To make it more special, I decided that if I were to do this every year, we had to fly instead of drive. For our first trip in 2010, she was 22 months old and had never been on a plane. And I was about to fly with her...all..by...my...self.
I'll admit that I was really scared and worried I wouldn't be able to handle any meltdowns or tantrums. I seriously almost wanted to back out. But the more I thought about the great memories we were going to have, the more it made me want to do this. And then when she's 25 I can tell her all about that memorable trip.
And so we did it. And it was GREAT! We flew in the early morning so we had the entire plane row to ourselves which made flying easier. She was a real trooper and didn't cry at all. Getting to the park from the hotel was a breeze and she didn't complain about anything.
I had the greatest time just her and me in the park. At this point it was her 5th trip so she was recognizing everything and was getting used to the routine. We had her first Character Breakfast at the Plaza Inn and she got so excited to see the characters up close. We went on all the rides and she was giggling and having a ball.
|Our first Mother-Daughter trip|
Then this past May we did our 2nd Annual Mother-Daughter trip. Knowing that this was the continuation of something we started the year before was giving me warm and cozy feelings.
|Our 2nd Annual Mother-Daughter trip. |
Readers may recognize the significance of this photo spot from an early Traditions post. :-)
Just knowing that I started this for her and we can always look back and have that special bond and annual adventure. Once we expand our family and have one more kid (I'm closing the shop after 2 kiddos), then I'll start the same tradition with him/her. As a parent, I hope I can bring the sense of traditions and importance of bonding to my kids.
Looking forward to the 3rd Annual trip in 2012! :-)