For several years now I have been promising Mr. Max that we would go to Disney World. I thought we would be able to pull it off and a few years back I began the process of planning our dream vacation to the Magic Kingdom. Then life happened and our finances that have always been spread pretty thin were pushed to their limits and I had to tell Max that our trip just wouldn’t be possible yet.
Fast forward to this past spring. I received a bonus for a job well done at work and thought at last our time had come! I once again began to look into planning a dream vacation, but it came to a screeching halt when I realize that the cost for the total trip package had gone up by about $1000! There was no way I could justify that! It would take the entire bonus and a whole lot more.
I accepted the fact that we just might not ever have the means necessary to ever go to Disney World. I wrestled with guilt and self-loathing. How could we not afford this, just one time? My husband and I both work full-time jobs and try very hard to live within our means. Frustration set in as the cost of living, groceries, and gas continued to go up but our pay increases just can’t keep up.
I took stock of our situation, realized we are better off than a lot of people, and in the same boat as many other people. Our circumstances are not unique. So I pulled myself up out of the depths of despair (thank you very much for that fantastic phrase Anne of Green Gables) and gave thanks and praise for the good times we do get to enjoy together as a family closer to home.
All of a sudden out of the clear blue sky my boss offered me the chance to attend a conference for work in November of this year. Any guesses where the conference would be taking place? That’s right, Orlando, Florida at the Disney World Resort! Best of all, I could bring my bring my family along and they could share my room with me. While I am in sessions all day, Max will get to enjoy the magic with his Dad. I will get to join them in the evenings.
It is the opportunity of a lifetime. Never again will we have the opportunity to go to Disney World and not have to pay for lodging. Many people have affirmed our decision to take the husband and Max with me, and have told us that there is no way we could pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity.
THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH IS STRESSING ME OUT TO THE MAX!!!!!!!!! (No pun intended!)
We are discovering that even with the advantage of having some of the costs covered because it is a business trip, the remaining costs are mounting rapidly; plane fare, park tickets, dog kennelling, dog vaccinations updated so they can go to the kennel. Then there are the anticipated expenses to come; tolls, airport parking, meals for the husband and Max, and any souvenirs. Everything added together will take care of maxing out my one small credit card.
Is it worth all this stress? Am I the only soul on planet Earth that is feeling sick and incredibly worried about how to make this trip happen and take care of all of the extra expenses and still manage to pay the bills on time? In the back of my mind are looming the upcoming expenses of putting heating oil in the tank and Christmas that is just around the corner.
Does anyone else feel like this before a vacation? Why are we as parents willing to go to such great lengths to create these special memories for our children? Am I nuts to go through with this? Right, wrong, or indifferent I am hoping for the best. Hoping that my heavenly father will take pity on me and my stupidity and help me pull this off. Even if that means we are having roman noodles for dinner every night in November not spent at Walt Disney World.
Even if we struggle for a few months, the time spent together will be worth it. It really, truly is a one time thing, and we will treasure the memories always. Right?