We went on a much needed family vacation last weekend. Last November Hubby and I went to Daytona, but this was the first vacation that all four of us had actually gone on together.
We had so much fun! First, we went to Kings Dominion and I watched my
not so little girl ride a bunch of big ol’ roller coasters. It’s amazing how fast they grow up.
We started out with the easier coasters and worked our way up to the rougher ones. A lot of the height requirements for anything that wasn’t for little kids was 48″. G was exactly that, with shoes on. Hubby and G said that when they got on the Rebel Yell, they made her get out of her seat so they could measure her to be sure. He said the attendant seemed like he was on the fence about letting her on, but then a bunch of riders behind them kept saying things like “Look, she’s tall enough. Come on, let her on!”. Apparently, she had made it obvious just how excited she was to ride it while she had been standing in line. The guy ended up letting her ride and people started clapping and cheering for her! You should have seen her tell me the story, it made her day!
When we went to the Water Park they wouldn’t let her on hardly anything because without her shoes, she was just under 48″. Oh well, she’ll be tall enough next year. It didn’t seem to bother her anyway. My little dare-devil was all about the “big girl roller coasters”.
While Hubby would wait in lines with G, I would take B around to the rides she was tall enough for. We rode one that spun around in the air and we could sort of steer. I thought she might think it was a little scary, but she loved it!
Then, I took her to the Merry-Go-Round, thinking that it would be another one she would really enjoy. I mean, after flying through the air on the last one, something simple that goes in slow circles on a little horse should be no problem, right?
You see how happy she looks in the photo above? Well, that was taken about ten seconds before she started flipping out, yelling “No horsies, noooo! Let me down!”. The ride hadn’t even started yet. This all happened when she was just sitting on the horse while I was holding her. Weird. I’m still not sure why she did it. I am glad it happened before the ride started though.
That was the only little incident all day. The rest of the time was all fun and smiles. 🙂
To make it easier on ourselves, we stayed in a hotel right there at the park. Then, when we woke up the next morning we made our way to the next hotel, close to VA Beach.
We couldn’t get a hotel on the beach. They were all booked up. We didn’t mind having to make the short drive though. That is, until we hit traffic, and then passed a sign saying there was a five mile long back-up. It took us like 40 minutes to get 1.5 miles. Considering part of the back-up included a tunnel, um..yeah, we totally turned around. NO way were we gonna get stuck sitting in a tunnel with two small children and no way out when they eventually would need to use the bathroom.
We were all getting hungry anyway so we turned around and went out to eat and then decided to play in the hotel pool, which the girls were perfectly happy with.
The next day, we left early for the beach. Made a whole day of it. We coated the girls in sunblock and I put some on my face. I figured I’d put sunscreen on the rest of me once we got to the beach.
Ended up turning a lovely red, whoops! I turned it into a teachable moment by telling G that I was a perfect example of why she should always wear plenty of sunblock. She realized how true that was the next day when I could barely stand to have anyone touch me. Ouch!
The beach was tons of fun anyway since I didn’t really feel the full effect of the sunburn until later that night.
It was B’s first trip to a real beach and I can’t even begin to explain how excited she was. At one point she was literally running around in circles, yelling “I wuv da beach! I wuv da beeeeach!”
The whole vacation was insanely fun! We didn’t even have to go very far to have a really great time. Kings Dominion and VA Beach aren’t far from us at all. We don’t get to take many vacations and it was really nice to be able to spend so much fun, quality time together.
What’s your favorite or most memorable vacation?
Ashley S says
Looks like you all had a blast!!! I haven’t been to Kings Dominion in like 15 years, but plan to take my boy when he’s out of diapers 🙂 My most memorable vacations have been at Disney World (but it’s so expensive!). We also always have fun at Busch Gardens 🙂
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Tonya James says
We haven’t taken a family vacation to Disney World yet. Definitely expensive! I haven’t been to Busch Gardens since I was too little to even remember, but we’re thinking about taking another mini vacation to Williamsburg at some point. 🙂