You’re probably wondering what phobias and corrals have in common. My family vacation of course! I’ve had to postpone talking about my vacation due to one thing or another, but it’s finally time that I get the chance to share with you how exactly my vacation went. Vacations are supposed to be all about relaxing, having fun and spending time with your family and though we did do those things, there was also a mix of drama, frustration, sweat, and tears. So sit back, relax and learn how I spent my summer vacation, starting with phobias and corrals.
Traveling has been a difficult task for my family for the past few years. Why you may ask? Because my husband has a phobia of flying, or rather, he has a fear of heights which includes flying. He gets extremely anxious and just does not do well with flying, period. It’s hard enough to get him on the sixth floor of a hotel, let alone 30,000 feet into the air. To say the least, we have never missed a flight and generally it was because he was on sleeping medication that caused him to pass out for the entirety of the flight.
The problem though was that he is no longer on that medication, which meant he had to try a new medication for the anxiety. Let me tell you…it did not work. So the entirety of the flight he squeezed my hand until I thought it was going to fall off. And to make matters worse, we had two guys sitting behind us who decided that it was okay to talk about the plane flying and potentially running out a fuel. My mom finally had to tell them nicely to stop, which they did, but seriously, I thought my husband was going to run off of the plane as soon as it landed.
Welcome to Florida!
We made it to Florida and I thankfully was able to keep my hand intact. Baggage was, for once, not a problem nor was renting the car. The next problem I had to face was following my brother—who was driving the car in front of me—to the time-share where we were to meet my husband’s family. My brother drives fast and yes, that means that I did lose him at one point along the way and urgently had to turn my GPS on to make sure I didn’t miss the turn. I did manage to get us there and right behind my brother actually, so go me! There we met up with my hubby’s family and it was so great to see them. It had been two years since we had seen one another, so it was nice to reunite. Of course the joy was short lived because as we waited around to be checked in, the kids started getting a little fussy, but considering they had just driven from Mississippi to Florida, it was reasonable.
We stay at a great time-share when we go to Florida and it never fails to disappoint—except of course for this time. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a great room, but the heating was off for the first day and a half and then we found that there was a little ant problem. All in all, it had a few kinks which lead to a bit of bickering, but it got worked out. But now the problem was…hunger.
I bet you were wondering when this would come in. We decided on going to Golden Corral for dinner considering my family had never been there before, it was cheap and they had my favorite desert: cotton candy. I never knew that there could be a line for a buffet, but low and behold, we entered the first line of many in Florida when we went there to eat. The food was really good and it’s a great place to go if you’re on a budget. It’s only about $12 to get in and less if you have someone 10 years or younger, plus it’s all you can eat and they have a large variety of food to pick from.
Adventures at Wal-Mart:
After eating we knew we had to go to Wal-Mart to pick up some supplies for the week. Nine people plus a very large Wal-Mart is not a good mix for the record. I swear we were there for two hours, if not more. Less learned: If you’re going to Wal-Mart with a big group, make a list of items you want to get in advance so when one of the kids wants to look at clothes and one wants to look at video games, you won’t have to keep trying to get in contact with the person across the store trying to figure out what snacks need to be picked up.
We returned back to the time-share and put everything away. It was then time to head to bed, but of course that’s never easier—especially when you have two rooms connected to one another and the kids decide to go back and forth between the two for at least another hour before they pass out in one of the beds (not necessarily the one that you had planned for them to sleep in).
What I Learned:
- Anxiety meds are wonderful…when they work.
- You can have your hand squeezed by someone else for two hours and still have feeling in it afterward.
- It’s always great to see family.
- There can, and probably will, be kinks when you first arrive at your destination.
- Family will get on your last nerve despite how long it’s been since you’ve last seen them.
- The Golden Corral has awesome food for awesome prices.
- Make a list before going to the grocery store.
- Kids will never stay in one place for long periods of time…or short periods for that matter.
All in all, the first night went well; though, the fun was just beginning.
Posted on July 23, 2012 by Felicia