As many of you know we just went on a family vacation. We got in late last night/this morning. Everything went well-other then the usually vacation mishaps but one thing topped the list of any problem we've had on a vacation ever before.
Have you ever been to Seaworld in Florida? Well, they have this kids play area that had tubes and rope climbs about two stories up into the air-yes, for kids! Its quite a view. Its all enclosed but still kinda scary and meant for just the kids.
So my 9yo and 4yo head up the steps to try to climb and I start up with my 2yo because my husband doesn't want to try squeezing into the tubes. No problems. We get to the first landing and my 9yo looks down and says NO WAY! LoL He doesn't like heights so he wants to head down and my 4yo follows him. My 2yo wants to check out the tubes so we hang out there a bit then he is satisfied and we head out and down. No big deal, right?
Then I get to the bottom and realize my husband, MIL and FIL all moved from the entrance and I find my husband to see he ONLY has our 9yo! I start FREAKING out. We split up and start searching for my 4yo. A woman sees me frantically searching and says are you looking for a little boy? And she describes him and I almost scream YES, WHERE IS HE??! She takes me down and around the corner-the direction that we had walked to get to the play area and he was surrounded by adults and a security guard trying to ask him what we look like and where were we, etc.
I all but run to him and started sobbing. I felt like the worst mother in the world and he was crying and telling me I lost him and how could I do that to him?! It was so scary. I have never felt so terrified in my life! It was truly awful.
The rest of the week my son had to keep reminding me about the incident by saying don't lose me, or I'm glad you found me, or I don't want to get lost again!
So I guess lesson learned to stick together? What an experience!
Whats the worst thing that has happened to you on a vacation? With or without kids?