I had feathered bangs, pink plastic glasses and some killer high-waisted pants.
It seems like a million years ago and yet I can still remember how excited I was to be there. I still remember being in charge of the autograph book (even though my mom kept telling me I was NOT in charge). I remember my parents taking us to Kennedy Space Center and watching a shuttle launch. I remember spending all of my vacation souvenir allowance within the first 10 minutes of being there. I bought a Winnie the Pooh bean bag plush set. Addie was just playing with my Piglet the other day :-)
A lot of people have asked me why we decided to take the kids to Disney while they are still "too young to remember". The truth is, I don't know if they are too young to remember. Sure, they may not remember what they wore, what they ate for breakfast, or even which characters they met. But one thing is for sure...they WILL remember the magic of it all. I believe this is the perfect time to be taking my kids because when we meet Mickey...we will really be meeting Mickey. And when we meet Cinderella...we will really be meeting Cinderella. I mean...how long is that kind of magic alive?
I suppose a lot of my desire to take the kids now has to do with a dream...a dream to take my kids to Disney World and show them the time of their lives. I guess I just couldn't wait any longer to make that dream come true :-) And now that the moment is almost here, I can't help but think back to all the great memories our parents created for us. I can't help but look at these scrapbooks and reminisce. And some day, I hope that Addie and Blake can sit with their kids before their first trip and show them silly pictures of themselves and remember...at least a little bit...about how magical it was. I know I will remember that forever :-)