Friday, February 12, 2010

Unbelievable Vacation....

and not really in a good way!! Honestly, if this didn't happen to us, I would TOTALLY think someone is exaggerating!!! LOL

We left for Florida on Wednesday January 27th for a 10 day vacation, part of which was to be spent in Tampa and the rest in Orlando at Di$ney. The trip started off just fine but went downhill rather quickly.

We spent the first two nights at my parents house and even got out for date night!! We both had dentist appointments and I got my hair cut/colored and Alan made it to the eye doctor for some new glasses. On Friday we headed over to Tampa for the G@sparilla festivities. It was really great to see so many of our good friends and Alan had a good time "marching" in the parade. The weather wasn't so great so my mom, the kids and I were not planning on watching the parade, but it cleared up a bit so I was able to take Brady to see the last hour or so of the parade...we got to see daddy, so that was cool!!! And Brady got some really cool beads so he was totally happy.

On Sunday we headed over to Orlando to meet up with our friends Billy and Heather and their daughter Peyton. We had a fun filled week of theme parks and birthday celebrations planned. Monday we went to EPC@T for the day and other than the weather being a bit gloomy/rainy we all had a fun time, especially in Germany at the beerhaus (see pics in post below).

At about 4am Tuesday morning our vacation took a bad turn....Emily woke us up crying and she was burning up. Of course I had forgotten to pack a thermometer so my "mommy instict" told me that she was way too hot, so Alan took her to the hospital (which just happens to be next door to our timeshare) and found out she had a temp of 102.2. They gave her some antibiotics and diagnosed it as "a fever" and told us to give her the combo of Tylenol and Motrin and keep an eye on her....they were back home in an hour and a half! Alan stayed back at the condo with Emily on Tuesday while I took Brady to the parks. (Alan had purchased the 4 days/4 parks pass and I had a 6 day pass, so it made sense for him to stay back). Emily slept most of the day and seemed okay. Well by about 11pm she was burning up again so this time we both went to the hospital (we left Brady with Billy and Heather) and she had a 103.3 fever this time!!! They ran several tests on her and everything came back negative so they concluded she just had some virus that would eventually pass. We were to continue with the antibiotics, Tylenol and Motrin and bring her back on Thursday for a re-check. Alan stayed back with her again on Wednesday while Brady and I (and our friends) went to the M@gic Kingd@m. On Thursday I stayed back with Emily and took her back for her re-check...she still had a fever, but was definitely doing better. Meanwhile, Alan, Brady and I were all starting to feel sick!!! My parents arrived later Thursday night so they could spend Friday, Brady's birthday, with him. Well, my mom stayed at the condo with Emily and Alan, my dad and I took Brady to Anim@l Kingd@m for his Birthday. We had fun for awhile and then it started pouring so we headed back to the condo. We quickly ran out and got a cake and ice cream so we could have a "party" for Brady. On Saturday we decided that Emily was feeling well enough to go to the M@gic Kingd@m, so we all headed in, a bit late, for some fun. MAN, was the park crowded for February!! We didn't get to ride too many rides b/c the lines were so long, but we were having a good time UNTIL we got word that our flight home on Sunday had been cancelled because Virginia was expecting 10-20 inches of snow!!!!(I haven't even mentioned that the weather in Florida was HORRIBLE for most of our was either raining or cold the whole time we were there) We re-booked on a flight out of Tampa on Tuesday, but that flight ended up getting cancelled too!!! So we re-booked for Wednesday....yep, you guessed it, that flight got cancelled too!!! So we finally ended up switching airlines and booked a flight for Thursday afternoon, which FINALLY got us about 2 feet of snow!!!! UGH!!!! So, what was to be a 10 day vacation turned into 15 days away from home!!! Needless to say, we were all VERY happy to be home!!!

(to see pictures from our whole vacation you'll need to scroll back to the previous page)


Joe and Jane said...

Ugh! It is so awful when kids get sick away from home! Sorry you had trouble getting home too!

We're going to Florida next Sunday and I'm really hoping the weather is better!!

Shana said...

Oh Beth I am so sorry that you all got sick, especially little Emily:( And I am sorry that you had such bad weather. I feel I need to apologize for that as an "Orlandian", even though I have no control over it. If it makes you feel better, the weather hasn't gotten better since you were here. Serioulsly ridiculous! Sorry we missed you and hope to see you soon:)