Monday, June 6, 2011

Our Disneyland/Wally World Vacation

So since we just returned from our Disneyland probably thought that this post would be all about the fun fun fun things we did while we were there! Because honestly, we did a TON of fun stuff!

Sadly, nope. This post won't be about those things.

Now, you are probably thinking I'm going to write about how all the boys got Scarlet Fever days before we left on our trip.

Nope. Not writing about that either.

Or you might be thinkin' I have an entire post lined up about how L broke out into a Scarlet Fever rash THREE TIMES as worse than the others, hours before our departure...

Or maybe your hoping for the play by play of the previous hour, before his rash broke out, when L had his first swimming lesson with his NOT waterproof pump attached...

Or how we had to have a new pump sent to our hotel in Disneyland...

No...uh uh...I'm not writing about that.

I'm not even going to go into how we got the special assistance pass because I brought L with me to get it, and since he looked like he had leprosy...they started writing it out before I even explained why we needed it...

There is a chance you might think I'm going to write about the epic head cold I acquired on day two of our trip...but I'm not going there either.

Maybe you're wondering if I'm going to write about all three boys jumping into the pool...with every one of them still wearing said un-waterproof pumps...

or about the fact that THAT led to yet ANOTHER pump being UPSed to Disney for us.

I'm not going to write about that...sorry.

I'm not going to write about how spending some quality one on one time with my boys, made me realize how much they have changed recently...or that it knocked me square in the head that now I have two teenagers and a nine year old that wishes in every way that he was a teenager too.

Nope. It isn't in me.

You are probably dying to know on our way home, how we made it over 300 miles with our car only allowing us to use 4th gear...

I can't explain that. My head hurts too much.

I'm not even going to explain how we know that car sickness and a low feel exactly the same to L...

Ain't happenin.

In fact, I'm not sure I have ANYTHING left in me to blog this blog.

But I've got to give you I will leave you with this image...

That arrow is pointing to the exact spot where our transmission finally gave out on our way home.

Right smack in the middle of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge.

The police were called. They sent a giant tow truck out to save us...unfortunately, this truck couldn't hold all seven of us, so the driver decided to PUSH us across the bridge.

(Insert hysterical crying mom ordering her 16 year old to pray for our safe crossing here.)

A couple small dents later our car was safely pushed/knocked across the bridge and ANOTHER tow truck and my father were called to save the day.

We made it home in one piece, and even though we have created memories galore...we all seriously need a vacation from our vacation.

We survived details that rivaled any National Lampoon Vacation.

Thankfully, just thinking about it now brings a small smile to my face.

Yes, physically we survived...and made it all in one piece...but the condition of my swelly brain is still to be determined. In fact, I'm pretty sure both my swelly brain and my stomach (from all the food I ate,) are suffering from post traumatic stress.

But we are home! All of us physically in our house...and me, mentally here blogging...

And man...lemme tell never felt so good to be home!


  1. sounds like quite the trip! glad you guys made it home. can't wait to hear more about all those things you didn't blog about ;-)

  2. yikes! sorry for all the drama on your trip, meri! hope you had some fun, too.

    sounds like you need a vacation from your vacation!

  3. Well, this was NOT the post I expected from you today! Please tell me you had at least some fun on your trip!

    Enjoy the comforts of home!!!

  4. Oh no! Sorry that happened, Meri.. but glad you've got some laughs and fond memories from it. And a great classic movie flick comparison, too! Hope the post-vacation vacation works out.

  5. Man, Meri, that sounds like the definition of an "epic" vacation. It will truly be the stuff of family legend! Glad to have you back.

  6. Oh it sounds like an ADVENTURE vacation! Such memories! Sorry it all happened, but it will be unforgettable for years to come right?! Glad you are back, safe and sound. Now put your feet up and rest that brain (yeah, right, huh?!)

