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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Disney World

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for the same things I was thankful for last year; my sweet healthy Angel, my family, my friends, my health, my job, my home, my freedom and God who loves me unconditionally. While many people, perhaps many of you, went out and braved Black Friday to try to find a deal on a toaster or another television, I loaded up my car, my daughter and my niece and headed down to Orlando to brave the happiest place on earth, also known as Disney World.  This is not a, “how to conquer Disney World blog”.  I know there are many of those out there give you a strategy on which rides to use your fast pass on and then tell you go to go to this ride and wait and then run around like a chicken with your head cut off.  (Yes, I did look at those and I did have each day’s itinerary mapped out.  Let me say this doesn't really work.  It is good to have an idea of what you want to go and do, but to have something step by step carved out is a joke.  Something will happen like the monorail will be down, a parade will march right through your plans, someone will be hungry or need to go to the bathroom.  And yes these things happened.) This is basically a blog about my experience at Disney World with a 2 1/2-year-old. I'm sure I will write a few other blogs about this experience but this is just for starters. I had a few people tell me that I should wait until Angel was older to take her, just as I am advising my readers, but I did not listen, just as I am sure many of you won’t either.

Don’t get me wrong we had a wonderful time.  The weather could not have been more beautiful.  The skies were blue and did not have a cloud in them.  It stayed in the mid 70’s during the day and did get chilly at night.  I don't know how people do Disney World in the middle of July in 95° weather.  I am pretty sure that is something I won’t do.  Angel did splendid except for the fact that she got tired very easily and needed naps.  It was a little overwhelming and over stimulating for her. I do think age 4 or 5 is prime for a first visit.  If you are going down there with any child under the age of 6, be sure to bring a stroller if you can.  Disney World does provide strollers, but they are hard plastic that do not recline.  Angel’s stroller (I used my jogging stroller that was collecting dust in my garage) was central napping headquarters.  During our day at Animal kingdom Angel slept for two hours!!!!  I eventually had to wake her out of her Disney induced slumber. I shook her and asked her if she wanted to go see a bug show, “No”, I asked her if she wanted something to eat, “No”, Did she want to go see the dinosaurs, “No”.  The only way I could get her to wake up was to tell her we could go see Goofy, which we did.

Angel wasn't very interested in riding rides, although we did ride a lot of them.  (I love waiting in line for an hour to spend 45 second spinning around.  Okay the only line that was that long was Space Mountain the rest were about 30 unless you used your Fastpass which I strongly recommend.)  What she was most interested in was seeing all the characters. I like how they do it now and allow you to wait in line to see most of the characters.  When I went when I was a kid they would come out at random times and you had to be at the right place at the right time to see them.  Many people said that she would probably be scared of the characters and cry, ugh not my child.  She ran up with arms wide open telling them all, “I love you” and giving each of them hugs and kisses.  She actually became a mini celebrity as there were people in line taking photographs of her because she was so entertaining.  While we were in line waiting to see Minnie and Daisy she would cup her hands around her mouth and yell, “Minnie, Daisy come see me!!!!”  Donald Duck even held her hand, began to walk off and waved goodbye to the crowd as if he was going home with us.

We all had a good time.  I could not have done it without the help of my niece.  She was wonderful!!!!!  I do think Angel was a little young to go.  Kids that age get tired and fussy which cause the parents to get fussy and stressed.  We did come away with great memories, stories and of course 500+ pictures!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why I Write

I have sat down in front of my computer many nights with the intentions of writing about things like trips to the circus, the fair, pumpkin patches, the zoo, attending fall festivals, about temper tantrums that show themselves on a daily basis, about the lack of privacy I have in the bathroom since we started potty training, and about my own personal struggles being single. After I get a few lines written I think, who wants to read about this? This is stuff almost every parent goes through (with the exception of being single). I can write about all of the cute and funny stuff Angel does that delights my soul, but doesn’t every parent feel that way about their child? “I have the blackest black bird” says the momma black bird.  Honestly, who wants to constantly hear about how awesome someone thinks their kid is, much less read about it?  I don't know if anyone that reads this takes anything away from it or not.  I am not sure if the advice that I sometimes give is looked at as valuable or just nonsense.  At the end of the day I guess I write this for myself and for Angel.  There are many personal things about our life I document in a journal that I keep for us. There are so many things I want to write for her. I would love to give a daily synopsis of her activity but this is the best I can do. 

As the holiday season approaches I am sure my blogs will be even sparser as I busy myself with cooking, shopping, decorating, and attending holiday gatherings. I am looking forward to the holiday but only for Angel’s sake. I know this year will be tons of fun considering she is 2 and a half and understands what is going on better than in previous years. I can’t wait for her to wake up Christmas morning and see what all Santa has brought for her. Of course this means that
creepy elf will have to come back out and watch, not only her but me as well, (see blog post Tis the Season) which I am not looking forward too. For me personally I am not looking forward to another Christmas morning alone. I never understood why the holidays caused some people to be so depressed. How can anyone be sad during "The Most Wonderful time of the Year"???  I understand now. The thought of another holiday season with no special gifts to give or receive, no kisses under the mistletoe, and of course no one to write down New Year’s resolutions with me breaks my heart. Still I will put on the happy face for Angel and make this Christmas and holiday season magical because it is not about me, it is about her. That is how it should be.  Hopefully through all of this I will find time to write some things down and if anyone is interested share it with you.