Though we've been going to Florida every spring for many years now, this was a year of firsts for us. The first year we've had to (sort of) work around a school calendar, the first year all our kids needed a plane ticket, the first year being a family of six.
After calculating the cost of plane tickets, times six and during school vacation week, plus the cost of a rental van once we arrived, we did the unthinkable and decided to drive. Shaun and I had done it once before when we were first married and didn't have nickels two rub together and I remember when we returned we were resolved to fly from then on.
We hauled the kids out of bed and were on the road by 4:30 AM. The timing was important because we had to be through NYC before the morning rush hour. The kids slept, watched movies or listened to music and read. Everyone had their own headphones so Shaun and I didn't have to listen to hours of Veggie Tales. :)
I had loaded my iPod with a myriad of podcasts, expecting that Shaun would be doing his usual sports talk radio, but I actually ended up reading a novel aloud to him.
For years and years I'd get sick if I looked down to read in the car for more than about one minute, but last September on the way back from Maine, I discovered that was no longer the case. A whole new world has been opened up for me...bring on the road trips! :)
With four kids who'd been amazing travelers and had waited all day to swim, this was a deal-breaker for us. We loaded the car back up and headed down the road to check in somewhere else.
By the time we got settled, it was raining pretty good....the kids didn't seem to notice.
It was chilly, too. :)
After they'd gotten out their energy, we went to get dinner....an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet...the kids were thrilled!