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Our reset button

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We had been saving for this family trip for two years.  But, as the date approached, we were unsure we'd be able to travel due to Bennett's health.  Nonetheless, we held out hope that Bennett would recover in time.  Thankfully, Bennett's last surgery went remarkably well. So, last month, we unplugged from life and entered fantasyland, literally.


In late May, several weeks after Bennett's surgery and a few weeks before school let out, Brian and I secretly packed up the kids' things while they slept and woke them up the next morning telling them they were going to school (just like they would any other Monday).  Instead, we flew them and ourselves to Disney World.


The boys learned the secret on the way to the aiport.  They were overjoyed but a bit shocked to hear we were ditching real life to go to a place so magical.   Having never surprised them in such a fun way, they asked us repeatedly "why would you do this!?" We would just smile and say, "because we love you."  Avonlea, being 3 years old, didn't really know yet what she was in for.  But, she certainly learned of the fun of Disney World once we got there.



We spent 3 days at Disney.  The first day at Magic Kingdom was mainly for little sister.  We met all the princesses we could and rode every ride Avonlea could ride.


Although the boys were less enthusiastic about meeting princesses, they genuinely enjoyed Magic Kingdom. The boys were particularly mindful that their excitement would become her excitement so they tried hard to play along in the fun.


Avonlea's favorite princesses tend to be Rapunzel, Elsa and Belle.  But it honestly depends on the day.


Avonlea really loved Olaf.  She was fascinated by the fact that Olaf couldn't sign her autograph book because he has stick fingers.


Having had enough of CF interruption for a while, we did our very best to leave CF at home.  But, unfortunately, breathing treatments and meds still had to be given multiple times a day. 



We spent one day at the Polynesian Resort to play at the pool and just relax between park days.  Disney World is hard work and we wanted to make sure we really slowed down to enjoy it.  


We wanted to conserve Bennett's energy since he's already underweight and we wanted to keep him from overheating (electrolyte balance can be an issue with CF) so we rented a stroller for Bennett and Avonlea to use while we were there.  


On our third (and last) full day at Disney, we visited Hollywood Studios.  This day was particularly for the boys since they love Star Wars.  We tried to meet every Star Wars character we could find.  


This picture captures was one of Bennett's highlights of his visit to Disney World.  Bennett came in to this "meet and greet" speaking to Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot (see the little brown guy far right) in Groot's language.  Star Lord (the guy standing behind Oliver in this picture) made a big deal about how Bennett could actually understand and speak Groot, which is quite impressive, he said, because nobody else understands what Groot is saying most of the time.  Bennett was grinning from ear to ear, so proud of himself, for being acknowledged for actually speaking Groot. ;) 



Bennett and Oliver both had a chance to sharpen their light saber skills at Jedi Training.  Bennett who loves particularly loves pretend play totally got into character.


While some of the kids in the Jedi Training group fought Darth Vader (far left), Bennett (pictured here) and Oliver had a chance to fight the Seventh Sister from Star Wars Rebels.



Oliver used the force during his training.


I thought the character that they fought was kinda freaky.  She looked scary.  But the boys weren't a bit scared and really loved getting to fight her.  It's no surprise that the Seventh Sister lost in the end. These were a fierce bunch of Jedi trainees.



We didn't realize it until we returned home just how much this vacation provided our family a reset button with regard to the previous stress we had been under.  Bennett's health has dramatically improved since his last surgery.  A week of being able to forget all of what we had just been through and to just enjoy our time together as a family was very healing for our hearts.  We were able to bring that peace back home with us.  This trip serves as a reminder to me of how critical vacations really are, particularly when facing stressful experiences.




Personally, one of my most favorite magical moments of the week while at Disney World was having a late dinner at Cinderella's Castle.  Oliver was disappointed that we were going to miss the fireworks happening outside the castle that night.  But, we explained, this was the only available Cinderella's Castle reservation we could get.  Then, partly through our meal, we heard music begin to play and the sound of popping outside.  Startled, we looked out the window and began to watch as fireworks were being shot off right next to us.  To our great surprise, it turns out that we may have had one of the best seats for fireworks that night in all of Magic Kingdom.

One Response to “Our reset button”

  1. Breck, what a wonderful story if your family vacation! You made me cry.... what a fantastic trip and break you all had from reality you are right! I am so happy you guys enjoyed your trip without interruptions! Praise God!!!
    Hugs to you all!

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