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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Too Excited To Sleep!

You have seen the Disney commercials where the kids are too excited to sleep. As you may be able to tell by the time stamp on this post, I am experiencing that feeling of being too excited to sleep. That, and I had to go to the bathroom.

We can now countdown hours until our next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. I was checking last minute details last night which included a phone call to the wonderful lady who takes care of our pets—cat, dog, turtle—while we travel. She comes to our house multiple times a day to play, walk, and feed the animals, brings in mail and the newspaper, and generally keeps an eye on the place for a minimal fee. Of course she wasn’t surprised that we were headed off to Disney for the 7th time. She asked if we went because of the adults or for the boy. Hmmm. . . it’s for the adults. The boy goes along willingly and ends up having an incredible time, but he has to be cool about his enthusiasm.

A person at work said that I wouldn’t return rested and they’re right. Going to Walt Disney World is not the most restful vacation to take—that’s what the cruise is for! You walk, get up early, stay up late, and most of the time, my feet hurt and have blisters. But it is all worth it to experience the magic. We also enjoy spending that time together as a family and making memories.

One of my favorite parts of any vacation is that feeling of being in your family “bubble” when the car is packed and you are headed off. . . There’s a feeling that you could actually go anywhere; just drive off into the sunset for unknown parts. We are usually headed to an airport or a hotel to stay prior to going to the airport. That feeling of being in your family “bubble” continues even upon returning home. And, for me, there is hesitancy to re-enter the real world and break the “bubble.”

I remember flying back from LA after our second Disney Cruise. We flew very early in the morning on a direct flight to Kansas City and then drove home. By late afternoon I was at a local drug store printing pictures. It was hard for me to leave the house and go get the pictures, but I really wanted the pictures, so the bubble was broken. What a surreal feeling to know that I woke up on the west coast and was now, just a few hours later, getting ready to have dinner in the Midwest. Is that what jet lag feels like?

Another way I combat the post vacation blues is to book or plan our next visit to Walt Disney World. For us, it is already in the works. I have found I am much happier leaving knowing when I will be back! Let the countdown begin!

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