Raising a Blended Family


on March 24, 2015

We’re baaaaaaaaack!!!! Shorty keeps pestering me to post for y’all, so here I am. Disney was amazing. Vacation was amazing. FLORIDA was amazing. I am going through withdrawals.

The car trips, both there and back, went pretty smoothly. I will say that this was 5% because of all the prep work I did, 15% because of snacks and food (and a few well-timed stops to McPlayPlaces), and the other 80% due to our brand new dual screen DVD system in the car. Yeah, that one was a hit. Frankly, as we were driving neither one of us much cared what the kids were doing, as long as they weren’t screaming! They did spend quite a long time sleeping, since we started in the evening and drove far into the night on the way down, and completely overnight on the way back up.

We stopped for a day at a beach on the drive down so that we could all enjoy a beach day (coming from a landlocked state, this was a real treat). We had an amazing time building sand castles, wading in the (really. fricking. cold.) Atlantic, and enjoying the sensations of sun and warmth for the first time in forever. The beach was beautiful and, being a west coast native, it was my first time seeing the Atlantic! Very pretty, it was. The beach is “home,” to me, and so for me it was a part of the trip that was just as equally anticipated as our Disney stay. The sun, the sand, the water… beautiful.

Of course, for the kids (and my wife), Disney was the highlight of the trip. We stayed on property at a Disney resort, which was a new experience for me despite being an annual passholder to Disneyland, California for most of my young adult life. It was nice, and allowed us to take convenient midday breaks for tired toddlers and cranky pregnant women. This mostly equated to Shorty sleeping while I took the kids to the pool for a few hours each afternoon, but it worked out  because Thing One entertained herself and Pax kept himself mostly busy splashing in the kiddie pool (allowing me to relax and sit down), plus, when I was entertaining him, we were floating together in the adult pool and I got to rest/float/renew my tired tootsies! So it was nice and a good way to allow us to enjoy our time in the parks in the evenings.

We did the Disney dining plan, which was also a life-saver for us. Basically, it allowed us one sit down meal (with table service, like a normal restaurant) and one “quik service” meal (think cafeteria style) per day, per person. Pax isn’t yet 3, so he was free and we didn’t have to pay for his meal plan! Wahoo! We also all got a snack credit per day, plus Disney allows you to bring in your own food and beverages. Ultimately, we ended up eating VERY well at Disney- so well, I think I gained a few pounds, despite walking a kajillion miles a day while there! A lot of the meals were “character dining” where different Disney characters would come out and interact with you during your meal- this was a HUGE hit with the kids. Thing One really liked meeting Mickey at the character meals (and Anna and Elsa later on, not at a meal), and Pooh and friends were a huge hit with Pax-o. I was happy to see that Thing One wasn’t too old not to be swayed by the magic of the different disney characters; she was shy but eager to greet the princesses even though she had previously told me “they’re not real, mom” all skeptical-like. Guess she forgot to be a big kid for awhile. Also, Pax was HILARIOUS with the princesses. There was one time where we were waiting in line for Anna and Elsa and he was just done. He was NOT having it. We were having such a hard time dealing with him in line and I’m sure the other parents around us thought we were horrible people for not controlling our wild child! It was awful. However, as soon as they called our names and we walked into the room where the Princesses were… his eyes lit up and he was 100% Prince Charming from there on out. He was sweet, he smiled, he took their hands, he told them hello! There was zero trace of the tantruming toddler from just minutes before. At the end of it, Shorty and I were commenting to each other that we are in BIG. TROUBLE. with him, because he already knows exactly how and when to turn on and off the charm, as needed.

Rides were fun- we got to ride a lot of stuff together but for bigger rides, it was always Thing One and I off riding a roller coaster or something while Shorty and Pax went on a little kid ride somewhere nearby. Shorty pouted about this a bit, but ultimately agreed that it was much better not to risk hurting the baby and to abstain from the rides. We did a lot of 3D shows which were a big hit with everyone except Pax, who wouldn’t keep his 3D glasses on! That’s alright though. We had a blast and it was the trip of a lifetime. We are already talking about going back- Shorty wants to go back in 5 years for her 40th birthday, which will be when Thing One is 15, Pax is 7, and Shiloh is 5… good ages to return to Disney!

In the meantime, here’s some Disney magic pictures from our amazing trip. So sad to be back in the real world!

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5 responses to “Disneyworld

  1. Lindsay says:

    Your trip sounds & looks like it was so much fun! I can’t wait to take Evelyn to Disney some day!

  2. Shannon says:

    What wonderful memories you created.

  3. Looks like you had fun! 🙂

  4. X says:

    Sounds like a great time! Glad it went well 🙂

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