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Day 20: Home…

What a night…everything went as planned the suitcase where 98% ready and all combined 2 kilogram to heavy but we figured that Emily would get that resolved with being her normal self and saying hello or something.

We finished the the wine, beer and chips before we went to bed around midnight until Emily woke us, ok I’ll be honest, woke her mama for the first time at 1:00am. The third time at 2:09am I woke up too and went to her room and she started coughing weird and before I knew it I was 110% awake and tried to catch her vomit.

She vomited in her bed but wanted to continue sleeping in it…not a good plan and so she ended up in our bed. At 3:00am when we were finally a sleep she vomited one more time, but this time she showed that she is becoming a big girl quickly. She woke me up with force and determination (that’s necessary) wanted to go to the toilet and vomited there. Unbelievable…I had never expected this as it’s only the 3rd time I’m her young life that she experienced this, you can imagine how proud we were. Besides that we were also worried about the next 15 hours until we would be home.

After this second time she climbed into our bed and fell a sleep right away. As usual we didn’t get a lot of sleep as Emily used up about 3/4 of the Californian King side bed but at least she got sleep.

In the morning everything seemed to be fine and she was busy with emptying the suitcase we just packed, very helpful. At 9:15am we were ready to leave to SIXT to return our rental car where we arrived at 10am, I’m missing that car already.

The shuttle was already there to bring us to the terminal and a half our later we dropped of our suitcases. Emily did what she was supposed to do and the steward looked at the scale shook his head but waived the additional fee while he was having fun with her.

Next stop security, went very smooth. Although the additional check in food items is a bit over the top and it just slows everything down. From there we went to The Club @ MCO to spent another 2 hours until our boarding would start.

When we came to the gate there were additional security measures with an additional TSA check, very annoying at first but in the end I believe it made the boarding process go smoother. No one dared to start lining up to early which is a big issue at MCO as 2/3 of the people travel with children and block the whole area.

The flight was easy Emily slept before we left the gate for about 1,5 hours and I slept for about an hour during the flight. The remainder of the flight Emily was busy with colouring, watching Cars and Elena of Avalor. At 4:15pm we landed and from there everything went reasonably fast.

Danielle got us coffee for the way home while Emily started loading the suitcases in the car! And yes it is cold here only 6 degrees Celcius… After short detour to get milk for Emily at the Supermarket we arrived home at 6:15am. The same time as our dinner ordered through just–eat.ca got delivered.

After dinner we started unpacking and now Emily is in bed and we are winding down from this crazy day. Tomorrow everything is back to normal when I go back to work and Danielle does her usual things again…

But what a vacation, the cruise was amazing, the Townhouse was great, the visits to the parks where superb and the weather was as good as it can be this time of the year. I wished we could stay there forever….

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Soon we go again…

Last May we where on the Disney Dream cruising in the Bahamas. We loved it a lot and as you might remember we booked a placeholder on board, this means you get a discount on a future cruise next 2-years. Before we got home from our last vacation we found a very nice cruise on for later this year.

After a couple of weeks we booked the 7-Night Halloween on the High Seas Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral and we will celebrate Halloween on board! And today it’s just 8 weeks until we are sailing away for an itinerary taking us to Cozumel in Mexico, Falmouth in Jamaica, Georgetown on Grand Cayman in Cayman Islands and not to forget Castaway Cay!

We’ll be cruising on the Disney Fantasy, the sister ship from the Disney Dream. Funny enough this is not the first time we will see this cruise ship as we were on a city trip in New York the day the Fantasy for its christening. The first picture we took from the top of the Empire State Building while it was sailing in to port. The second picture we took a couple of days later when it was actually docked.

But before we sail away we fly to Orlando from Pearson a day before to stay in a Walt Disney World Resort for the first time ever. After we land we will take the Magical Express to Port Orleans French Quarter. Here we will stay one night till the Disney Cruise Line bus will pick us up and drive is to the port to embark the Fantasy. After we disembark we’ll be taking a the Disney Cruise Line bus back to the Airport where we’ll be renting a car from SIXT for the last part of this vacation.

This time we did not rent a villa but a townhouse in Windsor Hills a gated community very close to Walt Disney Resort. The house has a private pool and the resort itself has a lot of interesting amenities including a huge zero entrance pool, that’s what Emily likes a pool she can just walk in…

We can’t wait to get back to the magic of Disney and see how much the experience with Emily is different this time.

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Day 1: YYZ > MCO > FLM > EPC > VLL

Finally vacation!!! We were looking forward to this since early September. 

Yesterday I checked in online, we were really surprised that it worked with Emily as a lap child. At 5:59 we rolled of our drive way towards Pearson International Airport (YYZ), the drive was quick, parking too, lines at the counters were long…

The line up for the check-in assistance (travelling with an infant) our flight was at least 1,5 hours. But Emily smiled at one of  the Air Canada agents and we were told to go to a different counter, just 15 minutes later we were all done and walking towards security and the US customs. Everything was difference compared to the last time we traveled towards the USA, I would say it is an improvement. 

At the customs office both our hearts skipped a beat…they could not find our ESTA’s (visa waiver program for the US). For sure we have them and they are valid while without them they can deny you entree to the USA. After a couple minutes the officer found them…we put the wrong information in our travel profile…we should have submitted that our Dutch passport (from the Dutch consulate in Munich) were issued by Canada! Yeah right, but everything was fine and we were allowed to enter the USA. A bit later on we found out that that wasn’t the only mistake in our profile and I’m sure Air Canada has messed something up! 

After playing about for about an hour it was time to board the plane, seat 21H and 21K right beside the window. Emily was wonderful during the pretty bumpy flight, no cry at all and she slept for about an hour until a stewardess woke us up to ask if we would like to buy food! Why? You don’t wake me up for free food too… 

At Orlando airport (MCO) everything went pretty quick, we arrived at 12:20 and before 14:00 we had the car seat installed and headed towards the Florida Mall (FLM) for some food and a coffee! 

That was the moment where I decided that it would be awesome to go say Mickey “Hello!” Emily agreed mama wasn’t so sure yet but we could at least exchange here Annual Pass certificate for the real thing. 

I’m not sure if Emily slept before I turned the car key to start the engine or after but she was out. She continued sleeping even when we stopped at the EPCOT parking lot, she must have been really tired. But lucky as I am before mama came back with her brand new pass Emily woke up… 

I think I never got her out the car so quickly and we walked towards mama who was already on her way back to the car! That was convincing enough and we went to my favorite park… 

The first stop was Mouseketeers, a pretty big shop where we got some right sized Disney merch for Emily, and some new shirts for mama. Oh and not to forget the 5-minutes Christmas stories book! 

When we exited the store it rained and we decided to go back after we got ourselves a drink at the Fountain View (in Park Starbucks). While waiting for our drinks the rain got really bad and the wait for Mickey, Goofy and Minnie got less. I guess our choice was obvious…the wait was a little bit to long for Emily but she managed pretty well! 

She was not shy, maybe a little bit afraid? But every time the meet was over she wanted to go back to them! 

After the meets we went back to the car, ok our way to the villa we stopped at the Walgreens for some necessities before heading to our Dream Villa! 

We’ve explored the place and Emily found a ton of things to do which she isn’t allowed like kissing power outlets, open drawers and such! 

Enily is already dreaming and we are about to follow as it was a long day! We can’t wait till tomorrow where we meet friends from Germany (living in the USA). 

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