A vacation to remember.
I pulled Maile and Laina out of bed at 4am last Thursday, “get dressed girls…we gotta go”.
Laina popped up quickly whispering “where are we going Mom??” while Maile quietly took sureveillance of the situation, “Is it still dark time? Why are you waking us up at dark time?” They grappled for their clothes in the dark and I let them stay confused.
Laina repeated her question approximately 143 times between her bedroom and the car. Maile could not register why we were breaking the rules and going anywhere at that hour. When they saw our luggage I began fielding all kinds of new questions. Were we going on a field trip? Were we going on vacation? Were we going camping. WHAT IN THE HELL WAS GOING ON?
When we pulled into the airport Maile asked if we were at the hospital before reading signs, “are we at the airport mom? Are we going on an airplane?”
Yes. Why yes we are.
“Are we going to school today?”
No. Why no you’re not.
“Are we going on vacation?”
“Are we going to Hawaii?”
And finally…”are we going to Disneyland?”
And then we went to Disneyland.
The girls were in heaven.
I thought I would have major regrets about not taking Kainoa…that when we got to Disneyland I would look around at other three year olds and think “man, we could have brought Kainoa…he would have loved this.”
I am happy to report that did not happen. It surprised me. I really really missed him, but the lines and long days definitely would have brought out the worst in him. And then the worst in us. It was the first time I’ve ever left him with anyone but Pat for longer than a night. But we had an amazing time!
Pat and I cruised through Disneyland with the girls in strollers from sun up to sun down. They loved every bit of their vacation and we couldn’t stop talking about how we’ll stay for more days in a couple years when Kainoa is finally old enough to go.
After a long day of flying and walking and shopping and eating and waiting in line and enjoying the sun and finally laying down in a hotel room on Disney Street…it’s hard to believe just that morning I was pulling those girls out of bed, “get dressed girls, we gotta go!”
I have a feeling they’re going to remember this trip for a very long time.
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