Thursday, April 08, 2010

And we're off

Tomorrow morning Maisie and I head down to my parent's house in Florida where we will spend the night and then Saturday morning they're taking us to the port for our cruise. I have more clothing packed than I think I've taken on any trip e.v.e.r but no other trip included the need for Princess dresses, fairy costumes, tiaras and so many pairs of fancy dress-up shoes. I think the only thing I'm not taking with me is my computer thus no updates until we return in two weeks time.

I have to say, I can't wait to skedaddle from Atlanta because the pollen is just killing me. Every year I complain about it but when you have counts of 5733 (yesterday) and 5495 (today) even for someone without allergies, it's brutal. I mean seriously, the stinking pollen count chart only goes up to 120+ which is listed as extremely high, so I think our pollen numbers count as pollen he11. It's like we've been coated with a dusting of green snow and shoot, there's so much of the stuff it swirls on the road as you drive through it. Needless to say, even though the weather this week has been gorgeous, warm and sunny, we've spent limited time outdoors.

Speaking of outdoors, the seeds that Steve and I started last Friday have already started to sprout, how cool is that!! I'm already excited to see how big the plants will be when we return.

I have been researching and looking at things to do in our ports, We're not doing any of the Disney excursions because they really aren't appropriate for or wouldn't interest or hold Maisie's attention but after lots of research I have plans set for each port. And where will be? Saturday we set sail from Port Canaveral, Fl and Sunday we'll be on the Disney private island, Castaway Cay, then we're six full days at sea before docking in Funchal, Madeira Portugal where we'll spend the day; after another full day at sea we'll spend an entire day in Cadiz, Seville Spain followed by sailing though the night for a morning arrival in Gibraltar, UK for another full day then it's one more day at sea before our final port of Barcelona Spain where the ship will then serve as our hotel for one additional night. We then fly from Barcelona to Orlando via JFK where my parents will pick us up and cater to our exhausted needs for a night or possibly two as we recover a bit from our jet-lag before we set out on a 7+ hour drive home.

This afternoon I took Maisie to her gym for an open workout which is really playtime for her compared to her normal practices. She loves being at the gym and being able to do fun things like play on the trampoline, the rope swing and in the foam pit is a treat for her. Since we've been indoors so much this week she has been practicing her gymnastics like crazy and on Wednesday she mastered a back walkover so check her out!! I love how she tucks her little bits of hair behind her ears, my funny little girl.

Thank you to everyone who purchased sheet sets, I am overwhelmed by the response and it turned out to be a fabulous fundraiser for Maisie and her team, Thank you, Thank you! I turned in my order today and will receive the sheets sometime during the first week of May and will get them out to everyone immediately.

Wishing everyone a wonderful two weeks and I'll post piccies and stories when we return.


  1. Anonymous11:13 PM

    Best wishes for safe travels and a wonderful cruise! Can't wait to hear about it and see photos.

    Ilene, Michael and April

    P. S. Michael says there's only going to be about 120 kids on board versus the usual 800-900! Maisie will "own" the ship.

    P. S. S. If you run into Leroy or Jose at dinnertime, please tell them that April says hello! April loved, loved Jose.

  2. Awesome walkovers, wow!!

    Have a wonderful trip. And if they have an onboard computer room, please please post a teeny update.

  3. those walk-overs were amazing! She definitely has talent!!!
    Have a fun, safe trip!

  4. Wow! What a wonderful cruise! Have a great time... and I'm bummed that we have to wait until you are back to hear all about it... LOL!

    Maisie is SO talented! :)

  5. I am so sorry we weren't able to get together before you went on your trip. Well, now I can get the scoop when you get back! :) Have a fun and safe trip.

    See you when you get back. Say hi to the princesses for me. ;)

  6. Can't wait to see the pictures. It's sure to be a fabulous trip!

    Bon Voyage!

  7. Have a fabulous time!

  8. have a fabulous time, can't wait to hear all about it!!!

  9. Sounds fantastic!!!!

    Maisie's incredible!!! (I can just hear my back creaking as I watch the video!!!)

  10. Hi,

    Have a great trip!!! The itinerary sounds incredible. Looking forward to the details. Also looking forward to the sheets!!!

    Have fun!!!.....and Maisie is outstanding with her gymnastics.

    Monica in NY

  11. Holy cow! Are you kidding me? That is quite the trip. Have fun. Can't wait to see the FAB pictures that must be in the works.

  12. Way to go Maisie!! What amazing walkovers!

    Cannot wait to hear all about your Disney cruise!! SO much fun!


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