|Meredith was happy, I promise :)|
Yesterday was one of the most magical days I've lived. The fact that I can even say that feels like magic, because trust me, there were some very non-magic moments. Around 11am I was pretty sure we were going to throw in the towel, head home and spend the day at the playground instead. And then again at around 1pm, I thought we'd bag it all and watch Mickey Mouse from the comfort of our own couch. Toddlerhood is a rollercoaster experience with high highs and low lows and were swinging from one end of the pendulum to the other yesterday, in the midst of crowds, heat, high expectations and poor planning.
Around 1pm, we finally rode an age-appropriate ride after only a few minutes' wait, which just so happened to feature one of Meredith's favorites: Winnie the Pooh. And then, miracle of miracles, we got a hug (and picture!) from Winnie the Pooh himself after another short wait. That seemed to turn the day around for us.
Meredith snagged herself (what seems like) a life size Minnie Mouse souvenir. She was seriously carrying it around side-hug style so Minnie and she could share the same perspective of the world. It was amazing. We enjoyed some shorter lines in Fantasyland while most toddlers were probably back napping.
Then there was the parade. Hot dang, Disney knows how to do a parade. Meredith loved it, but with only a fraction of the amount of enthusiasm that Chris and I had. We were seriously freaking out it was so good. I guess the nostalgia factor was high for us.
And then the night. I can't even. It would've been worth the money for the night alone. It was like a magical explosion of happiness. Even with my exhausted aching feet and hips that I thought might shatter into a million pieces every time I took a step, my heart was full.
I have so many more stories- like meeting Mickey Mouse and playing with Minnie Mouse, but I will save them for another post. This morning I feel like I was drugged and beaten in my sleep, but also? So, so thankful. Thankful that a rough morning could turn into one of the happiest nights of my life. Thankful that my husband has a job that affords us trips like this. I feel so undeserving and so thankful.