Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We Interrupt This Blog...

Alright, I need your help/advice/ears (or eyes I guess)...

If you've read this blog for a few minutes, you know how much I love Disneyland. We've had season passes since late 2007 and we've been to the Happiest Place on Earth more than 50 times easily since then.

On Thursday, Yvie's pass expires. Kennedy's expires next month and Mrs. LB's pass, along with mine, expires in late January. Not sure how that happened but...

Yvie's pass expires 11/11/10. Sad.

What's even more sad is we've decided not to renew. Sad sad. Triple sad. Quintuple sad times infinity...

Why not? We barely went this year. We didn't go at all from early March to mid-September. Not once. Not even during the summer. We went once in September and once in October. Our weekends are usually filled with other things, and last summer was short (six weeks) and packed, with camping, family vacations, our San Francisco Marathon trip and swim lessons. There was no time to squeeze in even one trip to Disneyland.

I would still like to renew, but at $329 a pop, we can't justify spending that much money for such few trips. We just can't.

So it's the end of an era and I'm genuinely saddened by it.

My question is this: should I go on Thursday? There is no school so we can go old-school, like when the girls were 3 and 1, 4 and 2, and we could go whenever the hell we wanted to, at whatever damn time we wanted with no restrictions.

But I'm pretty sure I'll be a little emotional and not sure how I'll enjoy the trip.

Every time we go, the girls have so much fun. Their eyes light up now at the same things that lit up their faces the first time we went. That place does not get old no matter times we've gone. The girls enjoy it to the max and that's what will make me sad, knowing that they won't get the same enjoyment there any more.

Part of me wants to go, to do all of our favorite rides one last time: Small World, Pirates, Buzz Lightyear, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and the ride we've gone on the most, Alice in Wonderland.

But part of me doesn't want to go because it will be too painful. I know, I'm being selfish, possibly turning away a potentially memorable day because I don't want to deal with the emotional fallout.

So, what say you, dear blog reader? Should I go for old time's sake? Or should I just concede defeat and find something else to do with the girls on Thursday? I'm guessing that if we stay home, we'd probably watch a movie, bake some muffins/cookies, maybe go to a park, nap... fun stuff but nowhere near as fun as Disneyland.

Sad LB...

12 comments:

Veronica said...

I'd go "one last time" but with the realization that it probably wont be the last time! Maybe the last time for a few years, sure. But inevitably you guys will go again at some point.
And they'll probably go with their kids in the future too.
So its not the LAST ever time. Its just the "last for a while."

So go, enjoy it, and make it awesome!

Amanda said...

As much as I'm not a theme park gal, I say go because after we went this September and I got to see the light in my kids eyes I am already planning our trip in two years :) Don't even think about it being the last time, just go and enjoy and make it a special day. Maybe even make a special collage to hang on the wall of pictures and things from that day that won't change until you go again.

Jill said...

You gotta go and take the girls one more time. And really, it's not forever - it's just a small hiccup until you can get back again - and you WILL get back again. I had to give up our summer vacation to the beach that we do every year b/c we just couldn't afford it this year - and it sucked!!! - but I know we'll be back sometime, as will you. So go and enjoy and wear a happy smile the whole time!! :)

Willoughby said...

Yes, absolutely go to Disneyland on Thursday! Have a blast and don't get too wrapped up thinking it will be the last time you go. Because even if you don't have passes, Disneyland isn't going anywhere. You'll go again in the future, I'm sure of it.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Go, go, go!!! You have to go! :)

Mark said...

You shouldn't go because I will be working.

No, I'm not selfish at all.

Kathrin said...

GO... The movie and muffins will still be there when you get back... And so will Disneyland when you guys have more time on your hands again!

Lisa said...

I'd go. Once you get there, you can't be sad--it is impossible. Your girls are still young. Most likely, you'll get a pass another time. It isn't the last time.

We are actually going today, after school. There isn't school tomorrow, so we can stay late! Our passes expire in December and I am not going to renew either. :-( Until then, I am going to get my money's worth!

Btw, we did the Southern CA pass, which is a bit cheaper. Saturdays are blocked out, but you can go Friday nights and Sundays. The summer is blocked out, which is fine because I hate crowds. It cost us about $50 per month for all for of us. I say it is a bargain. But right now I can't justify the extra $50. You might think about that pass.

Go tomorrow. You won't regret it.

Raoulysgirl said...

I'd go. Nothing says (as far as I know) that you will NEVER go again...just that you won't have the freedom of going whenever you want...

Which, in reality, you haven't REALLY been able to do since the girls started school. ???

Right?

thrasherswife said...

I'm on the go band wagon... you'll regret it if you don't.

Kadie said...

Go!

Tim Wilson said...

Hope you went :)