Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on March-22-2008

I’m writing this post from our friends’ house / driveway (the Boemler Wareings). “Wait…aren’t they in Orlando?”, you ask. Yes…in fact they are.

Tina and I got a wild hair this afternoon and decided to drive to Orlando. She needed to return some things at the mall, plus we just had to escape the apartment. So we secured a night at a decent hotel and hit the road.

Hitting the road requires bringing a few extras like: all Ella’s meds, formula, food pump, oxygen tanks, an oxygen concentrator, DVD player for the trip, and many other extra fun things that packed the car full.

During the drive down we made some calls and asked our friends if they wouldn’t mind a quick visit on our way to the hotel. They were surprised at the request but excited nonetheless. Ella really behaved herself during the drive and Tina was even able to feed her while she sat in her seat.

Our first stop was the Mall at Millenia. We thought we might take Ella in for a stroll, but it was so busy, we didn’t want to expose her that much. So I stayed in the car with Bun while Tina ran around the mall.

Tina was gone quite awhile, but it was time well spent because when she got back she looked rejuvenated. Nothing like a little mall time to fill Tina’s batteries =). Bun and I enjoyed ourselves in the car too. We spent some time watching her DVDs and we spoke to one of Ella’s biggest fans on the phone. So awesome to talk to a friend’s friend who loves our girl so much (Great talking to you Jeanie!). Amazing how much love this little girl is generating.

After this, we then bolted across the street and Tina returned a couple items to Target. Once again, Ella and dad stuck it out in the car. Something cool happened though while I was with Ella. Maybe my faces were a little extra funny, but I got more than a smile, I got a little giggle out of her! So picken’ cute! Looking forward to more of those.

It was feeding time for Ella so in the middle of the parking lot (and rain) we tried to make that happen. Ella fussed a good amount ’cause she was getting tired, but we finally got her settled down. Tina and I hadn’t had any dinner yet and we noticed there was a Mimi’s Cafe around the corner. Once again we want to minimize Ella’s exposure to sickness, so Tina went in and scoped the place out. She talked to the manager and they got us hooked up in a room to ourselves. How great to have dinner out as a family, and have it be Mimi’s to boot!

After the quick meal we headed down to Doug and Laura’s place to give them a hug (and borrow some WiFi to write the post). And that’s where we are now.

Going to wrap this up because it’s midnight and we need to feed the Bun again and check into our hotel.

Happy Easter!

The Rainey Family on March 22nd, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

Glad you guys could get away a bit! And it sounds like it is all going smoothly too! Happy Happy Easter!!

Joel Snyder on March 23rd, 2008 at 1:38 am #

Ella, What a great surprise for Easter. I am at work and came in early so I just got a chance to check the site this morning. Happy Easter to you and Mom and Dad. I hope you have a wonderful stay at the hotel and rest of your trip. Manny and Taco send their Love to you. I am so happy to see you adapting to the walks and car rides. I will check on you later.Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle L on March 23rd, 2008 at 4:52 am #

Happy Easter West Family! I hope you all have a great time in Orlando.

Eli Brown on March 23rd, 2008 at 5:57 am #

I am so glad you had the opportunity to get away. What a great idea. Hope the rest of your trip is as rewarding. Have fun.

The Correia's on March 23rd, 2008 at 8:41 am #

Look at you professional parents!!!! Going on a roadtrip!!!!! You guys are studs. Just wanted to send a big Happy Easter wish to you guys. I hope your day is filled with lots of love and candy and great times as The West Family!!

Anne on March 23rd, 2008 at 11:06 am #

Happy Easter! Nothing like a trip (and some shopping) to make girls smile!!!

Ani on March 23rd, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

Hi Ella, Tina and Josh…Happy Easter!

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