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Parting is Such Sorrow – Day 4

NOW: On Saturday we had originally planned to go to the park until lunchtime and then start our journey home….hoping the kids would take a nap, at least for a little while.

Well, they had enjoyed the parades so much…..and Tim and I just really didn’t want to leave yet…..so we decided to wait until after the parade.  It was under one condition though – – – – – – coffee stops – – – – – in the park, and all the way home. 

In the morning we ate breakfast in the hotel room again, after Tim took all the luggage down to the car.  We’d have to unpack it to get the stroller out, and then repack it after the park, but that was ok. 

The kids were just so excited to go back to Sesame that we knew we made the right choice in returning for a third day.  We had gotten the free upgrade to the season pass anyway, so why not?

We decided not to deal with water stuff because it took up a lot of time, we’d have to get them changed again, and we wanted to try some things we hadn’t.

We started near the back of the park with some dry rides.  We asked the kids if they wanted to go on the horsies, but both said NO.  Ok then.  We found Elmo’s Flyin’ Fish and asked if they wanted to go on.  At first they both said no, but then Will heard Elmo’s voice coming from the ride and decided he’d like to try.

I gave him his choice of fish as we waited in line.  Zebra.

In line, he was all excited and kept pointing to the zebra fish as it went around and telling me whenever he heard Elmo.  Once on the ride, he kept saying all done all done.  But too late.  🙂  We took off and he was looking at everything and waving to Daddy and Ariel.  He even let me push the button to go up high.

It was a lot of fun…..so when we got off, I asked Ariel again if she wanted to go on, like Will.  She still said no, but when I tried to take her out of the stroller she didn’t really resist.  We started walking toward the line and she was saying no, no, no – in a cute way, not crying or whining.  So, I figured she should go on too.  She wouldn’t tell me which fish she wanted so I picked the angel fish because it was landed near Daddy.  When I first buckled her in, she said all done all done, but I told her it was too late, just like with Will.  She ended up enjoying herself also!

We decided to take a break and catch the Elmo’s World Live show again.  We sat near the middle this time, and no one was in front of us at first, which was perfect.  About halfway through the show someone came in (LATE!) and sat her big-self right in front of us.  I was so annoyed.  And Will was annoyed too, he had to keep leaning around her to see.  But they enjoyed the show anyway.  It was much better than the first day when Ariel was miserable through the whole thing! 

The workers even let us stay back a little bit after everyone was gone so we could get pictures on the set!  They loved looking at shade and door and meeting Dorothy!!!

Then we went back to the rides.  The twins agreed to go on Grover’s World Twirl with Mommy and Daddy.  I think they would have been fine if they could have sat on our laps, but they had to sit on the seat between us and didn’t really seem to enjoy it as much as I thought they would.  They weren’t crying, but they weren’t too thrilled either.

Maybe by the time we go to DisneyWorld next year, they’ll like the rides a little more.  🙂

We decided to go for lunch and then sewttle in for a spot on the parade route, near where we were for the nighttime parade last night.  While waiting for Tim to get lunch, I grabbed my 4th coffee of the day and settled in to wait at a table with the twins.  Tim brought me back a surprise with my lunch!

I shared with the kids, of course.  While we waited for the parade, Tim got us some “IceWater”, which was basically sorbet – he got cherry, which was really, really good!

We saw the parde one last time and then waved bye-bye to Sesame Place. 

As we were unpacker/repacking the car to fit the stroller in, the kids fell asleep in the backseat.  But, we still had one more Sesame Place surprise for them.  When they woke up, we stopped at a rest area (so Mommy could get another coffee) and after settling back into the car…….

Ariel must have thought Big Bird was hungry so she was feeding him some of her fruit bar.  He got his beak quite messy!

Things were pretty uneventful on the way home.  About an hour past dinnertime there was a pretty good amount of whining coming from the backseat, but we really wanted to make it to the Applebee’s near Syracuse again.  So we carried on.  At dinner, Will was a bit of a terror.  Good thing we won’t be going back to that location anytime soon.  It was understandable to us…..but probably not to the customers….or the waitress who will have to wash the crayon off the wall.  Considering they usually get compliments in restaurants, it was a little out-of-sorts for him, but to be expected.

After dinner we got back on the road, but abruptly pulled off because Mommy saw the first Tim Horton’s sign!  YAY!  Extra-large please.

They fell asleep shortly after, waking up occasionally to cry a little, but then falling back asleep.  Sometimes it was actually good that they were crying because it helped me stay more awake.  I wasn’t falling asleep at the wheel or anything (I would have had Tim drive if I was), but I definitely was tired.  It helped that we had a Muppet marathon going on the iPod, singing along was definitely helping.

