The D's @ Disneyland

I don't know about you, but our family is on a pretty strict budget these days. We decided last summer that we'd like spend a day at Disneyland this year. We talked with the boys at dinner one night about approximately how much it would cost. We all decided at that point that we were going to save up for the trip as a family. So over the last year we saved and saved, but had fun at the same time. We had two garage sales, where the kids sold tons of their old toys. I sold most of Beach Bunny's baby clothes. We made a ton of "free" money from recycling our plastic bottles and cans... good for the environment, too. Woot! Woot! The boys even sold their old Pokemon cards on Ebay.

Do you see why we call them "Neapolitan Ice Cream"?

One of my favorite ways of contributing to our "Disney Fund" was to collect any money I found while doing laundry. Instead of everyone squabbling over who the money belonged to, I just put it aside for the trip. Over the last year I collected $78.23, plus a few rocks and love notes. I'm super proud of my family for working as a team. Looking back I think each one of us enjoyed and appreciated our day just a little bit more.


Silly Girl goofing around with Daddy pulling Daddy's hair out
while waiting in line for Buzz Lightyear


MELISSA said...

Such a great idea to work together as a family to save! I love the "Neapolitan" comment LOL - so true!!! :) You have a beautiful family.

Laurie said...

That is so awesome and a great lesson. I love the Neopolitan ice cream......too funny! Great pictures too! You and Hannah have inspired me to more forward and I purchased PSE7 yesterday!

Terri said...

Love the Neapolitan Ice Cream picture! I totally see it!
That is an awesome way to work together as a family! A great lesson learned!

Leslie said...

Love that kind of ice cream too!!!

GREAT pics and how blessed you are!

Hannah said...

Love the Neapolitan ice cream...I totally see it!

I love how you guys worked together and truly made it a family trip. We are in the same boat so I get it.

Love, Hugs, and my God bless you each day.

Ashley said...

How fun!!! WAY TO SAVE :)

Gina said...

Precious! I love it!!

Life with Kaishon said...

This is the sweetest thing ever! It made my day : ) What a sweet family! I am glad you had fun!

drewmark19 said...

I think that's a great way to get the kids involved. Then they don't take the day for granted. So many kids get things handed to them all the time that they don't appreciate the sacrifices made. You're teaching them some great life lessons and having fun doing it. {I love the Neopolitan reference. So cute!}

Amanda said...

You sure have a beautiful family.. your pictures look great, you are realy talented!!

I love the 'neopolital' line... too cute!


LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

Your family is so beautiful. I have loved reading all your posts. So glad to hear you got the all clear news.

Minako said...

Hi... just happen to cross your site... I see that you also love Disney... me too...

Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!

kimberly t. bowling said...

Neopolitan....love that analogy. Love all the flavors invovled...just as you do those adorable kiddos of yours.

Fantastic family. Love reading your blog.