Lesson One: Never underestimate the value of simple pleasures.
As we planned our trip, we did so realizing that the crowds might be overwhelming. So we planned to keep things simple. We came up with ideas of things we could do, if we couldn't do what we really wanted. It turned out these "Plan B" activities were our most treasured.
On Christmas Day, we spent 30 minutes unwrapping one present each... they were under $10 a piece (per house rules), they were haphazardly wrapped in leftover tissue paper (It was what we had on hand and I believe one of Andrew’s was held together with chewing gum, because we ran out of tape), and we had the time of our lives. We laughed until we thought our sides would split.
So, take time to smell the gingerbread; it will permeate your soul.
Spend an hour riding the monorail in your own car – over and over again (and again). One day your daughter might just tell you it was her “best” moment.
Play with Lincoln Logs; they build more than cabins, they build memories.
Sit and stare at the castle; you’ll see magic happen.
Watch a movie by the pool; no, it does NOT matter that you have the same movie on blue ray at home, you’re at Disney and you’re by the pool and it’s on a ginormous blow up screen. Watch it through new eyes.
Smile for every “self portrait” your daughter will want to snap with you on her new iPhone. There will be many. And you’d be wise to cherish every one.
Oh, and eat dessert first...the sweetest things should be enjoyed most fully.
These are the moments you’ll remember so much more than scoring that fast pass for Toy Story Mania.
Feel free to add your "simple treasures" to the list, I'd love to read them.