least on of the guys who knew he would now be bunkin' with the family of 6! Yes, it was my two uncles, their two friends and all of us spread between two bedrooms and many couches.
With the drive behind us and the guys back home, it was time to unload, settle in and start our vacation! The first couple of nights were cold, in the 30s, but it was in the 60s during the day. Monday and Tuesday the temperatures were just above 70 so we went to Magic Kingdom Monday and Animal KingdomTuesday. Wednesday was 80 and my uncle took us for a drive on the boat!!!! The kids got to drive and play Captain. They LOVED it! Thursday was a wash out so we went to the Aquarium. Friday was also a wash out but we were busy packing to come home :( Yes, with four kids, that takes ALL day.
Mia didn't care for Magic Kingdom but had a better day at Animal Kingdom. She HATED the tram and protested the large crowds and noisy speakers at the attractions. Overall, she was a trooper and tolerated all of it (with some encouragement from all of us). Her rash was very bad on Monday but then cleared up little by little. Her sore disappeared within a day after arriving, phew!!!! All the kids were amazing!!! We are just so blessed.It was so refreshing to get away. No doubt, it was a lot of work but so worth it. Dave and I didn't feel like passing ships, there were no therapies or doctor appointments to run to and best of all, I did not have to cook, clean, do laundry or grocery shop. Is that heaven or what? Not to mention, Dave was there to help manage the babies. The older kids were just beaming all week and they were so good! The family time we spent, not only with ourselves, but with my uncles was priceless! I am thankful to have those memories, not only for myself, but for my children!