Disney now has a new savings programed aimed at helping families save for their Disney vacations. You can check out all the details here: https://disneyvacationaccount.disney.go.com/ Personally I think it’s not a bad option, especially for families where multiple individuals would be contributing towards the costs. I know we couldn’t have afforded our January trip if I hadn’t created a special savings account at our bank.
I began saving pretty much as soon as we got home from our first trip to WDW. Ten percent off the top of everything I made went straight into that savings account. And any time I could, I’d put extra in. Sometimes it was another five bucks, sometimes it was five hundred (gotta love large pay days). More often than not it was a tiny bit at a time. But a years worth of saving everything I could has meant we’re heading to WDW in three weeks.
Yeah, there were things we chose to do without. Things we could have used. I’d love a new oven or dishwasher… and we haven’t decorated yet even though we’ve now been living in this house for a little over a year. LOL But we all make choices, we all have priorities. And honestly? When Lily-Ann is grown? She won’t remember that our oven only had a top burner (which meant the bottom half of our pizzas weren’t as crisp as they should have been), but she will remember the amazing times we had as a family, laughing, and enjoying every moment. And that’s worth keeping our crummy oven a little longer. 😉
Today is Marie’s birthday. She’s 28, which blows my mind more than a little. I still remember that little girl who joined our family over two decades ago… who would play under the pool table, so unsure of herself and her new family. That girl who grew to be the center of my world for a very long time… whom I would make time to sing with every time I visited home after I moved out. Her favourite song for a while was “There’s a big green monster under my bed”. She’d giggle like mad as I did all the actions, and then we’d have to do it all again. I remember her singing at my wedding… I was fine all during the ceremony, the toasts, the reception, but her singing “You are my sunshine” had me fighting back the tears. Then we had Lily-Ann, and there really was no choice at all. It was a no brainer. Lily-Ann is Lily-Ann Marie. And oh those two get on each others nerves at times. LOL But it definitely gets better as the kid gets a little older, and can understand how special Marie is.
So… anyway… Today is Marie’s birthday. And here we are singing the happy birthday song as my sister Riki carries in the cake:
One of Marie’s favourite jokes, and it’s one that is all her own, is to say your name repeatedly… wait for you to give her your undivided attention, and for the room to go quiet, then both say and sign “flashlight”. So, without fail, someone always gives her a flashlight for her birthday. She loves them, and it only fuels her little gag. This year the joke ended up being on us, as she’s sure that our gift is a cellphone:
Over all? I’d say it was a successful party for someone who means the world to us. 🙂