Monday, 28 October 2013

The EPIC Florida Adventure - Day 1

So as I may have mentioned we have had an EPIC adventure to Florida planned....

It has felt like a long time coming but for us our trip couldn't have come any quicker....

And today was the day.... The day we set off on our EPIC Florida adventure.

Day 1:
So today came after the day after the night before, in which we may have been slightly drunk whilst wishing a very new, but dear, friend and soon to be wife all the best in their new Aussie Life. We had actually put off our flights to be there and I am so pleased we did. What a night but that's a different story so... Anyway....

Today was an early start but not as early as it could've been as we travelled up to Gatwick last night in order to miss the disastrously timed hurricane that was hitting the UK. You know the one that was hitting the exact same day we had planned to fly of on our big adventure.... How rude of it to mess us about like that.... Stupid hurricane. We decided we'd avoid the stress of messing around in traffic and missing our flight and be prepared.... And around the corner.... For any eventuality.

Waking up was hard, we had a wriggly baby in our bed and both were sleep deprived from drinking the night before, but we made it up and dressed and ready.

We drove the tiny distance to the long stay parking that we had booked and shuttled it across to our terminal. Simples

Storms have caused Delays to flights and public transport....
We'd expected a delay, of epic proportions I might add, so we'd prepared and packed for such events  but actually considering we had been hit by a storm of similar proportions, we had only a 15 minute delay and we hardly noticed it.

Result!!!

Fear...
I'm really looking forward to a long flight with an 11yr old flying enthusiast and a 16mth old tornado of terror... Said nobody EVER




9 1/2 hours later...
A longer than usual flight from London to orlando, due to avoiding said
storm, and we are here. Both children remarkably well behaved and actually easily entertained. Rocky slept through the turbulence of lift off and then again when we landed.... Very helpful. Kyd stayed awake the entire time through pure excitement and made use of Virgin Atlantic's in flight entertainment... Which is epic in itself. Pure thanks goes out to the angels that are Virgin Atlantic, as they make flying with a disabled child
so so so easy and stress free. Angels I tell thee.

6pm Orlando time, 10pm UK time.
Kyd has been awake since 7am UK time, it is now 11pm orlando time.... 3am UK time.... He has just crashed.

We had to get the bags, then the hire car, get to the office where the keys to the villa were, drive to the villa, drop the bags off, go to Walmart to get Rocky some milk and bits, eat a much needed Subway whilst paying (because they have subways in Walmart... As you do) annnnd then drive back to the villa and collapse... Which we have successfully done.

Tomorrow we start the adventure properly... Seaworld here we come!!!!!!


53 comments:

  1. Can I come next time? Seriously, you all SO deserved such a wonderful adventure. There's nothing like the excitement of arriving at the airport for a holiday is there? Makes me want to go away right now! x

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  2. Best of luck honey - great post x

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  3. I love this entry. I think you've made really good use of the # in the acrostic! Good luck! x

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  4. I love your post Alice, best of luck to you xx

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  5. Absolute genius as usual Alice, you are a bunch of super heroes and it would be fantastic fun to read about you learning to ski #votebonkers ;) xxx

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  6. Excellent love the acrostic. You lot are certainly up for fun x

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  7. Thanks Liska have you done one too?

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  8. yeah I was going to write #justsaying but it didn't work lol

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  9. Thanks Lovely Mari xxx

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  10. Ohhh I am so going to try and get #votebonkers trending at one point in my life!!

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  11. Ahhh I love this post - not seen the dolphin picture before. I'd pick you x

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  12. yep, on newmumonline.co.uk - did it late last night xxx

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  13. Love that! Go you. THink we all have our fingers crossed for Monday

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  14. Thanks Emma xx

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  15. I'd pick you too!! Mainly because I fancy you a little bit... *wink*

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  16. This will be the only time I have ever wished for a Monday to come quickly... apart from the years my birthday or Christmas was on a Monday when I was little obviously!

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  17. Ruth Davies Knowles5 December 2013 at 12:53

    GOOD LUCK! Great post! :-)

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  18. Thanks Ruth xxxx

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  19. You're a poet! So cool, good luck :)

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  20. Lovely post - very original! Good luck with it :)


    I'll look forward to seeing you in a family 'underpants on the outside' photo!

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  21. Belting post good luck mrs poet x

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  22. Those photos are fantastic and I love the acrostic poem!

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  23. Becky Goddard-Hill5 December 2013 at 21:19

    good luck alice!

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  24. hahahaha not quite a poet!

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  25. Thank you xx

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  26. Hahahaha You'll regret saying that!

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  27. Thanks Jane xx

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  28. Thank You sweety xx

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  29. Thanks Mrs English xx

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  30. Thank You Becky!

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  31. Love the poem! You guys would be great fun on holiday. I hope we end up enjoying the sun, sea and...erm...sailing together!

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  32. What a fantastic poem - best of luck

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  33. Becky Goddard-Hill8 December 2013 at 06:37

    Good luck Alice!!!

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  34. Ahhhhhhhhhh this is so lovely! Santa baby is very very cute ;)

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  35. Ruth Davies Knowles8 December 2013 at 19:23

    OH! This is SO wonderful! I hope you win! :-) (And I'm in the running for it but I still hope you win, this is ace!)x

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  36. Good luck my dear - excellent entry!

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  37. Tired Mummy of Two8 December 2013 at 20:53

    What an amazing entry, you are such a talented lady and that is well worth the prize!

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  38. Awww this takes me right back to doing it with our kids at Easter. Isn't the in flight entertainment fab? Although it did mean that GG didn't sleep at all on the overnight flight back!

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  39. Well done Alice and your lovely family xx ( model mummy)

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  40. Absolutely amazing. Well done you. I hope you love it!

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  41. this is such brilliant news! So deserving :-)

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  42. Awesome!! Congratulations, Alice!!

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  43. Ah Alice - I remember we had a chat about this subject when we met at the MADS. A subject so familiar to me. Poor little guy- have a few tears for him. But once it is all done and over with he will feel so much better. Please keep us updated. And the JR is a great hospital xx hugs xx (model mummy)

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  44. I've put it in our diary: You are welcome to park here at ours (and save a fortune in parking charges) and I can drop you over to the hospital. I'll make sure to take you coffee and cakes later and hold your hand if you need.
    What else? If you think of anything else that I can support you with, let me know.

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  45. Thank you Monika, a very kind friend indeed. I aim to be looking after the other little monster/munchkin, so will be worrying from afar, so it is good to know that Alice will have someone nearby to hold her hand. Ps, I'll eat the cakes if she loses her appetite ;) ...

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  46. If you want to come up as a family, please do so, bring little monster here and go to playground, etc. from here.

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  47. Congratulations!! Well deserved #votebonkers xx

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  48. This is amazing. Love it.

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  49. Katie @mummydaddyme16 December 2013 at 19:12

    Totally deserved Alice I cannot wait to share the journey of being a Mark Warner mum with you x

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  50. Eeeek well done to you too... Looking forward to the 'Night Out' too. Bring on the cocktails!

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