I am about to do something I said I would never do. I am happy with my decision, but I am constantly second guessing my choice. I am also very nervous, as this decision affects my entire family. I sometimes think my children will never forgive me. Can I live with that?
Enough with the dramatics. I was notified April 1st (yes, April Fool’s Day of all days), that I had chosen to be one of the bloggers to win a trip with Allegiant Air. I was in complete shock. Me, with this lil’ ol’ blog in this tiny corner of the blogosphere, was chosen out of so many amazing bloggers.
After the initial shock passed, I got into my planner zone. Could I make this work? My life is insane, I have 5 kids! Could I take my husband on this trip? Can we really leave that many kids behind?
Why I Went To Disney Without My Kids
And I haven’t shared the best part, it involves a visit to Disneyland. So here is where the ‘something I said I would never do’ comes into play. I always said I would never go on vacation without my kids. Here is a bit about why:
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
Vacations cost money, and lots of it. I always said I would not spend vacation money on just myself and my husband to travel, but I would rather save that money and eventually use it for us all to go together.
I will miss them.
That’s right, I love my kids. Big surprise, I know. As much as most days I need a break, I miss them after being gone for only 12 hours. I cannot fathom the idea of 4 days without them.
They will be mad.
My kids will be well taken care of. They will likely receive better care than they do when they are with me. But I am going to Disneyland. And they are dying to go to Disneyland.
The poor person left to care for them.
My parents have (kinda) agreed to keep the kids. 2 will be in school full time, but that leaves 3 at home. Not to mention the driving to and from activities. My job is hard. I don’t doubt it can be done, but I do feel sorry for the one left to do it.
Those are the reasons I could come up with as to why I shouldn’t go on vacation without the kids. I have mentally overcome 1, 3 and 4 and I think 2 will happen, and I just need to move on.
We leave in 3 weeks. We will fly with Allegiant to California. We have graciously been given a rental car and hotel stay and will be checking out Disneyland, Medieval Times® Dinner & Tournament, FiRE + iCE Grill Bar and enjoy a Southern California s’mores experience at The Hilton.
There is no doubt that my husband and I need this trip. We have been married 9 years (today actually) and have had 5 kids in that time. We are adoptive, biological and foster parents. We have not had a trip alone since we had ONE kid, 7 years ago.
I would love to hear some affirming words from some of you. Do you vacation without kids? What is the hardest part?
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