I am beyond excited about our vacation plans for block leave. I know that before I can focus on that too much, I need my husband to come home safely from Afghanistan, but having something to look forward to as a family is helping me pass the time.
Even before having kids, we never travelled much. In fact I'm ashamed to say, we barely travelled at all. (When we lived in Lawton, OK, we never even made it down to Dallas, TX.) The biggest thing holding us back was that we have 3 dogs, and I do hate the idea of kenneling them. Also, before we had kids, we tried to plan trips back home to see family with most of our available leave. I regret not having more fun adventures. I've also realized the dogs can survive a while in the kennel. So for the upcoming block leave we are making it a big trip (big for us that is).
We will be spending a week in Disney World with my family. This will be Ryan's second trip to Disney and Sean's first. Ryan is at an age where he will finally appreciate it a bit more. We are all staying together in a Villa at a relaxing Disney resort. Even with the change to our vacation plans, I think it has worked out perfectly.
Rather than fly with the kids, car seats, and everything else we are going to drive (hopefully in a new car that we will be buying after the end of this deployment--more on that later). It's over a 13 hour drive to Disney from where we are. 13 hours in the car with the boys does not excite me. We've decided to take our time and make vacation stops on the drive. Here are some of the places we plan to stop on the trip down and back. Let me know if you've been to any of them.
Birmingham, AL--We're booked at what seems to be a great family friendly hotel and have a 2 room suite. While in Birmingham we'll go to the zoo.
Albany, GA--This stop was my idea. It isn't a big city. It is on the route, and after researching it online, I think it will be a perfect stop. There is the Riverfront Park along the Flint River. It has a nice playground, a greenway system, and a Ray Charles monument. I think it will be a perfect stop that is relaxing and allows outdoor time to get some energy out of the kids. I just have to hope for no rain the day we are there.
Daytona Beach, FL--I grew up in a beach town in New England. Living where the Army sends us, I really miss the beach. I'm not really a beach bum that lays out and sunbathes, but I love walking on the beach and watching the ocean. I think it will be a great adventure with the boys, but again, I have to hope for no rain.
Atlanta, GA--I know I've made posts about our block leave that we took to ATL a year ago. We have a great fondness for ATL. On this trip we plan to hang out in Centennial Olympic Park, go to the Georgia Aquarium, and of course we must stop at the World of Coke for Pat.
I am so excited for every part of this trip. I love the stops we have planned and I look froward to spending a week with my family in Disney. As I said, we've never done much traveling, so this is a huge plan for us. Have you ever visited any of the places we plan on stopping? Do you have upcoming vacation plans?