Posts Tagged ‘legoland’

First Land

6 July 2011

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Dear J-

Short on time today so let it be mercifully brief: almost more photo than words.

1. Let’s not forget who was scared of Chewbacca growing up.

2. Thank God for these older kids who are actually helping hands. Calcifer still wants the ice cream but he’ll have to work for it.

3. Anaheim (or maybe just this South Harbor Drive area) feels like Las Vegas to me but instead of a slot machine in every store there’s some Disneyana kiosk behind the register.

Good night — sleep now as figgy is still well wired past ten.

Mike

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Saturday Motivation

5 March 2011

Dear J-

Well, I’m as prepared for the trip as I can be. Oh, not that normal stuff, like packing (done in ten minutes with a minimum of thought: I try not to challenge my limited sartorial skills more than necessary) or getting tech stuff ready (I have a lot of chargers to pack now, although the advent of smartphones also means smaller power bricks). Nope, I’m ready because we crammed a weekend into a day. I got to cook breakfast this morning and the other normal Saturday chore of vacuuming while figgy whiled the time away with PBS Kids. Afterwards we went to LEGOland (the discount tickets I get from work have a second day included free) and walked around until she said her feet hurt at which point we called it a day and headed back, some sights unseen, some rides not taken.

Because it was such a spectacular day (shorts and t-shirt weather for sure) I’m going to have a hard time adjusting to a place where I can’t wear sandals near year-round. Never mind. There’s so much that went right with today I’m willing to let that slide in favor of holding on to today in my head until next Friday when I come back. I hope your weekend has been good but I’m willing to bet I had more grins today than the whole week prior. That’s fuel for the soul, mind motivating body to keep moving forward.

Mike

LEGO Island

9 January 2011

Dear J-

My eyelids are heavy tonight.  It’s been a long fun day in the shadow of Monday, and if the best treatment for that is a healthy dose of ignorance and defiance, I’ve got enough banked from today to cruise for the rest of the week, sleep deprivation and all.  We’d been planning a trip to LegoLand since Christmas but it came together nicely today, the surprise was complete and the delight worth talking about over and over.  Even bringing Calcifer along as a nonparticipant worked out, with eyes open and watching us with the grave expression we’ve come to love.

If you forced my hand and made me encapsulate the day into a single episode it would be this:  figgy running amok in Miniland, dashing here to there in as loud and obtrusive a manner as possible, other parents either giving me an eye askance or sympathetic, depending on the verdict rendered.  I didn’t mind.  After five hours in the park she still had the infectious enthusiasm she arrived with.  After five hours of rides and food she still had the wherewithal to ask for a snack and then fall into a deep, trance-like sleep on the way back, secure and sated on the day’s feastings.  It was a boost to our psyches, having brought this day to her and later them; the lessons of giving versus receiving never grow old.

Mike

DNA Bucket

27 November 2009

Dear J-

It is turning out that we need to top the tops in order to keep her entertained; we spent the day at Legoland — indeed, nearly the whole day (six hours, which in toddler time is close to a week), including an hour spent in line for a two-minute ride (was it worth it? only to say that you went, I suppose). I can’t even remember the name of the ride, it was that unremarkable; though the wait went pretty well, I can’t help but think that it’s got a lot to do with where we were — someplace different than the usual Zoo-Sea World routine.

I’ll be the first to admit that we go to the Zoo a lot; I have done my best to mix up routes and animals, but there’s a limited number of ways to get from front to back and out again. Certain places have more meaning as a railing to hang from or a sculpture to climb on, rather than a certain animal; there’s a strange sort of injustice when the back yard and local canyons are less familiar than Tiger River, say.

This is the third time we’ve been to Legoland — the first time well back in 2004, I asked my brother, who we went with, how he was able to do it: weekend after weekend, taking the kids out all day long, running back and forth, arms down and up laden with sleepy DNA. It was a few hours in, that rainy June day, that I started to question whether I’d have the energy to ever chase children the same way. It’s taken five years to come up with a good answer, but here we are tonight, satisfied but not exhausted, thrilled and amazed as always, having spent the day in good company.

Mike

Legoland California

28 September 2008

Dear J-

Sunday in Legoland; the less time I have at home it feels like we spend more time finding places to go.  Legoland’s close, the food is good (not just for amusement park food — still overpriced, but at least it’s tasty), and best of all, it’s got LEGOs.  All right, LEGO Bricks and Toys (TM) — thank you, Shop-at-Home service.  We made a beeline for Miniland as soon as we were through the gates and if it wasn’t for picking up and physically dragging figgy from some of the models there, we might have stayed in Miniland all day.

The idea of a Legoland seems odd — after all, you aren’t going to see a Barbie World or Transformer-ville, but somehow it hangs together well.  There’s a charm to seeing the same things you dreamed of as a kid grown large and taking over a whole theme park; you always knew that with enough LEGOs you could make anything, and here’s a place to prove it.  We’ll be back as figgy gets bigger.

Mike