So, we just got back from a week at DisneyWorld. Surprise!
It was a surprise for our own kids, too. We booked it back in the fall with FameThrowa and her husband, Mr. Chatty, who came with us. We didn’t really plan to keep it secret but Christmas was coming and the kids were wound up enough about that, and there never seemed to be a good time after Christmas to make the announcement, so we decided what the heck, let’s just…not tell them. Surprise!
We almost caved in a few times in the week before we left, because there was packing to be done and that’s hard to hide, but everyone around us was so invested in the surprise we felt we had to stay strong. We had to tell the kids’ teachers and school, and people we work for, and some friends who were going to help us out while we were away, and our parents and sisters, and suddenly everyone was all, “How is it going? Do they know? Did you tell them yet?” and so we hung in there.
And in the end, they were surprised but considering we were waking them up at 2 a.m. to go to the airport, it was hardly a big shriekfest. It did help them get out of bed cheerfully, though.
The trip itself was fun although hampered by some poor weather and the fact that I had a major toothache the whole time (root canal booked for later this week, THANK GOD, at this point I would pay my plumber to come by with a giant-ass wrench and pull the thing out). I am now a certified expert at a) parking at Disney; b) grocery shopping in Orlando, and c) getting character autographs. Go ahead, quiz me!
I always find it weird travelling to America, because I assume it’s going to be just like here, and yet it is subtlely different in many different ways. For example, every food we bought had extra sugar in it. The yogurt and cereals, even though they were the same brand as here, had extra sweetness. And other foods, again same brand, were just a totally different product altogether.
Something else that’s weird – the driving. The roads look like roads and the signs seem normal. Yet everyone was doing crazy unexpected things and we had a hard time predicting exactly what would happen every day as we drove over to Disney and back. It was very exciting, though. Between Space Mountain and the commute, Orlando really got my heart pumping!