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1st Family vacation Day 4

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Day 4 we were in Cabo! Finally a new and exciting place. But boy was it hot!!!

Cabo is interesting since you have to park the ship and take a smaller boat in. I was terrified because I had Austin on my chest asleep and wanted to make sure I had him secure.

That day we had fun because it was Halloween on the High Seas! We went a little trick or treating around as well as Broke out the Star Wars costumes!

This picture above is probably one of my favorite. Someone said I look truly happy in this moment. And I agree! My kid is smiling, I’m with my family and I’m playing around in a fun zone of Mickey, Goofy and Donald! Perfect moment!!

That night we saw a lot of characters. And I was thrilled that Austin wasn’t scared!

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1st Family Vacation day 3

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So this may be mixed up a little… it today was our first full day at see.

Austin was doing awesome considering being a one year old kid on a ship.

We had plan to go to Palo (the adult only restaurant) but ended up changing and going to our normal dining. Not only did we love the staff so much but we just didn’t feel like leaving Austin again in day care.

Here are some of our adventures. I also forgot to mention that we had pirate night and the fancy dinner night. It’s always fun to dress up:

1st Family Vacation Day 2

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Walking up to day 2 on our Disney Cruise was fantastic. I forgot how much I loved sleeping on a ship. Yes-that’s no sarcasm as I love the rocking motion of the water. It’s soothing.

On day 2 we arrived in Ensenada Mexico!

Today was also Austin trip to the daycare. We decided that he didn’t really need to see anything on shore so we left him in the care of Disney employees and went searching for Papas & Beer.

I took this photo after I dropped off Austin…

Well- leaving Austin didn’t last long. We went into town, went to McDonald’s for free WiFi and a burger, walked to Papas and Beer but refused to pay for overpriced French fries and headed back to the ship. It was a nice trip in. When we arrived on the ship…Austin must have sensed our presence as the daycare contacted us. He was fine…maybe just hungry from waking up from his nap…so we took him early and had lunch.

Monday afternoon I had a little time to myself enjoy our Facebook group’s mixology class. It was fun learning how to mix drinks. And to enjoy!

That night the ship hosted its first show. We decided not to attend but had more fun exploring around waiting for dinner. Austin enjoyed getting his puréed food specially made for him. Our servers (Rebecca and Oscar) were totally awesome.

1st Family Vacation

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While this is a little behind–September 2017 marked the first Richter Family vacation as a family of three. Since Austin’s arrival August 2016, we have not been on any overnight trips with him– not even an attempt to stay in a cabin in Idyllwild for my birthday (we left mid-night because it was TOO hot.)

But as it was planned before–we decided we would introdruce our little munchkin to the world of Disney Cruise Line. Shawn found a cruise leaving San Diego (yay for no toddler flight plan) for a 5 day cruise to Baja California. I was thrilled because honestly, if I could live on Disney Cruise, I would. I love their ship designs, the theming, the food, the staff, you name it. I was probably more excited than anyone else to be sharing this finally with our little guy. Here are our adventures cruising the High Seas with Disney.

DAY 1: SAN DIEGO

Our day started our very early. You see–instead of flying somewhere and getting a bus to the port–we had the option and decided it would be fun to take the train down from Fullerton to San Diego along the coast. It is a gorgeous track. The only down side?–the train was leaving at 8:30a in Fullerton, an hour drive away from our house (approximately.) But we made it, with kid and trinkets in tow. I had to wear my pirating hat I was bringing for the costume parties (pirate and halloween) since it didn’t fit in the suitcase (or moreso because I didn’t want it squished.)

I had not been on the train in years. We spurlged and bought business tickets… which not only gave us more leg room for Austin to walk around in but also comfy seats with foot rests. We sat at the window on the sea side and watched the neighborhoods going by–it was unique. Of course–a 2 1/2 hour train ride with a infant/toddler is not an exact science… so we had snacks, drinks, toys and i ended up walking thru three train cars to keep him occupied. Let’s just say it was tiring.

When we arrived in San Diego, we walked (yes-walked) from the train station to the peir. It wasn’t long, but when you’re carrying three suitcases, two backpacks each and a kid in a carrier, it was another strain. Luckily we arrived at the time we were scheduled to board the ship, so we zoomed through the security lines, the check in line and the photography lines with the welcoming of us onto the Disney Wonder for the next 5 days:

First stop: guest services. to make sure we were taking advantage of all the freebies, assistance and details for infants (or so they called austin since he was only 1yr old.) Then we went to eat and eventually arrived at our room around 2-3ish (suitcases still pending–which meant door decor still pending)  It was exciting because when we arrived, there was a crib to be set up with Mickey bedding and we set Austin down on the big bed where he had tons of fun playing around. For the fire drill Austin was fully asleep and that worked out because by the time we got up to the deck/sail away party, he was mostly out.

However, that didn’t last for long since Mickey started talking and he woke up excited that he was seeing the Big Mouse Himself!. Then we started MOVING on the water!– Austin clearly is a water child…hardly noticing we were moving and wanting to walk all around the back of the boat. We kept him occupied until dinner (which was extremely late the first night) and learned that there was a little play area in the promonade longue (a good meeting/longue-y type spot next to our first night’s restaurant.) Once eating I felt a lot better– it was a relief to know that for dinner, the chefs are always willing to make purees for babies and so Ausitn i swear had some of the best food in his life. Also, there was always milk available (whether it be in ice cream or warmed form.)

Austin managed to get to sleep the first night no problems… (oh the night to come) We were tired from all the excitement and i was just giddy being on my favorite ship.