burned out - Disneyworld is calling

<p>the magic kingdom, where memory says every place is handicapped accessable, my kids are perfect and perfectly happy, and it has never rained.</p>

<p>Anyone else thrown into a depression by close contact with financial papers and dreaming of throwing them all into the air and running away?</p>

<p>Well, I would love to go to Fantasyland, where there are no financial papers. Geez, I feel like Dumbo trying to fill out those forms!</p>

<p>Well, yeah, but I'd get more depressed thinking about Disneyland.</p>

<p>It's coming. I am planning for a "financial aid fling" weekend- just me, our W-2's, bank forms, etc.,etc. our tax forms, the FAFSA and the Profile, lots of chocolate, and the computer, the first weekend in February. The schools all want info in by February 15th - so I'll be working like a maniac to first do the taxes, then the Profile, then the FAFSA. Maybe I should take a "personal day"... hmmm... Ain't looking forward to it, that's for sure!!!! ;)</p>

Anyone else thrown into a depression by close contact with financial papers .....

Actually, I'm thrown into a depression every time I think about Disneyworld and realize that I won't be going for a long, long time because of the numbers on those financial papers .... sighsighsighsighsigh</p>

<p>Hey, no worries, no member of my family has ever been there, and we've bumbled along just fine!</p>

<p>Though I'm not a parent, I also have a dream location where I'd love to just visit on any given day. That place would not be Disneyworld but rather Los Angeles. (I have had a slight obsession for that city for several years now. It's a long story.) However, unnfortunately for me, I can't go there any day that I want. It's too far away from here, and a simple visit costs a lot of money. It makes me both happy (because I'vve been there) and sad (because I won't be going back any time soon) thinking about that place.</p>

<p>I just want to go back, back in time, when Mickey and his friends were real to my kids. I never got to go to Disney when I was little :(, but taking my kids there when they were small more than made up for it :). It really is a magical place, even for grownups, but there's nothing like seeing your kids eyes light up in Mickey Mouse's house.</p>


<p>I don't get it.</p>


A confused Angelino</p>

<p>coronax, I am with you. When my older son saw Mickey at age 4 he said, "Mickey, I don't bite my nails anymore, Mickey" while he hid his chewed up nails behind his back. His eyes got bigger than silver dollars as he talked to Mickey. We have it on video and it always makes me smile :) I am tearing up, just thinking about it!</p>

<p>northeasternmom, you're tearing up, and I'm tearing up just imagining your son hiding his little hands behind his back. This has got to stop! :)</p>

<p>coronax, I am sure that you have some nice memories at WDW too. We have some wonderful memories of our family time there.</p>

<p>The truely fine part of WDW for my kids was that the few times we went, I'd use a scooter. After years of a sit-down, can't walk/run mom I'd be right there with them and not in total pain all day.<br>
I suspect the always sunny weather was in my attitude, not the sky. It is the most magical place for "children of all ages". I've only vacationed twice with DH and not the kids and the first time was a wonderful honeymoon-ish time wandering WDW (with scooter).</p>

<p>UCLAri - It's a very long story. However, here's a little part of it. Right now, in the state pf Michigan, there is snow on the ground. However, in Los Angeles, it's probably at least 50 degrees. (Well, that's what it was a few weeks ago.) I heard one of the adults who went to the Rose Bowl (jokingly) comment that people from LA would probably have a heart attack if they saw an icicle due to them being so bundled up at the parade. Plus, it's very pretty there. You probably don't get it because you're from LA. You see it every day. I wouldn't understand why someone would want to move to Michigan because I live here.</p>

<p>"It is the most magical place for "children of all ages"."</p>

<p>It sure is OldinJersey. My parents made a cross country trip after my dad retired. One of their stops was Disney. This was there first and only visit there. They really had a "magical" time in the Magic Kingdom. They had planned a one day stop there, half for the Magic Kingdom and half for Epcot. That plan went out the window in a hurry.</p>

<p>I got to live in LA (well really Pasadena) for three years. I had no expectations of liking it, but I LOVED it. I loved driving and the whole car culture. I loved the architecture. I loved the weather. I loved being with my boyfriend. (Now husband.) I loved being within an hour's drive of mountains, deserts and beaches. </p>

<p>I have no desire to go to Disneyland, but after doing my estimated taxes and finding out how much I owe, despite earning so little has really bummed me out. I've got to get dh to pay his share - we've reduced his withholding too much I think.</p>

<p>coronax, That is such a sweet story. We took my FIL to Disney with us several years ago. It was wonderful to watch him relax and enjoy his grandchild (we only had our youngest son with us). They are such nice memories...He was in great health, and was able to run through all of the parks like a little kid.</p>

<p>"my kids are perfect and perfectly happy"</p>

<p>My mom, mother of four girls, had a philosophy for trips to Disneyland, birthday parties, etc.. It was: "Someone is going to cry." If you accept that truth at the outset, my mother believes, you will view a tantrum as an inevitable and temporary setback, rather than as the destruction of your perfect family day. As far as I remember, someone always did cry.</p>