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Friday, October 14, 2011

Holiday Rooooooad!

Who loved the 1980’s classic theatrical gem National Lampoon’s “Vacation”?

Sweet Boy and I recently made a trip across the barren Arizona wasteland on a quest to go to see dear friends and visit Legoland during his fall break.

The boy LOVES his lego’s and was beyond excited.

Remember the scene when Clark finally ends his horribly disastrous drive across the country only to discover that Wally World was closed?

It’s really not so funny when it happens in real life and you have a tearful 10 year old on your hands.

I now understand why Clark whipped out the toy b b gun on Officer Russ Lasky.

Apparently Legoland is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in October. This was a small but important tip the base travel agent failed to disclose when she sold us the non refundable tickets. For a moment I couldn’t help but wish that she would soon meet Aunt Edna’s fate.

But I tried to concentrate on the fact that we also did a bit of this…

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…and enjoyed a bit of that…

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…made discoveries…

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…and generally felt like this:

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So sing with me now…

Public Service Announcement

For your safety and that of your home, please do not blog or twitter that you are on vacation. It is an open invitation for criminals to visit while you are gone. I see this ALL THE TIME and it is quite worrisome to me.  It is better to make such announcements once you have returned safely home.

The (average) girl in the red Ferrari blue Camry.

Update: It appears that several other military families met a similar fate and it was decided that refunds would be given. How thankful I am !


Auntie Em said...

I love the Vacation series of movies and never tire of watching them. But I have to agree that getting all the way to your destination and finding the place closed would be something I would probably have shed a few tears over too. And there is no such thing as NON-refundable when there is a deliberate misrepresentation involved! Not in my books anyway.
But I do love the great pics you took of the seaside. It was probably more memorable for both of you.
And spending time with your little guy before he gets to the age of 'too cool to hang with Ma' is worth way more than the price of any ticket! Thanks for sharing! :)

Debbie said...

Oh no about the lego!! That would have ticked me off too. I'm glad you had a great time anyway.

And that's good advice. I was guilty of that this summer now that I think about it. Gulp.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Can you imagine the Griswolds loose in Legoland!

Nothing like the beach to wash away the sadness... Oh! There is something better ...a sweet mom and son relationship.

I love your stories, Laura!

Shirley said...

I'm so glad you are going to have your ticket's only right that they dont keep the money if they dont open the doors. I know how your sweet boy must have felt, but looks like you had a great time..Good tip you passed on..don't advertise you are away.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Good thing they gave you a refund! That's too bad he didn't get to go to legoland... but it looks like you still had fun! Loveeeeeeee the photos! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Kelley said...

Great advice. And you made the best of it. That's great advice, too! Looks like it was a fun day after all.

Lisa said...

Oh, I hate that your little one missed Legoland! I know that was a disappointment for you both. Maybe over Christmas break? But it looks like you had a great time despite it all.:)

Lorrie said...

Oh, how sad for Sweet Boy to miss seeing Legoland. Maybe one day...

I am so glad that you are getting a refund. I can't imagine how the agent could have made such a mistake - but we all do from time to time. I'm sure he/she regrets the mishap, too.

Good advice about not advertising vacations on your blog - until AFTER.

French said...

Two words: Come Back!! Love the beach pic of you two!

Karena said...

Laura I know how much Andrea enjoyed having you and your precious son! One day I will see you both!!

Oh, I have a new Designer Pillows Giveaway I hope you will join!


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laxsupermom said...

It stinks that they weren't open when you were there, but it's nice that you'll be getting a refund. Legos are huge in this house, too. We hope to be able to make it to the new Legoland in FL next year. Looks like you made the best of the trip anyway. Thanks for sharing.

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, so glad you got your refund and Crystal Cove is spectacular! So glad you had some fun in spite of the disappointment. Ann

Charlene said...

Looks like you had an amzing trip. YOU got me at the Tide Pools. I LOVE TIDE POOLS! Thanks for sharing. HUGS!

Little Leslie said...

Sweet boy looked pretty happy. You guys looked like you had a relaxing time. Bummer about Legoland. I didn't know you were going to Carlsbad, or I would have told you about the Namm museum. It's across from Legoland. This a musical museum featuring old instruments from decades ago. They alway have a themed show going on. If you are going back there, let me know, and I'll get you a schedule.
Take care,

Jill said...

arrrhhgg..that would have been rough. At least you get your money back but what a disappointment for your son.

TRay said...

"Who's the moosiest moose you know? MARTY MOOSE! Who's the star of your favorite show? MARTY MOOSE!"

After hearing your story, I was beginning to wonder if you were sure you hadn't taken ME with you--considering my funky travel mojo! I'm so glad Legoland is refunding the $$$!

Love the beach pics!


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The Pennington Point said...

Oh the poor boy! My boys would have been crushed too. It's a good lesson. Most of life doesn't turn out the way we want, but it always works for our good if we love the Lord. :)

I just love that last picture of you looking at him. So sweet! Lisa~ said...


I'm sorry Sweet Boy was disappointed. {I hate when that happens to me, let alone a young person.} Too bad he couldn't fashion a key out of legos which would allow only the two of you access to the park! It's been said
“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea”

Your Friend,

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Pretty funny that this was just on tv the other night and my husband and I watched it. It is one of his absolute favorite movies because his family took two week vacations (by car) every year when he was a child.

Hines-Sight said...

Love the little lego town. I hope you are well.