We kept a pretty good secret from the little men this spring.
My man was bound and determined to go back to Disneyland before Squirt
costs a butt-load of money as well turned three years old. The only other time we were there was when Squirt was four months old and Rufus was still free.
This trip was kept top secret until the actual day we left. The boys saw me packing the car and thought we were going on a camping trip (in the snow? yeah, right.)
Long story short, Kenyon was on a business trip and met us in Las Vegas. Once we met up with him, we presented them with a crossword puzzle to solve that included enough clues for them to guess where we were headed.
And the big boys said, "So, we're not going camping?"
Lesson learned: Don't look for satisfaction in reactions of your children.
Those tissues gave him the sorest nose I have ever seen and he was just flat miserable for the first day and a half we were there.
Thanks to some good sleep and a lot of Aquaphor slathered on his face, he perked up and really enjoyed his time.
It's a Small World was a huge hit with our little guys.
Like father, like son:
All of my men know that their leading lady is a lover of all rides fast and scary. Tower of Terror anyone? It was a really fun experience to have most of my boys big enough to go on these rides with me.
I don't think we will be going back for quite some time though. As parents, we observed two things on this trip that will affect our future destinations.
First, Disneyland is very much a sedentary vacation style. Although there seems to be a lot of walking, there is also a lot of standing in line, waiting, and EATING. We feel much more at home on a trail in a national park or in a tent in the woods.
If I'm going to be sedentary, I want my butt in a beach chair with my husband on one side and my sister on the other, drinking rum and Cokes while watching our children build sand castles in front of us.
Second, Disneyland is a place that makes everyone feel and act as if, "it is all about me." Unfortunately, I saw that come out in my children. There was very little eagerness to compromise or desire to put others' wants before their own. Disappointment was exaggerated and overall, they lacked contentment because there was always something else they wanted.
Our next major trip will be a well thought out effort to serve others. I have already started looking into possibilities, but I am determined to open our children's eyes to the needs of others and take their focus off of themselves.
I firmly believe that the earlier they learn to "die to self," the better.