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Old 10-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #16
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Cute start so far - so I am in.
I LOVE his little R2D2 player!
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #18
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About a week before our trip, I started to feel not quite right. My stomach was always hurting. I hardly had an appetite. When I did eat, I could hardly take more than a few bites without feeling sick. Every night I was running a low grade fever. I knew there was a stomach virus going around my sonís school and I was really hoping that was all that was going on with me.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26th, I tried to get as much packing done as possible. I got pretty much all of our clothes packed. And I managed to put these battery operated LED shoelaces on our stroller:



I had bought these off of Amazon. They were only like $5/pair. I had bought orange ones for Reidís stroller and yellow ones for Edís running shoes, since his race was at night. Unfortunately, the laces were just a little too short for Edís shoes and made them too tight for him. So, I ended up putting both pairs on Reidís stroller.

After that was all done, I decided to just go to bed. I figured, at this point, rest was more valuable to me than packing. The next morning, I woke up and got ready for the day. I took Reid to school and returned home to finish packing us up. While packing, I decided to try a piece of plain bread. Luckily, I was able to eat the whole thing without getting sick. YAY!

I finished packing us up around 11:30am. I texted Ed to let him know that I was ready to go. See, I really was:





Then, I decided to relax on the couch and try out a pack of peanut butter crackers. More success! Could I actually be on the tail end of the virus?

Ed got home around 12:30pm and proceeded to load up the luggage into my car. I set up some stuff in Reidís carseat for him:



We arrived at Reidís school a little after 1pm and I went in to get him. As I expected, he was not happy to see me there early. After all, they had not played on the playground yet. It took much convincing by myself and his teachers but he finally agreed to leave with me. When we got in the car, he finally let it sink in that we were really leaving right that moment for Disney. And he finally showed some excitement:





We were on the road for 1:33pm. Reid watched Cars 2 and had a snack:



He was in a silly mood:



He fell asleep not long after the movie. He ended up sleeping for about an hour and a half. Unfortunately, he woke up cranky and it was right as we being detoured off of I-10. There was a very bad accident around Pascagoula, MS and they shut down the interstate. We decided to take a quick potty and gas break. Then, we had to detour onto another rode in order to get back up to I-10. This took about an hour just to go a few miles.

Once we were back on I-10, we quickly made our way into Alabama. Reid was getting hungry and a little restless. I knew weíd be stopping soon but wanted to prevent a meltdown. So, I told him that while he was sleeping Peter Pan had flown by and dropped off a goody bag for him:



This really cheered him up & kept him occupied until we got food. We ended up getting food at a Wendyís and ate in the car. Let me say this real quick - I had bought the tray for Reid (in the picture above) for this trip. Itís called a Tabby Tray. I found it on Amazon for like $19. It was worth every penny!! It worked wonderfully in the car, especially for meals. Okay, back to our story. And there was another success with dinner - I was able to eat french fries without getting sick.

We continued making our way closer to Tallahassee without any problems. Reid watched the Phineas and Ferb movie but he never fell asleep again. About 45 minutes before our hotel exit, he needed a potty break. So, we found a gas station in the middle of absolute nowhere and took care of that. By 10:45 pm (Eastern time), we were pulling into the Wingate by Wyndham. We got into our room which was perfectly fine for a night. Everyone hopped into bed and I set our alarm for 6:30am.

I have enjoyed reading thus far!! We have a 4 year old as well so I love reading TR with small boys!! )) We were there a week before you guys were!
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #19
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Hi Amanda, I'm here!

I am so sorry you were feeling ill before your trip. What a bummer! I'm glad you were feeling better Thursday and I hope you didn't feel sick on your trip.

I love all the pictures. Reid is so cute! His R2-D2 laptop is adorable and that tray looks really cool. I may have to get some of those for Ant and Tessa. They make such a mess with snacks in the car.

I can't wait to read more!
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Amanda's trip report

Sorry you weren't feeling well, hope you continue to feel better. Reid did excellent in the car
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #21
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I feel terrible for being so late, but I'm here!!

Love the intos, and as I was reading I noticed a popup add at the top of the screen featuring a little boy who looks just like Reid!

Of course he didn't want to miss playground time Mom! I'm glad that he came around though.

Oh no! I'm so sorry that you were feeling so sick before the trip, I sure hope that it didn't continue. I'm with Kathy-I was thinking pregnant too.

Can't wait to hear more Amanda, and I plan on getting back to being a good Diser next week!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:53 PM   #22
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I meant to check in earlier, but forgot. I don't have time to catch up now, but I figured I should at least pop in and subscribe before I forget again. Be back later.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:21 PM   #23
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GAH! page two, I'm such a DIS slacker!

I'm so sorry you still weren't feeling great on your departure day, I'm hoping things turned around when you got to Disney!

Awesome you were able to actually get on the road so early!

Too funny about Reid not wanting to leave school to go to Disney, Everett would be the same way!

Oh and I love those light-up shoelaces for the stroller! Were they battery operated so they'd last all week? I keep seeing people with lights on their strollers while at Disney and getting all jealous. Its such a cool idea.

I also love that car travel tray! I may just be purchasing one for my car soon!
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:24 PM   #24
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Subscribing. I read your cruise TR a while back & I'm in to read about more of Reid's adventures! Hope your illness didn't cloud up much of your trip!
Welcome!! I'm so glad to have you along for another TR!

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I'm subscribing to read ... but I don't post much. Thought I'd let you know though ^_^
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Yay! First page! I'm usually a silent reader, but so enjoyed your PTR, Amanda. Looking forward to reading all about your trip!

Reid is just too darn adorable!!
Welcome! So happy to have you here!

Thank you....he can be such a character at times.

