December 13, 2019-Dennie's December Dash to Disney and Happy 13th Birthday Anderson!

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Not too many people can say that they have come home from Disney early-but we can! Actually, Robby and I have now come home early twice. The first time was on our honeymoon. We caught an earlier flight back home. Our initial plan for today was to do the park, Hollywood Studios, for half a day and then head halfway home.

After having such a great day at Hollywood Studios the other day and feeling like we had done it all, we didn’t need to go there. We did Epcot pretty thoroughly and did Magic Kingdom well last night. The only real thing that we didn’t get to was the Avatar ride and the Seven Dwarfs. We could have tired for one of those things today, but since the boys wanted to play their basketball game, we would have been rushed trying to get home on Saturday. 

Since most of us only had about 4 hours of sleep last night, waking up the kids was a little bit difficult. I put Whitman’s pants on him while he was asleep and just gave up on his shirt and let him stay in his pj shirt. Now when Robby said that if Reagan and Campbell didn’t go ahead and get up, then we couldn’t make it home today-Reagan flew out of that bed. I don’t think I have ever seen her move so quickly.

We loaded up the car and were on the road right at 7. I passed out a birthday breakfast of Poptarts and cereal for the people while we moved on down the highway. The first two hours it was super silent in the car-half dozed and half watched their ipads. My mostly awake crew was Anderson, Campbell and Whitman.

 Robby drove for about 2 and a half hours before it was my turn. We were sailing along fairly well until we weren’t. We crawled along the interstate for about an hour. There was no where to get off so we just inched along. Anderson eventually had to potty so we just pulled to the edge. I tried to figure out how I could potty there as well but couldn’t think of a way to not show my rear to the passersby. Though I was almost to the point of not caring about what they saw.

Overall, our slow down was probably about 90 minutes. I was ever so thankful when we  did reach a gas station. The line for the women’s bathroom was long because we had all been waiting in the crazy traffic.

We drove for a bit longer so Robby could pick up Chick Fil A for lunch. There isn’t too much celebrating that you can do in the car. Now, I don’t see that I have mentioned it but at one of our gas stations stops, Robby did come out with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. We stuck a candle in the doughnut hole cup and sang to Anderson as we zoomed down the road. We weren’t really sure where we would be and what we would be doing today, so when I did remember that I had left my candles and lighter at home, I bought some. I can’t even say out loud what I paid for the lighter because it was so ridiculous! So you better believe that we used it at least once!

Getting through Atlanta only slowed us down more. I tell you, Atlanta and Birmingham need to work on their roads. The misty weather didn’t help any either. At one point tonight, we did try to watch a movie about the Tower of Terror. Whitman just about had a panic attack. The boy was screaming during some parts of it. FInally, we gave him his ipad and put headphones on him so we could finish the movie. 

Around 7, we stopped at a gas station to use the restroom and make our suppers. It wasn’t a fancy birthday meal for Anderson tonight, but he will be home for his game tomorrow so that will make him happy!

We switched off drivers again so I drove home from somewhere while we were briefly in Mississippi. We were home and unloaded by 11:40. The kids were mostly in their beds by midnight...Keaton was actually on the blow up mattress in our bedroom so we didn’t have to wake up the girls when we snatch her and take her to her basketball game in the morning.

I am not sure that Anderson thought his birthday was too magnificent-we couldn’t really celebrate too much so that will leave some more celebrating for tomorrow. 

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