Maybe we’re a little crazy, but we decided to head to Florida in the middle of August with three kids, three and under, the youngest of whom was 4 weeks. My brother’s wife found an amazing deal to Disney, and we thought that it would be a good opportunity to see a lot of family all at once.
First, the deal:
6 nights in a one bedroom at Disney’s Saratoga Springs
One day at a Disney park for three of us (the two youngest were free)
2 meals and one snack a day for three of us. This included one table service (character meals included) amd one quick service. The table service meals included appetizer, entree and dessert and the tip. It was so much food that were trying our best to use up the credits on the last day!
We got all of this for $850. (That’s for our entire family)
Our first dinner on Sunday night would have come in at over $150. Kudos to Christie for the awesome deal. She’s ruined me for Disney vacations!
The first thing we did when we arrived in Florida was drive to Gainesville to visit with Doug’s brothers. Mike and Ingrid (Happy Birthday Ingrid!) had a baby a month before we had ours, and a double blessing seemed in order! It was great for our family, because a San Antonio blessing would have been a lonely affair for us. Thanks to Ingrid’s hospitality, we had two other Roberts brothers and their families, plus her family. I’m pretty sure, at one point, she had close to 30 people in her house for dinner. This is why it’s hard to be a roberts daughter-in-law: Ingrid just had an almost 12lb baby, plus three other young children, a husband doing his residency, a house full of guests, and she always had a smile on her face. Plus, as an aside, she’s a concert violinist. I don’t even try to compete!
The 2 Baby blessing families. Ingrid is on the far right.
The blessing was wonderful, and my parents were able to make the drive, which made it all the more special for me.
The 4 newest Roberts cousins!
Sunday afternoon we headed to Orlando. This is always kind of a hard trip for me to make because I used to work for the Mouse. Every time I go back I’m reminded that I’m no longer 19! I would pass by Vista Way and reminisce. I’d try and trace my steps(in my head) through the backstage areas. It’s somewhat bittersweet. But, there is a certain joy that comes from watching a three year old get to shoot aliens with Buzz Lightyear!
Samuel, Mike, Grandpa, & Brady
We didn’t tell Samuel that we were going to Disney until we were there, and I don’t think he really got it until we were inside the park! He loved Splash Mountain the most, but Buzz came in a close second! We only spent 1 1/2 days at the park, but that was more than enough for us. The hotel had great pools, and there were lots of cousins to play with. Plus Samuel had a movie date with his Grandpa!
Now, Doug originally agreed to this on the condition that there would be no more trips to Florida for a very long time, and that we would never again go in the Summer. Well, the joke’s on him. Next summer’s Roberts Family Reunion: Destin, FL in August!
p.s. We rented a Pacifica; they said there were 7 seat belts and room for 5 adults. That may be true, but there certainly wasn’t room for 3 car seats. It’s one of the most impractical cars ever!
William getting his money’s worth out of the meal plan!