We carried them upstairs, got them into their jammies and settled them into their cribs.  We also started unpacking the car a little.  By the time we got home it was about 12:30 at night (morning). 

Worth it. 

Totally worth it.

At one point Tim asked, “is it strange that I even enjoyed the car ride?”  No.  Anytime we spend time together as a family is enjoyable.  Even though part of the time was spent with whiny kids.  And part of the time was spent trying to entertain whiny kids.  And part of the time I wished I could just teleport us home  because I just wanted to be there instead of driving any longer

It was all so worth it.  For the experience.  For the joy.  For the fun and the time spent together. 

If I was only going to go to Sesame once, I might recommend waiting until the kids were a little older.  I definitely don’t regret taking mine because I know they had such a great time.  But they were a little young for some things.  If we do go again in a couple of years, we will probably go for longer and check out other things in the area; the Crayola Factory, the Please Touch Museum, or even Hershey Park. 

And I know they might not remember it.  Right now they do.  I ask them questions and they give me VERY specific answers about what happened on our trip.  But we have the pictures and the video (that they’ve asked to watch every day since we got back) to help them remember.  I remember going to Canada’s Wonderland as a kid.  But I don’t really remember it……I just remember what I’ve seen in the photos.  And that’s ok.  Because I know I had fun and my family must have enjoyed it or they wouldn’t have kept taking me back.

I can’t even express how much we all enjoyed our first family vacation.  My tears during the parades, and while they met the guys, and while they showed us how excited they were, and even now as I type; just say it all.  Tim and I have memories that will last forever – even when our little ones aren’t so little and don’t delight at seeing all their now-favorite guys.

Worth it.

Totally worth it.

This is now.  Soon……….let’s get planning that Disney World trip!!!!

A 7-hour Drive is Actually More Like 11 (Day 1)

Disclaimer #1: For the recap of our trip, I will probably not be doing my normal Now and Then format.  I am already behind on my updates and want to concentrate on telling you about our vacation.

Disclaimer #2 – Tomorrow is supposed to be No-Twin Tuesday.  For same reason as above, it will not be….but the No-Twin Tuesday will return next week.

Thanks for reading!  And for understanding!

NOW: Oh boy.  Ok, it could have been worse.  A lot worse.  There were no major meltdowns from either 2-year-old stuck in the car for the 7-hour drive to Sesame Place.  Well, not even Sesame Place, just the hotel.  However, they were just whiny enough to add approximately 4 hours onto the trip.  Not too bad, really!  Mommy made sure to start her day with an iced coffee.

The first of many.  Although I do feel very sorry for people living past Syracuse.  No Tim Hortons!  The agony of it all!  I had to make-do with Starbucks.  *sigh*

Around the hour-and-a-half mark, Will started whining. 

This was obviously expected.  Luckily, on the 90 through NY there are several pull-off service stations.  Mommy got another iced coffee from Tim Hortons, and twins got Timbits.  As a mini-snack and a bribe (for later).  We let them walk around the service station for a bit to stretch their legs, and then got back in the car.  Another hour later, we stopped again and had a snack at another service station.  I guess sitting in a booth is somehow vastly different from sitting in the car.

And looking at the cars out of this window was so much better than looking at the ones out the car window.  🙂  We led them out, barely able to contain them.  They were so so so excited already.  What an adventure!

Daddy did a great job of keeping them entertained when necessary from the passenger seat.  From propping up bears to look out the front window……..

…….or understanding that when Will yelled “ARE YOU??”, he was wanting to play hide-and-seek.

It really worked out well that Tim was the passenger because I often get carsick if I have to turn around.  The twins both fell asleep about 45 minutes before Syracuse.  Luckily, they woke up just as we spotted an Applebee’s off the highway……there weren’t too many more restaurants after that.

We knew right away what to order for Ariel….shrimp and french fries off of the kids menu.  We got chicken tenders and fries for Will.  They don’t often have french fries, but are obsessed with them.  Unfortunately we didn’t realize the shrimp was fried.  Ariel didn’t touch it.  She and Will did share the chicken and the french fries though.  (The Count’s French Fry Count: That’s 1, 1 meal with french fries, ah, ah, ah). 

We got back on the road and only stopped at one more rest station.  There were none in the rest of NY, although it wasn’t a toll road anymore.  The toll to go across NY? 6 bucks.  The toll down to Philly through PA?  80 cents…….another 80 cents…….then 11 dollars more.  What the heck!  And there were only 2 rest stations (the kind where you don’t have to exit and then get back on).  So, Mommy got Starbucks, babies got diapers changed (we were not dealing with potties on the car ride), and we got back in the car.

