Wow, what a crazy few days! There have been so many highs that I can’t figure out where to start. There also have been a fair number of lows and I’m not sure how to handle some of those either. I’m going to try to make myself a brief outline that I can come back to later while I wait for Rin to finish beachcombing. (The sun was a bit much for me after our earlier stint.)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010
– Trip Prep and other Chaos
– Angry Mama-ness

Wednesday, 11 August 2010
– Travel Day: Chaos of getting things ready
– The Drive to Orlando
– Getting to the hotel
– Bad IHOP, no Cookie

Thursday, 12 August 2010
– Getting to the convention center
– OMG the Convention Center is EPIC-sized
– OMG we walked about a mile to get to the entrance
– Volunteer sign-in
– Getting to the kids’ room
– Chaos of face-painting, day 1
– Hanging out at the hotel

Friday, 13 August 2010
– Day Two Dawns
– OMFG so busy all freakin’ day
– Dear parents, we’re volunteers not hired hands
– Dear Papa John’s teenage worker, you suck
– Dear parents, part 2
– So tired at the end of the day

Saturday, 14 August 2010
– Day Three: The Force Will Be With Us or We WILL Bring It
– Better organization despite insanity (aka omg George Lucas is here today and so are 29481294829 other people)
– Awesome Storm Trooper with Pink Armor
– Plans change from dinner and resting to “Let’s go to Hollywood Studios”
– Last Tour to Endor (like 3 posts in one almost right there)

Sunday, 15 August 2010
– A late start (half on purpose, half not)
– Really? No shirts for us?
– Really? No swag for us?
– Who did we piss off so much?
– Oh, hmm, maybe we didn’t
– Oh good, so glad we found Kristen later
– Uno’s and Sarah
– Hanging out in the hotel room

Monday, 16 August 2010
– Craziness of getting ready to go
– Why are outlet malls so exhausting?
– Mom’s Birthday
– Failed attempts to go shoe shopping
– Uno’s and Sarah, night 2
– “Let’s go to the beach”
– Driving to St. Augustine
– Sweet talking the hotel guy

Tuesday, 17 August 2010
– *mumblemumbledonotwanttowakeupmumblemumble*
– Heading to the beach
– Playing in the ocean
– Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Hello, sunburn
– Hanging out in the lobby while Rin goes beachcombing trying to catch up on FB

As you can see, I have QUITE a bit to write about. There are some pictures but nowhere near so many as I would have liked. We really just didn’t have time. We painted over 20 hours the four days of the convention and that time doesn’t count all of the setting up and cleaning up each day. Sunday was a fairly emotional day that all worked out in the end. Saturday was kind of insane simply because we went nuts and went to the Last Tour to Endor event at Hollywood Studios. Everytime someone has asked us how the covention was, our reply has been, “Well, we’ve heard rumors that there were really awesome things, but we mostly saw pieces of the exhibitor’s hall, the bathrooms, and oh, yeah, the kids’ room!”

We DID have a lot of fun and have found some much needed relaxation time in the middle of everything, mostly at the end of the convention and here on our spontaneous vacation. At the moment though, I have to go because we have to get back to Atlanta…but first I have to go hunt up my lost beachcomber. 😀