After an exhausting day of Disney in the blistering sun, we headed home to rest. We were hoping for naps, but Meredith had other plans. We had to content ourselves with showers, dinner and some downtime. Soon enough, though, we were piling back in the car headed back for fireworks and a night time stroll.
My expectations were low. I was mostly excited for the fireworks and hopefully some time to wander quietly with Chris while Meredith slept. Chris wanted to see the Mr. Lincoln animatron (snore) so I took Meredith outside to attempt bouncing her to sleep in the Ergo (oh, hi huge pregnant belly and sore bones).
I was obliviously bouncing her heavy body as I happened upon Mickey Mouse. And as I nearly peed myself with excitement over Mickey, Minnie Mouse walked out. She was obviously headed somewhere else so I just waved with a huge amount of enthusiasm, "Meredith it's MINNIE MOUSE!" expecting her to walk on by behind me. But, no. Next thing I know, Minnie's hands are on my shoulders and she's playing peek a boo with my sweet girl. She hides behind my back popping up several times and then she starts grabbing Meredith's pacifier in a game of keep away. I couldn't even believe it. Once she left, we met Mickey and got our picture taken.
Eventually Chris came out and I told him all about what he missed. As I was telling him, Minnie walked back by us and started playing with Meredith again. It was so sweet. My heart felt like it was bursting out of my chest. I was so excited for Meredith to get to play with one of her favorite characters. It really felt like the whole thing was orchestrated just for us.
Once Minnie left us, we found a spot just before the fireworks started. The show, of course, was amazing with the lights and music perfectly coordinated. Once the fireworks were over, Meredith fell asleep. Chris and I enjoyed some time strolling around, trying a pineapple whip float and doing a bit of shopping. Soon we called it a night as our feet and hips couldn't quite take it another minute. It was a perfect day, especially the night. Isn't it great when you have low expectations and it turns out to be so spectacular?