For some reason, unknown to us all, the computer decided to bump us up to first class on the way to Orlando. I've never been in first class before but was sure all the other passengers were going to be thrilled when we barreled on there with three kids. We came prepared. Binkys, bottles, gum, music, headphones, changes of clothes, our purple cards explaining Rett Syndrome, etc. The girls did amazingly well, especially since we were rerouted to Tampa because there were tornados in Orlando. I'm surprised my father's hand is still in tact. As we bumped through some bad turbulance I was cutting off circulation and telling him I was getting off this plane in Tampa. I was determined to get a rental car and drive to Orlando. Meanwhile, Emmy was smiling ear to ear, laughing and enjoying the bumpy ride. Once on the ground in Tampa the pilots were awesome enough to invite the kids into the cockpit...
We ended up staying on the plane, waiting for the weather to clear and getting to Orlando. Our rental car wasn't quite big enough for all of us and our luggage. We thought about making two trips but it was decided we were going to make it work. This is was the view from the front seat. I was not unscathed, I was trapped under a suitcase too.
After getting lost a couple of times, we arrived at our little condo. When we got out, we all just stood there and appreciated the warmth. Just to be outside, in short sleeves with no snow was exciting enough. The next week was full to the brim with parks, pools, walks, sunshine, lots of laughs and a couple of tears.
One of the best parts of the trip was putting Emmy on my shoulders so she could see the parade. She was kind of bopping along up there, watching, but when Cinderella came she started to get giddy. She was laughing and wiggling around. It felt like such a normal four year old moment. She wasn't happy because she was listening to music or being distracted in some other way. She was happy because Cinderella is her favorite. It's one of the very few videos she will sit still and watch. So I was just able to soak it in, all her happiness, and forget about Rett for a minute.