Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Which the Gods of Family Outings Smile Upon Us

It has pretty hectic here lately. Petunia's still pretty congested, possibly due to the last cold she had, and her sleep is therefore all screwed up. Hubby and I both have deadlines coming up soon at work, so we're both a little stressed and a lot busy, and needing to log in at night and do some work. My usual 40-45 hour work week is creeping up towards 50 hours, and I'm still feeling behind... blah, blah, blah.


I don't want to write about that. I want to write about our fun outing on Sunday- we went to Legoland! Legoland is in Carlsbad, which is about 40 minutes north of where I live. We went once before, when Pumpkin was about 2.5 years old. It was fun, but nowhere near as much fun as this visit was. I think Pumpkin is at the age when Legoland really starts to be fun, and Petunia had fun playing in "Duplotown", which is a playground with several different play houses. She seemed to like the jail best. I wonder if that should tell us something?

She was pretty fascinated by the toenails on this Lego dude, too.

However, Petunia's real favorite thing at Legoland was the bag her lunch came in. It provided an excellent prop for a game of peek-a-boo.

Pumpkin's favorite thing was the horse ride. It is very tame, but it involved being out of sight from us for a while, which, to our great relief, did not involve any tears. In fact, she had a huge smile on her face anytime we saw her. Really. She just turned her head right before Hubby took the picture. (Isn't it great that this blog provides us a use for our failed pictures?)

Pumpkin also liked Miniland, although not quite as much as her Daddy does. I'll spare you the gazillion photos he took, which look eerily similar to the gazillion photos he took last time, except this set also includes photos of the new Star Wars miniland.

Pumpkin liked steering the toy boats... but again, not quite as much as Daddy did.

The highlight of miniland for her, though, was catching sight of the castle she stayed in when we went to Las Vegas.

By this point, Petunia was napping. She followed our plan exactly, and fell asleep in her stroller after lunch. Amazing.

All in all, it was a really good outing. I had to write it up so that I can come back and read about it the next time one of our family outings goes all pear-shaped and ends with tears and tantrums!


  1. Looks like you all had fun! I'm not sure how to make trips to the grocery store run that smoothly, so I'm doubly in awe.

    I've been wondering if Legoland needs to be an older thing. It's right down the street from where we live, but I've not been convinced that it's right for a not-quite-2-year-old. From your story, sounds like I might be right.

  2. @Ginger, a not-quite-2 year old would enjoy the Duplotown playground, and probably the splash zone (if it is a warn day).... but yeah, if I were you, I'd wait another year or so. When we went when Pumpkin was 2.5, she enjoyed it. I'm not sure she enjoyed it $60 worth, but she was free then. This year, at 4, she really enjoyed it- and she was no longer free.

    AAA gets you a 10% discount, if you do go.

  3. Some Podunkville friends of ours road tripped to LL with their 10 and 8-year-olds. The adults had just as much fun as the kids did! Sounds like quite an incredible place.

  4. Anonymous10:53 AM

    My parents, brother and nephew did this last weekend and had a blast! He's 7 and LOVES Legos. We're waiting a while to take Monkey, but keeping it in the queue...

  5. Since out little one was less than a year old when we went, I'm sure he'd enjoy it more now too...especially the rides. If we manage to make it to SD this summer I'm thinking Sea World might be on order. We'll see.

  6. So cool! Looks like you guys had tons of fun, and I'm not surprised that Daddy liked it too ;)


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