April 19, 2016
We are off to Florida today. I am so excited, as well as admittedly a little nervous. This will probably be our one-and-only trip to Disney World with the kids (I'm basically dragging Kevin there), so I have expectations that I'm working to manage. I love Disney World. I want good weather and happy kids with a lot of energy; but I know there will be thunderstorms at some point, and all of us will get tired. We will take breaks and play games in lines and go back to the resort when we need to rest and want to play in the pool.
I also recognize that we can't do everything, so I asked the boys what they were most looking forward to, so we can make sure we set our priorities correctly. Aaron: Everest, breakfast buffet at least twice. Nathan: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Kevin: Relaxing by the pool, Jedi training. Me: Seeing smiles on my boys' faces, African safari, Space Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion.
We have also discussed rules that we all plan to follow. Here are the main ones...
1. No whining
2. Stay together (and have mom and dad's cell phone #s memorized just in case)
3. You have saved allowance money. You can spend it on anything you want, but when it's gone, it's gone.
4. If you ask for something and we say "no" - don't ask again.
5. It's okay to admit you're tired. Remembering rule #1, let us know and we will take a break.
6. If we all can't agree on what to do, it's okay for us to split up.
7. We will take turns riding with each other - because we are an odd number, one of the adults will have to ride by themselves at times. (My mother-in-law is coming with us, and she may be the most excited one of all.)
8. No fighting. If you need a break from each other, we will split up for a bit.
9. When it's time to sleep, sleep. We all need energy for the next day.
10. Always, always, remember rule #1.