9/19/12

disney world (and dawson's creek?)

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?

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22 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you had a blast on vacation! Disney World really is the best! Hopefully you can make it back here soon!

    BTW- I'm k_storer073 on instagram :)

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    1. Ha! Once I saw your instagram name I knew exactly who you were :)

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  2. Awwwww! WDW, the place where dreams come true and parents are stretched to their limits at times! Been there, done that! Yet keep going back! I've got to ask... how was the waffle with Nutella and berries? It's on my must-eat list when we go back in January... it looks amazing!

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    1. The Nutella waffle was so so good! I definitely recommend it. January is a great time to visit - have fun!

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  3. WDW is our favorite place too, so I can totally understand the feeling you get when you see your kid loving it like you do. So much fun that it definitely makes up for the craziness they bring on most vacations!

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    1. It really was the best part of the whole trip. Glad to "meet" another DW fan!

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  4. I feel somewhat ashamed that my first comment on your lovely blog is Dawson's Creek related, but what can I say? I'm still a 16 year old girl at heart! My cousin and I (now in our 30s) make Dawson references all the time. You should check out Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 on ABC. James Van Der Beek plays himself on the show and it is HIL-ARIOUS! My husband's BFF since grade school looks just like Dawson and I may or may not call him that from time to time to annoy him. Okay...enough Dawson talk for one day;)

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    1. I think it's pretty awesome that your first comment is about Dawson's Creek. It proves you are a true fan that you had to speak up :)I am dying to know what happens but I have SO much catching up to do.

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  5. OMG OMG OMG....I LOVE DISNEY and so does my 2.5yr old we are going there in Nov for a week of bliss. We are bringing my parents to wrangle the toddler;) I totally grew up Disney going every year and hope the same for my family!! THANK YOU for sharing I always look forward to your blog. Where your pics taken with instagram on your phone they look **Magical**

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    1. Awesome idea to bring your parents. Seriously, that's probably the best thing you will do in planning your vacation. November should be awesome. They start putting up Christmas decorations in early November so that will be beautiful. I took all of these pics with Instagram. My phone was the only camera I used since I was too busy chasing Sawyer to carry around a camera :)

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  6. I'm so glad you had fun! And I'm glad for the realistic view of taking a 2 year old on vacation . . . thank you for not pretending it was 100% perfect family fun all the time (as the mom of another difficult kid, my favorite line was how much fun you had keeping Sawyer in a choke hold . . . hahaha). And I'm glad you're home, too, and glad you posted! Just so glad, about so many things. Welcome home.

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    1. Haha, I knew you'd like the choke hold reference. Did I mention that he had a Forrest-in-Walmart level meltdown in the middle of a busy walkway? Right in front of the doors. Laying full body on the ground. Feet stomping. Screaming. There was no Disney magic going on in that moment. I actually thought of your Walmart story in that moment and knew I wasn't alone - haha!

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  7. Looks like a lot of fun!

    I kind of did a girly shriek just reading Dawson's Creek! Haha. I have all the seasons on DVD, I love the show! I never liked Dawson either, still don't when I watch it. What season are you on? I like seasons 3 & 4 the most :)

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    1. I had no idea you were a DC fan, although I am admittedly *really* late in the game so it's it's not like anyone regularly talks about Dawson's Creek... until now! I am only on season 1 so I have a ways to go. I'll let you know when I get to seasons 3 and 4. How many total seasons are there?

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  8. Disney World is so much fun! We took our two for the first time last month, and though it was a bit much for them, they LOVED it!!! My 2 1/2 year old now calls every castle she sees "Magic Kingdom". You're so right, traveling with little kids is not easy! We were so finished with everything and so happy to get home, and yet as soon as we were home we were already planning our next trip there! Seeing their eyes light up was just the best. (Oh and my son's favorite ride was the Small World ride too!)

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  9. It's a strange thing isn't it? It's hard work with kids but it's still so magical. You're ready to get home but hate to leave. It's so great that you're planning another trip! Any idea when you are looking at going?

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  10. I haven't been to Disney World since I was in college. My brother and I went together. I want to take the kids, but I think we are going to wait until they are a little older (mine are 5 and 2). I laughed so hard about the part where you said you put a choke hold on Sawyer to keep him from running all over at the Lion King show. Totally made me chuckle! Toddlers are crazy little people! You know, I have never really watched Dawson's Creek. I watched a few episodes here and there but never really got in to it!

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  11. I love that you braved Disney with a toddler! Our son is 2 1/2 and I've been trying to convince my husband that he's ready to go! Sounds like you had a great time, even if you had to put him in a choke hold, ha ha!

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  12. First of all you crack me up... I watched DC too... So addicting!! This post was also really helpful. My hubby and I are huge Disney people. We honeymooned there and can't wait to get back with our toddler in tow! I think we might wait until she's closer to 3 though... She's only 15mo now. How young can they be on the baby rides? I'm sure she'll probay spend all day at the magic kingdom just meeting princesses :) The joys of a girl!

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  13. Hi! This post hits home! We leave for DW in less than a month with a soon to be 5 yo and a 2.5 yo. Did you stay on resort? Where was that slide? I think we may spend lots of time there. I appreciate your information!

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  14. how funny! i just started watching dawson's creek on netflix too.

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