Sunday, November 29, 2009

truly, madly, deeply

i've learned a lot on this vacation. i've learned the five days at Walt Disney World is just about enough. enough time to ride a few rides more than once. enough time to see just one more show. enough time to decide that watching other people eat abnormally large turkey legs is disturbing.

i've learned that a party of three is a good number (for me.) i've learned that i really am thankful to be past strollers and diapers. i've learned how to read my family - how to know when an ice cream can soothe the moment or when it's time to call it a day.

i've learned that if the sign says WARNING: YOU MIGHT GET SOAKED ON THIS RIDE, i should be thankful i'm wearing cute stripey underpants!!

i've learned that a little mid-afternoon rally can buy you a few more hours of fun and entertainment.

i've learned that you really can "do" Walt Disney World" without spending an arm and a leg. i've learned to love the glee on the face of an 8 year old when he steps off of the Test Track. i've learned that jack can make friends anywhere. i've learned that i can survive a week in a single hotel room with the two erickson boys. i've learned that a cup-of-noodles is a fantastic dinner after a 9 hour day in the pouring rain.

i've learned that this vacation is everything i needed/wanted/craved it to be. and i've learned that i really should not let so much time pass between vacations!!


rebekah said...

I am so, so glad that this vacation met all of your expectations.

"i've learned how to read my family" I love that. I think that's one of the most admirable traits a mother can have.

Alisa said...

I am so happy for you and your family to get to have this experience. I love what you wrote. Hooray for vacations and time spent together- and hooray to go someplace fun!

Jill said...

These are a lot of great lessons to learn.

I think watching people eat abnormally large turkey legs would be highly disturbing.

Ice cream is a great moment soother!

Your stripey undies are hilarious!

michelle said...

Yes, being able to read your family is a very useful skill! Hooray for a good vacay!

Natasha said...

So glad it turned out to be all you hoped for! Great post!!

MaryRC said...

hey lelly, sounds like a great get away. someday we'll go but for now disneyland will have to do..

Kelly said...

Hooray! You have deserved a truly madly deeply sort of getaway! I'm glad it's been all that and more for you.

michelle allen said...

yay for your great vacay Lelly! looks and sounds like a fabulous time. you may need a vacation from your vacation from the sounds of it :)

Marla said...

Loved your lessons learned! we should all sit down and take a moment to reflect!

Your trip makes me anxious to make another to the happiest place on earth!

Amanda L. said...

All good lessons learned!

Congreats on a great family vacation.

We had ice cream just today to soothe the vaccine tears. I find ice cream to soothe just about any situation.