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I’m not really confident that my in-laws were quite sure what they were getting into when they suggested that we go to Disney World during their February visit this year. I jumped on the opportunity because I’ve been wanting to go back and knew in my heart that the zone defense Brad & I usually have to execute to keep our four kids entertained would be too challenging in that massive, magical world. Our only previous visit to The World (that’s what we insiders call it) was in 2003 when the boys were 5 and 2 1/2 years. It was wonderful and I wanted Arabella to experience the magic while she still believed everything she saw 😉 and wanted the boys to experience the great stuff available for older kids. Poor Abraham was just along for the ride.
Anyway, the offer arose, the challenge was met, and the planning began. I read a big, big book, immersed myself in Disney websites, blogs, and podcasts, and talked to numerous frequent Disney-ers. I spent an entire afternoon on the phone with a nice “cast member” coming up with reservations for each day after researching the best day to visit each park based on crowd predictions. I was a bit of a task master while there, forcing us to arrive each day to our designated Park 30-45 mins before opening with a plan in hand as to what each adult was responsible for in the first few minutes. Apparently, if you don’t have your ducks in a row, have the busiest attractions ridden and your fast passes in hand by 10am, you are dead in the water.
In spite of all of this, we managed to have a great time! And Grandy and Grandpa were wonderful to have along. They never complained about my obsessions, went along with every nuance of the trip and look care of Abraham in the afternoons so he could nap. Fortunately, they were tired by the time Abe was melting down and didn’t seem too heartbroken about leaving Brad and I to handle the other 3 kids by ourselves each afternoon. We would then meet up for dinner and enjoy nice evenings and early bedtimes.
I so much enjoyed having them both along on the trip. I am very blessed to have in-laws that I love enough to be able to vacation with :). They were good help and great company. And although there were a couple of rough spots…
I hope they had a wonderful vacation as well.