Home Again, Home Again…
What an amazing time we had but I am exhausted. Disneyland with an almost-four year old is a VERY different experience from anything I’ve experienced before but it was fantastic. Just seeing littlest’s excitement, his awe, facial expressions and bounciness was the best thing in the world.
There is so much that I could write but I’m just too jaded to set my mind to it right now, so I’ll give you the highlights:
Littlest has been so well behaved for our entire trip, from the three hour wait for the Eurostar train on our way out to the late nights and long days he has been an absolute, and excitable, joy. We checked in to find our room in a old West themed town and the minute that littlest clapped eyes on the bunk bed, he was in heaven and immediately made excuses to climb up and down, up and down. It was definitely one of his major highlights.
After we dropped off the cases and freshened up, we hit the parks straight away and started the first of many, many looooooong queues. It was so worth it though. Littlest has never been on amusement rides before and I was a bit worried that he’d decided he didn’t want to try anything out but I was so wrong! The first ride we went on was the Buzz Lightyear ride, where you ride in a car that you can turn 360° and use a laser gun to shoot at Zurg-related targets. Littlest fell in love with it and literally skipped out at the end. We ended up going on just ride every day of our trip. He also loved the teacups and flying Dumbo elephants and really enjoyed everything else that we went on. The only thing he wasn’t impressed with was the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride because it was dark and the animatronics scared him a bit. Littlest was so brave though, we had no idea that he didn’t like it until later that day when littlest told us that he found it scary.
Yesterday was the best day, littlest got to meet his hero, Spider-Man! We queued for fifty minutes so that littlest could meet Spidey and have his photo take with him. Would-be husband and I were certain that littlest would back out but when his turn came, littlest walked forward with me to meet Spider-Man and had a little chat. I was stunned, but when littlest then let me walk away so that they could have their picture taken together I could have cried with happiness! Littlest posed with his hero, and had several photos taken. Would-be husband and I were so proud and paid the extortionate price for the photographs without question. What a fantastic memory!
Last night, we all had a very late night and stayed in the park until it closed so that we could see the Disney Dreams show. It is a laser, projection and firework show that takes place on and around the castle. It was absolutely spectacular and well worth keeping littlest up until midnight for. We have all been a bit tired and quiet today but we made the most of the day and crammed in as much as the queues and weather would allow before we had to return home. I don’t mind admitting that we were all pretty pleased to get home though, despite how much we have loved our first family trip together. It has been a full-on few days, definitely not a relaxing break, but I wouldn’t change a minute of it. The three of us have all had so much fun, and have loved spending so much quality family time together.
Littlest had trouble settling to bed this evening, tomorrow is his fourth birthday and now that our big trip is over, his focus is on his birthday and the presents that he is going to receive. Would-be husband and I have promised that tomorrow is all about littlest and he can do or go wherever he wants (within practical reason). It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely joyous making littlest happy makes me feel. I feel so lucky.