We had no trouble deciding what our family reward would be when we achieved our big family goal. In January, I mentioned that we had wanted to take the kids back to Disneyland this year. We hadn't been since 2009. But we decided to postpone that trip until next year, once we were debt free, so that we could speed up our debt payoff. We also wanted to pay cash for the entire trip, so we could really enjoy it without worrying about paying it off later. So we planned on going in March of 2013.
And then we got that snowball rolling and paid off our debt early! Achieving our goal early meant celebrating early!!
So off to Disneyland we go! We leave in 3 1/2 weeks and I can't tell who is more excited: me or the kids?!?! As soon as we booked the trip we started planning out every little detail! We immediately made a countdown paper chain (although it was MUCH shorter than the last one). We also made each of the kids sticker charts so they can earn cash to spend on our trip. I've researched just about everything out there that is Disneyland related. (I grew up going all the time, so I thought I knew quite a bit, but there is a LOT of info out there!!) Now just about every little thing is planned out in detail, so all that's left to do is WAIT!
This trip is a big deal for us because it signifies reaching a really big goal, but ALSO because this is the very first vacation that we are taking just the five of us! We've taken lots of little road trips over the years. And we've had a few bigger trips too. But we were always either going to visit family or friends or going with family or friends. This is the very first real vacation that we're going on, just our little Ralls family. And I can't wait! The 4 people on this trip with me are, hands down, my very favorite four people in existence and I can't wait to spend a whole week having fun and celebrating with them!
Now, next big goal? Become rich enough to make this an annual thing. :)