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I'm on board!!!! That really stinks you weren't feeling well! I think the "worry" of it continuing can be as bothersome as the actual feeling of sickness (as I learned on my trip!). You got some really cute pictures for the drive down! I can't wait to here more...the ups and downs!!
Welcome!! You are so right about the "worry" of the illness. I think my worrying Wednesday night made me feel even worse.

Thank you....I have to say that we actually had a pretty good drive to Tallahassee. Minus the detour in MS.

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I'm sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. I hope you feel better once you get to Disney.

Aw, Reid looks like he is being such a good boy on the drive It certainly helps that you were prepared. I love the tray, neck pillow, and surprise from Peter Pan.

I can't wait to see how you liked the Boardwalk. (You did end up there,right?)
Thanks! I was so happy when I started to feel a bit better on Thursday.

I have to say that Reid was (for the most part) really good in the car. I tried to be prepared as possible but you never know for certain what they'll want/need, right? That tray was wonderful.....worth every bit of $19!

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Reid is just too darn cute...any kid who puts an alligator on his head is OK with me!

Sorry you were feeling not great before your trip...hoping you keep feeling better 'n better as the trip progresses!
Welcome!!

Thank you! He is such a silly boy.....and I love it!

Thanks.....I was very happy when I was able to eat on Thursday and not feel horrible.
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Cute start so far - so I am in.
I LOVE his little R2D2 player!
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Thank you!!
One of the little boys who little boys who live across the street from us gave that to Reid. It's a cute electronic device with all sorts of games. He loves it!

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I have enjoyed reading thus far!! We have a 4 year old as well so I love reading TR with small boys!! )) We were there a week before you guys were!
Welcome & thank you!!

Aaahhh...4 year old boys....so much fun when they're being silly. Just sometimes mine decides to be sassy instead of silly.

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Hi, Megan! So happy to have you here!

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I am so sorry you were feeling ill before your trip. What a bummer! I'm glad you were feeling better Thursday and I hope you didn't feel sick on your trip.
Thank you. I was so worried it would keep us from going on the trip. Luckily, I started to feel better. It affected me somewhat but it didn't hold me back!

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I love all the pictures. Reid is so cute! His R2-D2 laptop is adorable and that tray looks really cool. I may have to get some of those for Ant and Tessa. They make such a mess with snacks in the car.
Thanks!! Our neighbor across the street donated that to him since he's a little older than Reid. He loves that thing!

The tray was great! There is a strap that goes under the car seat & can stay there. Then you just snap the tray on both sides onto that strap. I would keep the side furthest from me snapped in at all times & just snap the other side when I needed him to use it.

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Amanda's trip report

Sorry you weren't feeling well, hope you continue to feel better. Reid did excellent in the car
So happy you're here!

Thanks! Reid really did very well in the car.....thankfully.

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Better late than never! And you're not really late!

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Love the intos, and as I was reading I noticed a popup add at the top of the screen featuring a little boy who looks just like Reid!
Thank you! I know what ad you're talking about! Every time Ed & I see it we think it's Reid.

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Of course he didn't want to miss playground time Mom! I'm glad that he came around though.
His teachers kept telling him that if he didn't go get in the car, they were going to take his spot & go instead. I don't think he believed me when I told him we were leaving right that moment.

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Oh no! I'm so sorry that you were feeling so sick before the trip, I sure hope that it didn't continue. I'm with Kathy-I was thinking pregnant too.
Thank you! I did think pregnancy for a moment, too. But, it never really felt like that kind of sickness. It's hard to explain - it was such an odd hurt/sickness.

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Can't wait to hear more Amanda, and I plan on getting back to being a good Diser next week!
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I meant to check in earlier, but forgot. I don't have time to catch up now, but I figured I should at least pop in and subscribe before I forget again. Be back later.
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Just kidding!

Glad to have you along! Get caught up when you can. You haven't missed much.....yet.

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I'm so sorry you still weren't feeling great on your departure day, I'm hoping things turned around when you got to Disney!
Thanks! I was so thankful when we got on the road that I was starting to be able to eat without hurting or getting sick. It affected me a bit at the beginning of our trip but it didn't keep me down!

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Awesome you were able to actually get on the road so early!
I was so happy that we could leave early! Ed really worked hard that week so we could leave at a decent time.

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Too funny about Reid not wanting to leave school to go to Disney, Everett would be the same way!
I'm glad he loves school so much but I was a bit perturbed with it that day!

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Oh and I love those light-up shoelaces for the stroller! Were they battery operated so they'd last all week? I keep seeing people with lights on their strollers while at Disney and getting all jealous. Its such a cool idea.
Thanks! They were battery operated....says the batteries last up to 70 hours. I found them on Amazon. I want to say they were only like $5 or $6 for each pair. They worked really well. And they had 3 different modes: on, fast flashing and slow flashing.

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I also love that car travel tray! I may just be purchasing one for my car soon!
Thank you! I was very happy with it. It has a strap that goes underneath the car seat & can stay there. Then you snap the tray on both sides of the strap to make it stay in place. It was pretty sturdy. For the drive down, I kept it snapped on the side furthest from me. Then, I would just snap it in place on the side closest to me when Reid needed to use it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:25 PM   #27
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Joining in !! I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well. It sounds similar to when I had a diseased gall bladder ...... or when I was pregnant

Looking forward to reading about your trip !!

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Thank you....I'm happy to report that whatever was making me sick did go away.
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So happy you're here!

Thanks! Reid really did very well in the car.....thankfully.
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So late!

I'm worried about that title. It sounds a little ominous.

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YAYYYY!!!! Great start! I'm glad you started feeling better!! Reid is so adorable!
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