Recently family friends were taking the day off of school and work to go to Disneyland. It sounded like a ton of fun and it just so happened our passes were good that day. But at 37 weeks pregnant there was no way I was going to be able to take 4 kids to Disney for the day. Heck, after grocery shopping I have to go home and rest. Instead they offered to take Connor along with them for the day.
I wanted to say yes, but I was really concerned about the havoc it would reap in our household. I would have at least 2 other kids in tears and screaming "not fair". But I decided its only first grade and this doesn't happen often and we let him go. Surprisingly with a combination of not mentioning it and some simple reasoning with the kids it was a non-issue when we dropped him off at friend's house instead of school.
He was gone until 10 pm that night. I couldn't believe it. He came in, leaving his new toy in the car, and fell into my arms. He was utterly exhausted. But the next morning we got to hear about all the cool rides he went on. We don't always get to go on all the big rides since we always have a littler one with us, so I was happy he got that opportunity. It was his first time on Haunted Mansion. He told me it was no big deal, you just ride in cars and see stuff and its all pretend. He also went on Soaring Over California and again downplayed it "its just a swing and a big movie screen". I think he is thinking how cool he is that he has gone on these rides and the rest of the family hasn't.
It was definitely a successful trip. No tantrums from the kids left-behind. Connor happily went to the school the next day and he got to experience a whole new type of Disneyland!