03/07/2017

This Year’s Spring Getaway

Each spring, Tim and I try to plan a little getaway trip. Last April we took our first baby-free trip to California where we explored San Francisco, Napa Valley / Calistoga, the Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, and then flew home from Los Angeles. (See Part One and Part Two of our California Dreaming trip!) This was such a great trip – one of my favorites that we’ve ever taken. It was so nice to have those five days to ourselves, and to reconnect after becoming parents the year before.

In 2013, we took an April trip to Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA where we ate plenty of good food, explored the cities, and just relaxed. It was too cold to lay by the pool or the beach, so we found other ways to fill our time including putt-putt, shopping, and taking a day-trip to historic Savannah. In 2015, we skipped our spring travel in favor of a June trip for our babymoon to Jekyll Island, GA. The island was incredibly secluded and beautiful, and it was the perfect babymoon spot for doing nothing except relaxing, recharging, and exploring the island. We mostly spent our time at the hotel pool – we stayed at the Westin Jekyll Island – walked along Driftwood Beach, the marshlands and nature preserves, crossed the bridge to St. Simon’s Island for a night to have dinner and see the lighthouse, and went on plenty of beach walks. It was the perfect pre-baby getaway!

Later this month, we’re taking a spring trip that will be the first for just our family of three! Jack has already been on quite a few trips including Ft. Lauderdale last May and Myrtle Beach last August, but those have always been with extended family. This time we are doing a getaway to Orlando with just our little family of three.

Jack's First Trip to Disney - Mickey Mouse

We will be taking Jack to Disney so that he can see Mickey and all his friends! Jack is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and we think it will be a big hit seeing Mickey everywhere and on everything. Whenever we are out and about and Jack sees the Disney store or Mickey on someone’s t-shirt or a book, he smiles and starts chatting away! While we’re there, our plan is to take him to Chef Mickey’s for brunch one day, and to spend a second full day at Magic Kingdom. After doing a little research, I decided we would get the most ‘bang for our buck’ at Magic Kingdom, so that’s the only park we are going to visit this time. We also plan on spending plenty of time swimming at our hotel’s pools, and also spend an afternoon / evening at Disney Springs.

I am looking forward to our trip and experiencing Disney through the eyes of my son. I’ve been to the Disney Parks quite a few times, but I’ve heard there’s nothing like experiencing the magic with our own children.

Conversation Time:

  • For those of you who’ve been to Disney / Orlando with small children, do you have any advice on what we must do, see, visit? 

Comments

  1. Yay! Have fun! Jordan and I took our babymoon there two years ago when I was around 21 weeks pregnant, and then we went back last year when Amelia was 7 months old. Last year was challenging because she was still taking three naps a day and not old enough to understand anything, but I think Jack will be at such a good age for all of the music and sights — we went with family last year so we weren’t going to turn it down, but I wish that we would’ve went this year instead!

    I’d recommend bringing a good stroller that reclines if you can, so he can still take a decent nap, and bring a small cooler for milk and snacks. We have the little Baby Jogger cooler that attaches to our stroller and that’s where we kept Amelia’s bottles and a sippy cup with water, but I saw families bringing in larger coolers for their kids — they let you bring in food so you don’t have to buy everything if you don’t want to. I’d also recommend a backpack vs. an over-the-shoulder diaper bag. Jordan wore a backpack with all of the baby stuff and our stuff, and then I wore Amelia in the front carrier on the rides. Oh, and a little fan that clips on the stroller! I bought one from Amazon. We went at the end of March/beginning of April and it was already really hot there. Sorry for the novel :), I’m excited for you!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      All of this is such great advice – thank you! We are hoping that the one mid-day nap will go well for him, because honestly, he will not nap in a public setting. He literally hasn’t since he was a newborn! Just too much action going on around him and he doesn’t want to miss anything lol. I like the idea of bringing a snack + drink for him in a small cooler. (And waters for Tim and I as I’m sure they are $$ at Disney!) I have been in the market for a backpack I can use lately. I just think it would be so much easier, especially now that he is on the move and I need to be able to run after a little guy without a bag holding me back! 😉

  2. How fun! My sister in law and 2 boys just moved to Orlando last week and I can not wait to take my own family there for a Disney trip! Hope you guys have a great time 🙂
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh that is awesome! I will be sure to share how our experience goes! 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh how fun is that!! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Heather! We are so excited to see Jack’s reaction to everything!

  4. Just now reading this! Oh I can’t wait to take Adeline one day! I’d say Magic Kingdom is for sure your best option for Jack at this age! It will be so much fun!! What resort are ya’ll staying at? There’s so many great things to do around Orlando!
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  5. Aw Jana have a BLAST!!!! I can only imagine how little Jack will be in awe of the magic of Disney! Magic Kingdom is a great choice too, especially with a little one. I remember thinking Epcot was SOO boring when I was a kid haha!
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