Our Daytona Beach Mini Getaway

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The summer months are filled with fun and laughter. This is the time of year where children are out of school and families get together for vacations. I love this time of year. This year, we weren’t able to take a big trip due to funds and surgeries. That was disappointing, but we were able to do a couple of things this summer including family fun day, a baby shower, and now a quick trip to Daytona Beach this past weekend for a mini getaway.

Daytona Beach

The occasion was Mr. Kay Saga’s family reunion. A good portion of his family traveled down to Daytona Beach, Florida to enjoy each others company. This trip came right on time as Mr. Kay Saga’s surgery was yesterday. We were able to have a fun weekend to relax before the surgery and beginning the recovery process. In total, about 100 family members came and everyone stayed at the same hotel. We met a few family members that we have never met before and we had an amazing time.

Daytona Scenery

When we arrived on Friday, we decided to walk the strip and explore Daytona. We visited a number of cute gift shops and grabbed an iced coffee before heading back to our room for a nap. Everyone met later that day for dinner, our first family event of the trip. We were greeted with tote bags and t-shirts that had been personalized with the family name. Dinner was great! We had a deli style dinner that included pizza, salad, wings, subs, chips, and cookies for dessert. It was great to hang out and fellowship with people that we hadn’t seen in a while and also meet a few new people.

Hilton Daytona

Saturday was full of fun. We all wore our matching shirts and everyone was able to choose the activities that they wanted to participate in until around 4:00 pm. Refreshments were provided for us throughout the day if we chose to have them. Our activity options included the beach, pool, arcade, water slides, go carts, shopping, rides at a little adventure park and just hanging out with each other at the hotel.

Hilton Daytona Pool

We decided to have breakfast and do a bit of souvenir shopping on our own that morning, then we hung out at the beach with a few family members for a couple of hours. When we left the beach it was about 3:00 pm and we went to have refreshments with more family members. The rest of the day consisted of pictures, fellowship, and a catered dinner. The food was delicious and included BBQ ribs, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, and rolls. We had a number of different cakes to choose from for dessert. Everything was really good.


We packed up to leave Daytona on Sunday. Everyone else stayed over for one final event, but we needed to come home to prepare for pre-op on Monday for the surgery. I am so thankful that we were able to attend the reunion.

The Strip

Initially, my husband’s surgery was scheduled for 7/29, the day that the reunion started. We really did not want people to have to choose Daytona or coming to town to visit us for support. This would have been a very hard decision and we didn’t want anyone to feel bad for being in Daytona (if they chose to) when my husband was having surgery. We asked if there was any way possible to have the surgery pushed back and the doctors were able to do so. This made us very happy. Overall, the trip was really fun and I think it was great to do something relaxing before the surgery.

Daytona Scenery

Question of the day: What family trips have you taken this summer?

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