My cousin Heather got married last weekend in the Chicago area and we thought it would be a great time to stay two extra days for a little mini vacation and get some quality family time!
It was wonderful!!
We sat in the front row of the dolphin/whale/sea lion show and it was fantastic when the sea lion paraded right in front of us
Icosium Kafe (Algerian food)
The owner was delighted to have us dine with him and had us try all sorts of food. Our kids LOVED it! The owner sat down and told us about growing up on a farm in Algeria. It was a perfectly cultural experience!
At one point Mickey told the owner: "This is my favorite restaurant in the whole world and I am going to come back every day!"
Then a few minutes later Mickey corrected himself," Well I WISH I could come back everyday but I can't. We have to go back to our own country!:)
Mickey also was very aware of the owners accent and assumed he was Spanish speaking like his friends Dora the Explorer and Diego! So he asked the owner if he would to like hear him count to ten in Spanish! The owner was of course delighted and then counted to ten in Arabic for the kids. They were very impressed!
Barack Obama made out of Legos!
Legoland was a huge highlight for the kids as they are both lego-obsessed. It was really fun!
Mickey, Hubby and Papa went to watch the Knights jousting! Talk about a dream come true for a five year old!
Meanwhile mom and I entertained Minnie at Woodfield Mall at the Disney Store, Lego store and ate at the Rainforest Cafe! And I visited my favorite store Lush!
Much fun was spent in the hotel pool....
until Mickey slipped and hit his head.
and proceeded to vomit 3 times in the next 45 minutes.
which apparently can be a not-so-good sign.
I had visions of us waiting for 6.5 hours in a ER and bemoaning the loss of our precious vacation time. BUT, instead we found a great clinic that had him seen by a super nice doctor, CAT scan and popsicle all in under an hour.
CAT scan was fine--as we suspected as Mickey was acting like himself except a refusal to eat.
Mickey was absolutely perfect during the CAT scan. The technician told him not to move or not too open his eyes. Much to my shock-Mickey complied to perfection. The technician was in awe. I was in awe!
So he DOES know how to obey! AHA!
On our way out the door I said to Mickey,"Honey, you did AWESOME!" You were perfectly still!"
His Reply: "mom. I wasn't."
I looked at him questioningly.
"I tried to lay still,but I couldn't! I could feel my heart beating. I tried to make it stop, but it wouldn't.
Mom, how do I make my heart stop?"
Oh Bless his sweet heart!
We had a super special time and cherished our family time together!
And after all that eating, I tentatively stepped on the scale this morning and I only gained ONE pound!!! yippeee! SOOOOOOOO worth it!