Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Many more miles

Previous mileage: 3,046 miles (4,902 kilometers)
add my trips to .....

San Diego: 2,554 miles (4,112 kilometers)
Calgary-Orlando, Gainesville, and Cocoa Beach: 5,020 miles (8,079 kilometers)

Grand Total thus far:
8,066 miles
12, 981 kilometers

So what does going to bed at 1:00AM, waking up at 4:00AM, and taking anti-anxiety medication on a flight that your spouse is on (aka: he can watch the kids) look like?

(don't know why this is blue ... oh well) When we arrived in Houston I was holding Evan in the gateway, waiting for his wheelchair to arrive. Well it was about then that I heard a crashing. I then got to watch the ramp techs try to haul Evan's 300lb chair up the metal stairs, let it literally crash and fall on every stair up. Sure enough Evans chair arrived and it was destroyed. The cover to the battery wasn't there, and the battery was hanging out. The cover wouldn't fit back on properly. We managed to get the cover on well enough with string so we didn't completely lose it on the next flight. What made me the most angry was that the Houston people kept saying that they hadn't done anything wrong because the elevator was just too inconvenient for them.

By the time we arrived in Orlando the chair didn't work at all. What had happened was that they kept dropping it they managed to completely ripped off the breaker. I will skip the tears and hysteria that took place and say that Continental ended up having a mobility company come in the middle of the night, bypass the breaker (not a permanent fix), and then deliver the wheelchair up to Gainesville. We were about 3 hours late to Gainesville and VERY tired!!!

(this is us eating our dinner, while we wait for our luggage to come out and the wheelchair to arrive)
After another short sleep we took a trip down the Itchetucknee river. This has got to be one of my all time favorite things to do. I LOVE it!!!! I am so glad that some of our besties like to come with us.
I finally got to meet their new little man, who is pretty much as charming as he looks.
look how gorgeous this river is!

We didn't have very much time in Gainesville so we had to squeeze in what very little time we had to see as many people as we could. Unfortunately we just didn't have time to do it all. So if we didn't see you ... I promise we will see you next year.

One of the people that I did see was my soul sister, teacher, and friend. Dr. O. is amazing! While I was there she also helped me to purchase my very own English Horn. (more on that later)

I had to include this picture, just because I love it.
Evan woke up really sick on Sunday and it was at the point that it could go either way. We went to church and met up with Evan's tummy mommy. I was worried a little bit about how he would react because he really wasn't feeling well. He had a bit of a hard time, but we were able to distract him enough that I think everyone had a good time. We feel so grateful that we are able to see Evan's tummy mommy when we come to Florida. We love her more than anything. She is one of THE most important people in our life and we hope that she knows how much we love her.

After church we went to the kings house to celebrate our men for the amazing fathers that they are. Natasha is so creative and even set up a full on ice cream bar. I don't have any pictures of this, but will hopefully get some from Natasha (wink wink) :-)

By the end of this day Evan was not doing well at all and I wasn't sure whether we would be in the E.R. by the morning.

We hopped in the cars and our caravan of friends drove to Cocoa Beach.


Dorienne said...

Oh my goodness, I want to scream about Evan's chair. I hope it gets all settled without any further stress. It sounds like an awesome trip!

Peter and Mandy said...

The elevator was too inconvenient? They would rather lug a 300 lb chair up a bunch of stairs? Why didn't they just push it to the elevator, wouldn't that be much easier than carrying it? Sheesh if a 2 year old can maneuver it, how come adults can't figure it out? It works like a regular wheelchair when it's turned off right? Oh that so bugs...Hope it's okay, or at least that they pay to fix the damages. Sounds like your trip other than that was pretty fun!

motherofangels said...

They should have to buy a new chair! Glad you're back though!

Linz said...

Glad you had a great time in Florida!! I cannot believe how big your kids are getting. I also cannot believe we are getting ready to move to Georgia, and we still haven't gone down the Ichetucknee yet! One of these days...:)

Linz said...

Oh, and that is ridiculous about Evan's chair! Wow! Incompetence is so annoying!

Lisa said...

You already know how I feel about the chair. You are a braver woman than me...I would never put a picture of myself up like you did of you sleeping on the plane :) I'm glad you got to see friends and spend some time in Gainsville. I can't wait to see & hear your English Horn.