Enjoying the moment….. and counting days. #flashbackfriday

Flashback Friday! Granted, we live here in Florida now, but this blog that I wrote awhile back really reminds me of how a lot of people feel, because that’s how it was for me! I hope you enjoy this look back! ~M

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So, there you are, you just finished booking your Disney Vacation, and my gosh are you excited! Now the planning begins, and so does the waiting. You start to look at your calendar, and try to decide which parks you will visit, in what order, on what days, and where you’d like to eat. It all seems like work, but it’s really a good thing. You want your Disney Vacation to be near perfect, and you want to make sure you see and do everything that’s on your mental itinerary. Then the waiting comes. You wait…. and you wait…. and you wait. What else? Wait for it…… you WAIT!! Then, it’s finally here. Time to go. Time to check into your resort and let the fun begin.

That moment, for me, is a little bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong, once the waiting is finally through, and we’re at our Happy Place, I’m one grateful girl. My heart swells with joy. The anticipation is over, and I’m here. So, why is it bittersweet? The answer is simple…. because it all goes by too fast. I’m so happy to be there, but I’m already not looking forward to having to leave. It might sound silly, but I do it every time.

From the first day…. heck, even the first half day, I start to count days. Meaning, I begin to think “Ok, we’re going to the MK tomorrow, have dinner at such and such, and then we’ll only have 5 days left.” Why do I do that? It’s almost like a bit of panic sets in. I try to savor EVERY moment I can, because before I know it, the amazing vacation we waiting months for, will be done in the blink of an eye. I take as many pictures as I can, try to capture the expressions on my children’s faces, let them go on the Haunted Mansion for a 3rd time if that’s what they want to do, etc. It’s important for me, I believe my Disney OCD kicks in even more when I’m there.

I think another reason for day counting and trying to “be” in the moment while at Disney, is because I know how long it takes, and what it takes to actually get there. For us, like many families these days, we can’t just book a trip to Disney. It takes time, sacrifice, and lots of savings in order to be able to go. Because of this, I also know when I’m there, that I do NOT know how long it will be before we are able to go back. We work hard, but it’s not easy to get by in our economy. Vacations have to take a backseat to necessities in life that we just can’t avoid. It stinks, but it’s true. I don’t know, maybe if I could go to Disney all the time, whenever I wanted to, maybe I’d take it for granted. I don’t “think” I would, but I can honestly say I seriously do appreciate the time I’m given when we’re blessed enough to be able to visit. It’s an effort to get there, but it’s wonderful.

When my day counting is almost through, I feel a little sadness in my happily swollen heart. I know it’s almost time to make that trip home, not knowing when we will be back to our Disney “Home” again. Part of my mental planning, counting, and moment savoring plan is to make sure we visit the Magic Kingdom on that last night. Why? I want the memories of that night to last. I want Cinderella Castle to be the last thing I see. I want those images and memories engrained into my mind. It’s part of the plan. It gives me something to hold on to… until the next time the planning, the waiting game, the mental itinerary, and everything else starts brewing up again. Until checking in to our resort comes, and the counting of days begins all over. It’s all part of my Disney OCD I suppose, old habits die hard. Bittersweet? Yes. Worth every second? Absolutely.

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

5 Responses to Enjoying the moment….. and counting days. #flashbackfriday

  1. Cindershella says:

    I hope you’re ok!! Plan around “specials” or free dining if you can! We ALWAYS do that, and it saves so much money!!

  2. 5disneykids says:

    It makes me sick, not knowing when we will get back to WDW. It actually hurts thinking that we won’t be able to go again for a couple years. This is a daily discussion in our house, “When are we going back to Disney?” “Why is it taking so long?”. I had finally accepted, in my head, that we will not be able to make it this year because of our “money” situation. However, I have recently had a health scare. Enough of one to make me think about how short life is and if you just work, work, work, there is no time to enjoy what you tell yourself you are working for. Now, needless to say, we are re-evealuating how to get there this year.
    The planning is just as much fun for me as the vacation itself. We have learned to slow down in the parks (with 3 little ones, its not easy).

  3. CMDad says:

    I agree with ariel1236. My wife and I can go often now (being retired) and do since our daughter works in WDW. We can enjoy the parks without the added pressure of having to do anything in particular while there. Even if there is something that we had planned on doing, if we don’t – well then we can and will do it next time.

    But like you, I do “dread” the vacation being over, On the last trip I mentioned to my daughter how much part of the fun is the anticipation of the trip. In fact, I blogged about just that before we left for our last visit … http://disneyworldreports.blogspot.com/2013/01/anticipation.html

  4. Cindershella says:

    I thought about that too. I’m sure I would do like you do, and really enjoy slowing things down, seeing more, and taking advantage of having the time there!! I’m happy for you two that you get to enjoy Disney that way!! 🙂

  5. ariel1236 says:

    I understand the trying to savor every moment.

    You mentioned that you thought that if you could go to Disney whenever you wanted you might take it for granted. I can say that for my husband and myself that is not the case at all. We find that we appreciate things a lot more. Since we are not running to jump on the ride that we haven’t been on in 6 months, we can slow down and see more of the details, like the architecture of the buildings, and we enjoy finding the nooks and crannies of the parks and relaxing.

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