Most everyone knows I am planning on taking the kids on a trip this October to help us pass the one year mark as easy as possible. I know there are most definitely differing opinions, running from "Why are you wasting your money" to "It wont help make it any better for you all". And I have heard ALL of them! While I value every one's opinions, I don't really care, because in the end, I'm going to do what I'm going to do.
And I'm taking the kids out of school for two weeks in October and we're going to Florida. Yep, two weeks. I will be taking homework for them, as I think it will help mellow them out too when they're too full of energy. I'm sure the teachers will appreciate it too. Originally I had planned on only going for a week and a half, but figured if we're going to do the whole Florida thing, we'd do it right. I haven't booked anything yet, but will be doing so in the next couple weeks, as I am still doing research on everything. My plan is to leave sometime between the 30th of September (on a red-eye) and the 6th, and stay for two whole weeks. The only requirement I have is that we're there for sure before the 8th, because that is E's 8th birthday!! We'll be doing the Disney World Resort theme parks for about a week or so, and then we're headed to Universal Orlando for 4 days. AND...to make it educational, lol, I'll be taking the kids to NASA aka Kennedy Space Center for a day. I plan on skipping the beaches, because, I really don't care about that. I haven't worked out the entire details, but the bulk of our trip will be at Disney World (The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios).
I am super super excited to go to Universal Orlando because "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" will be open, and me being a huge Harry Potter fan, that will be the ULTIMATE vacation (besides Europe of course!). Also, Harry Potter was Barry's favorite book series. He loved it so much, it was even mentioned in his Obit and at the funeral. I couldn't even tell you how often he read the books, more than I did for sure. He was an avid Harry Potter Fan. He and I were able to see the 6th movie together last summer! As the kids and I were touring the Harry Potter attractions on the Universal website (check out the link I posted above!), I did get a little teary eyed. It made me so sad that Barry wouldn't be able to be there with us, because he would have loved it. I know he'll be there with us still in spirit, but how I wish he could see it in the flesh with us at his side. So this is something else we're going to do for him, and I am so excited!
Some of the stores they have open in the Hogsmeade village include Olivanders (Yes, I will get a wand for the kids! LOL), Zonko's and also Honeydukes among others. There is even "Owl Post", which is a functioning post office, and mails items from there with a Hogsmeade postmark! Can you tell I am excited? I am just over the moon about going.
If anyone has any tips on Disney World for me, or how to travel across the country with 4 kids on a plane, please let me know :) I welcome any advice that will help make it easier for me! This is going to be a "once in a lifetime" thing, so I am going to make it the most memorable trip I possibly can.
I'm looking forward to sharing details with you all!!