I decided on Sunday May 22, 2011 that I had had enough. I endured the carppiest weekend of my life, topped off by DD being diagnosed with a double case of pink eye and a side of sinus infection. I was tired and about to embark upon the final week of school and possible unemployment. As a student aide, AKA paraprofessional, the student I had been with for the last four years was graduating. I already lost it (emotionally) when his sister graduated the year before, and though I am much closer to her, his graduation was exceptionally hard for me to grasp. Also, not having a student anymore leads to me not knowing where/if I would have a job the following fall. Stick a fork in me I.WAS.DONE. Then I recalled that one of my dearest friends and her mother were headed to WDW in a few days. I had been invited along at least twice and turned down both offers since my family was in Disney the previous September for a fantastic trip and MNSSHP (which was AWESOME!!!). I had spoken to my friend days before and was reminded yet again that there would still be room in the condo if I would like to join them. So after the kids went to bed that night, I asked DH if I could go. I cant recall the EXACT conversation, but it went something like this: ME: I think I want to go to Disney with Norma and the family DH: Youd have to take the kids ME: Okay DH: How long would you be gone? ME: About ten days DH: TEN DAYS!!!! ME: Well, we would drive DH: You will have to take the kids ME: Are you sure?? DH: Ill have time to relax and clean the house Over the next couple days I schemed and calculated. Thought and mapped. And figured out that I could get us there and back for around $1000. Not too terrible for gas being $3.85 in Indiana, driving, paying OOP for meals, paying for 6 days of park tickets, and picking up a few souvenirs. [My fatal flaw in this calculation was neglecting to account for paid parking. Ill touch on that later ] So Wednesday rolls around and my friends son, Prince Philip, spills the beans to DS that we were going to Disney World together. DS didnt believe him at first. There is no way we would be leaving for a trip in a couple days we had planning and traditions to complete before a trip! I told both kids the truth once I got home from my photography assignment and was met with a less than excited response. DS said, Yeah, I know Prince Philip told me! Oy!