After planning and saving for this trip for about a year, we finally all packed up (notice we have some friends along with us) and headed to Orlando, Florida. We rented a 15 passenger van (took the back seat out for more luggage space) from a friend at a very reasonable rate. I highly recommend this as it was such a blessing to travel together with our friends and about the same cost for gas since we split the cost. But the time we were able to spend together traveling was worth gold. We did, however, want to save money, so we strategized how we could have fun and not spend all we had saved. A new van fund has been started, so we really wanted to put more in it from our vacation fund. So, here goes. See how we did and what fun we had!
And none of us would have wanted to miss out on all the fun we had together just during the travel down there. Here is our van at yet another Krystal Burger joint. Crazy!!!! And this was day one traveling, so you can imagine how the rest of the trip went. : )
Stopped off, on day two, to stretch our legs and sample some pecans. We got our fill of nuts by trying every kind they had. Delicious and nutritious for a snack and didn't cost us anything!
Yes, we're all nuts. Some a little (okay, a lot) more than others. You know who you are or aren't. : )
Every kind of flavored pecan had a sample we could try. Everything from key lime to barbeque to cinnamon to spicy. It was fun trying them all!
We finally made it to our destination which was a beautiful home nestled in a quiet neighborhood not far from all the hustle and bustle in Kissimmimmee, Florida. Upon walking into our home away from home, we were so excited that we could have these accomodations instead of a hotel. It was perfect for all of us with 7 children who needed more space to move about.The house not only gave us more room but more extras that we could enjoy. We had a heated pool and hot tub. The children loved the pool and the adults loved the hot tub after children were in bed, and we could sit and enjoy some peace and relaxation.
We had game time during date nights. Each couple went out on a date one night while the other stayed back with the children. It was great to not have to work out the details of finding a sitter ( a free one at that) and know that they would be in bed when we got back. We didn't do anything exciting. I bought a new pair of shoes. That's exciting for me since I rarely get new shoes. Rocket Dogs for $10.00. Can't beat that! Then back to the house for some hot tub time.