The main reason we decided to go last minute is realizing that kids are free under 3 (Finn turns 3 in January). So only Rob and I required tickets, heck yes!
To prep Finn for the trip, as he didn't have any idea what Disney was, I started showing him you tube videos of the park, rides and characters. He kept telling us he wanted to give Pooh a big hug. Rob and I were so curious and hopeful that our sometimes shy guy would be able to hug them without getting scared. Lo and behold, that kid was all. about. it.
We met Pooh, Tigger and Mickey Mouse. Each character he ran to. He even rubbed noses with Tigger...melt my heart. He's told us he wants to give Minnie and Tink a big hug next time we go.
I never realized how toddler friendly the park is either. Finn rode the Pooh ride with me, the carousel, race cars and Dumbo with Rob. In between we were in lines for the characters. The lines weren't bad at all, remember I said it was raining? So I'm thinking that helped keep the crowds down. Yay! (apparently the week of Christmas is crazy with crowds, I'm a nerd and just checked the wait time for some of the rides today, yeah 180 minutes for ONE ride!!! No way!!!)
Skye was great throughout the whole trip too. She discovered her lil feet on this trip which cracked us up finding her staring wide-eyed at her tiny feet. I would just nurse her while Rob and Finn were in lines for anything.
Oh and I have to include these two pics...oh Finn, our boy is so funny. His obsession with garbage trucks and garbage cans is unreal. After he rode the race cars with his dad we were sitting on this bench which he excitedly was allowed to throw a few pieces of mulch into the garbage can.
This pic below is him asking..."um, biff one?" (this one) and then after I said yep he would toss it in the can.
Seriously, can't make this stuff up. This kid!!!
Later we had to bundle the two of them up a little as it dropped to 50 something that night. So it actually felt lovely and Christmas-y out.
Love these two cuties.
Cherishing each stage of life can sometimes be difficult. Last year I remember watching people do fun and costly stuff around Christmas with their kids/friends/family. We were in a tight spot financially and I found myself just looking for free things to do. I won't lie that it was hard sometimes...that comparison beast comes out on a daily basis sometimes. But I'm reminded we're all on our own journeys and we're all gifted with various people placed in our own individual lives. It reminds me that good memories can be made in all different forms. Outlook and perspective can be everything, right? When I think that way, I wouldn't trade anything. Not a dang thing.
So all of that to say, for this trip, I was thankful.
...despite that mini meltdown of mine. :))))))))))