O.K. So We FINALLY did it!! The BIG TRIP TO..........DISNEY! Our kids had been bugging us for ages to take them to the "Magic Kingdom". Our daughter actually had the nerve to insinuate that she was suffering abuse because she was the only child in her 3rd grade class who had not yet been there. Of course, my husband and I both have to laugh at this, since we both grew up in families who couldn't afford such luxuries as a Disney vacation. I personally didn't get to go to Disney until I was in my teens. And we lived an hour from ORLANDO!!! It is an 8 hour trip from our home now and 5 times more expensive!! BUT.....we went!
Let me just say....it was MAGICAL! The kids had a ball! And of course we enjoyed watching them having so much fun. My wonderful hubby splurged for some very nice accomodations while we were there...suites the whole time...which made a week in hotels with 3 small kids a little more bearable. BUT....believe me when I say that the trip was not without its share of nightmarish chaos . First of all....THERE WAS SLEET & SNOW FLURRIES the day we arrrived in Florida! That's right! SLEET!! IT was FREEEZING! I swear it was warmer where we live, several states to the North! The whole time we were at the Disney parks we had coats, & hats & gloves on! YAY! The up-side to that was that the lines were probably shorter than if it had been warm. But there were still lines.
Besides the weather issue, there was the behavioral metamorphosis which took place in our family while we were there. Let me explain. It went something like this....
Our normally mild mannered, somewhat well behaved and fairly intelligent children turned into little whining, complaining,disobedient,snotty & spoiled acting little BRATS!!! And my husband and I, in turn, became two very irritable, short-fused ticking timebombs! At one point we were in one of the parks and my hubby was so fed up with the misbehavior of one of the kids he was verbally reprimanding them and people were staring! I was mortified with embarrassment! I have never seen my husband lose his temper to this extent. Certainly never in public. All I could do was look the other way and pretend I wasn't with this noisy group!
Needless to say, when all was said and done, I was ecstatic to return home and get the kids back into their regular routine and back to their normal behavior. I am sure that I will get to be subjected to the "magic" of Disney at some point again in a few years. Can't wait!
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
All the ways of a man seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives.
PROVERBS 21: 2