Tuesday morning we woke up somewhat early and hit the road for the 45 minute drive. Peter's family and Adam's family both joined us for a fun (and kinda long) day of walking miles and miles across the park. I'm going to be honest - Legoland felt a little like it was Lagoon (our local amusement park) but was trying really hard to be Disneyland. It did pretty well - there are lots of fun things to do, the rides were cute, and the themes were fun. But there was just a little carnival flavor in the air. That's ok - I'm really glad our kids got to experience the place. Our time with our cousins was really fun, the best part being that Cap and his cousin Smith were old enough to just go off on their own for about three hours. That was awesome.
Bitty absolutely loved this ride called the Beetle Bounce or something like that - she discovered that screaming at the top of her lungs in absolute freedom and joy is a very happy thing for her. She did it a lot.
And I confess that when she convinced me to join her for a ride I found it to be rather giggle-inducing. The thing started bouncing up and down and I could not stop laughing, as was documented by my camera-wielding husband:
Another favorite photography moment for Troy was the fun Peter and I had on this spinny-ride. We pretty much just called everything by their Disneyland equivalents. Thus, this was the tea-cup-ish ride. Peter and I were cracking each other up making sick faces and spinning each other as hard as we could.
My kids were total troopers, because it was a pretty long day and by the time we left I was beyond ready for quiet and calm. This is especially true considering the fact that they were so sunburnt - Bitty's face just got more swollen as the day went on and poor Skippidy looked like someone had poured bleach in her eyes. We snapped this photo of her:
It's such a sad little picture! We couldn't help but post it on instagram with the accompanying caption: "Soon the rebellion will be crushed and young Skywalker will be ours!!"
If you don't get it, go watch Return of the Jedi. Then you'll either feel even more strongly that we're horrible parents or that we're hilarious. Either way, you can't deny that Skippidy looks just a little like Emperor Palpatine with those red bags under her eyes. Poor girl. So yes, the kids stayed tough and had a great day. I was so glad there were attractions that fit the needs of all my kids - pretty mild stuff for Bitty, wilder stuff for Stomper and guess what, Skippidy rode on four somewhat major roller coasters. She always said she wanted to do them, then got more and more nervous as we waited in line, then every time we got off she yelped in delight and declared them each to be, and I quote, "AWESOME!!!" Ok, the first roller coaster we went on was the the biggest and she almost came unglued after the first big swooping hill but I quickly comforted her, she swallowed a looming sob, and after that loved every moment of every roller coaster. That was fun to have her with me on those.
When Wednesday rolled around we needed another mellow day. We spent some more time at the beach except for Bitty, who pretty much hibernated on our bed with her daddy for the entire day, binge-watching episodes of Master Chef Junior. Nathan won. She was really really happy because he was really really cute. Which makes her really really cute. Yes, Bitty needed a vacation from the vacation and we almost didn't see her at all. But Cap and Skippidy and I enjoyed more beach time.
|I'm...so sorry. I couldn't help but post the baby butt. It's too cute.|
|TRYING to keep Skippidy out of the sun a bit. She fared much better on this day.|
In the evening we took a (really LONG) walk to a place called The Baked Bear that makes a variety of cookies and their specialty is for you to pick 2 cookies, pick an ice cream flavor and they make an ice cream sandwich out of it. So good. I'm telling you, it was a long walk but we all decided it was worth it. So much so that we went back a few nights later. Here are the grandkids by the Octopus on the walkway by Mission Beach:
|Skippidy actually conked out on her dad's shoulders as we walked home|
The San Diego trip was definitely in full swing by this point and I'm so happy to say that the grandkids got along so very well together. I saw so little strife. Things were a little tough with my mom because she had pretty restless nights and confused days, but I felt good about the time I was able to spend with her on several mornings while Elizabeth slept. My interactions with her were much more positive than they have been in quite some time and I felt like I could actually be of service to her. I was so enjoying the time with my dear siblings. The trip was looking to be a major success.