Last week we prepared for our first weekend get-a-way of the summer as a family of seven to a beautiful amusement park a few hours away, Busch Gardens. We packed up the car as we headed for a lovely stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. Staying in a good hotel is a must when you are traveling with so many children. It can make or break your trip and the hotel had a beautiful indoor pool. It made the trip. We are no longer able to all fit into a standard sized hotel room so it was nice to be in a suite that was just steps away from the front desk. Ideal location when you are hauling things to and from the parking lot!
We arrived Friday afternoon to the hotel and immediately hit the pool since we couldn’t check-in just yet. This was Grayson’s first time in a pool so I couldn’t wait to see how he reacted. After we spent some time relaxing, we headed to un-pack and get ready for dinner. We took the kids to Outback Steakhouse — and well, that was a production in itself. Another first taking all 5 kids to a restaurant, but they did well! Minus Sadie trying to play peek-a-boo with the booth next to us. It was nice to unwind and relax as a family. We headed back so I could catch-up on the work I missed through the day and Andrew took the oldest ones to the pool while I stayed back with the little ones. It was early bedtime since we had to be up and out the door to head to Busch Gardens by 10 AM.
Saturday was so much fun! Grayson didn’t cry once being out in the 92 degree heat for almost 12 hours. He enjoyed every minute as did all of the girls. Grayson watched every minute of what they were doing when he couldn’t tag along. He sat back in his stroller and took it all in. He loved people watching and got so much attention in his Stokke Xplory stroller, which really was such a huge hit. I don’t think he would have made it through the heat without the stroller because of the parasol that attaches. He was able to stay nice and cool the entire time. Grayson turned 8-months-old on Saturday and truly enjoyed every minute of his vacation!
Take a look to see all of the happy faces from the weekend!
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