As we were approaching Philadelphia, babies started whining again.  Rightly so; it was way past dinner time by now.  Almost 7:00, when we usually eat at 5:30.  Daddy tried to calm them down with the stash of Timbits but they weren’t really interested.  We didn’t really know a good place to exit in Philly and there were no restaurant signs, and trees blocking the neighborhoods, so we didn’t want to risk it.  We decided to keep going until we got to our exit and then if we saw something before the hotel, we’d stop there first. 

We ended up getting to the hotel, getting our stuff inside (thank you Daddy), and asking the front desk for suggestions.  The twins were so excited to be out of the car and someplace new that they almost kinda forgot about being hungry and were just running around the hotel room like maniacs.

They figured out right away where the bathroom was.  And knew the pack-n-plays were their cribs.  I put their stuffed animals from their cribs at home inside right away so they were familiar.  When Tim was done bringing up the luggage we left again to drive to dinner.  We decided on Olive Garden.  It was all about familiarity for the kids at that point because we knew they were “starving”.  So pasta and pizza seemed like a good choice.  It was another 15 minute ride….made all the much longer because you could not make a left turn to save your life in the town.  How ANNOYING!  All the way there Will kept saying “almost almost almost dinner almost almost”.  But not in a whiny way, just a reassuring way.  What a trooper. 

We ate and headed back to the hotel.  They ran around for a bit (don’t know how they had the energy 3 hours past bedtime) while I got things ready for our first day at Sesame Place so that I wouldn’t have to waste time in the morning.  Tim and I decided we’d put them to bed, then take showers while they fell asleep and then we’d go on the computer or read by flashlight for a little bit before going to sleep ourselves.

Ariel started screaming bloody murder as soon as she was in the pack-n-play and the lights were off.  We had obviously expected SOME sort of reaction to sleeping in a strange place, but this was a little much.  Tim tried to calm her down while I ran into the shower.  When I got out, he went in, and I tried to soothe her.  I sang “Twinkle Twinkle” and the Sesame Street Theme Song over and over and over and over and over and over again until she finally laid down and I could hear her even breathing.  By then, Tim was pretty much asleep.  I laid down also…..but was kept awake another hour or so by Will constantly shifting to become comfortable.  He finally settled down around midnight.  Around 5:30 AM Ariel woke up screaming and I reassured her that we were all still there.  Prior to that, I had been woken up half a dozen times by her whimpering.  That, and the fact that I had to go to the bathroom but didn’t dare get up and risk making any kind of noise.  Later, I found out that Tim had had the same issure during the night.  At 7, Will woke up and started saying “dister, dister” to Ariel, which of course, set her off again.  That was the end of that.  We had hoped to sleep until 8, but oh well.  This is now.

Hello? Are you there? We’re Looking for Bugs!

NOW:

Hello? Hello?

 They love the phone.  Probably all kids do, I don’t know.  I’m so enthralled by my own kids, but some people probably are all like, “been there, done that, all kids are the same”.  Oh well.

We teased Will yesterday.  He had Daddy’s cell phone (he stole it), and I kept calling it.

He was very confused.  But then every time it would stop ringing he would ask for more.  I love playing pranks on my unsuspecting children.  They are just so naive!  It’s TOO easy! 

We had gone outside Friday night.  I made the mistake one day of showing the kids how to look for bugs.  They kept seeing ants on the deck, but then they’d go down the cracks.  So I, being the smart mom that I am (ha), decided to show them how we could pick up rocks and look for bugs. 

We don’t really find many, which surprises me.  But I just tell the kids they must be sleeping.  This does not discourage them much; they just keep picking up the same rock and checking.  They are so easily entertained.  🙂

Once, I picked up a bug, well, a worm, to show them more closely.  They looked at it, but then Will said, “home, bug, home” and pointed to the ground.  So I put him back.  Now, all weekend they kept pointing outside and asking for bugs.  It was a little too chilly and rainy though. 

We went out to dinner with Mema and Papa.  The twins are actually pretty well behaved at restaurants (knock on wood) but that’s probably because we do our best to keep them entertained while they’re sitting.  Ariel was contented knowing there were french fries coming.  Will was contented eating ALL of the ONIONS out of Daddy’s French Onion Soup.  Now, I know Vidalias are sweet onions, but still, come on, what kid eats all these onions?

