First of all, I feel a need to explain the title of this trippie!
As some of you may know, we have a 2 1/2 year old called Ava. Now, I wasn't planning on potty training her until we returned from This trip, as I didn't want the worry of making sure she had plenty of toilet stops, and didn't have any little accidents. Selfish, yes, practical, also yes :wink: Ava however, had other idea! She decided just before Christmas, when she was a month off he 2nd birthday, that she was a big girl and wanted to wear pants. Fair enough, but I have a constant worry about if ill be able to get her to a toilet in time. As many of you who've had, or have, toddlers know, when hey say they need to go, it often means 10 seconds ago!
Onto the main trippie, now we've sorted that!
Cast of characters:
Anthony: my fab hubby, trip planner (especially dining), master of the spreadsheet and list!
Ben: age six. Desperate to go on R&R, we think he's just about all enough, but we'll see.
Vikki: that's me. Likes writing trippies, not just that they might give some of you enjoyment, but I like to read them years after and relive it all.
It's kind of exciting writing that date down. We usually travel in August, our thought being that the later we travel, the lighter the crowds are in the parks. This is pretty much always the case. Those of you who have read my numerous pre-trippies will know that we decided to do a split flight, spend a week in Canada, and then fly on to Orlando, so we will be hitting the parks during the middle/end of August as usual.
So anyway, where was I? Ah yes, Tuesday. I'd decided in my wisdom to leave the packing until the last minute. Usually I do it way in advance, but this time I decided that I'd pretty much leave the main part of the packing until the Tuesday morning. Anthony had got the case down at the weekend, and I'd delicately placed a few things near them, warning the children that under no circumstances, were they allowed to touch any of said items! I felt very much like a 13 year old girl again, writing a great big 'stay out of my room' sign on the door! Since we've been having such lovely weather, we've all been wearing our Florida clothes so once these were washed, we ended up with the usual couple of days of wearing some very strangely mismatched things!
In the end, the packing wasn't really a problem. The only thing that worried me was the amount of time it took me. I'd say no more than about 20 minutes.....and the cases closed easily. That couldn't be a good thing as far as I was concerned, and I was sure I'd forgotten something. After some very 'useful' ideas on Facebook as to what I might have forgotten, I realised that, no, I had everything. So, in went the cases into the car and we were off.
We were staying overnight in a travelodge, as is usually the way for us, so we split the journey up with a quick visit to Belton Woods on the way down, as from door to door, it's about 3 1/2 hours. However, we did have to travel on the car park that is the M25, and with a potty training 2 year old, we thought 3 1/2 hours would never happen, so stopped off to stretch our legs a bit.
The travelodge was the usual that you'd expect, although it was absolutely sweltering in there! It was a pretty to day, and so stuffy, hardly got any sleep. Ah well, it's pretty rare I sleep before a flight anyway.
Next time: the flight
Lol you will learn where all if the bathrooms in Orlando are. I always make everyone go before we leave, when we get there, etc. you never know. And it's always good to try
I really enjoyed reading this, looking forward to the next one!
I love the title :lol:
You are in for some exciting times, I can see it :yes:
You were very lucky on the M25, it can be terrible at times, we are going to use the A303 so we only have a couple of junctions on there.
Marvelous start. :yes:
Can't wait to hear the adventure of squeezing a 2 1/2 year old and a grown adult into an aircraft rest room. :mental:
Tom (:macwave:... the Captain has turned on the seat belt sign.)
The kids are still snoring, so thought I'd get on with the next one!
31st July - the one with the flight.
The kids decided that 5 am would be a great time to wake up this morning. I was not as convinced! Didn't sleep particularly well anyway due to the humidity in the room anyway.
We were all driving ourselves a bit dotty by the time it came to leave at about 8am. Got the car packed back up again and headed round to the Heathrow long stay car park. Even with the sat nav, and a massive orange sign, Anthony still managed to miss the entrance to it though :wink: thank goodness for roundabouts :lol:
The bus ride to the airport didn't take too long, and before we knew it, we were checked in, and through security. We'd promised the kids a magazine to take on the flight so that killed a good half an hour :wink: Ben, is not the most decisive of children.
After a fairly uneventful hour or so we went through to the boarding gate, at which point Ava decided she needed a wee! I'd actually thought this through and up a pull up on her for the flight, in case she fell asleep. Ava however, was not impressed, and since she was a big girl, wanted to use the toilet. However, there were no toilets at the gate, so off Anthony went to find one.
Those of you who've read my reports before will know I don't like flying.....at all! So we did as we always do and got on the plane last. Compared to the massive Virgin planes we're used to, this one was tiny! It was only one level and a 2-3-2 seating plan. We'd spent an extra few quid each on the seats (only £25 or so each), so that we had extra legroom seats. I wasn't expecting too much to be honest but they were brilliant. They were bulkhead seats so we could really stretch out! Anthony sat with the children, and I sat just across the aisle. Ava fell asleep as we were going to the runway, so we thought we were in for a quiet flight, but she woke up again a few minutes later :lol: that was all the sleep she had! The flight itself was pretty uneventful. The entertainment system was brilliant! It was an on demand, which was brilliant! The food was even pretty good! The kids meals were superb and they were so well looked after. Taking Ava to the toilet was interesting to say the least, but not as difficult as when we took her as a baby, changing nappies in an airplane toilet is not fun!
After landing we got through security really quickly, and the bags were waiting for us as we got there! Suffice to say, I was very impressed with Toronto airport! We got round to the car hire place quickly, and after the usual attempt to upsell we were sent off to choose our car. We'd book a mid size SUV. When we got out there, there weren't any, thee wasn't even a sign for them, so I'm assuming they don't renew have them, so we got a full size instead :wink: the only one left was a massive Jeep, which Anthony was quite pleased with. Just looking it up, the basic model starts at £50k!
We had directions for how to get to my uncle Teds house, but we also had the sat nav. Usually the sat nav takes a good 20 minutes to realise we're in another country, but not this time. It picked up as soon as we were out of the parking garage, which was great. It said it'd only take us 90 minutes, but it lied!!!! The 401 got us back for the easy time we'd had on the M25 yesterday!
We got to uncle Teddy's about 7pm local time. Ava, bless her, had totally had it so we sent her straight off to bed. Ben stayed up with us to have a bit of tea, but then we were all tucked up and fast asleep by 9pm ish :-)
Next time: this was not the weather we ordered!
Sounds great! Was that with air Canada? I love getting SUVs over there, I'm sure Ants face was like Jon's when we got our last one!
Yes, it was Air Canada. The Jeep is nice, but I have to admit, I preferred the Rav 4 we had in Orlando last time.
Chris would have been in seventh heaven to get a full size jeep :lol:
Now mummy, how could you put Ava in pull ups :nono: she's a big girl now :wink:
Good trippies, so far. :) How long was the flight?