Our Magic Kingdom/hotel/Chuck E. Cheese’s extravaganza weekend was such fun!  But it did not go exactly according to plan…

J has been seriously ill with some kind of nasty bug for about a week.  He had been suffering from the mother of all headaches for two straight days prior to our trip.  He was in no shape to hit a theme park on Saturday morning.  So, me, being Super Mom, took the boys to Orlando solo.

The boys were so well behaved.  I think they knew I was outnumbered and decided to take it easy on me.  Thank God for that!  We had a great time together!

With the help of a rented double stroller, the day was perfect 🙂  It was the best $31 I’ve ever spent.  (Ouch! The Mouse does price gouge, doesn’t he?!) Without that stroller, I’m pretty sure the day would have been miserable for all of us.  I refused to bring our Sit-N-Stand because there was no way that I was lugging that thing onto a tram and a monorail with two rambunctious preschoolers by myself.  I don’t have enough arms or patience for that kind of thing.

Ironically, Steph ended up taking some time off of work and was free on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  She was able to meet us at our hotel on Saturday night with her boys, spend the night and join us at Chuck E. Cheese’s for a little birthday par-tay. She showed up at the hotel with two dozen Kripsy Kremes and a bottle of chardonnay.  Is she awesome or what?!

I’m thrilled that she joined us because it would have been kind of pathetic being alone.  I know the boys would have had fun either way but having family around to share Cutie Pie’s special celebration made our weekend all the more memorable.

Happy Birthday, Cutie Pie!  I love you more that words can express.


More Disney Magic

I decided to post some more highlights from our trip to Orlando.

Last Friday we visited the Magic Kingdom. Did you know that if you arrive at the front gate a little before park opening there’s a little gate opening ceremony? I had no clue but I insisted that we arrive as close to 9 AM as possible to beat the crowds. To our surprise, the Disney railroad chugged into the Main Street Station right above us. All of the characters got out and did a little dance. Then Mickey Mouse opened the gates to the park. It was awesome! Wildman loves choo-choos so it was especially exciting for him. Ahhhh, the magic of Disney! You’ve got to love it through a child’s eyes.

We were meeting our friends after their princess breakfast at Epcot. We had a couple of hours before they arrived to meet us so we got Cutie Pie a Mickey ear hat to match Wildman’s:

We had it embroidered with his name. Too cute!

Then we went to Adventureland to check out The Swiss Family Robinson tree house, The Jungle Cruise, and Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride. Here are the guys on their carpet:

We went on to ride The Pirates of the Caribbean, the Tomorrowland train thing and the Astro Orbiter rocket ship ride. We met our friends for lunch in Frontierland at the Pecos Bill restaurant.

Here are the kids enjoying Mickey ice cream bars in line at The Haunted Mansion:

Cutie Pie caught a little snooze in line:

Here are the guys on their carousel horses:

We went on to ride many more rides but I don’t have pictures from those. Here’s a parting shot of Wildman and I on Dumbo:

A good time was had by all!