The kids and I enjoyed Disney World last week with my mom as my university was on midterm break. It was a trip planned and paid for ages ago before everything changed, and I feel grateful that we got to enjoy it together.
Disney is not a vacation for parents. (I’m not sure how many ways I should say that to make it clear, but really and truly, it is exhausting.) But there is something magical about seeing it all through your kids’ eyes and watching them get lost in all the fantasy. These two had such a great time.
It was a good lesson for me to live in the moment. I didn’t take as many photos as I “should” have – not one single picture of all four of us together, which I kind of regret. (Remember the days when we were little, and our parents would take a handful of pictures on vacation and that was it? Expectations are so different these days.) But at the same time, there’s something to be said for just throwing your things in the car and hitting the road to forget everything else for a while. It’s liberating in our current world of Pinterest and planning and iPhone sharing.
I booked a few character dinners for them ages ago, but that is all the planning I really did. Other than that, I just let them hold the reins on this one, and we followed along – which meant riding Buzz Lightyear too many times and walking most of Disney World with my almost-three-year-old strapped on my back in the Ergo, but it was worth it. It was a good reminder to live in the moment and enjoy what is right in front of you without thinking ahead to tomorrow or next week. They are growing into such incredible little people these days. It makes my heart beat a little bigger to see them interacting and growing and learning.
As we arrived home, we were in negotiations with some potential buyers on our home, and it looks like we are officially under contract now. It’s both exciting and terrifying. I have no idea where I am going with the kids, but I’m trusting something good will fall in my path. Send good thoughts our way as the kids and I begin the next chapter in this journey.