Ok … are you ready?
This trip includes a few surprises …one even for me As some of you know … our granddaughters were offered a trip to WDW instead of Christmas gifts. They did not hesitate to take their Dad up on the WDW trip or mind at all giving up gifts for a trip to WDW. But wait …what about us …the poor old grandparents who had been taking them to WDW since they were babies??
lol sorry but you can not leave us behind to spend a lonely Christmas!!!
Our TR includes the following cast of characters.
myself aka tinkerbell aka Lisa aka Nanny
DH aka Melvin aka Grandpa
DD aka Mary
DSIL aka Joe
Adriene aka Adriene the girls best friend
VSTFY aka Lisa
Aloha_Stitch aka Barbie
it begins like this :
Dec 16 2005
I drove up to Texarkana to pick up our Adriene, Friday evening. It was setup that I would pick her up at the EZ mart. I warned my daughter to not go near there between 6 pm and 7 pm with the girls.
On the drive back home with Adriene, I was so excited … I couldn’t shut up … I was trying to tell her everything at once. When she and I got back to my house, in true “I cannot wait, I wanna go now” Welch tradition, we decided to leave that very night and get a head start.
My DSIL, DD and the girls were not going to leave till Saturday morning. Knowing them like I do, I was betting they would get a late start.
The camper was hitched to the truck and everything but Adriene's bag was loaded in the back of the pickup. Toss that in there, the dogs and Adriene and we are on our way!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I will side track a bit here … please bare with me as I do.
I did not have my normal 2-3 months to pack, check and re-check packing. Because the girls would figure out if they saw I was packed. So there were important things left behind … like bottle straps :crying:
we now return to the TR
After deciding we could not stand to wait till morning to leave, we are on I-20 and changing a blow out on the camper less then 2 miles from Hwy 59.
DH was so upset. We did every possible thing to be prepared for our first really long trip with the pop-up. Had the wheel bearings changed and greased, Checked all 3 tires, (all three were brand new tires) yet here we are less then 4 miles from home with a blow out so bad that it did some minor damage to the camper :crying: Adriene was wonderful help with the tire change. Think about this for a moment. I am nearly useless because of my wrist, Poor DH, and his lack of balance because of the M.S. stumbling about and add to it the amount of traffic!!! It was as if everyone in Dallas had decided now was the best time to go to Shreveport, La. And even when they had an open left lane … no one would get over in it!! But Adriene was an angel and with her help we go the spare tire on the camper.
But …now we have no spare. :eek: DH and I debated about going on and getting a new tire down the road. But caution won out over excitement and we decided it was best not to even try going as far as the stateline with out a spare tire. So three sad people head back home