Before I recount our Florida expedition, I need to take a moment and explain the long journey that brought us to last week’s excursion. Sometime in 2012, Dave told us that he wanted to take our family and Christy’s sister’s family down to Florida for a giant family vacation. We found a house to share. He paid for it and planned on paying for everyone to be able to go to Disney World. Apparently you get a significant discount if you’re a veteran (and rightfully so). We started making plans and the excitement started to build.
I honestly believe that the hope of taking his grandkids down to Florida kept Dave alive as long as it did. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Dave’s funeral service was the Monday before we were scheduled to leave for Florida.
This put things up in the air for us.
To put a long story very very short, thanks to the generosity of some very dear family members, we were able to drive down to Florida in a reliable minivan and we had enough money to fund the trip.
After discussing it with the children and with the rest of Dave’s family, we decided it would be a better (and more fiscally responsible) decision not to go to Disney and take advantage of a Sea World/Aquatica/Busch Gardens combo pack. I’m convinced we made the right decision. So is the rest of the family. We had an amazing time and had the freedom to see as much or as little as we wanted each day.
And Mihret still got to meet Mickey. It was at Downtown Disney instead of Magic Kingdom – a much cheaper option.
I know the family members who helped make this vacation possible read Life in the Fishbowl. To you, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We made a lifetime of memories!