As usual, I drastically underestimated how early one must arrive to endure airport procedures when I purchased our tickets. Our flight left at 10 something, so we left very early for all the girls. We splurged on terminal parking because we had 4 bags between 2 adults, 1 walking kid and 1 strolling kid. Why hasn’t someone invented a stroller with one handle? Security was security and even Elise removed her Robeez for inspection. Chris vocally mentioned what I had been thinking, “Oh, we ARE that family now.” The ones who look flustered and confused while looking for the baby food that we forgot is a liquid and trying to unpack every other offending morsel for the inspectors. Security is not kind to those traveling with young children.

Elise enjoyed her freedom walking around the airport and doesn’t enjoy her freedom being taken away once boarded. Luckily, she did sleep for about an hour of the flight. She was slightly amused by the dvd, but mostly wanted off the plane. One more obstacle before the holy land, the bus. The magical transportation bus, which actually does help us because they took our bags to the hotel for us. The driver made me laugh when he said “folks, I live the magic 12 times a day.” (in reference to hearing the video on the bus about disney.) Of course, we were the last of 4 stops, but, ah, we arrived at the Contemporary at last.

Nana, Joelle and I ventured to downtown Disney. Joelle was in awe of Goofy’s candy store. Frankly, it is pretty amazing – any and every sugar concoction you can think of. She settled in on a cookie dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles. Yum. I was still feeling quite awful from my stomach bug. Nothing else in the entire store tempts me, a testament to how ill I still felt. (I made up for it later!) We shopped a bit until Chris called to say Elise was up. We decided that we’d all eat at Downtown Disney, an ill-fated decision which made Chris (and Poppy) endure a bus ride with a wailing Elise. We’re introduced to the Disney meal plan and the Earl of Sandwich: desserts and food are plentiful.