Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We made it!

We had a rough start, but we're here. Everything was going well this morning...we were up, dressed and waiting for the limo about a half hour early.

When it didn't arrive as scheduled, we called to inquire where it was. The guy sounded like he had been awakened by our phone call. He had the wrong time written down. ugh. By the time he got there, he was an hour late and it didn't appear that we would make our flight.

Needless to say, we have no wonderful photos of us standing in front of the limo.

The driver was kind enough to bag up all the empty beer bottles before we climbed in...

Our wonderful Make A Wish coordinator called everyone she could think of and kept getting no response, so we didn't know what our chances were going to be of making the flight. We just prayed and prayed that we would make it but I was determined not to let it get me stressed. I know that satan is ticked that we are getting this trip and I'm not going to let him ruin it.

Once at the airport, the airport administration met us at the curb and started helping us get our luggage checked in and boarding passes printed. Before we knew it, there was a swarm of people, armed with walkie-talkies helping us.

We made it just in time to board the flight. As in...they were announcing that we could board as we walked up to the gate.

Unfortunately, our original plan was to arrive at the airport, check in, and then get some lunch. We had grabbed a bag of pretzels and some crackers when the limo didn't arrive on time, but that was all we had for the kids to eat. That and the snack and drink we got on the flight.

Bless their hearts...they did so well. None of them complained.

They were adorable on the plane. They were SO excited! SaraGrace was especially thrilled and it was so much fun just to watch her. Zoey kept looking out the plane window and insisting, "We not going. " I tried to explain that we were going really fast, but it was all lost on her. All she could see was sky and she didn't think we were doing anything but sitting in an idling airplane.

The landing brought squeals of, "Ohhh...dat was super cool," and "Ohhh, that was scary!"

We were taken to the Avis counter by a very sweet Make A Wish volunteer and waited for our 12 passenger van. And waited. And waited.

After 30 minutes, I went back to the counter and asked if they could check on our van. I won't go into the long saga, but suffice it to say there had been another mix-up and no one was working on getting our van to us. It finally came 15 min. later and we were very thankful to get in. It was 5:30 by then and the kids still hadn't eaten. I think they were just so excited that they forgot about being hungry because they didn't complain.

Give Kids the World is amazing!!! It's a village just for Make A Wish families to stay. We have two villa's that are attached, so it's like a big house. We have 4 bathrooms! :) Even if we didn't have tickets for Disney, we could find a lot to do right here. There are two restaurants, and ice cream parlor, putt-putt golf, train ride for little kids, carousel, etc. And the cool part is that everything is free! The little kids all thought that we were already at Disney. Too cute! They would be perfectly happy to stay here the whole time. Jillian wants to live here.

Sorry no pictures tonight. I'm using Jeff's laptop because there is no wi-fi here. He has a handy little thingy that he attaches to his computer to get him Internet access, but it doesn't work on mine. I will have to hike up to the main house to get Internet, because I can't load my pictures onto Jeff's computer. Drat....

Tomorrow is Disney....

15 comments:

Holly said...

Praying for lovely weather and lots of wonderful memories to be made! :)

Kimberlie said...

Karin,
I am so glad you all arrived safely and are settling in to enjoy a wonderful time! I can't wait to see the pictures of your time at Disney. I am so happy for you all, especially SaraGrace!!!

Jean said...

Oh My - where have I been- I've missed the Disney announcement- how wonderful or all of you!!

Have a ton of fun!! Can't wait to see the pics!!

God's blessings to all!

Goodness and Mercy Mom said...

Just de-lurking tonight to wish you a wonderful time at Disney World. Your precious SaraGrace and family are so deserving of such a trip. You will truly make memories that will last a lifetime.

Have fun!!!

Kathie

trustandobey said...

So glad you made it in one piece! Have fun! Try to remember that you and Jeff are the responsible adults still....that is harder than you think in DisneyWorld ;*)

Kristin Ferguson said...

Hurray you're there!! Enjoy your time away with your family (minus Ryan-wah!). Can't wait to see pictures later.

Kristin

Kim K. said...

Wow. I'm glad everyone survived the rocky start. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures at the park. Disney World is such a magical place.

Lori said...

That is so stinkin' cool!! Well, except the bad parts, of course. I can't wait for pics!!

sara said...

I am so excited you are there! put yesterday's "trials" behind you and have a BLAST today!!!

Ally said...

Wow! What a story... but I guess it makes for a fun memory now that it is over. I am so glad you all made it and hope you have a wonderful time.

Sharon said...

How exciting!!! I'm looking forward to following along. Have a GREAT time at Disney!!!

Gretchen said...

I am so super excited that you are finally here!

I hope you have a great day today at Disney...your kids will be pooped this evening (Yipee!!)

I so look forward to seeing you tomorrow night! I am counting the hours!!

Grace said...

Have an absolute blast!! Can't wait to see pictures. Glad you all arrived safely inspite of the mixups.

Kim @ Up North Mommy said...

I'm glad you all finally made it. Whew!

But that limo driver - ugh! The Make-A-Wish Foundation is all about making a child's dream come true, and your having to wake up the limo driver to remind him to come pick you up is an epic fail!

I'm glad you finally got to Walt Disney World so you could begin fulfilling SaraGrace's wish!

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