Managing expectations

so, when I booked this Disney Trip, I had lots of great plans and expectations. And, while the trip will still be great, I’m getting a lesson in managing my expectations, especially where my kids are concerned. First,  I booked a 6:30am flight, which meant we were up at 3:30am. They actually cooperated with my expectation to go to bed at 7:00pm the night before. The actually got up in a decent mood….. We arrived at the parks and good times begin.

My plan/expectation was to stay at the park until midnight and watch NYE fireworks. I’m mean how cool would that be?!?! Well, thankfully we caught the 6:30 fireworks because the kids were done at 10:00. LK was crying because she was afraid she was disappointing me. Gut check, is this trip about me or creating memories with my kids? I assured her I was not disappointed and as soon as we finished this last ride for Sam, we were out. Then, she says, “my friend is right, I’m always the buzz kill.” What? Why are your 9 year old friends saying that?  The kids and hubby were in bed by 11, and I watched the fireworks from the balcony.

Second plan was to be at MK for the 7:00 am Rope Drop today. How cool to be the first into MK on New Year’s Day? Well, that’s in 15 minutes and my kids are still out. Again, I ask myself is being first, and doing the best things worth 2 tired grumpy kids? Nope. So, I’ll let them sleep, we’ll get there sometime. We’ll have a great day together, and they won’t know what they missed….. There would have been a day I couldn’t let this go. We would have stayed and went just to execute the plan. But, I’m slowly learning to give a little, and enjoy the ride.

Happy New Year Friends! We’re praying for God’s richest blessings on you. You can pray for us as we contemplate some business decisions and new opportunities in the New Year.

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