They were piled on this plate when he first started eating, no lie.  Anyway, we had a pretty good dinner.  It wasn’t our “cheat” day, so we tried to be good.  I had a Steak and Blue salad, and Tim had a BBQ chicken sandwich.  We split the fries that came with his. 

A couple with a kid a little older than Will and Ariel were sitting near us.  They pulled out their portable DVD player almost as soon as they sat down and put cartoons on for the kid!  I was shocked!  We overheard their explanation to the waitress – he just won’t leave home without it!  Really?  The kid is going to drive back home and get the DVD player if you don’t bring it?  Puh-leeze!  It’s not like it was a quiet-type restaurant where you really had to keep your kid super quiet.  Can’t you just spend some time talking to him/interacting with him/bringing toys and playing with him?  We played hide-and-seek with napkins for goodness sake!  I just can’t believe what lengths some parents will go to in order to avoid their children.

After the kids were in bed, Tim and I exercised on the Wii Fit again.  It was kind of cool today (only around 60 degrees), so by evening there was a nice breeze coming in through the window, which helps a lot when you’re exercising indoors.  And I lost 0.7 lbs!  YAY! 

After we showered we watched Pirates of the Caribbean.  We want to have a Disney marathon, but some of the movies we know the kids might enjoy.  Besides, we have to start training them on the characters for when we go to Disney World next year.  I would like to go in alphabetical order; that’s how they’re organized, but we knew the “new” Alice in Wonderland, and the Pirates movies would not be so interesting for the twins, so we started with those.  Plus, we hadn’t seen Alice before….good thing we watched it without them…..totally inappropriate/scary!

I made myself an iced coffee to help keep me awake. 

  Last summer, in an effort to save money and calories, I bought myself a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker – only because it can be used as an Iced Coffee maker.  Now, I know that I could technically make iced coffee in my regular coffee pot, but I had tried that and it was not turning out right.  So, for 20 bucks from Target, this was a good investment. 

I used to (and sometimes still do) use Coffee Mate non-fat French Vanilla creamer for it.  But I recently discoverd this syrup – it’s sugar free Vanilla – and it has a much stronger taste.  Not as creamy, but I don’t need to use as much.  Plus, I can pretend I’m putting alcohol in.  

Here’s my special iced coffee cup – I found if I was just pouring into into a plain glass it didn’t feel as special and I was more tempted to go out and buy one rather than make it.  (Those Tim Hortons cups are laced with “something special”; I’m convinced.)

It’s the cup I got when we went to see The Little Mermaid on Broadway back in 2009.  My drink also helped curb my appetite.  I had had Doritos for a snack but was still craving something sweet.  This wasn’t the same as having a dish of ice cream, but the iced coffee + watching Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow was enough to keep my mind off my stomach.  *sigh*  This is now.

THEN: I was thinking back the other day to the long ago, in the before time (South Park, anyone?).  In 2000, I met my future husband.  We were both 19.  I didn’t necessarily know he was “the one” on our first date, but I knew he was special.  Soon, we started “Going Out”, and not long after, we said our I Love You’s.  Then we went from saying “IF we ever get married” to “WHEN we get married” and “IF we ever have kids” to “WHEN we have kids”.  It was funny too because my last serious boyfriend and I discussed having a family and I was totally against it.  Now, I was only 17/18 years old, but I think too, I knew he wouldn’t have been a good daddy.  Once I realized that Tim would be, all my feelings towards children changed. 

But even when we did get married in 2004, we still had the fear of getting pregnant.  I would hold my breath hoping I got my period that month.  We discussed when we would start trying but we wanted to me just married a couple of years first.  I wanted to get tenured at school first.  We wanted to just be selfish and on our own.  We had both come from living at home and I especially, hadn’t really experienced the freedom of being out on my own.  So we waited, which was fine, we probably weren’t ready.  I mean, if something had happened, and we ended up pregnant too early it would have been ok, we were married, we wanted kids, we would have been fine.

Then we had a scare.  It was December 2006.  My period was very, very late.  I didn’t even want to tell him.  Was I happy?  Upset?  How would he feel?  I finally told him and we talked.  We decided to wait until I was a week and a half late and take a pregnancy test.  It came back negative.  I got my period the next day.  But this scare made us realize – we were disappointed by that negative.  We were ready.  We would have been happier being pregnant than not.  I was getting tenured in May.  We were ready.  We were going to start trying to have a baby.  It was so great that we were both on the same page at the same time.  I still wasn’t going to go off the pill until I talked to my doctor, but I had an appointment in April, so that was fine.  We could wait a little longer.  But we were ready.  That was then.