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Let’s Giddy-up ’cause Momma’s on VACATION!

That’s right folks – this hard-working momma just got over tax season and has decided to pack up 3 adults, 3 kids, 2 car seats, 1 wheel chair and gear for 4 days including diapers and wipes for the wee ones.  What could go wrong?

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Crowds?  Kids are still in school! Plus, we’re traveling during the week so we’re sure to avoid opening weekend mayhem.

Scheduling?  This is perfect!  J-F goes back to work in early from his 3 months of parental leave – it’s now or never baby!

Budget?  Easy peasy!  I’ve been squirreling away 50 bucks here and there and I’ve got the amount for the hotel in my personal account.  I also have a bit more for souvenirs and stuff.

J-F is covering meals and since we’ve got my super-duper-wonder-mom snack packs and breakfast is included with the hotel we should be good for about $500.  He thinks it will be closer to $1000, but what does he know? So $1000-$1500 total for the 6 of us, and we’re not bringing the credit card.

In full disclosure most of our activities have been sponsored by Niagara Falls Tourism and the Clifton Hill Comfort Inn so that definitely helps with the budget! Also, we were very lucky – and extremely thankful – that the MS Society St-Catherine’s Chapter lent us a GoGo Scooter for the week.

I hope everyone has gone pee cause we’re not stopping till we hit Trenton.

The plan is to check in at the Comfort Inn Clifton Hills by 2pm, unload & unwind, have dinner at the onsite Kelsey’s (LOVE their spinach dip so I was excited there was one attached to the hotel), then hit up the hill for some good ole’ fashion FUN.

Ahem.  Like birthing plans, road trips never  go according to THE PLAN. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.  Don’t believe me?  Have a few kids then get back to me!

Things are going along smoothly; we’ve stopped at the customary Trenton OnRoute, spent way too much time getting everyone fed and to the bathroom and the GPS still says we’ll be at the hotel by 2PM.  It’s a holiday Monday so traffic is mild and the skies are beautiful.

We’re cruising along the 401 in the fast lane, about to hit Oshawa and the van in front of us is all over the place.  Suspecting either a drunk or severely distracted driver I grab the phone and dial 9-1-1.

“OPP What’s your emergency?”

I report the drunk driver and our location and as I’m reading off the licence plate…. KAAAPPPOOWWW! “And… we’ve just blown a tire.  In the fast lane.  On the 401.  No ma’am, it’s not safe.  Yes ma’am, please send police.  Yes ma’am, everyone is ok.”

I barely had time to hang up and dial our road side assistance that a truck pulls up in front.  2 emergency trucks are behind us, in 2 lanes, to block traffic and make sure we don’t get hit.  The (very nice) cop tells us there’s no way we can wait for road side assistance we have to use the guy that’s there.

Funny him.  Cause there’s no way, on the median, that we can take out 3 kids, 2 car seats, 1 wheel chair and my mom. 

So Cop-Guy pulls a move out of the movies – we get hitched up to the tow and escorted off the 401, sirens blaring and all.  There has to be a better way to save on gas!

About an hour later we’re back on the road and there’s now a full size tire amongst our gear.  I am SO glad we decided to rent a double stroller and have it delivered to the hotel.

Did I mention it’s a holiday Monday?  That most stores are closed?  I spend the next 1/2 hour mapping out Canadian Tires near the hotel and calling them all and hoping one of them is not only open but will be open at 4pm.

Lovely hotel.  With stairs.  Lots of stairs.  Everywhere.  Shit.  Yes, we got the accessible family suite we asked for… but no there’s no balcony ’cause it’s on the 1st floor ’cause there’s no elevators.

There are work-arounds, and we manage to get our gear in.  Winding down you say?  I check us in while J-F goes to fix the car and Mom goes out with Jasmine to test out the scooter.  I think that’s just a ploy to go smoke a few cigarettes, in peace…

The one thing J-F wants to see is the falls so after dinner we start down the hill.  Victoria Day.  Shit.  This is almost as bad as NYC! Have you ever maneuvered a double-stroller AND a scooter through throngs of people on a freaking hill?  Don’t.  Just don’t.

Cause then you have to go back up.  Oh Yeah!  40lb toddler. 15 lb baby, 15 lb stroller.  My trainer will be proud cause I have to push this thing – without running into anyone – all. the. way. up. the. hill. I’m grunting and sweating and the higher up we go the hotter it gets and sacremento are we there yet?

We take the time to visit the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and the wax museum.  There’s several of those but we picked the one that was included with our fun passes and other than discovering that my 6 year old is a complete wuss it was actually quite awesome.  Check out the ‘Things to Do” tab for a list of all the cool things you can do.

Tomorrow we go to Marineland then J-F & I get our date.  That means tonight I’m packing up the car for tomorrow morning and getting clothes ready for tomorrow morning.

I crawl into bed way too late and come to the startling realization that there is – in fact – quite a difference between a VACATION and a TRIP.  This is definitely NOT a vacation… but it’s gearing up to be a memorable trip!

