On Friday, I made a semi-spontaneous decision to take Alexander to Hershey Park for a special Mommy and Xander day. Justin and Jack stayed home for some bonding time of their own. I was out of my mind with excitement to spend an entire special day with just my big boy, and it did live up to my expectations. We had a blast together just doing whatever we (he) wanted without having to be concerned with what anyone else wanted to do. (Is that horrible to say?) It was great to have an adventure together, just the two of us. Hershey was a great destination for our special day because they had a lot of rides that Alexander was big enough to get on, but since they were "kiddie" rides, the lines were never long. In fact, at times the lines were non-existent and he was able to stay on the ride repeatedly, as long as he wanted! He rode one ride five times in a row before moving to another ride! He was not afraid of any ride that he was big enough to get on, although I have to admit that I don't have quite the stomach for rides that I used to! I had to encourage him to take a break from the ones I was allowed on and spend some time on the ones just for kids! He also really enjoyed the water park area, especially the mini wave pool and the "big green water slide."
Two conversations from our day:
Me (as we're waiting in line to buy our admission tickets): Alexander, we're going to stick together, but I want you to remember that if we do get separated and you can't find me, you should ask an adult, like another Mommy, for help. They will help you find me again.
Alexander (VERY serious and wide-eyed): I am going to hold your hand the whole time.
And later, as we're leaving (this one is predictable), he announced: Mommy, I don't want to leave! I want to live at Hershey Park!
Here are a few pictures. Unfortunately they are limited to him on the kiddiest of rides because I couldn't very well take a picture when I was riding with him!