I feel like spring break came early this year, but nonetheless is was much needed time away as a family.
Documenting our adventures together is one of my favorite things to do!
This is the second year in a row that we went to Orlando, Florida. I think our entire town vacations there on spring break.
Mainly because it’s…
- Warm (amen to that)
- Close enough to drive
But this year, we decided we did not want to endure 13+ hours in a car with 3 boys and a 17 year old (my cousin) so we decided to fly. We took up an entire row on the flight.
I have no idea why that made me feel cool, but it did. Perhaps it’s the only child in me. Ha!
Getting through security and waiting on the plane was a little stressful, but not near as stressful as spending an entire day in a car together. 😉
Some of our good friends and neighbors were also staying at the same resort as us which was SUPER fun! They have boys the same age as our boys. Our boys enjoyed having their friends there!
I told them, “I don’t remember spring breaks as a kid (because my memory is horrible), but I am pretty certain they didn’t involve all my best buds vacationing with me.” Haha!
We stayed at Disney Port Orleans Riverside. One perk to staying on Disney property is that you can swim at any of the Disney resort pools!
On day 2 we changed it up and went to Caribbean Beach to swim.
The boys had swam at Caribbean Beach last year during our trip and loved it! This year was no different.
They have a smaller water slide and then a big one. I think they spent 99.9% of their time going down the slides.
Except SJ, he just wanted to fill his bucket up with water and dump it on his head… over and over and over again.
Four year old life.
When I said a good portion of our town was also in Orlando? I do not lie.
This isn’t even all the kids that met up for swimming the next day. This is just all the ones we could round up for the group photo.
I must admit, I enjoyed having some of my girlfriends to chat with while I intensely scanned the pool to make sure the boys weren’t wrestling in the water. Haha!
As you can tell from the pic below, the boys weren’t as intense about “watching” the kids.
The life of a dad… must be nice.
We played pool volleyball for a good 3 hours, no joke. In case you missed the video I posted to social media on how my husband views sports and kids… you can see it HERE.
I promise you will laugh. And then question his ability to be a father. He takes sports too seriously. Haha!
The second to last day of the trip we decided, at the very last minute, to head to Hollywood Studios.
We didn’t get there till 11 AM and we had no fast passes. Ha.
I mean, when I say we roll with no plan, we roll with no plan. I wouldn’t advise that at Disney because fast passes seem to be the key to happiness.
All of the fast passes were taken by the time we arrived. Not shocking.
But, we still enjoyed our time in the 90 degree heat waiting it the long lines. Or maybe we didn’t.
We made memories, right?!?! And the boys enjoyed it, so that’s what matters most!
I blindly took SJ (and all the boys) on the Tower of Terror. It wasn’t my brightest parenting moment. Just because you are 40″ tall and meet the height requirement does NOT mean you should ride the ride, I’ll say that.
SJ was not happy about his time on that ride and heck, I can’t blame him. I was terrified myself. Haha!
I was building his character. Or something like that.
Also noted: lesson learned.
Overall, we had a great time together as a family and with all of our friends!
Brotherly pics are hard to come by.
Child #3 always acting like a transformer.
Child #2 always trying to rally the troops like a true people pleaser.
Child #1 always annoyed with everything, including his brothers, this picture, and the fact that he’s at Disney.
No one told me that 8 year olds are like teenagers.
Another spring break trip down… can’t wait until next year when this family picture will include our baby girl!
Jeff and I just recently recorded a podcast on our adoption news… check out episode 46 if you missed it!!
Where are your favorite spring break destinations?
Stephanie Jennings says
Great pictures! Looks like you guys had a fantastic time!! We are going again next year. One thing, though… From everything I’ve read, you are not allowed to pool hop. Haha!!! Disney has been know to check your magic band or tickets, to make sure you are staying at that resort. Oops ?
Mandy Rose says
They told us they encouraged it! Lol! The lady said they want you to try out other Disney resorts so that you’ll come back and maybe stay at another one of their resorts.
Prairie Wife says
Looks like a fun trip! We surprised the kids with a trip to Orlando two years ago and they are constantly asking when they get to go back again!