You might have known, or guessed by my complete silence on the blog for the last 2 weeks, that we were on vacation. You might also know that we have a bit of a thing for Disney World. (Just a little.)
We packed up our huge, crammed suitcases and braved traveling with a toddler. Sawyer was an angel child on the plane, but everywhere else he was his usual wild self - running wild through the airport and parks, earning every one of the dirty stares from other travelers. To say it was a challenging week is putting it lightly. Even with all of the work that goes with bringing a toddler anywhere, we managed to have a great time and enjoy the parks we love so much.
Sawyer loved all of the rides we went on. We went on it's a small world three times and he sang along. In case you didn't know, it is the best thing in the world when your child loves something as much as you do. To see that cute little mouth botching all of the words to the small world song while he rode along was a sweet thing. As the less motion sickness prone parent, I rode every single spinning ride with Sawyer. I lucked out and got to ride the teacups, Carousel, Astro-Orbiter, Dumbo, and the Flying Carpets. Lots of spinning. I'm trying not to be too sappy here, but it really was the best to see the joy and wonder in his face as he experienced "our" Magic Kingdom.
Of course there are plenty of things he couldn't do, so I took a couple of afternoons and roamed the parks alone to ride all of my favorites. Shout out to Anderson who took my crazy child back to the room for a nap while I played. (Did I just give someone a shout out on my blog? I'm a little rusty at this whole blogging thing I guess.)
He was really not a fan of the characters. No crying or screaming, but he just didn't want them close to him. The only times we attempted meeting characters were at the character meals we made reservations for, so I'm glad we didn't waste a bunch of time standing in line for the meets. Maybe next time he'll be ready to meet Mickey.
Of course we did the tourist thing and bought a bunch of Mickey shaped junk for Sawyer. But come on - you have to admit he looks awfully cute in those ears. I also bought a few other souvenirs that I love. I'll share those once I can get out my big girl camera and take some pictures. So we're looking at like 2 months until you see those... (kidding, I hope.)
We tried to enjoy the World Showcase in Epcot (the shots above are from Canada), but Sawyer didn't enjoy being buckled in the stroller one bit. He would last about 10 minutes before the fits started, so there wasn't much relaxing strolling while taking in the sights. More like crazed, sweaty speed walking.
We spent only a few hours at Animal Kingdom. There isn't much for 2 year olds to do at this park, so we pretty much rode the safari and headed out. I attempted taking him to the Lion King show. It was so much fun when I had to put Sawyer in a choke hold to keep him from crawling under people's legs and running into the performance. He was entertained for about 10 minutes, and then everyone else around us was entertained by Sawyer's screaming, whining, flailing performance and my desperate attempts to contain him.
Of course we ate a bunch of junk on vacation. It's what you do, right? In all actuality, we didn't eat too terribly, mostly because we didn't have time to eat a whole meal before we were go go going after Sawyer.
This post is a little spotty and weird and I'm having a hard time summing up a whole vacation in one post without being too wordy. I'll tell you this - traveling with Sawyer was hard at times. He is challenging even in a familiar environment, so putting him into a crazy place like Disney World was asking for trouble. When we figured out how to just relax and let Sawyer let us know what he wanted to do, the whole mood of the trip changed.
Sawyer's favorite thing to do? Swim. He loved playing in the pool with Anderson, and he was really in heaven when we found out there was a water slide that he could go down all by himself. He asked to swim about ten times a day, and we gave in when we could.
It was a great vacation, but coming home was great too. I missed our bed, our shower with actual water pressure, Sawyer's schedule, and a bunch of other things that you don't fully appreciate until you are away.
I'm glad to be back and hoping to catch up with some projects and get back to blogging a little more. I started a cross stitch project on vacation but when I realized I miscounted and will have to redo a bunch of stitching, I quit. Maybe I'll pick that back up. Until things get settled around the house and at work, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.
I wanted to also throw in a quick thanks to all of you guys. I hit 1,200 followers, which is pretty amazing to me. I get so many sweet comments that I am terrible about responding to and yet you sweet people keep leaving them. I read and appreciate all of your words and encouragement, so thank you. This blog is kind of a dream of mine, and even though things are slow right now, I'm not going anywhere. Thanks for reading.
One more thing that I need to talk about. I started watching Dawson's Creek on Netflix. (Please please don't tell me what happens.) I didn't like Dawson from the very first episode, so I am really hoping that Joey doesn't end up with him. He's so whiny and those puppy dog eyes kind of gag me. I know I'm like 10 years to late to the DC train, but if anyone else would like to chime in, feel free.
Vacation. Thanks for reading. Dawson's Creek. Random enough?