JKLMN take on Disney…Part 4

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 11:18 pm…Fort Wilderness Campground

There is no tired like Disney tired.

What a busy last few days! We have hit 4 parks in 4 days plus we’ve made a trip to Disney Springs. Today it is all catching up to me. My feet hurt and I’m a bit grumpier than I’ve been all week. I’m hoping a good night’s rest will take care of that.

Let me tell you what is so magical about this place though. This is the only place in the world where you see parents trying to calm over-stimulated, overly-exhausted kids and yet they  still end the day saying they would do it all over again. (My oldest heard a parent telling a kid, “There is no crying in Disney!” LOL)

Do you know what makes it worth it? At the end of a long day, when everyone has reached their limit, you watch a fireworks show and your child turns to you with a HUGE smile on his face and says “This is the best vacation ever!”.

JKLMN take on Disney…Part 3

Sunday, May 20, 2017, 11:46 pm….Fort Wilderness Campground…Falling asleep

Wow, what a day! Nothing can prepare you for a day in the Magic Kingdom. I don’t care how much prep work you have done, how many blogs you have read or maps you have looked at. Walking into the Magic Kingdom immediately makes you feel like a child again and then is complete sensory overload the rest of the day.

We arrived at “rope drop” this morning. Of course, being rookies, we didn’t have a clue where anything was or where to go first. We basically wondered around in a circle for a while. We did meet several Princesses right away, which Macy loved (Noah & Logan not so much).

One of the highlights of the day was Enchanted Tales with Belle. It’s basically a little story that they pick kids from the audience to act out the story of Beauty and the Beast with Belle. Macy got picked to be the Beast. That meant she got to dance with Belle. The look on her face was priceless.

I was grateful when Johnny’s cousin Susie and her family (Jose & Kimberly) arrived at the park. They are Orlando residents and season pass holders. They jumped in as our personal tour guides which helped us navigate through the chaos.

A few more highlights of the day, riding the Monorail, Noah and Krue’s first roller coaster ride (Seven Dwarves Mine Train) and dinner tonight at O’hana which is located in the Polynesian Resort. The food was fabulous!

We chose to come back to the campground and do some swimming for the evening. The kids had been begging for hours to just go to the pool. I think they had just as much fun at the pool as they did in the park! I’ve got to remember, kids will be kids.

Now I am absolutely exhausted. I’m actually falling asleep as I type this. Goodnight.

JKLMN take on Disney…Part 2

Friday, May 19, 2017, 11:46 pm…Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

Wow, what an eventful 2 days. Let me tell you, 2 days is pushing it when driving from Arkansas to Orlando, FL while pulling a 30’ travel trailer. More importantly, RV life is definitely not easy.

First, though, an update on the iPad situation. Johnny removed the broken headphone jack from the iPad in less than 5 minutes when we stopped for lunch. I was super relieved and Logan was never the wiser until after we had remedied the situation.

Now on to the “RV life is not easy” statement. We had not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 tire blow outs on the way here. It all started at a random gas station we tried to go to. Long story short, we missed a turn, had to go find a place to turn around and while doing that ran off a curb into a ditch with the camper wheels. That of course caused us to blow a tire and bend the rim. We were prepared though, we fully expected to have to change a tire or two on this trip. So, quick tire change and we were back on the road within 30 minutes. No more than an hour later, just before Mobile, AL, Papa’s camper blew a tire. At this point we were already at least an hour behind schedule but we couldn’t go on without a spare. We changed his tire, then made it our goal to find a place to buy a tire. Thank goodness, Wal-Mart was only 10 min away and they ha dthe tire we needed. Now, we were exhausted. We had made reservations at an RV park on the other side of Pensacola, but now that was at least 2 hours away and it was 7pm.  We changed our plans on the fly and decided to stay at an RV park in the town we were in.

That was a wonderful decision and the best part was, they had a pool. The kids had the opportunity to swim for a while before bed time. They needed to get out some energy after being cooped up in the trucks for so long.

Today, we got on the road around 8am and I can tell you that God was watching over us. Not long after we were on the road Johnny told me to start looking for a tire place. He was not comfortable driving without having at least 2 spare tires (keep in mind we were down to 1 at this point). I found a place , we got another spare and then headed back on the road.  Now we were set, 2 spare tires and a long straight stretch ahead of us. Then, literally AT the exit we would have taken the night before if we had chosen to keep going rather than stopping, Papa’s camper blew 2 tires at 1 time!!! Thank goodness for that 2nd spare that Johnny had insisted we get. Then, as we were trying to figure out how to change this one or if we needed to call roadside assistance a guy pulls up. Turns out Florida has a program where “Road Rangers” monitor the interstates and stop to help any motorists who have issues. He got our tires changed and had us back on the road within an hour. Once again, we were looking for replacements for our spare tires, which we did find just one town away from where we were.

I am happy to say that the remainder of the trip was uneventful. We finally pulled in to Fort Wilderness around 8:45 tonight. We are now set up and everyone is tucked in to bed. Tomorrow…we take on Magic Kingdom!!!

JKLMN take on Disney…Part 1

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:22 am…Somewhere on I-49S in Louisiana.

Here we go! Day 1 of our trip. There was very little sleeping last night. We finally got everyone settled down around 10pm. Even then though neither Johnny nor I slept very well. Let’s just say I was very grateful when my alarm went off at 3:15 am. We managed to get everyone up, loaded and hit the road by 4:05am.  We met up with Nanny, Papa and Krue at a truck stop in Malvern, about 30 minutes outside of our hometown. I wish I could say all the kids had gone back to sleep by then but….no. They were all awake & hungry.

So, there we went, me and all 3 kids into the truck stop to find some breakfast. The minute we walk in the door my youngest throws his hand over his face and tells me it stinks. (Now is a good place to mention that he has a very weak stomach. Anything that smells bad to him makes him puke.) My mom alarms immediately went off and I quickly herded him into the bathroom where he started puking in his hand before we made it to the toilet. Oh, the joys of motherhood.

We managed to get cleaned up, a bag full of very unhealthy truck stop food and back to the truck. The trip went on fairly uneventful until just after Shreveport, LA. For some reason, who knows why, Macy and Logan switched iPads. Within 5 min Macy had snapped her head phone jack off in Logan’s iPad. So, as of  the time I’m typing this, Logan still doesn’t know. Positive in the situation, I have passed the time googling ways to remove a broken headphone jack from an iPad. Nothing I have tried has worked yet but I’ve still got plenty of time to keep trying.

JKLMN TAKE ON DISNEY!

Here we go! We are currently packing for a vacation that I have dreamed about for years, we are going to Walt Disney World.

Of course, we can’t just go to Disney, we have to make it more of an adventure. We are pulling our camper 17 hours to Orlando and staying at Fort Wilderness Resort.  This will be our first RV trip that is more than an hour away from home.

I plan on documenting our adventure here. STAY TUNED…