- 2:45 PM, Saturday,
July 23rd, 2022:
- So busy, about to
head out to a wedding gig, but needed to make the
place holder for the Legoland entry... which may
actually be two entries since we spent two days there.
Not sure yet...
- Hmm, maybe
I should be sure...
- OK, I'm sure -
it'll be two entries - so I'll save my ending thoughts
for the next entry. Here's part one:
- So the lead-up.
Talya has always wanted to go to Legoland as she was
too old when it opened in 1999 for it to really HIT as
a kid. 14 ain't 7 and without kids, this place really
doesn't hold your interest like a Disneyland does. We
talked about it a bunch in 2019 but I was
soooooooooo busy, so 2020 it is! Kids would be 6 and
7, absolutely perfect ages.
- So when we finally
booked this with the kids being 8 and 9 I was a
little concerned but I can say that it was easily the
best two days we've spent together as a family and
their maturity may have just...actually hang on. I'm
buying tickets to Disneyland now.
- Done. August 11th,
that's how good this trip was.
- Adventures with
kids, at least for our family, is a whole lot of
dipping your toe outside comfort zones and if it goes
well? Pushing a bit more. It's why most of our family
excursions have been so amazing: we worked up to it.
We didn't take them places before they were ready. Now
in the case of theme parks we had the in for free
tickets at Disney when they were infants but those
days had ZERO pressure. We could go for 3 hours
and leave. That's not real life. No, when you're
actually PAYING? Now it had better be GOOD and it had
better be all damn day. We would've waited until
2019-2020 for Disney too if $ was involved.
But it's this balance of the kids actually
appreciating the experience and having the intestinal
fortitude to push through uncomfortable shit without
whining. Let's just say they both knocked it the hell
out. So much so we're happy to keep adding more shit
to this ridiculously packed summer.
Day one at Legoland was a complete blur and doing the
themed hotel package was so fun. And again, there
probably would've been a BIT more wonder a couple
years ago, but what we lost there? We gained in
maturity to tackle everything without whining.
- Oh jesus the
whining. I know it annoyed my mother to no end and it
is absolutely my achilles heel as a parent. I am
patient through SO MUCH... but when either of our
kids whine? My patience fuse DIS-afuckin-ppears. Now
I do understand a good deal of it is because
their life is so good. Like, they have very little
discomfort or struggles outside of school and just
dealing with each other. So relatively speaking, I get
why they whine at what I'd consider slight
- ...did that sound
convincing? Because that's what my head is trying to
achieve. In reality: "Dude, shut the fuck up already,
you're at a goddamned amusement park -
STOP WHINING that you're hot." Ha. I mean, the
reality is in between those two extremes. But THAT is
what we've been working on all these years.
THAT is why we go camping and really do usually
"rough it". And this Legoland trip was the culmination
of that. There was no whining, they were appreciative
of EVERY, FREAKING, RIDE. Every experience. They were
like store-bought children you only see in movies. I
can't even begin to explain how enjoyable the
experience was. The last time we went to Disney was
their first time without strollers and it was... it
was tough. They were too young. 2018 they were 4 and
5... it really is a chore and they can't actually
comprehend how lucky they are at that age. 8 and 9
Damn, I'm really doing the wrap-up now in this entry
when I said I wouldn't. GRRRR.
- Takeaways from Day
One were we did SO much, we closed the park and
we adored having the hotel RIGHT THERE so we
could just walk on over and get to sleep. Kids loved
the theme and my dogs were most definitely barkin'
because my dumbass decided water shoes were the best
way to do the park since we were going from water to
dry back and forth. Great for not having to put on
socks... BAD for the support of my feet. I was a
wreck by the end of day 2 which
SHOULD ALSO BE TALKED ABOUT IN THE NEXT ENTRY.
OK, I gotta just get to that entry already. Probably