when most people discover they will be parents they most likely spend a great deal of time daydreaming about all of the fun things they get to do with their new baby. (ok, probably more moms than dads . . . but stay with me!) for many people this includes the first trip to disney. now i don’t want to step on anyone’s toes with my next comment, but here goes nothing. if i didn’t live in orlando i would never be bringing my children at the ages they currently are (7 months and 3 1/2 years) to disney for a vacation. honestly, it seems like a giant waste of energy, not to mention money. i feel that kids at this age just can’t appreciate what is really going on, and though they may enjoy it in the moment, there is no way they will be able to remember the experience. let’s face it, it’s more for the parents than the kids, and there’s nothing wrong with that! that’s my opinion on the matter . . . just sayin. all that to say, living here and being constantly bombarded by the mouse on a daily basis (not to mention working there too) makes it oh too tempting to spend an evening of family time (and a crap load of money) making memories . . . for me and tom . . . not really the kiddos!
since we’ve decided to divide our time between our homes, it makes for some unique experiences, especially during the holiday season. tom and i decided a few years ago that we would cough up (make that hack up) the money for mickey’s christmas party each year. it would be an annual family tradition that we do when we have kids. i’m happy that we’ve decided to do it too. last year, big and pregnant, i walked around the magic kingdom thinking about this year and who exactly i’d be pushing in the double stroller with lily. would we have a sweet little girl or a jolly little boy? i’m thrilled it’s the latter!
last night, as we pushed our children down main street towards the castle, i had a sense of completion and utter joy. (oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the scent of baked goods were wafting out from the shops or that christmas music and snow were all around us!) we were a little family. we were making memories together . . . even if only two of us would actually remember it . . . leaving the others to relive it through pictures. it was freakin magical!