Friday, October 7, 2011

Vacation - Papa's point of view part 4

I’ll say this one more time; if you’re just joining me you should really go back and start at the beginning of this saga. 
Julia was starting to freak out a little bit. 

She had so many questions about what to pack – for herself and especially for the girls.  Would their nightly routine be too disturbed?  Would we be able to have white noise for them to sleep?  Would we take their high chairs?  What about the stroller?  What about toys and books to pack?  What would they be eating?  What was the weather like – at least the temperature range?
I assured her that I had already considered these issues and she should trust me to take care of everything.  John and Jane, having twin girls of their own who were slightly older than ours, were able to provide us with most of the larger necessities we couldn’t pack, but Julia had no way of knowing that. 
Then it happened – Julia made an off-hand comment about the trip and was too close in her statement to our actual location, so I had to throw another curveball.  I don’t throw a curveball, so I actually threw her a knuckleball – those are tougher to hit as nobody (not even the thrower) knows where it could end up. 
Monday – One week to departure.  I came home from work trying to appear very much stressed out.  I informed her that the airline sent me an email as they had cancelled our flight due to a lack of passengers.  I hadn’t had time to work through any alternative plans, but I assured her I would get on it tomorrow. 
Tuesday – Six days left.  I informed her I had been able to get flights in roughly the same time frames to an alternative airport.  It would require more driving time, but it was doable.  I was also able to change the car rental, but the hotels were proving to be more difficult.
Wednesday – Five days out.  Still showing her my frustration as I couldn’t find what I needed from the hotels in the area.  I recapped my struggles from early on, making sure to point out that now I was trying to find two more hotels to add to our itinerary.

Thursday – Four days to go time.  One more hotel down, leaving us one night unaccounted for.  I also let her know I had found a box fan on Craigslist so our need for white noise and to replicate the girls’ sleeping environment at home was solved.  We were to meet the seller on Monday in the parking lot of our first hotel. 
Friday – Three days until we leave.  I booked the last room and we were all set. 

In case you didn’t realize, the original plans were still our actual plans.  This was all for show.
Saturday and Sunday were days we spent creating lists of what to pack and then packing what we could in advance.
Monday we left.

One more post next Friday to finish this off, hope you tune in.

1 comment:

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I'm still impressed with the lengths you went to in planning this surprise get-away...but the more I read, the more impressed I am with Julia.

I think I would have strangled my husband by now, following a litany of accusations about him not *really* understanding how hard I work to keep the babies on a schedule / feed them good food / keep them properly engaged / etc., etc., etc.

The suspense in reading this makes me squirm in my seat...even though I know there was a very happy ending! :)