A Stay-Cation from Our Vacation

Coming home after being on a family vacation for the last ten days, I am allowed to say that I could really use a stay-cation from our vacation. I am not kidding when I say that. Having CRPS as much as I push through things, put a smile on, there are times that I just want to lay in bed and sleep.

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This is one of those times. I know that flare ups come and go needless to say I will still push through but thankful for the support system we have put in place to allow in case of emergencies, for added help to be there at a moment’s notice.

Thus, trying to get back into our normal routine is not so great. Twenty-four hours back but being three hours ahead that our bodies are still not on the same clock. Not so funny! I really should have thought about cancelling therapy services until next week because honestly nobody wants to do anything right at this moment including me except lounge around and sleep. I think we should be able too…who really wants to unpack – to count 6 pieces of luggage for that matter. I am still in vacation mode and so are our Littles. Plus, the fact it is summer break…they are in vacation mode, pool mode, whatever mode you can think of and rightfully so!

All said and done, we did have an exceptional vacation. Many memories made. Many stories to be told for years to come and no need to say more as we wrapped up on our trip home.

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As I have said before I never want to be the one that finds anyone of us via social media by way of someone’s cellular video phone due to a situation that I could not handle on the air flight. As we have seen many viral videos tend not to do anyone any justice.

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However, our flight home was very eventful with one of our littles spiking a very high fever approximately an hour into our flight (due to an ear infection) thus needing inflight medical assistance. Once our little was quickly attended too shortly thereafter another passenger on board had a major medical issue which was quickly attended to as well.

I cannot say how much the entire flight crew was on top of everything, how compassionate each were and how each one went over and beyond the scope of their job along with the two passengers that had medical training who were nothing more than saints. Everything happens for a reason and we are truly grateful and blessed to be on the flight we were.

Even more so, I am thankful for these Peeps, The Big Island of Peace and Tranquility which has been stowed upon us All…GOD BLESS!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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Taking a Family Adventure with Littles

Currently a large family of ten, we tend to find ways to spend our free time doing a day trip with family or a weekend trip here and there. The reality of it travelling with five littles who have differentBlog Beach special needs make travelling somewhat an adventure to say the least.

However, a couple of years ago during spring break we spent a three-day weekend at the beach. A place that all our children love.  Who doesn’t, right? Funny thing, I really do not like the sand, but I tolerate it and seeing how much joy it brings everyone, is totally worth it. Upon our return home, I happened to answer a telephone call which low and be hold was a sales call from a major hotel vacation chain. Instead of doing what I usually do by asking the caller to place our number on a “do not call list” I listened to the pitch. They made us an offered to vacation for 6 days 5 nights in Hawaii for a fee that was less than two months of car payments not including air fare and we had a year to plan. After thinking about it for a few minutes; for some crazy reason I said YES!

Think about it, where would a family of ten be able to go for that kind of money let alone Hawaii…..so we started planning. Watched for airfares (yes I found great rates). I know what your thinking…yes, the trip came with some restrictions. We had to listen to a presentation at some point in our trip and we did. Other than that, we made memories to last a lifetime.  We still speak of that trip and look at varies pictures often.

Now, here wereBlog Hawaii are again a couple of years later where about a year ago; planned a trip back to Hawaii for a couple of reasons. Now it is not just the ten of us going, it is fourteen. (we have added a few) We are celebrating a graduation, birthdays and that fact that my husband rarely takes time away from work so this trip is much-needed. To be tourists, to see the sights that we were not able to see that last time we were there, to cherish the time that we are together, to laugh, to eat whatever, to be adventurous and to just decompress from reality for a period of time.

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Looking back at our last trip, I worried about the flights with the littles. Their needs and being over stimulated. My sanity! The sanity of Others! You hear all the horror stories of in-flight issues with children. The last thing I wanted was to be the one on the viral video all over YouTube. Nevertheless, I was fully prepared with everything; tablets, headphones, snacks, bottles, diapers, wipes, sippy cups, toys, WiFi, you name I had and only one had an issue. One little has a seizure but as much as I think we have it under control that situation we cannot. In the end, no viral video.

Now as I am coming up on our trip, I worry about the same issues. I understand my children but I also respect everyone around me. So, I am gearing up again. With everyone a couple of years older, needs somewhat the same but different. I think I may need new criteria to add to the bags. This time we opted for one straight flight, no Blog Familyconnecting flights, no just making it to the next flight with minutes to spare because one little waited to the last minute for a restroom break. Somehow they just do not understand airplanes do not wait for restroom breaks.

For all who travel with children, one or multiples, the novice or experts…as I think I have it pretty much figured out, I am always looking or researching for ideas. Currently my big issue is the car seat. I know that it is not required but I feel it would be so beneficial for our two-year to sit in one during the flight. So if you have any information, please let me know, would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Learning something new each day is wonderful. GOD BLESS

  • “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”  Helen Keller

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