It’s a new year for parents around the country. We are rejoicing in our morning to afternoon freedom and the sound of sweet silence. It’s back to school time and the couch-sitting, binge-watching, eating a meal in peace, and going to the bathroom alone celebrations have begun.
We’re all doing something to enjoy ourselves while our kids are back in school, but no parent has taken back to school celebrations to new heights like Lisa DiNoto, a mother of two who celebrated the first day of school by going to Disney World by herself. That’s right, a kid-free Disney adventure! Lisa is a parenting hero.
It’s not often a parent can enjoy the wonders of the happiest place on earth without their kids. But Lisa, being an Orlando local and Disney mom blogger, couldn’t think of a better way to start off the new school year. And I am in awe of her Disney World trip and epic pictures.
There is no doubt about it, back to school time is one of the happiest times of the year for parents.And after spending all summer trying to figure out what to do with your kids, It’s literally more fun than New Year’s Eve.
Back to school shopping could be a pain in the you know what, but I will buy whatever I need to if it means my kids will be out of my house for six hours a day.Microwave? Done. One million pencils? You got it.
If a parent is not counting down the days to their kids first day back in school, then I’ll show you a liar.I was probably talking about the first day of school with everyone I could.
I would be lying if I didn’t say a tear rolled down my cheek as I was dropping off my kids on the first day of school.But honestly, it's a nice breath of fresh air to not have to deal with my kids bickering, asking for snacks every five minutes, and trying to come up with activities for them to do all summer.
I celebrated by just sitting at home and doing absolutely nothing. While I did think it would have been fun to get out, I do have a 1-year-old baby that’s attached to my hip.There’s only so much I can do with a baby so I’ll choose to do nothing over anything else.
But if there’s one thing I would have loved to do, that’s enjoy a theme park without my kids.It’s a legit fantasy of mine, including being able to sleep through the night without interruptions.
Riding adult rides, eating all of the snacks, drinking adult beverages. This would be a dream come true.I am so here for this.
I think as parents we all imagine doing something epic without our kids.A vacation would be great but even a night out is awesome.
So when I heard about a mom going to Disney World without her kids to celebrate their first day back in school, I was elated with joy and also wildly jealous.In other words, I’m a fast fan and needed to know everything about what this mom did.
After dropping her kids off for the their first day of school, mom of two Lisa DiNoto spent the day at Disney World completely solo.
Luckily for us, Lisa shared pictures of her Disney adventures on Instagram and her blog.
"This, my friends. This is what you do after you drop your kids off on the first day of school," she wrote on her Instagram post.
via: InstagramThe fact that she went alone is so epic.
She also proudly rocked a Disney pin announcing her celebration.
via: Instagram"You get yourself a pin and you walk it around Magic Kingdom like some garden gnome on a world adventure.", she posted.
This is life goals right here.
via: InstagramShe hit up Main Street and got to take pictures with Disney characters while holding her pin.
Here she is taking a picture with Snow White herself.
via: InstagramThough Lisa explained on her Disney-inspired blog that Snow White is not allowed to hold items or mock children for not being able to be there.
The Fairy Godmother did get in on the fun.
via: InstagramLisa gushed about her meeting with the Fairy Godmother.
She was so gracious about being able to enjoy Disney World on her own.
via: Instagram"People are going to start stopping you and telling you that you are life goals," she wrote. “They will often be saddled with strollers and lots of tired children. Be gracious. Comfort them. Wish them a magical day…. and try not to skip away."
And how sweet is that?!
via: InstagramLisa's solo Disney adventures have probably given other parents the idea that they too can enjoy Disney without their kids.
Lisa wasn’t just checking out Disney to have fun but it was also her mental health day.
"I so hope I’ve inspired a few mommas (and poppas!) to have mental health days and adventures of their own as their children return to school in the coming weeks!!", she wrote on her blog.days like this can be and if we can all take some time, even if it’s just a few minutes,to take a mental break, it will all be for the better.
Let’s check out other ways we can take a mental break, especially during the time kids are in school.
Take yourself on a lunch date.
via: Getty ImagesJust think about it, a meal by yourself with no interruptions. Such a novel idea.
The matinee is amazing.Trust me. An entire bowl of popcorn while watching a movie by yourself is not sad, it's amazing.
One word, Target.
via: Getty ImagesYou probably know this one already being that Target is very popular with moms, but I'm here to tell you to just go even if you don't actually "need" anything.
Get that massage.
via: Getty ImagesThis one is on my to-do list too.
You don't have to pack for anyone but yourself, so go to the beach or pool.
via: Getty ImagesThis is the time to catch up on some reading too.
Binge watch the heck out of a show.Diving in to Netflix is definitely one of my favorite ways to unwind.
Go to the bakery and eat all of the things.
via: Getty ImagesNo need to hide in the closet, just indulge in deliciousness out in the open.
Catch up with friends.
via: Getty ImagesA mental group for more than one person will go a long way.
Or just simply stay home and relax.
via: Getty ImagesAs long as you’re taking some time for yourself, that’s all that matters.