Overview: Instead of a fancy trip, we scheduled a long eleven-day trip without the kids! My parents were wonderful enough to come and stay with them and spoil them rotten while we were gone.
Nope, we never once felt a stitch of guilt. My parents take them to Disneyland nearly every summer, so the kids aren’t suffering from lack of Disney.
Oh, and so you skimmers can just skip the whole TR… we did NOT bring a camera and the camera in the phone isn’t great… and we’re not huge picture takers, anyway. So there are very few pictures, and the ones that we do have aren’t very good.
Also, I’m going to repeat a few things I posted on FB. I hope you’ll still read. :happy:
Rob (DH) and I left on the Saturday afternoon after Thanksgiving. (Did a major blitz on Christmas decorating on Friday! Can’t decorate before Thanksgiving, couldn’t leave the kids without a tree through half of December.) I quashed my every natural instinct to have my ducks lined up in a row early, and instead of the recommended safe-but-very-basic choice that I kept as a backup, I used Priceline name-your-price on Friday afternoon to get the 4-star Rosen Center at an even cheaper price. SCORE! Hotel was beautiful, Christmas-y, and clean. Parking was a longer walk than I would have liked, but also half of their regular price because of a Priceline thing. (Also? I’m convinced that Google navigation is in bed with the state of Florida to guide people through every possible toll booth, including those that you cannot get through unless you’ve got that SunPass. Trying to get to Rosen Center we had to actually back up a ramp because the only other choice was a $100 fine for not paying the toll that could ONLY be paid by pass. And it took forever to figure out how to get to the hotel without anymore unexpected tolls.)
At Rosen Center, was some debate between Rob and me whether or not the Christmas tree in the lobby on Sunday morning had actually been there on Saturday night.
I’m not going to do a day-by-day, I’m just going to split it up by topic.
So… Sunday morning we headed to Pop!