Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursdays with Mel... Head lice are not invited to Disneyland!

The week prior to any vacation is nothing short of organized chaos. Laundry to be done, suitcases to locate, electronics to be charged and haircuts for the kids. I am dizzy just thinking about it, and I am only halfway through the week.

I do like to get the clothing packed and the carry-ons prepared a couple of days early. This leaves the days prior free to run errands, get those haircuts, get my neglected nails filled-in and get the dog happily installed at the neighbor's house.

Well, this week, Mama's plan hit a great big road bump when we found lice in my daughter's hair. We caught it pretty early, so the damage was limited, but my pre-vacation schedule was blown... and anyone who knows me, knows I love my schedule. I cling to my schedule. Nay, I cannot live without my schedule.

The nits have been picked, the massive amounts of post-lice laundry have been taken care of and I am only a bit behind schedule - thanks in part to large quantities of coffee and Diet Coke. The packing has now begun.
The  Pile "Before"

Here is the "After"

My sweet husband, Mr. Incredible rushed out to buy the Lice treatment, and he later went out and purchased about ten fluffy new pillows - because the thought of sleeping on a pillow with the remote possibility of transferring lice was to icky to contemplate. While he was at the Mega-mart, he bought our sunscreen for the trip. I was thinking he would grab a tube and maybe a can. Nope, when he buys sunscreen, he really buys sunscreen!

I have a stockpile of sunscreen.

And finally, for the long, transcontinental flight to California, a little reading material to set the mood!

I love the Birnbaum Guides for any park. The Unofficial Guides are chopped full of great info and a touch of snarkiness - just the way I like my Disney. I also have Fodor's Souther California & Fodor's Disneyland & Southern California - both are great for when you only have a few minutes to read a bit about the area.

I will be bringing back lots of pics & memories to share in the coming weeks! I can't believe I get to scream, "I'm going to Disneyland!"... but the lice are not invited!


  1. Wow!! Glad you got it all taken care of!!!! We're hoping to get to Disneyland next year after the opening of Carsland. I'd like to go the end of June (hopefully it will be open then) and make the trip dual purpose. There is a conference I want to attend. But I don't know if we can swing our November Disney world trip and then another cross country trip only 7 months later

  2. Hey June, we're here now & you have to try and get here. The Cars Land construction is in full swing & looks incredible. By next year Goofy's new roller coaster & The Little Mermaid experience will be ready for you too!

  3. Lice aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease, but they spread fast and can just be downright annoying. Their bites may cause a child's scalp to become itchy and inflamed, and persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.

  4. These are really helpful natural tips. Its very hard to get rid of head lices, I was so sick of it and thought the only way to get rid of them is get bald.. But, thanks to book by Evelin. Its really helpful and I am glad I didn't have to get bald. Anyway, Someone told me that coconut oil isn't good for hairs, is that true? or just rumors?