We are working on budgeting everything out so that we are sure to have enough money and actually enjoy the trip! So here is what we have covered so far, and we would love any suggestions from people who have traveled or traveled with kids on things we might be missing out on budgeting and things we may want to take into account with the children. Gwen will be almost 2 and Naomi will be 4 1/2.
We have taken into account for travel/gas (we'll drive down), hotels, food/dining, park prices, and parking at the parks.
We want to go to Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and Wild Animal Park. I originally got the idea because I wanted to go to Legoland really bad! However, in considering the children and exhaustion from 4 parks I've ruled that one out. It'll also save over $200! We found a 3 for 1 pass that gets us into those 3 parks for 5 consecutive days! We, of course, will also have to hit up the beach and some of Brian's mission sites. Our girls have never seen the ocean! Isn't that horrible? For two people who grew up on 2 of the countries 3 coasts - our girls have never seen it! And how funny that when they do it will be the one neither of us lived on!!
We are considering staying in a hotel that has some form of a kitchenette so we could purchase our own food and store it and cook it in the room. Its a possibility!
So, what are we missing? And what are the things we need to take into consideration for the girls? Yay for vacations!
Some side notes not related to the main body of the post:
I am so excited to live somewhere that doesn't have all of its people having the same idea at the same time. I am speaking specifically of the library. I am tired of going to the library and checking on books that interest me and finding out that it has 261 holds on it!! I feel like I'm reading a ton of books that aren't at the top of my list and the top of my list just sits there getting longer!
Secondly, I think having a card to Sams Club is a horrible thing!! I like walking around in there looking at everything, but the things that I purchase are horrible! I come home with a giant box of Famous Amos cookies, enormous amounts of goldfish crackers, two bags of chips (doritos and sour cream and onion), and some Quaker granola bars. I did purchase other more useful things as well, but I never buy cookies or chips, ever! So here I am with a house full of food that doesn't have to be stored in the fridge so I eat it! Horrors! I can't buy a lot of the useful stuff because we simply don' t have the room. Anyway, I think I should stop shopping there!