Going into this trip all I kept saying to Tim is “All I want is for a couple good photos of the kids looking at the camera a smiling in front of something Disney.” It took an embarrassingly long time to figure out that the kids are more willing to pose for photos if I ask them to do something silly or to pose like what is behind them. In the end those are the photos that are more fun to take and more fun to look back on. Note to self- stop being such a downer and lighten up. It started with Gaston the day before but this day at Epcot was all about being silly in front of the camera. I had changed my goal. Photos of the kids smiling at the camera to photos of the kids having fun. Michael didn’t want to look at the camera because it was sunny so instead of having him squint at the camera he made a monster face. Closed eyes work with a scary face- espcially when you are laughing while making said scary face. Just like the Tom Sawyer Island, this Monsters University playground was a fantastic way for the kids to take a break from the rest of the theme park. Look at the details of the park. So stinking cute! Tim got to eat his first ever Cronut (Croissant Doughnut) so you know, his trip was a complete success. A few strips of crispy bacon and Tim would have thought he was in heaven. The kids had icecream as a morning snack because well… it was vacation and you have to pick your battles. Plus it was so hot that day! Elise couldn’t eat her icecream fast enough. She was not impressed when Dad “helped” her out. After the playground and a sugary snack break we headed around the world. Canada. Great Britain. His cheeks are puffed out because he is pretending to be transported like he is in Tardis. Pretending to be Hook. Pretending to be eaten by Tic Toc Croc. France. Clogworth and Lumiere I told him, “It is a sundial and that the shadows on the sundial is how they used to tell time before clocks!” Boom. Science and History lesson by Mom. Tim walked up to us and told him it was an inaccurate way to measure time and it only worked sort of the time and only during part of the year. Tim explained why it only worked part of the year. Michael liked Tim’s answer better. Patrick and I walked away during Tim’s teaching moment and looked at the flowers. Moroco. Japan. The stage where my High School Choir performed my senior year. The kids were not impressed. Views of the Epcot ball (Is there a name for that?) Germany. Africa. He was having a blast. This is what he calls his “Rock Star Drummer” face. I wanted to buy one of each of those musical instruments. Tim said no. I begged Tim to hold up Elise and pose for a photo. Tim said no. China. Norway. We completed our around the world with a taco and quesdilla lunch in Mexico. We backtracked ever so slightly to go on the Norwegian boat ride and it scared the shit out of Elise. She may be named after her Great Great Great Grandma that came over on the Boat from Norway but the does not mean that she likes giant trolls.
We started this entire day with me racing to get in line so the kids could meet and greet Elsa and Anna. I stood in line for a half hour before the person charge of the line told me that my current position in line was a 4.5 hour wait to see Elsa and Anna. I left the line and met back up with Tim and the kids who had went on Spaceship Earth for their 3rd and final time. It ends up that we were able to peek at Elsa and Anna through a door in the gift shop after riding the Norwegian Boat ride.
We left Epcot and took the monorail over to the Polynesian resort for dinner at ‘Ohana. This was the dinner that still makes me giggle even thinking about it. Tim and I both do not like eating chicken off the bone. I have never made chicken wings. We have never ordered chicken wings. This restaurant served family style and one of the meats they brought over were chicken wings. Michael turned into a straight up carnivore. I have never seen him eat any sort of meat like he did those chicken wings. There was a pile of bones on his that would have rivalled any grown man’s plate. He just kept saying, YUM! THIS CHICKEN IS AWESOME! Even the server was giggling at him. Good food and good times.
After dinner we headed back to the resort for our last night of our vacation. We soaked up as much of the resort as we could by doing some more animal watching.
This is one of my favorite photos from the resort. It is a favorite because if you look close you can see a mom and her child watching the giraffes through a window.