Things change very quickly, as has been proven yet again. Matt’s father passed away on Sunday January 10th. We made the very difficult decision to leave all the kids here and head to Florida to help make arrangements and for the memorial service. This trip was total unplanned but fortunately we were able to cover the cost without causing significant hardship. The emotional toil was significantly higher than any money spent. Amanda was able to spend Monday- Thursday night at our house. Haley stayed Friday and Saturday night. My mother was the bus driver and made sure that Kendall and Zach got to school every day and to piano. A friend stepped in to make sure the kids got to church on Wednesday night. I had already written our meal plan so no additional food or groceries were needed at home, although the kids ate out several times as a sister treat.
One thing we learned very quickly was that the small town in Florida that we were heading to was hosting a dog show. The price of a room jumped from $72 a night to $114 after our first two nights. Total cost for hotel was $546.71
We chose to drive with both of us going. We did consider flying but would have needed to rent a car for the week so we could not justify this expense. Total spent in gas was $112.25
We did go to Disney Springs on Wednesday night for dinner. On Thursday, we used a remaining day ticket from our December trip to spend the day at Magic Kingdom. I was able to redeem point to cover the parking and several snacks. Although this increased our trip cost by $150, this was a much needed break from the stress of the week and I would not change a thing. Our photo pass from December also was active so I will share some pictures on Wednesday.
Our total cost of the trip was $1471. We placed most of the expenses on our gas credit card that we planned to pay off this month. During our trip Amanda who has been driving our older van decided to obtain a car loan and get a new to her car. She returned the older van which we will sell to recovery $1000. This is very unexpected but will enable us to cover the trip with little to no financial strain!