  7. OMGosh Meri!!! I'm so sorry! Sounded like a very un-relaxing, crazy stressful vacation!! Glad you all made it back!

  8. Ah...WOWZA. The Bridge/The Car/OMGOOODNESSSS!!! I woulda been having an ATOMIC HISSY FIT.


  9. Wow! How CrAzY! I can't wait to read about the rest of the trip. The good, the bad, and even the ugly.

    Glad you all made it home, safely!

  10. Holy cow...I'm feeling panicky just READING your post, let alone actually living it! I hope you managed to have some fun on your vacation, Meri! ((hugs))

  11. Holy crap! I'm glad the story had a happy ending, with you all arriving safely at home!! Imagine how much worse it would have been if you had gotten to the amusement park and John Candy had said, "The moose out front shoulda told you we're closed."

    Hope you can get some much-deserved down time, asap.

  12. A person can still get SCARLET FEVER!?!?! I had no idea!
    I hope you do eventually blog about all those things you didn't blog about today (even if you save them for Nov in NaBloPoMo)- And it certainly sounds like you need a vacation from your vacation - or at least a very stiff drink (or 5)!

  13. I am feeling slightly guilty that I giggled my way through this entire post. Latte therapy very, very soon.

  14. Oh good - I'll share Susan's guilt cuz I giggled, too.
    Yes, this will be funny some day. When you're older and have wine.

  15. Ugh! Hope the comforts of home wash all the yuck off!

  16. I have to say, it was one OMG after another!! Girl, you DO need a vacation-one minus boys and cars? Holy cow! Please take a day to detox before you stress over car/kids/pumps.
    ps-I've had a pump sent to Disneyworld, and I thought I was the only one!! Don'tcha know they love us? : ) Big hugs to you!! Holly

  17. I was totally thinking National Lampoon half way through this. Just think, when the boys are older and they've brought their families over for Thanksgiving, this will probably be one of the stories that will be shared while laughing till your stomach hurts. (just be prepared for their impersonation of you crying and asking them to pray!)

  18. hahaha That's the problem with living with a forget it's not an actual body part and doesn't need hydration like the rest of you. Been there. Thank goodness for that minimed warranty eh?

  19. ahhh I always feel like I need a vacation from my vacation! It sounds like everything that could happen did! But trust me, those are the stories they are going to talk about and love in a few years!

  20. Scarlet Fever? My goodness! I'm sorry and I hope you can take a few days to relax.

  21. Oh my goodness Meri! So glad you all made it safely home...I can't even begin to imagine dealing with ALL of that! Hopefully you can use the next few days to lay low and recover from it all!

  22. You definitely deserve a vacation to a spa!!!!

  23. Are you kidding me? Scarlet Fever? Pumps? Car trouble?

    Spa day for Meri - STAT!

  24. Phooey, I was going to try again. It takes me 11.5 months to forget the last one, to bury all the terrible things and just have the little bubbles of fun remaining. Then I read the blog. Crap. You;re right. Maybe best not to go at all.

  25. OMG what a trip. I'm glad to see that you used the guest assistance pass at Disney. It's a lifesaver and I'm sure that helped a little bit. Sounds like you also need to look into a waterproof pump, which I may do too. This is definitely one trip that you will never forget. Thanks for sharing!

  26. I know, from personal experience, one day you and your boys will be able to look back at this vacation and laugh together! Hopefully, not only the rough times will not seem so bad, but diabetes will also be a thing of the past!

  27. I knew there was a reason why we just stay home and watch Disney on the DVD! :)

  28. Well, you have just wiped out any jealousy I have about vacationers. Ouch! Rest up, Girl!

  29. Wow...memories for sure! Glad you're safe and sound at home. At first I thought the pic of the bridge represented an up and down, but steady course. I guess that works too, eh?

  30. Ya know, it's "vacations" like that that remind us how *bleeping* strong we are. While many, many people would be loosing it and completely melting down (and that's without D-kids on board), you kept your cool and got your family home. I'm sure the kids had a great time! Way to go, Meri!


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