It’s time for the very last deposit into the Disney Fund for the 2014 trip!
$155.09 – Paid a medical bill and then got a reimbursement because our deductible was met.
$6.70 – Spare change
$160 – Rebate check from buying paint at Lowe’s
$40 – (4) $10 gift cards from Disney Movie Rewards
$6.29 in spare change
$102.51 earned on my Disney Visa for August and September
I always add our grocery budget and gas budget into the fund as the trip date draws near. We won’t be using the budget for the week since we will be in Walt Disney World! So we will just spend the money there instead.
$115 gas budget for the week of 10/9 – 10/15 + $60 of the gas budget from the week of 10/16 – 10/22
$150 from the grocery budget for the week of 10/9 – 10/15 + $75 of the grocery budget for the week of 10/16-10/22
That’s $870.59 that I have saved! It’s a grand total of $4103.82 saved since February 3rd, 2013!
This is my dad. He knows what a hard time I have had over the past year. Having Molly Kate was the hardest thing I have ever done. After losing my sweet son Andrew, I was terrified to death to get pregnant again. The moment the test said positive, my anxiety kicked into high gear. I spent a lot of my pregnancy in prayer, in counseling with my pastor and just trying to trust in God and get her here alive.
Once she was born and so healthy and perfect, I tried to relax. But I was so sick! In the first 3 months, I dealt with clogged ducts, mastitis, a full blown summer cold and strep throat. I was also terrified to sleep because I was worried that I would wake up and she would be gone. When she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and had to spend 6 weeks in a brace, I blamed myself when it wasn’t really anything I could have prevented. Finally, I was able to give it over to God and started to feel so much better.
My husband recently shared with me that I was very depressed and withdrawn from everyone during the pregnancy and the first few months of her life. I didn’t realize how I appeared to everyone around me.
One thing that I did was tell my dad how worried I was about our upcoming trip to Disney. See, we booked this trip and invited along the readers because it is our sad week. October 13th will be 6 years since my Father in Law passed away, 4 years since my baby passed away and 3 years since my uncle passed away. October 15th will be the anniversary of the day we found out that the baby had died. October 16th will be be the anniversary of the day we buried my father in law and uncle. And October 18th will be the anniversary of the day I delivered the baby.
Last year, the week of Oct 13th – 18th was so dark and depressing and just all around sucky, that we decided that this year we would spend it in the happiest place on earth and open it up to any readers that were able to join us. We vowed not to spend this week depressed and mopey and withdrawn.
So I told my dad that we were going to Disney World but that I was worried about how I was going to handle it with a 4 month old (this was while I was still so sick and weak and barely functioning). So he asked me where I could stay that would make my life the easiest. I told him The Contemporary but that I couldn’t justify the cost. So he gave me a check for $1500, the difference between the room at Pop Century and the room at The Contemporary. He told me it was a baby gift, birthday gift, Christmas gift x 5!
The kids are going to be so surprised! Jacob’s favorite resort is The Contemporary, so when we arrive and surprise him with it, they aren’t going to know what to think!! And it is going to be so much easier with the baby. We are going to concentrate on the Magic Kingdom on this trip, spending 3 out of our 7 Disney days there. Plus hubby will take the kids in the evenings that do not have the Halloween party while I stay in the room with the baby.
So here is the breakdown of the trip budget:
$2331.84 – 7 nights at The Contemporary with the group rate
$1,316.03 – 7 day Disney park tickets for 2 adults, 2 kids with the group rate
$496.26 + $34 parking for Universal Studios to see Wizarding World of Harry Potter (gah, crazy expensive but we are going over for 2 days since it was only $100 more for the 2nd day and it made it sting a little less)
$160 – gas to drive down there, back and around town
$1265.69 – that’s how much is left for food and souvenirs. Emily is now a Disney adult (she’s 10) and they want her to pay the adult rate for the dining plan. My child does not need all that food! So we are paying out of pocket and sticking to mainly counter service meals where she can split an adult meal with her brother. I am on a non dairy diet (did I mention the baby can’t handle dairy, corn or tomatoes), so I am packing a lot of my own food to eat and we will all be eating breakfast in the room. I am sure this is going to be more than enough for food and souvenirs!
So there you have it! Wish us luck on this first trip as a family of 5!