Back when we first bought our travel trailer, we thought it would be great fun to take Caleb camping to celebrate his Forever Family Day. Well, the actual day fell on a Tuesday, but we still thought it would be great fun to go camping the weekend before. My sister Deb came with her family Friday night. We grilled steaks and ate s'mores by the campfire. Then Andy whipped out his guitar for some campfire songs. Well, maybe we sang preschool songs like Wheels on the Bus and such. But we had a great time and lots of laughs nonetheless.
Saturday morning Caleb was supposed to have a tennis tournament, but the rain delayed it until Sunday. Unfortunately we spent all Saturday morning in a holding pattern until the tournament was finally called for the day. So we eventually went back to the campsite and hung out until the rain stopped.
When it finally let up, we went for a walk around the campsite. I loved all the tall pine trees. Our site felt so secluded.
We thought we'd take a look at all the wild flowers and shrubs.
And Caleb chatted a little with one of the boys he met.
Then it was time to head back and get dinner started.
We had fun roasting marshmallows....two nights in a row...woot woot!
Sunday was the tennis tournament. Caleb played well, though he didn't win. We're so proud of him for continuing to get out there and play kids who are much older than him and with a lot more experience. He continues to improve each week. After the tournament, we went back to the campsite to pack up the trailer and head home.
Well, fast forward to Tuesday, Caleb's Forever Family Day. We took him and his sisters to the Magic Kingdom. The weather was absolutely perfect. Overcast skies gave way to partly cloudy, with a breeze and highs around 80. Can we say awesome?!
After grabbing lunch, we headed to Tomorrow Land. First, we picked up our Buzz Lightyear Fastpasses and then hit all the other rides in close proximity until it was time to head back to Buzz. First up was the People Mover.
Then the Carousel of Progress, one of my faves.
Somebody was starting to get a wee bit sleepy.
We also did the Raceway. Caleb was about 1 inch too short to ride alone. He was a bit bummed but glad to know that next time he rides, he could very well be riding alone.
Then we headed over to Fantasy Land. Patrick picked up Winnie-the-Pooh Fastpasses for us while we headed over to Dumbo. Oh, I forgot to mention that I came down with a cold when we started camping and lost my voice. So that was really fun....for about 5 days. NOT! Havi decided to throw a fit because she was so tired, and I had no voice to speak to her and no husband because he was getting Fastpasses. So waiting in line for Dumbo was like a real winning moment that day. Oh so much fun.
Anyway, after Dumbo, which Caleb got to ride alone, Patrick took Madeline on the Barnstormer because, as soon as we got off Dumbo and I put Havi in the stroller, she passed out. The Barnstormer is Madeline's favorite ride. She had a blast and raised her hands like everyone else, so she said. Then Patrick watched Havi while I took the big dumplings on Winnie-the-Pooh.
I also took them on a quick spin on the Merry-Go-Round while Havi continued to nap.
And after a few quick snaps of the special boy with his mama and baba on his special day, it was time to head to the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney for dinner. While the atmosphere was cute, the food was subpar and overpriced. What a winning combination. Even the kids weren't thrilled with their food. That's saying something. At least they enjoyed looking at the animals. We later ventured over to the Lego store and let Caleb pick out a new Lego set for his special day. He chose a Coast Guard ship.
It's hard to believe that it's been six years since we first scooped this precious boy up and held him in our arms. That first day together is still so fresh in my mind. He was such a little toddler, with his chubby face and eager smile and his sweet little Cantonese babble. He has been such a joy to parent all these years. He's got a heart of gold. He's so compassionate and caring and tender hearted. And he's also so dedicated and determined. And an athlete he is, to the nth degree. And so smart as well, a joy to homeschool.
Well, we love you like crazycakes, Caleb Tian.
Happy Forever Family Day!!!!