We are back from Florida! And it was fun. It went a lot better than we thought, it started with not getting on the flight we originally scheduled, which caused us to get into Jacksonville 10 hours later than planned. We have all had colds all week, they have been really nasty ones, gallons of green mucus out the nose, coughs and generally very unpleasant. The kids did great on the plane, and really were pretty good little travelers. It’s a pain in the butt flying with little kids, we decided to take our own car seats and we had way more crap than we could haul just the two of us. Fortunately we got help once we landed in Jax and got our car and got things together. We spent a couple of nights at Clane’s sister’s house (it’s old and has NO heater… it got down in the low 30’s the nights we were there)! So it was pretty cold. Sophie slept with me, all curled up under the blankets, pressed up against me like a cat! I never expected to be wearing my Columbia parka in Florida, especially not INSIDE the house!
From Jax, we drove to Titusville, and got a room, and spent the next day at Kennedy Space Center. We like it there a lot and had a pretty good time. I rode on their space shuttle launch simulator, which basically tips you on your back and shakes the shit out of you! I also saw a roseate spoonbill in real life which was really cool. After Kennedy, we went to Kissimmee, to Clane’s parents’ vacation house. (They rent it out all year ’round so if anyone needs a place to stay in Florida, please drop me a line!) Kissimmee is full of people, new houses and traffic!
We had a couple of low key days, which were nice. The kids went in the pool and both of them loved it, I think in another year or so, I will get Will some swimming lessons. We went to Sea World one day and it was nice there, but one big problem they have is that they do not allow strollers into any of the shows or exhibits. So we had to haul ALL our stuff out of them, and the kids, HAUL them and the stuff through the exhibits, then go hunt down the strollers in the (unattended) stroller parking area. One very cool thing though, is that they have nursing mother rooms! They are small, but quiet and private, with a sink, diaper change area, rocking chair, and even an outlet right by the chair for pumping moms. So YAY SEA WORLD! I wish all public places had such rooms! We also went to the ocean a couple of times. I’ll be sending out pictures via shutterfly once we get organized.
Overall it was a nice trip, nicer than I thought it would be. We had some good food, great fish, red snapper makes AWESOME sushi! It would have been so much better if we hadn’t been sick, but even though we all were, it didn’t keep us from doing things we wanted. I really like Florida, and will be happy to keep going back there for vacations. I wouldn’t want to live there, but it’s a nice place to visit. They do not make it easy, or pleasant to fly though. Getting two kids through security when they cannot help you or understand what is going on, is a really huge pain. And, it’s inconsistent. They let us on the plane with water for the kids in Saginaw, but not in Orlando. Will didn’t understand why he had to take off his shoes and was worried they wouldn’t give them back. I had to put all liquids/gels under 3 oz in baggies to take on. We had a lot of them, with the cough syrup for the kids and us and other stuff from the diaper bag, like purell gel and diaper cream. And they have to be in QUART bags, nothing smaller or bigger. Because of a few crazies, they make it bad for everyone else.
I’m thinking the next time we fly with the kids, they will at least be able to help haul luggage and might not need car seats. However, Clane really wants to drive. It’s a 20-24 hour drive from here, and they would never make it at this age, but as long as we took our time and got to stop and see things along the way, I might consider it later on. The airlines really don’t make it easy, or pleasant to fly. You even have to buy your own pretzels on the plane now. At least we had good flight attendants! It’s good to be home, but geez louise, I’ve got a ton of work to do here!