Legoland!

So I knew we couldn’t venture to Florida and not do a theme park. It seems kind of sacrilegious or something.

The big kids¬†really wanted to go to Universal for Harry Potter World, but I was steadfastly adamant that I would not go while pregnant because I wanted to ride the rides, or without J and someone else who could help with the toddlers who obviously couldn’t ride all the big rides we’d want to ride. Eventually we will get there, but this was just not the time.

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I kinda leaned toward Disney because I know it is so super toddler and pregnant-momma friendly, but I also suspect Disney will be in our future again for a longer duration since J typically attends a conference there each year.

Which landed us with Legoland. We’d been there once before and super loved it, but it wasn’t during water park season, so it sounded like a really fun and exciting adventure. Plus, we’d be going with M’s godmother and her two boys, so extra hands for riding the bigger rides that Sweet M and Bean couldn’t ride (or their pregnant momma!).

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It was a mega hit and I am so glad it’s the choice we made for this trip! It was low key enough to not be too stressful, but exciting enough to keep six kiddos under the age of 9 thoroughly engaged all day.

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She’s got the leg pop down…

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Also, it was Bean’s very first theme park so that was exciting. And she got there at opening and left at close¬†and didn’t take a nap because she’s a wild party animal like that!

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All M wanted was to ride this ride. We did not have enough adult:child ratio and this awesome employee stepped up to the plate to be his riding buddy. I was so genuinely appreciative and thrilled that he made this sweet boy’s whole trip!

It was so much fun to spend the day with our dear friends and watch our little loves play in the water and ride rides until their hearts were content. And I super loved that Legoland had play areas all over the place and within lines of bigger rides, for the younger tykes who weren’t quite big enough for some rides. They had so much fun playing and never felt like they were missing out on the excitement and thrills that their big siblings were partaking.

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Holiday World with My Peoples

Yesterday I took my peoples to Holiday World.

I’d been planning this adventure before summer even began. I looked up the last week it was operating during business days and marked that Thursday on our calendar. I knew most kids would be in school all ready, so it would be less crowded.

I was right. There was no wait for hardly anything. And when you’ve got tiny humans; that’s everything.

I’d hemmed and hawed mentally over whether or not Sweet M and I should go since he couldn’t really partake in anything and it’d be hot, but ultimately, I knew I didn’t want to miss it. Seeing those smiles on my big kids and husband, well, it’s totally worth it.

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It turned out to be a pretty nice day any way. It got muggy in the afternoon, but nothing too unbearable. And Sweet M was an absolute champ.

We ventured in the waterpark for more than half of the time. J kept Sweet M while the big kids and I did one giant waterslide together. Then the kids played on smaller waterslides on their own, while we watched them from the sidelines. And later I snuck Miss H away with me to go on a water coaster that Mr. B just wasn’t quite tall enough to ride yet (he needed to be 42″ and he’s only 41.5″ – so close!).

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My favorite part of the day was probably lounging in a tube in the lazy river with a sweet, happy baby sitting on my tummy. But we were all in on that, so no photos.

Miss H saw a Dippin’ Dots stand on our way into the waterpark, and her mind was set. So I told her after she’d had lunch and we were leaving the waterpark we’d get some. She reminded us relentlessly about the Dippin’ Dots, and was pleased as punch when she finally got them.

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But really, this day trip was so awesome and no one fussed or had a fit. Even Sweet M was a chill little fellow the whole time. It was great!

Other than the roller coasters, the kids could ride nearly everything with an adult. So J and I switched off riding different rides with them. And then J and I watched together while they rode many of the rides just with one another. I see these two thrill-seekers being great theme park buddies as they grow!

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Overall, the day was lovely. The parks short end-of-season-hours were perfect for us, and forced us to leave at bedtime so no one hit that epic overtired stage that would have been ruinous.

I can’t wait to go back next year with them: and Sweet M can participate some then too!