We are back! The trip went well and everyone is home safe and sound. I've started up a nasty sore throat Wednesday night, but it seems that that happens after flying when I'm tired since my ear-tube came out... I think I'll be getting that back in this fall, I'm miserable!
I'm so happy the boys did well. They stayed up late each night, but I was insistent on them getting a minimum of 9-10 hrs each night so Jax's body wouldn't break down. I was able to time out days where if they were up really late one night, I could skip morning things and let them sleep in, or make sure they hit the hay a little sooner the next night. They did well, although Jay and I barely slept with listening to them sleep next to us - go figure!
The conference was really nice and really kid-friendly. We had opening ceremonies at Epcot with dinner after Jay had his first-time qualifier reception. We met so many people and saw many great speakers and Jay had some fabulous meetings. We were able to go to Sea World one afternoon since Jay is a member of the political committee. Sadly it stormed after an hour so we didn't see much. Storms canceled a lot of our plans for 3 days, but thankfully we only had the typical rain for a bit on our last park days.
The farewell party for the conference was absolutely amazing. Three different ballrooms with themes of Dr. Seuss, Frozen and Alice in Wonderland. The parties were unbelievable and quite indescribable. There were so many activities, dj's, bars, balloon artists, characterists, photo booths, video booths, ice skaters and food and drinks. Just totally unreal! Our boys danced the night away!
We slept in and got a rental car for the remainder of the trip which was the boy's birthday present of a night at the new Lego Hotel and then a day at Legoland, then back to Orlando for a night with a day in Magic Kingdom. It went very well, and the boys haven't stopped talking about it. Legoland is every 7 year old boy's dream. The room was set up more family-friendly then where we were for the conference, so it was a bit easier to maneuver our things and Jax's supplies easier. Less luxurious for sure, but just easier with kids.
The boys had bunk beds and their own TV which they thought was just so cool. Jay and I actually slept since we didn't hear them all night. Unfortunately, Jax's tube came off this night, and he fed the entire bed and himself full of his formula. I was more upset at the thought of him not having all that fluid before a long hot park day, ugh!
We got out to the park at opening and made our way through the entire park. Jax couldn't walk well after only about 40 mins with the heat tiring his legs, so we got the boys a double stroller and he did much better. He also got a "Hero Pass" for the park which allowed him to not wait in the lines in the heat - this was a life saver! The boys loved the park so much that they were asking to go back before we even got out of the parking lot!
We were all so tired by the time got to our hotel in Orlando, and we knew we had to be up and ready for another full park day in Magic Kingdom, that by the time we got in the room, we waved our white flag. We put the boys in the tub and ordered room service for dinner to have a picnic on our beds and get some sleep!
I had a stroller ordered in advance knowing this park was much bigger and it was waiting for us at the Bell Service in the morning. It was wonderful! I attached a fan to it for Jax and the shades went very far down. We hopped on the Disney bus and off we went! We got to park opening and we began the day. I stopped into Guest Relations to see if Jax could get a DAS pass, and yup, he qualified immediately. They took his photo and set us all up. Our first stop was Mickey and our day went pretty seamless from there.
We had lunch and dinner reservations, which we got into early for both, but otherwise we never stopped! The boys never asked for anything and we had a few snacks and tons of water in the stroller. We really did see so much in the one day we had. We ended with the electric parade, castle show and fireworks - which were unbelievable. Jax started to have a little asthma after dinner, so we took it easy and I gave him breathing treatments. We had a ride pass to use after fireworks, but we could tell Jax's lungs were done and he was very tired, so we got out of there. We grabbed Mickey dolls on the way out so the boys had something to remember the day by.
Our flight was delayed coming home, but nothing too bad. Thankfully we came home on a Saturday evening so we could catch up with the house, yard, laundry, groceries and some work on Sunday. Any little dent before Monday helps since work is always insane after being gone so long.
Whew - what a trip!
We definitely had our chaotic moments, but overall, it was really great. The boys are finally to an age where they can handle this. I certainly wish Jax was in a little better place medically, since that added some stress, anxiety and certainly a lot more luggage, but it was nice to see that we could make it WORK! Our family needed a little magic this year and I know the boys will remember this FOREVER!
|Downtown Disney one evening on our own - it's just a dining/shopping district and not a park|
|I had them sleep in and eat in our room one morning instead of joining the conference - such a mama bear|
|Dancing in the middle of the street of Downtown Disney|
|Waiting for our car service in the RAIN|
|Brady has a crush on Belena - Jay's compliance officer from Mass Mutual WI, LOL|
|Morning fun while Jay was in meetings|
|Jax was challenging people as they walked by to play with him!|
|I asked them to get together for a photo and so they did this...|
|Kid's party night while agencies went out to dinner. The buffet was lowered for the kids, so cute!|
|A table of kids from Mass Mutual WI - then they all go to their parties based on age with their tags/pbotos. It was quite the intricate process - very impressive!|
|Storms and butt cracks - we were out of there|
|Out of order photos - kids when we picked them up from the party|
|No face paint for Jax, but he did find a mask from the older superhero party some how.|
|Jax with a full mouth of snacks on the bus|
|The one Sea World ride we actually got on|
|Alice in Wonderland Party!|
|The boys lead the dance party!|
|The boys doing what they do! The dj called Brady "Randy" since he couldn't understand him.|
|Their favorite part - the DISCO elevator!|
|Treasure chest in room to solve a puzzle to open|
|Little bit of swimming|
|PJ story time|
|We had a glass wine while they did story time|
|Ran into friends right here!|
|Waiting for our dinner reservations|
|We got a table in the forbidden West Wing! This photo changed whenever it "thundered"|
|Beauty and the Beast rose|
|Can you tell where these kids were when in the airport home?|