We made it back from Florida on Monday. Our flight out of Orlando was at 7:10am and we were in our house by 9:30am (with the change from EST back to CST, we gained an hour, the flight is only 90 minutes, and the drive from the airport is 45 minutes).
I was awake at 3:15am, and it was a long, long day. The kids were troopers & are great travelers, but we were all wiped out. We watched the last three Harry Potter movies when we got home. I had the beginnings of a migraine by 1pm (not enough sleep, too much TV). I took a maxalt by 5pm and was asleep by 8pm.
I went to work on Tuesday at 10am and worked yesterday until 8pm. I was a zombie most of the day, and had very little appetite. I just didn't feel well all day and wanted to be home. Vacation afters.
The last two days have not been easy. I'm still tired and feel out of sorts. We are slowly making our way through laundry. Mark is helping a lot and I'm just dealing with the mess. I'm still sleep deprived and adjusting to getting back to normal.
Kids were home by themselves yesterday, which was a little rough at times on them, and not ideal but we don't have better options. They are with my sister today, which will be fun because she's taking them to a movie & to feed the ducks (it's in the upper 70s here, gorgeous weather).
There are only three & a half weeks till school starts; Sophie has one week of camp next week, & Luke will be with my mom. Then two weeks of just the two of them at home or with my mom. I wish school started earlier. I don't want to put them in camps, they don't want to go to camps, but they don't want to be home alone with each other all the time either. There isn't an easy solution. We all just have to deal & make the best of it at this point.
I'm very thankful I didn't gain weight over vacation. We walked a ton and I never made horrendous food choices and never stuffed myself, so vacation weight gain wasn't really a huge concern, other than the water weight from salty restaurant foods.
It was a great trip, I'm glad we did it. I would do some things differently, like not go to Clearwater (although I'm glad we went, because Luke met a boy from Scotland there who he has facetimed & traded addresses with, and hopefully will stay in contact with, and that's really cool), but we probably won't go back there (way over crowded). New Smyrna was awesome and the hotel was wonderful (Best Western), and that will be our go-to place for the Atlantic coast. Universal's Diagon Alley is a MUST for Harry Potter fans, but wait a year or so to go.
10 days is a long vacation, but it's better to be ready to go home than to get to the end of vacation and be regretting having to leave. We were all ready to come home.