This is an internet hug!
We also have seven kids I could get my husband to stay home if I TRIED! We had internet access on The Glory and I kept delaying going to send an email to our families because I knew it would be a pain but it WAS NOT AT ALL> It was expensive though(.75 a minute) It is cheaper if you buy an unlimited package the day you board though.
There is a great packing list link listed on the general cruise chat that someone just asked for this week.
There is plenty to do even with limited money and I have read lots of posts about taking alcohol on the ship, browse through some of the other posts on here and you'll get EVERY QUESTION answered you never knew you even had!!!
HAVE FUN and RELAX!