Monday, July 16, 2012
Orlando Or Bust
Killing time, that’s what we’re doing.
The expat mass exodus from Kuwait has long since taken place. We’re probably one of last hold outs. Nearly all of Christopher’s friends, and soon-to-be new classmates, have all made a mad rush to the airport and have flown off to more hospitably places. We three however, will be jetting off to America the Beautiful in a few days time.
Yes, in five (5) days, we’ll board a British Airways Boeing 777, destined for London’s Heathrow airport. After a quick two hour layover here ,where I plan to feast on copious amounts of pork, we then jump on another Boeing 777, also a BA flight, and fly into little Havana—Miami International.
After spending three and a half hours here we’re on an AA flight to Disney World International (Orlando). Assuming all goes according to plan with the rental car company, we should arrive at our rental home by 1-:130am Sunday morning, some twenty hours after leaving Kuwait.
Although Saturday is a day our family has been anxiously awaiting since late last year, having to fly nearly 16 hours (6 hours 30 minutes from Kuwait to LHR, then another 9 hours 25 minutes to MIA), we know we’ll be physically exhausted. If we’re exhausted you can only imagine what our son will feel like.
As I said at the beginning, Christopher and I have been spending quite a bit of quality time together, the past week or so. Each morning, after dropping mommy off at work, we head over to the pool, where we spend two hours jumping in/out of the water. Okay, not me, but Christopher that is. Believe it or not, the sun is very intense at that time of the morning, as too is the air temperature, averaging @115F. I literally have to soak Christopher in 50SPF sunscreen, just to keep him from turning into a lobster in less than twenty minutes. I usually hibernate underneath an umbrella. When I do venture out into the water, it’s for one purpose only and that’s to lob Christopher into the air as if he were a 20kg sack of uncooked potatoes. He loves it! But after three or four bad tosses (belly flops), you’d think he’d want me to stop, right? Nope. One good thing about all this is my upper body and arms are getting an excellent workout.
After two hours of fun-in-the-sun we head back home. We then work on last year’s spelling words and read a book or two. I can honestly say I’ve witnessed an amazing transformation in Christopher’s overall handwriting. What a difference 20-30 minutes of review work a day can make!
By the time we’ve finished with this, it’s time for lunch. After lunch, we clean up around the house, and then we sit and watch the news together. Then it’s nearly time to jump back into the car and pick up mommy from work. Yes, we’ve had some busy days.
But there really isn’t much more to do over here. Granted I could plop my child in front of the television set for the entire day, but what good would that do? Or, we could go shopping in one of the many malls over here. But I really don’t have the energy or patience to go shopping—that’s not for me. So we frequent the pool.
Perhaps tomorrow we’ll go bowling after swimming or visit the IMAX theatre. One of the malls around here has a state-of-the-art Flight Simulator, which for the right price; I might allow Christopher to try. But seeing that he can’t handle an Xbox too well, I’m having second thoughts about this idea. The local video arcade might be a better alternative.
Okay folks, it’s just about time to put this here blog of mine on hold for the next three weeks. I do plan to post while on vacation, time permitting. Just know that I’m still around and haven’t vanished into thin air.
I’d like to wish all my follows a safe, and fun filled summer. Do be careful and remember to apply huge blobs of sunscreen, if you’re going to be outside for any length of time.
Posted by Diplo_Daddy at 6:02 AM