Day 1
Day 1
3 adults, 3 kids, 2 car seats, 1 wheelchair and gear for 4 days!
3 adults, 3 kids, 2 car seats, 1 wheelchair and gear for 4 days!
Loaded up and ready to go - with room to spare!
Loaded up and ready to go - with room to spare!
Coffee run before heading out - I need more hands!
Coffee run before heading out - I need more hands!
This kid was born ready!
This kid was born ready!
Come on let's go!
Come on let's go!
Blew a tire on the 401 - There has to be a better way to save on gas!
Blew a tire on the 401 - There has to be a better way to save on gas!
Testing out the scooter - Yahoo!
Testing out the scooter - Yahoo!
Thank you thank you very much
Thank you thank you very much
Just hanging
Just hanging
Acting silly - Jasmine and her funnies :)
Acting silly - Jasmine and her funnies 🙂
Beer O'Clock!  It's been a loooong day
Beer O'Clock! It's been a loooong day
Happy to be out of the car seat!
Happy to be out of the car seat!
Ripley's fun at Clifton Hill
Ripley's fun at Clifton Hill
Frankenburger
Frankenburger
Through the mist
Through the mist
Riding with my girls - Grandma's having fun!
Riding with my girls - Grandma's having fun!
This is life
This is life
Flags, fountains and crowds
Flags, fountains and crowds
JF getting the highlight of his week on day 1 - looking over the falls
JF getting the highlight of his week on day 1 - looking over the falls
Rainbow on the falls
Rainbow on the falls
I don't get it - what are they all looking at?
I don't get it - what are they all looking at?
Checking out the view - Annabelle & Jasmine
Checking out the view - Annabelle & Jasmine
Fun at the falls
Fun at the falls
Oh No! it's time to go :)
Oh No! it's time to go 🙂
Guiness world of Records - Too heavy for this shirt?
Guiness world of Records - Too heavy for this shirt?
Monkey see, Monkee do
Monkey see, Monkee do
Ripley's Believe it or Not!  the BIG chair
Ripley's Believe it or Not! the BIG chair
OMG it's Katy Perry - Oh... it's wax!
OMG it's Katy Perry - Oh... it's wax!
This guy looked so real I stood beside him for 5 minutes waiting for him to get his shot
This guy looked so real I stood beside him for 5 minutes waiting for him to get his shot
All Glamour!
All Glamour!
The Obamas & I - They were quite friendly! ;)
The Obamas & I - They were quite friendly! 😉
And they LOVE kids, too :)
And they LOVE kids, too 🙂
E.T. Phone Home!
E.T. Phone Home!
Day 1 isn't over yet, but I'm ready to call it a day - Get me outta here!
Day 1 isn't over yet, but I'm ready to call it a day - Get me outta here!
Droolworthy fireworks
Droolworthy fireworks
Clifton Hill - Niagara Falls: my best picture
Clifton Hill - Niagara Falls: my best picture
Day 2
Day 2
Getting ready for the show!
Getting ready for the show!
Not my proudest moment...
Not my proudest moment...
Hellooooo!
Hellooooo!
Mama bear
Mama bear
Fish!
Fish!
Killer Whale
Killer Whale
Annabelle on the roller coaster
Annabelle on the roller coaster
Jasmine on roller coaster
Jasmine on roller coaster
Sister love!
Sister love!
Les Girls!
Les Girls!
A sling is a mom's best friend!  So many uses :)
A sling is a mom's best friend! So many uses 🙂
Jasmine feeding beluga
Jasmine feeding beluga
Annabelle with beluga
Annabelle with beluga
Mom with beluga
Mom with beluga
Beluga Fun
Beluga Fun
Last goodbye with beluga
Last goodbye with beluga
Belugas!
Belugas!
Can't make me
Can't make me
Why am i still in here?
Why am i still in here?
Sling Love!
Sling Love!
Jasmine with deer
Jasmine with deer
Mom feeding the deer
Mom feeding the deer
Stand off
Stand off
Whatcha looking at?
Whatcha looking at?
Day 3
Day 3
Skywheel view from below
Skywheel view from below
Family Picture in front of the Falls
Family Picture in front of the Falls
Pretty falls - view from the boat
Pretty falls - view from the boat
What are we up to now? About to get covered up on the boat :)
What are we up to now? About to get covered up on the boat 🙂
Ready for anything!
Ready for anything!
having too  much fun!
having too much fun!
It's about the get wet
It's about the get wet
Mini Falls - so pretty!
Mini Falls - so pretty!
I'm not liking this anymore
I'm not liking this anymore
OMG it's wet!
OMG it's wet!
we're getting close!
we're getting close!
A little dryer now
A little dryer now
Flower Clock
Flower Clock
Jasmine at the flower clock
Jasmine at the flower clock
More sling magic!
More sling magic!
Loving the we-Go!
Loving the we-Go!
Ceiling at the butterfly conservatory - how cool is that!
Ceiling at the butterfly conservatory - how cool is that!
Butterfly love
Butterfly love
The highlight for Jasmine!
The highlight for Jasmine!
Whoo Whoo
Whoo Whoo
This guy greeted us in the main atrium!
This guy greeted us in the main atrium!
These pink beauties were gorgeous!
These pink beauties were gorgeous!
What a gorgeous fellow!
What a gorgeous fellow!
Snack Time!
Snack Time!
In front of the Rainforest Cafe
In front of the Rainforest Cafe
Day 4
Day 4
Jasmine's wax hands!
Jasmine's wax hands!
On the road again!
On the road again!

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