Friday, March 27, 2009

planning & saving

for the past three years, alanna and i have made a new tradition of vacationing in california and spending a few days (or more) at disneyland. during october, the parks are decorated for the halloween season, and it is so much fun. if you have not been during their "halloween time", i suggest you go! i love all things halloween. the colors, the decorations, the costumes, and the pumpkins! and as you might already know, i love the nightmare before christmas. disneyland completely changes the haunted mansion ride between october and january, and makes it the "haunted mansion holiday" featuring all of the NBC characters. it is great!

my goal for the next six months is to save as much money as i can, to go towards our 2009 trip. danny and i have been really good about not using any credit cards this year (the only c/c purchase we've made since november was for our airline tickets to utah in april). so i am going to do my best to fund the trip this year with cash. i am selling lots of random things on ebay, old clothes, baby items, and nightmare items that i don't love. my birthday is coming right up, and i would love a donation to our disney fund in lieu of gifts (pssst mom!). i think we will be going on september 30th (alanna's 13th birthday) or october 1st, for a week. so kate and mom, start making your plans too! we want you to join us again! here are a few photos from our past four trips:

alanna and i, on our very first trip to disneyland.
april 2004.

our first october trip in 2006.


october 2007. with malcolm in my tummy.


october 2008...


...malcolm's first trip (outside of the womb)

(the 2008 collectors edition dvd of the nightmare before christmas has a bonus feature that shows just what goes on behind the scenes in making the "haunted mansion holiday". if you are a fan, it's pretty interesting and fun to watch)

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