My 4-year-old finished school for the year on Tuesday. The boys still have another week to go. All of the three big kids have been promised a “mommy day” this summer, when we do their choice of activity together So that made this week a great opportunity to do my daughter’s mommy day.
She wanted to go to Hershey (the amusement park). We got in the car around 9 A.M. on Thursday morning and drove the 90 minutes out there, parked, and took the tram in.
The day went extremely well. The weather was beautiful. It was perfectly sunny, and warm enough to go on the water rides but not warm enough to be sweltering. My phone said I took 15,000 steps, and since her little legs are a lot shorter, I think she must have taken a lot more steps than that. She was such a trooper about it, probably because I was indulging her completely. Want to ride the “Cocoa Coaster” ten times? (at least)? No problem. She did the “Swing thing” kiddie swing ride at least half a dozen times as well. I pushed her around the lazy river twice and we went on the Ferris Wheel. I hate Ferris Wheels. I am deathly afraid of heights, and while I might be OK on my own, I felt a need to grip her the whole time (as I did on the Sky view — a ski lift type ride we took twice). Still the Ferris Wheel was one of her favorites. I even let her play those little carnival type games a few times, so we won cheap stuffed critters. And on the way out she got to make one of those flat souvenir pennies.
The drive home was long — another 90 minutes back when I was exhausted (the baby has not been sleeping well). She chatted with me for a while, but then fell asleep in the back seat. Unfortunately, none of the other children were asleep when I got home. This was not my favorite way to end the day, though my husband did sit with the baby a while when I gave up. But overall, the day was great, and it was so fun to be able to focus completely on one kid. I think if every day were like that it would be a bit intense. But one was wonderful.