A family's story

30 More Sleeps…

Last night Hubz and I told the 3 scramps about the BIG vacation! Hope Disney World is ready for the bucket-full-of-crazy coming its way!!

Hubz and I have been planning this mousecapade since February. This vacay is NINE months in the making…and we only have 30 sleeps left until it’s time!! Eeep! (That would be my inner 8 year old piddling with excitement.)

A neighbor family just went a week ago. When my friend explained how her kids reacted, we heard about her daughter’s jumping up and down, thank yous, shrieks of excitement, and loads of questions. Hubz and I could only hope for such a reaction.

When it went down at our house, we got something a leetle different…Tate jumped out of his chair, started pacing in excitement, and shouted, “Eeeeew. Eeeeewwwwppp. Peepees!!” Trust me when I say that was a favorable reaction. Cole started to jump around, and questioned, “Clubhouse?!?” To him, Mickey is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Fair enough.

Jake, though, slumped in his chair, grumbling. Crap. I tried to play it up..
“Jake, we’re taking an airplane!”
“We’re going to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge…you’ll see animals every day.”
“I don’t WANT to see animals!”

I mumbled to Hubz that I was so glad we spent what we did on this vacay…ugh. He said, pretty much, that Jake is going…and he’ll like it…dammit!

We talked it up to the boys…explained that they get days off from school, they get to see animals…and characters…and get to go to Mickey’s Christmas Party. There was chatting about rides, and treats, and character meals. We really tried to “sell” it.

Ultimately Jake came around, even got a tad excited about it. Hopefully we can sustain the excitement over the next month. And hopefully we can prepare the boys through pictures, social stories, planning, and books. There are lists to be made, arrangements to set up, and semi-nervous breakdowns to have.

This will either be the trip of a lifetime…or the worst idea we’ve ever had. Here’s to hoping it’s the former!!


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