Last Thursday, Bean and I were out running a few errands. We left the house around 9:00am and my plan was to be back in time for lunch. As I was getting ready to get back on the interstate after stopping by the first of my errands, I noticed a sign that said Downtown Disney This Way, and it had an arrow that indicated it was about 10 miles away.
Bean and I were supposed to leave the next morning to spend the weekend at my parent’s house, so I had things that I really needed to get done that day. But at the last minute, instead of heading north towards my house, I turned south towards Disney.
When Chris was in college and lived in Orlando, we used to go down to Downtown Disney sometimes. It is an area of Disney that’s free and though there aren’t any rides, there are restaurants and shops and lots to see. So, Bean and I headed down to Disney and spent the morning walking around and seeing all the sights. It was so unlike me to be that spontaneous – especially by myself. I didn’t have sunscreen or the right kind of shoes on. But it was a beautiful day and I thought, “Why the heck not???”
First, we stopped in Lego Land. It was pretty awesome actually. Everything was built out of Legos! Including this huge Transformer!
And this guy and these dogs…
And this dragon in the lake outside the shop…
Inside was a lot more of the intricate Lego creations. They had cars and planes and houses and castles and robots and solar systems. It was pretty incredible, really.
(Sorry these are yellow-ish. I forgot to change the setting on my camera when I went inside…)
Bean loved it all! He squealed and pointed and danced as we walked around. I let him hold my hand and we took our time walking around the store, letting Bean go where ever he wanted to go. He stopped for a long time in front of this Lego person. I couldn’t tell if he liked it or not. He got really quiet and just stood there staring at it for a while.
After Lego Land, I loaded Bean up in his stroller and we cruised down the rest of the boardwalk to see what else we could find. We stopped after a while in front of a shop whose sign out front was shooting water out of Stitch’s (or is that Lilo?) mouth every few seconds. Bean thought it was so funny every time. I let him get a little wet and he clapped and squealed like crazy! It’s the simple things for that kid…
Bean also really liked this giant hot air balloon that was floating over the lake. You could actually go up in the balloon and get a birds-eye view of the entire park. Of course, all Bean cared about was that there was a “boooon! booooon!” (That would be “balloon,” for all of you who do not speak Beanish)
By this time, it was almost noon and so Bean and I headed back to our car and drove to McDonald’s and rounded out our day of spontaneous irresponsibility with cheeseburgers. When we got back in the car, Bean was asleep before I could even pull out of the parking lot. He slept all the way home and then in his crib for another two hours!
As he is getting older and as I am getting more comfortable staying home with him, I’m finding that I’ve become bolder in what I am comfortable doing without Chris. It used to feel like I simply could not handle some things by myself. It was just easier with two sets of hands. But Bean really isn’t too hard to handle right now. Most of the time, I don’t even have a diaper bag with me. Just a few of his things thrown in my purse. And with my stroller as a huge help and with Bean’s ability to understand and follow simple little instructions, our outings are able to become so much more fun. I’m learning that I can do pretty much anything Bean and I want to do by myself. Of course, it’s not as much fun as if Chris was with us, but it’s pretty liberating to know that I am capable of filling mine and Bean’s days all by myself.