At this time (8:38 am, CST) last week, we were in Atlanta, racing through the airport with five kids, hoping to catch the second leg of our flight to Florida. Want to go along for the ride? I best back up…
On March 5 I was shaking as I opened the email.
We are pleased to invite you to the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. This invitation-only professional conference for social media-minded moms and dads will take place May 9 – 12, 2013 at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Florida.
The email goes on to say that it is a family-friendly conference and we should all attend.
Are you kidding me?!
Friends, a trip to Disney World was never on our radar. Spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to get my family of seven to Florida just isn’t in our budget right now, nor our dreams. We have embraced our lifestyle and have been very content with day trips here and there, sporting events for our kids, and occasional overnighters to buy a new-to-us vehicle.
This was a shocker. Other than the flight (6 plane tickets = ouch!) the conference was greatly subsidized. We knew right away that if we were ever going to “do Disney” in the near (or far???) future, the time to jump was now. Plus, I quickly found out that some of my dearest blogging friends were also invited. Getting our families together for the very first time? At Disney World?! No way was I turning that one down!
Lance and I checked the details, estimated the total cost, and registered that day.
This is where living below our means comes in handy. This is where saving first comes in handy. This is where making do comes in handy. Though we never expected this, the saving philosophy reins true. Blessedly, the money was there.
We’re going to Disney World!
And we aren’t telling a soul… (more to come)
Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and received discounted rates and tickets to various events and attractions. All opinions are my own.