How do you go about packing for a family of 6? My strategy has been this. I'm considering every part of our day, and then considering what it will look like when we are in Florida. At first I started out thinking of everything we could need at Disney World. But I quickly realized I was forgetting things like bath supplies, overnight diapers, and blankets. So, I readjusted my strategy. My dining room table has become my hub for piling up clothes for each child. Of course there has been a considerable amount of shopping done since most of what the kids wore last spring/summer no longer fits them. As an aside, I'm s0 thankful for stores like Target and Kmart that are stocking spring items in the middle of winter. I used to roll my eyes at such mid-winter displays in the stores, but this year I am really grateful! The weather report looks a little dicey for Orlando next week, so now I'm thinking of layering and water proofing. No matter the weather conditions in Florida, they just have to be better than February in western New York...right?
The gift we are being given is hard to put into words. The Make a Wish Foundation is staying true to its' name...a family trip to the happiest place on Earth is a wish come true! I just can't wait to see the looks on the kids' faces when they see the Magic Kingdom! And we feel doubly blessed that we will be sharing this time with our parents. Even though they have to pay their own way, the Make a Wish Foundation has been amazing in providing discounts for their accommodations. Our wish coordinator has worked very hard to accommodate our large, yet young, family. One of the funniest things about our trip so far, is that we have a 17 passenger van as a rental car! I laughed all day long about that one! Apparently the 12 passengers were booked, so we will be piling into a big ol' van and riding in style to the resort! Ha!
I'll be sharing more details throughout the week. It is so fun to share our excitement with all of you! Can you imagine the pictures I will have to share?