Date: 26 February 2017. Disney 2017.
sick. My get up and go was out of commission. Thank you so much to
those who wrote. That was very kind of you. At this point I'm almost
100%. Being sick is not fun. I didn't even take my girl (Seaweed)
away from the dock for over a month. It was awful!
was happening that first week:
The day I
posted the last article I disappeared to Disneyworld thanks to the
kindness of my daughter and her husband. They brought me on holiday
with them! This was my First Ever vacation to go off and have fun.
Now of course I've been to see relatives, but to actually go away
and stay at a hotel was totally wonderful. Excuse me, it was a
Resort according to baby. That means there is a store plus
entertainment and a restaurant right at the resort. How cool is
Me, Kidlet, Princess and Mr. NRA.
Please Note: There is a temporary tattoo on my granddaughter's left arm.
Kidlet wrote her phone number on it. The theory is that should Grand
become separated she knows that's her mommy's number. We met a
fellow in Cinderella's Castle who had 'tagged' his daughter with a
key locator tied to an app on his phone. I thought that was pure
genius though his wife was embarrassed when he showed us the tag
attached to the child's outfit.
those with little ones the newest thinking is to not look for a
policeman. Instead children are to seek a mommy with kids when
asking for help. Moms are lots more prevalent than cops.
who read my sil's (son-in-law's) NRA shirt, yes there were
compliments. He has a bunch of similar tee-shirts. At least a couple fellows each day commented on his
attire. He did end up going through the metal detectors at Disney
every day for some reason.
Disneyworld I had the most fabulous time. The first day was spent in
Animal Kingdom. We went on a tour of the African savannah where we
saw zebras, warthogs, giraffes and more. I loved the critters
including the otters in another section of that park. The Grand aka
Princess liked the otter habitat too.
Princess seemed most fascinated by squirrels. They were her
We went to Disney, saw exotic animals and watched squirrels. It was
I was surprised Princess recognized so many of the wild animals at
Animal Kingdom. I didn't realize four year olds knew so many
mentioned how much fun fun fun it is to have a Grand? I love mine.
To keep in touch I send her presents in the mail. The
Keeping in Touch with Grandchildren
article offers details. I used to send postcards when I was up the
coast as there was never a chance to get to a big thrift store for cool
At thrifts I can find things
that I could not afford to purchase in retail stores. Items that
spark imagination appeal to
me. I don't want to buy just another toy. The Grand is blessed
with lots of grandparents who can do the whole Toys R Us
Instead I chose things like
these for her:
A Dr. Seuss motif quilt for baby dolls.
← A purse shaped like a dog.
These items like most I
buy for her cost more to ship than purchase. The packages do keep me in the heart and mind of my
Grand. That's all one can ask for.
My grand is a
girly-girl so I look for fancy frocks. On occasion I
find a former flower girl dress to send her. She pretends to
be a princess when wearing them.
This is an actual Cinderella ball gown. Kidlet
found it on sale at the Disney Store.
Kingdom we saw a live performance featuring the Lion King. That was
super. There is a movie about the characters that I'll watch one of
these days. The show had acrobats dressed as monkeys, singers in
costume, birds and more. I just loved it. I don't recall ever seeing
anything like that before in my life. It was amazing.
Disney could have coined the word amazing. It truly is a place of
wonder. I did notice that after most of the "kiddie rides" the exit
is through a store featuring ride-themed toys. Walt Disney was a smart fellow. I admire his marketing skills.
I saw Mary Poppins too.
She and I will have a spot of tea someday...
went to Hollywood Studios, spent two days at Magic Kingdom and the
final day at Epcot Center. With *fast passes there were no lines. I
had a fabulous time.
is an app for your phone that allows you to pre-book specific times
to visit various rides. Eliminating the
lines was wonderful. It's a sort of reservation system for fun.
Kidlet even booked a special backstage tour of the hydroponics
gardens at Disney for us. That was fascinating. I was especially pleased
that my Grand is offered these opportunities. The things she heard
will help in her school work eventually.
I took my two for a lot of nature walks in Broward county (Fort
Lauderdale) Florida. They learned all sorts of stuff. Later they
understood life cycles, food chains and more simply because we'd
walked around parks with a naturalist two hours each week for years.
frequented the Historical Society of Fort Lauderdale too. Son
speak much about Son as we lost him when he was 21 years old. It was
one of those horrible things that happen to other people. The
medical examiner said the cause was Idiopathic Arrhythmogenic
Syndrome. That means for no known cause his heart started beating
irregularly then stopped. That was the worst day of my life.
The behind-the-scenes garden tour at Disney was very interesting.
They grow a lot of the food served in the restaurants on site. I
have scallions, basil and more in baskets hanging in the cockpit.
I'd like to expand my onboard garden using some of the techniques
My grand knows me having been on Seaweed when she was 2.5 years old.
That was two years ago. My boat incidentally is "big" and I have a cute puppy. Skipper was
so delighted to see Princess again.
It was a
wonderful week. Going with the kids, watching my Grand enjoy her
life, experiencing it all was one for the memory book. I'll never
Thankfully I did not get sick until the very afternoon I returned
home. That final morning I'd woken with a scratchy throat and
husky voice. By mid-afternoon the morning problems were magnified. I
went to my bunk too sick to even read.
where I've been.
Have you ever been to Disney?
What was your favorite part, ride or park? Mine were Animal Kingdom and
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