The last vacation my daughter and I have been on was back in 2007 when we visited Aruba for my sister’s Wedding. We’re more of the staycation type. If vacations weren’t so expensive and I had more moolah I would love love to vacation more with lil mama! Working in non-profit fundraising is pretty exhausting and it’s been a difficult year for us medically and emotionally, so I know we needed some away time together. It’s important to get away from your normal routine, it’s important to spoil yourself…I really don’t do it enough.
So what did I do? Book a trip to Disney! … I swear I’m crazy. Yup, we’re off to the most magical place on Earth! My daughter has been asking for awhile now to go somewhere, on an airplane, stay in a hotel, and of course visit the castle in Florida. I tried to silence her requests and convince her we should go to Puerto Rico and visit the beach! But she was firm – Disney and the castle.
But how to break the news to her? This is a HUGE trip for us! (My pockets sure feel lighter!). I couldn’t just come out and tell her! I needed some mystery; I wanted it to be a surprise! So I decided I would create an Easter Day Scavenger Hunt Revealing our Trip to Disney. I thought I was so slick! After a long day of visiting family and eating delicious food we got back home and I hid clues for her around the house in left over Easter eggs. Until I realized I messed up the clues, so I had to rush and get them all correct. Sigh.
I wanted to make this FUN, so I made a paper chain (love em) with we’re going to Disney, and lil mama LOVES to scrapbook so I got some Florida scrapbooking stickers and even an airplane 🙂 I wanted this to be special…I was so excited to share this with her.
Once she read the little sign I had created she was off – off to find clues and find out what BIG surprise Mom had in store for her. From her closet, to the TV, to her bagpack, to the Fridge, to the door she went which finally lead her to ‘a place you love to go into after a long day that is usually full of bubbles’ … the tub! Where we was greeted with a special sign, her paper chain, and other goodies. It’s funny, her reaction – many many smirks – was not what I expected. I thought maybe she’d cry or roll around on the floor. But she grinned, she smirked, and she said Moommmmmy we’re going to Disney. It’s weird…it’s kind of like she already knew we were going! Smartypants.
So, yep we’re going to Disney – everyone’s like aren’t you so excited? I’m not…yet. I’m sure once it gets closer I’ll get more excited, but my fear of flying has clouded my excitement – and the fact that the trip isn’t cheap – ouch! But, we don’t go on vacation much, so it’s time to get away, enjoy some sun, and visit the castle! Lil Mama is counting down the days until June 3rd!
My recent post over on The Digital Latina titled Let the Good Times Roll focuses on how my daughter and I make amazing summer memories by staying local and creating adventures within our community. My daughter loves loves loves the water! She can’t get enough. After putting her in a year of swimming lessons she not only swims but does acrobats in the water! She wants to be near it 24/7 and her face holds a smile while she’s in it.
So I am happy to share with local readers a great offer to New England’s premiere water park: Watercountry. I’ve lived in Massachusetts all my life, but have yet to visit this water wonderland, so I am psyched to surprise my daughter with a trip here before the summer is out. I’m providing a coupon for $3.00 off each full priced $48 ticket you buy, up to 7 tickets!! This is an amazing value, so invite your friends and family for a day full of fun in the water! Check out the Map: WATER_Map_Park.
If you are looking for a fun local activity look no further than Watercountry complete with rides and slides, kiddie slides, cabana rentals, and dinging and snack areas. And did I mention they offer FREE parking?! Yes – free!! And for all you thrill seekers NOW OPEN is the Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror! Find out when you plunge into the screaming blackness of Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror. Coming in 2012, the Tunnel of Terror is the first water ride of its kind in New England. You’ll sit face-to-face in a 2-person tube then descend into a twisting 40-foot plunge through a totally enclosed, totally dark tunnel. Along the way, a wicked tornado funnel will leave your head spinning and your fears in your throat! A work of evil genius, it’s a 300 foot trip into the dark side of thrills.
Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity for you and your family!
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