Yesterday we had an adventure. My best friend, Keri, is an ubergurutravelextraordinaire and gets free tickets to all sorts of attractions (once she took me on a five day cruise!). So, while Hubs was busy studying for exams, Keri and I took the boys to Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The groundwork was laid... I packed every possible snack and drink known to
While I packed, Hubs showed the boys pictures of Animal Kingdom and talked about what to expect. They looked at the animals and dinosaurs and got very excited. I even thought ahead and kept the baby awake all morning, so he would sleep in the car (for the first time EVER!). And when Keri got to our house she played with the boys while I got dressed (Yes, yes, I did get dressed at 1pm. What's it to you?). Then we loaded up and headed off.
Casey was upset to learn Daddy wasn't going with us, but recovered quickly when reminded of the Dinosaurs! and Animals! We got to the park without major incident and even managed to ride a tram from the parking lot (like a traincarmonorail, Mommy!). It wasn't until attempting to unload from the tram when I realized my (EPIC) fail. I forgot to make Casey eat lunch. Oops.
Don't get me wrong. It wasn't for lack of offering - he just kept refusing. And I was busy. So, he didn't eat. Super oops.
My misstep became painfully obvious when the tram pulled up to the park entrance and Casey began whimpering and begging to go home. And then screaming NOANIMALSNODINOSAURS NOANIMALSNODINOSAURS! agghgghgghgggh. (<------ that part is me). It was embarrassing. But we pried him from the tram, strapped him in the stroller and entered the park. A little plying with pretzels, cheese sticks and a peanut butter sandwich (and reassuring that the dinosaurs and animals would NOT jump out from the 'foresttrees') and we were set to go. Phew! The remainder of the day was awesome. We mostly just wandered about looking at the random animals and watching rides from the sidelines. We saw the parade (twice!) and played bongos. Good stuff. Baby Stephen even chilled in the stroller wide awake for most of the time. Seriously good stuff.
1. Force feeding the children is not only ok, but probably a good idea.
2. Pack wipes.
3. Three kids is