(Written over the last week. So slow, am I!)
We've decided to take a trip to Disneyland later this month. Eeeeek! Not only that, we've decided to take it with our friends, Keshia and Shane and their two-year old daughter, Eleanor! Roman and Eleanor have a blooming friendship and Dustin and I may or may not have talked about an arranged marriage. We just will have to wait and see. ;)
Dustin got a bonus from work and we decided to save most of it, but take a bit and go to Disneyland. It's not normally something that's in our budget, but after a little pouting, strategic smiling and number crunching, we set the wheels in motion! With all of the no-baby months that we've had (see previous post), I decided that I need some Disneyland time for my heart. Dustin was supportive of my need for a visit to "homebase", and with our little guy and his love for all things Cars, it just made sense. Disneyland is my happy place. A place where I feel safe and free and like I'm part of a fairytale. With our disappointment month after month, I want to go somewhere that I DON'T want to be pregnant. I want to go on all the rides that I won't be able to if I end up with a baby in my belly. A place where being not being pregnant is a plus.
We plan on having some adult time, some family time, some friend time. Two toddler friends meeting Mickey together. The six of us sharing delicious Disney food. Tiny Mickey hats with their names on them! Plus, kids under three get in to the park for free! Next year it will cost us $244 to get him his own ticket. YIKES!
I've been giving Roman a condensed Disney Education for the past week and a half -- Peter Pan, Alice, Nemo, Dumbo, Cars, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey, Toy Story, Pirate stuff, Pooh, Monster's Inc... the list goes on! I only feel >>this<< bad for how much television we've been watching, but Mommy is tired (darn kidneys and iron deficiency!), so it's all good.
We've been reading, too! I've been picking up those Young Reader books at Barnes & Noble and they're perfect! They only cost $3.99 (even cheaper with our club card!) and feature real disney characters. The level two books that I've been buying have a few sentences per page, which is PERFECT for my guy's attention span. Bonus! When he starts reading, he will have a nice little collection of easy-to-read books.
This morning, after Dustin brings Roman into our room and plops him on our bed, he stands up, faces Dustin and with a large amount of sass in his voice, declares:
"Daddy. I want to go see. TOW. MAY. TER."
Yup, kid is ready for Disneyland!