Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I've Got a Secret Too Hard Not to Tell

Betcha can't guess what it is.

It was sometime toward the end of June when Eric and I realized the full consequence of what our lives had become. Life hadn't quite become the crazy storm that it would turn into in the month of July, but we knew that we were in for it good. Our summer was shot. And Eric was already feeling bad for the added stress and weight his job was putting on me. He didn't ask for it, and neither did I. 

So one day while on a plane ride home he started investigating an absolutely crazy idea I had...a trip we could take together to get away for a little while and make up for some lost time. I didn't think he would go for it...but he did. And when he came home and the topic casually came up again, he admitted, "I already priced the whole thing and have a package in my cart." That night, on a bit of a whim, we booked a Disney World vacation for the two of us.

We planned an adult trip, and it was a good one. :) Of course, we would have to bring nursing Charlotte along with us, but the entire trip was planned around things we couldn't or wouldn't see and do with kids as small as the ones we have. No character dining or meets, focused more on rides and shows for adults and really just taking a much more leisurely pace and enjoying some time together. This trip would also coincide with my 30th birthday and our wedding anniversary. It was the perfect gift! 

We told the kids about our plan right away. Yes, our children were well aware that we were planning to go to Disney World without them. They were surprisingly fine with it, especially since that meant that they would get some sleepovers at grandparent's houses! Our dining reservations were made, our fast passes booked, the trip for two was paid in full. Woohoo! 

And then the guilt. Haha.

We had looked into doing several different trips prior to booking this one, including a California adventure. We could do Disneyland for a day and visit some presidential libraries...a perfect little vacation for us. But would you believe, after pricing out every single vacation Disney was the LEAST expensive option every time. You can do Disney-for-two surprisingly inexpensively. Our room on Disney property was only $85 per night. We couldn't dream of getting that rate in California (or anywhere else we'd want to go for that matter!) Our food would be free the entire time we were there, thanks to the free dining promotion. When we added in the other expenses like rental cars (which you don't necessarily need at Disney) and everything else...well...Disney won, hands down. So that's why we picked it.

But still...that guilt. Even though the kids were cool...mom and dad were not. Especially dad. I was willing to do just about anything for a few (mostly) kid-free nights! Eric was worried he'd just miss the kiddos the whole time. (He was probably right.)

The final straw came on a walk, just this past weekend. We were casually talking about a Disney trip the extended Robert family is planning for 2016, when Evelyn turned the topic to the adult trip Eric and I were planning. Casually as can be she asked, "So what rides are you looking forward to doing, mom?"

I don't know what it was about her asking that question, but that did it. Eric and I looked at each other...that expression you give to a sad looking puppy dog. Stay strong...keep it together!

Well on Sunday as we were driving home from lunch we decided it was worth looking into what it would cost to add the kids onto our package. Before, we thought it was just too much money to spend right now, but that was before July happened! When we got home Eric spent the better part of the afternoon on the phone with Disney finagling a deal. He's a good finagler, that Eric Robert. I didn't think he could do it. We'd have to upgrade our room. We'd have to beg and plead to add the kids to our free dining plan. We'd be blown away by the extra cost. But after asking to be put through to the right person, and after I distinctly heard Eric say, "I'm trying to give you substantially more of my money here," he scored an AMAZING deal. 

Heeeere we go again!

So...we are heading back to the Caribbean Beach Resort the week of Labor Day with the entire family! It's going to be a much different trip than the one we took last year. Much more low-key, and let's just be honest, less planned! I will admit that it pained me to have to go back into our already-planned and paid for trip and CANCEL really good dining reservations. To change around our really good fast passes. We had the perfect trip planned! Now that we are a party of six, it's nearly impossible to find places to reserve meals this close to our dates. It won't be for lack of trying, but it's more of a last minute "take what you can get!" sort of deal. The fast passes are long gone. I haven't been able to get one single thing that I want so far, haha.

But...it is still Disney...and most importantly, there will be no guilt. ;)

Here's the thing! The kids have no idea we've added them to the reservation. They still think they are staying at grandparent's houses, and when I'm packing their bags I'm sure they'll just assume it's for that. Eric wants to wait until the day we leave to tell them. They are going to flip.out. Ahahaha, I can't wait.

Our entire trip will be longer than originally planned. Eric, Charlotte, and I were flying. With the whole crew, we are driving. Let's not talk about the mild panic attack I had when I realized we're taking this road trip with four little kids - one who will be 6 months old at the time. Gah! And taking a baby was no big deal before, but a baby AND three little kids? Eee-gads! 

But no guilt. Right? Haha.

Eric has perked up big time. I think he's the most excited! "I have a feeling it's going to be really good." :) I love his heart.

So that's our story! If you see our kiddos, don't say a word! Shhh....it's our little secret. ;)


sblind2 said...

your little cliff hanger yesterday was the first thing I woke up thinking today ... such a great surprise!!!

Heather said...

Yay!!!! Plenty of time for a mom/dad get away right?? It will be more fun for you when you can go 100% kid free anyways :)

Adrien said...

Ha, thanks girls! That's exactly what Eric said, Heather. Someday we'd like to go 100% kid free! :)

Cassie said...

oh my gosh this is awesome!!

when will you be there?
maybe our times will overlap? if so - we HAVE to meet up!!


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