A couple of weeks ago, we went with my friend Amy and her beautiful baby Rowan to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This wasn’t our first visit, as we’d all gone together back in January. But at that point I was still on bed rest and so had to be pushed around in a very uncomfortable wheelchair. So it was quite exciting for me to be able to walk around freely this time and truly experience that awesomeness of the park.
We rode the train to Conservation Station, which had a petting zoo and lots of fun for the kids. Unfortunately, Dexter turned out to be utterly TERRIFIED of the goats which kept following him around, and when one of them butted him as he bent down to pick a flower, that was pretty much the end.
Luckily, ice cream solves all toddler woes, and as we sat in a shady spot to consume our yummy cold treats, I was even able to sneak Dash a bite – his first ice cream. It was lovely, as it reminded me of when we took Dexter to Virginia Water when he was the same age, and we gave him HIS first taste of ice cream. Such a lovely reminder.
Of course, there were tons of animals and exciting things for Dexter to check out. He LOVES fish, and being able to see under the water was such an excitement for him.
After a bit of lunch, we caught a cool African band playing some music, and Dex sat on his dad’s shoulders dancing to the rhythms. As Daniel was sleeping, I grabbed Rowan and started dancing around with her, which I think she liked. 🙂
Mark and I were finding the love, appreciating the quality time together. The photo on the right was taken by Amy at exactly the right moment to capture a really loving moment. The one on the left was a self-portrait I took.
I love my adventurous fella.
And as we were surrounded by beautiful plants and waterfalls, it reminded Mark of a photo he took of me and Dexter at the Upwey Wishing Well in Dorset, England. So he had me try and pose in the same way with baby Daniel to recreate the shot.
And with all that greenery, it brought out the loving daddy in Mark, and he and the boys had some really special moments together.
We even got to see some really cool animals – like the Okapi – a sort zebra and giraffe cross! It was really cool.
All in all, it was a really lovely day, and we had so much fun together with friends. I love Animal Kingdom and am so happy we live so close to the parks.