Well, we’re back. I have a headache, and am getting over a cold, and I’m swamped at work now and at home - I have our Temple’s community service day (which I’m helping to organize) and Pop Warner registration (which I’m running) all in the next two weeks. :eek: :eek:
Anyway, I figure I’d get started. I can’t resize my pictures right now, so I can only start the report. And let me start by saying that after spending years silently defending cheerleaders when I’ve read complaints here, and then spending 4 days surrounded by them in competition mode - I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU ALL!!! I think that’s how my headache started. There is nothing worse than cheerleaders in a group at competition time!!!
Anyway - on to the report.
Now let me provide some background for my mood over the week-end. My daughter’s coaches have a rule that they can not miss the two practices before competition. No big deal normally, since we plan absolutely everything around cheerleading. It’s DD’s passion and competition is a very big deal to them. I’m great at putting things into my calendar and planning around them. And I’m embarrassed to say that last year when my mom died, DD did not miss anything. I was the one handling the arrangements and it was just convenient to have the funeral on a Friday because I knew the coaches would have a hard time replacing her for the two day competition on Saturday and Sunday. They would have understood, but it was just easier for everyone. I don’t think they ever even knew we had done this – although they do now.
I just realized that Passover starts at Sundown on Sat 4/19. We always spend Passover with DH’s family in NY, so DD has to be in NY by sundown that day. She will miss practice - I can not to anything about changing the holiday. As soon as I realized the conflict last Sunday I called one coach and left a message. No response (which is pretty typical for them - they’re terrible at responding). So, I sent an e-mail to both coaches the next day - no response. So, on Thursday when I dropped the girl’s off for practice I went in and talked to one of the coaches. They have not yet decided if they will let DD compete the week-end following Passover. They will think about it and let us know after we all get back from Florida. It didn’t seem to make an ounce of difference that I can do nothing about changing the holiday, or that she would have gladly attended practice on Easter if they had the gym open.
So, I am currently VERY annoyed at them. To me this is a simple issue. They may even be breaking a law. This put a cloud over my ability to get excited for the competition. I’m not normally one of those parents who gets all decked out and screams and goes crazy anyway, but I do get excited for DD and I really just didn’t care all week-end because I’m mad at the coaches.
DD’s friend’s mom was traveling for work and we had made arrangements for her to fly down with us and her mom would meet us. So, J slept over on Thursday night. I was hoping to get the girls in bed by 9, but they didn’t get home from practice until almost nine and had to take showers. They did get to bed by 9:30. DD had very graciously given me her cold, and I was worrying about getting up in time to catch the 6:45am flight, so I only got 3 hours of sleep. The alarm went off at 3:45 and I showered and got the girls up at 4. We were out the door by 4:15 and pulling into the parking lot at the airport by 5:00.
TF Green is a pretty small airport, and apparently the first flight out in the morning isn’t until 6, so I guess they don’t officially open the lot until 5am, just as I pulled in. We parked the car and waited by the tram stop to catch the bus to the terminal. And we waited, and waited. Finally after 20 minutes of watching busses go every way but near us, we decided to walk up to the main part of the lot. A bus came by a few minutes later and when I got on I complained that I had been waiting for 20 minutes by area N6. He called in the complaint on his walkie-talkie, and the guy on the other end said “That’s not possible – I’ve been directing everyone to the staging area since the lot opened.” Um – no! DD, J and I just looked at each other in disbelief.
Anyway, we got to the terminal and the line to check luggage was huge! I travel a lot through here and have never seen a luggage line like that. Once we checked the luggage they send you with the luggage over to the scanner, where you have to wait. I asked the clerk if I had to wait with it and if I was going to make my flight (I was starting to worry by the – I think it was about 5:55 by that time). She said I would, and as I was getting ready to take the luggage to the scanner, the TSA guy who goes through individual bags, stopped me and went through ours. Normally I’d be annoyed a little, but I’m pretty sure he did this because I was worried, If he goes through it by hand and swab, it doesn’t have to go through the scanner, and I don’t have to wait in another line. I thanked him several times and off we headed for security. Another long line, but not the longest I’ve seen and it moved quickly.
One we got through security the girls stopped in the bathroom to brush their teeth, and I realized our wonderful A boarding passes would be no good if I stopped for coffee. So, I skipped it! I have never, ever done this while traveling, and it hurt to do it! We got to the gate just as boarding started and we got wonderful seats. But, as everyone else came on behind me holding those cups of Dunkin’Donuts, I wanted to offer them $20 for one!!!
The flight was uneventful. DD and J watched a movie on J’s DVD player – Hairspray. They are currently obsessed with that film. We grabbed smoothies in the terminal once we got to MCO, since the girls hadn’t had time to eat before the flight and weren’t interested in the snacks I had packed. We picked up our luggage and rental car with no issues and headed off o the hotel to check in. We got there at about 11:00, and our rooms were not ready since they were really full. They held our bags, the girls changed into shorts (they wore their pajama pants on the flight down) and we headed off to Downtown Disney for lunch and shopping.
I’m going to put off the rest, since this is where I would start inserting pictures. Hopefully I can post some more tonight.