Monday, November 05, 2007


In July we are travelling to Florida - for a family trip to Disney World. when I say family trip I mean family, as in my parents, my sister's family and our family. That is 10 people (including the yet unborn baby). And, yes, I know what you're thinking, I'm a little crazy to plan a trip to Disney with a 3 or 4 month old. In July.
But we'll have help.
And, I'm thinking that realistically, this child can't be much crazier than Matt was as an infant who NEVER slept. And we took him to Vermont. Vermont/Disney World. Very similar to a baby who will still be seeing in black and white.
And, think of the adorable little Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears. Oh! The Photo Ops!
Anyway ...
I digress.
This post is about travel.
We've been batting around various ideas about how we will get there. With 10 people travelling it adds up.
My dad is the kind of person who absolutely loves researching travel.
He has so far come up with a variety of ideas from flying (the obvious choice - though he has researched several airports), taking a train, driving, or, everyone's favourite, renting a giant motor home that fits 10.
On the weekend we decided to go to an event at a local garden centre. So, my sister loaded everyone up in her van (my parents, the kids, she and I - the husbands were both busy) and we drove the 7 minutes to the garden centre.
My dad was squished in the back between Kyla and Matthew. Paige sat in the middle next to my mom and Becky and I sat in the front. Great. family. fun.
And then Matt did what he does best when he's tired. He started being noisy and annoying. My poor dad who was smooshed between the kids was a good sport. And then Paige started to scream. And then Kyla started to whine.
It was pretty funny.
Especially when Becky and I chimed in that perhaps we should rent a motor home. Cause, how fun would 24 hours of this be.
I think the decision to fly is back on.
I'm thinking we'll load up on Gravol.
I'm looking forward to Disney World. It's getting from point A to point B that I'm a little worried about!


SciFi Dad said...

And that, right there, is why I am glad I don't leave near my parents, that my inlaws hate me, and my SIL is childless.

When I go somewhere I have a hard enough time fitting my wife and daughter's crap into the van, let alone 10 friggin' humans!

AndreAnna said...

I'm tired just reading about it!

My best advice: nurse/give a bottle while taking off and landing...make the pressure much better on the baby's ears.

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

You are so brave!
Lucky your Dad did the 7 minute trial run!
If we were to do that with my family OR my hubby's, we would all end up going insane!!!

LoriD said...

I could never travel with that many people, even though more people = more help with the little ones. You must have a very close family!

Kristen said...

I had to laugh at this, especially that flying is now back on-hope you have an amazing trip you brave, brave woman.

Karen MEG said...

Oy, that's a whole army! Yeah, flying sounds like a good option, especially with seniors and juniors.
Sounds like a really fun trip for the whole family though. It is a treat that the grandparents can be so involved too!

Teena said...

Sounds like a fun trip! I've never been to Disney World ... got room in your suitcase for me?!

With Love, Fat Girl said...

Pepto Bismol Chewables... never forget those three magic words...

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

We went to Disney world last july, with 2 kids, so I'm with you!

My best suggestion (I have flown with a very young baby) is to try to schedule flights around nap time.

We found that the baby wasn't a problem at all. I kept him awake as much as possible before the flight, and once he settled, he slept most of the way.

And at Disney? The baby had an AMAZING time! Loved it! So don't worry - it will be great!

kate (aka grandma) said...

Hey I just figure it will give me even more fun examples of the four temperaments I discuss in my workshops. Everyone always wants stories and I will have fresh new ones!!