So I didn't want everyone knowing. About Disneyland. About how we go there ... every week.
There. I said it.
It's true. We do, in fact, as a family go play at Disneyland once a week.
You see, we had been trying to figure out how to tell our children, that, yes, we are living 15 minutes from Disneyland for two whole years, but, sorry, you're not ever going there.
Then some people gifted us with a generous sum of money with specific instructions that it be used for something special and extravagant, not daily and practical. So we bought Disney's cheapest annual passes and are now able to spend a half-day there about once a week.
And as someone who was not a big Disney fan, nor huge lover of amusement parks, I have to admit that I absolutely adore our Disney time. Yes, we do realize that it may be completely distorting our children's expectations for life from here on out. But we've decided to embrace the gift we've been given. It is our family happy place. It's our time to be together, to put aside the worries of the week and just enjoy.
So there's our secret, we have Disney passes. Since it is a big part of our life right now, we want to be able to share it. We thought we'd give some context to the pictures, so people don't misunderstand and think we're livin' large here in So Cal. There are still the three part-time jobs, the one car, the no cable TV or smart phones, the pennies pinched, all sacrifices that are more than worth it to make a dream real.
But here in the midst of the "doing without" there is this crazy extravagant Disney gift we have, the memories we are making, and the bonding that it brings.
To those givers of this gift, you know who you are. We are ever so grateful.