Life is messy, and hard and sometimes downright mean. I would like to be able to tell my kids that it is filled with unicorns and roses but that would be silly, untrue and would not prepare them for the reality of the future. I would like to tell them that they can just shut the door until the hard stuff is over but that would just make them victims to the evils that would eventually consume them. I would like to tell them that they could close their eyes and wish it all away but in my opinion that would ensure them a future of failure.
No, I tell my girls the truth. The cold, hard and often ugly truth. Life is unfair, hard and dirty at times and often it will disappoint you. With that truth comes the real lesson, a lesson of perseverance that those who keep their heads up, those who work hard, those who strap in for the rough ride will succeed in the end and be the stronger for it! My girls have lived this lesson from early ages. I am sure they feel that their lives have been often unfair to this point, Madison being witness to my miscarriage, major health scares for both of their parents and more hospital visits than any child should have to endure. They have seen their father work non stop only to have his pay cut and eventually be laid off by the same company. I am fully aware that our lives are a paradise when compared to others. We all have our struggles, how you deal with them makes us who we are.
I try to teach the girls that when life gets tough to face it and never give up. I hope that my husband and I have modeled this same lesson for them. There is often an easier way but it does not make it right. Never run and never bury your head in the sand. Do not be afraid to try, to fail, but NEVER stop trying, learn and grow and always keep smiling.
As meaningful as those lesson are, it is also important, more important to celebrate the wins, the glass is half full side of things. The fact that my girls are healthy and smart, athletic and kind. The fact that after a tough search my husband has found a wonderful new job. From time to time, it is nice to live in a world of unicorns and when life is on an upswing you grab on with both hands! How do you best celebrate the positive turn in events? With a trip to Disney World of course! Very soon we will be off to see that amazing Mouse! For our family Disney is that place where you get to close your eyes and wish it away, that world where fantasy is reality and pixie dust rules the land! I can not wait….Mickey we will be there soon!
I used to laugh at those families that went to Disney World over and over. Was there nothing else to spend their vacation money on? That was until we took the girl for the first time in October 2011. The joy in the faces of my girls the first time they walked down Main street, the wonder as the music for the parade started, “Celebrate a dream come true“, we all sang it for weeks after getting home. I remember Megan being so excited when the parade started to go by I had to hold back a tear, a mothers dream is to see a child that excited.
We returned in February 2013. That time was a celebration after my bilateral prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction. After receiving the pathology report and realizing that it was not “if” I would have gotten breast cancer but instead “when” we knew we had to celebrate! We went all out staying at the Kidani villas overlooking the safari and enjoying 7 jam-packed days. Once again we had a fantastic time! I really started to understand why people continue to come back, the fun had by the entire family was second to none! We could not wait to plan the next trip, we had become one of those families.
This weekend we head back. For the first time we will be driving and no villas. The kids are so excited because they will be sleeping in bunk beds. I am not sure who is more excited, the girls or Frank and I. My husband is just a big kid at heart and I have always had a loving fondness for all things Disney. I also fill with joy watching the girls have such a great time. The countdown has been going on for over a month with the excitement level increasing with each passing day…4 more days until Disney!
I have not posted in a while for several reasons..I will get to those once we return from seeing the mouse. Hold on Mickey, we will be there soon!
So, after a year of preparation, much anticipation and money spent,a good time was had by the entire family but to be honest I can not wait to get home! I want to sleep in my own bed, eat in my own kitchen and just lay on my sofa. We did have a ton of fun! We did the parks from front to back and inside out. We saw every show, rode every ride (well most of us did), and we ate a ton of food.
I will not miss the several block long walk to my room but I will miss the friends that we have been watching of the balcony.
Madison’s stomach is still not normal. We hit every bathroom in Hollywood studios at least twice. Megan joined the club today with a good cough. Traveling with kids is not easy! With that said, I and so happy we were able to do this with them. A trip like this may never come again but the memories will last forever!