Mom and Nate See the World
December 1, 2000
I felt lousy this morning, but really wanted to meet the group at Chef Mickey's for breakfast. Opting for the bus to the Magic Kingdom, we jumped aboard and located a seat. On the way I heard, 'Hello Lori' Assuming it was a clubhouse member spotting my lanyard, I looked up, and smiled. The smile became a look of total surprise when I saw who had spoken. A man I work with, who had told me that there was no way he would ever be able to afford, nor would he ever spend the money on a trip to WDW. I had no idea he was there as he's on a different shift than I am, and we hadn't talked in ages. He has a beautiful family, and it was a wonderful surprise. It also resulted in our being late for Chef Mickey's. Fortunately we were allowed to join the group.
What a nice time. Our hostess was the beautiful and sweet Y, and in attendance were Bobller, Brer, Pope Buck, Parker, his wife Ginger and darling baby Carson, myself, (fantayzya) and my Nate. Carson was a character magnet and as a result Nate got to spend extra time with them too. Major bonus! As always, my ponytail took several tugs as they walked by our tables.
After brunch Nate and I revisited the Magic Kingdom. We hopped on the train at Main Street Station and rode to Frontierland. Nate was determined NOT to ride Splash Mountain tho it had been a favorite a year ago. I had to play a little trick on him to get him to ride. He said he had fun, but told me I had better not do that ever again.A treat was in order.(read: peace offering) Nate had never had Dole Whip, and I was craving one.
It was time to make good on a promise made last night and let him drive the 'race cars.' It was the longest line we waited in the whole trip. Nate was a much better driver this time, and I only got a slight whiplash.
One of the objectives I had was to photograph the statues around the hub so off we went. The sculptures and landscaping art at the World do much to make the magic for me. I try to see it from a different angle, and take a bit more of it home in pictures each time I visit.
I wanted to get Nate's hair cut, and since we had dinner plans for 5:30 at Boatwrights, we wandered back to Main Street. There quite a wait, but we decided to, and the Cast Members waiting kept Nate entertained. I peeked out, saw that the Parade was starting and there was a clear spot on the curb just perfect to see it from the doorway. I called Nate over to watch, and Billie, the wonderful CM who would do Nate's haircut, told us to go watch from the curb, she'd come get us when it was his turn. WOW! Off we went to watch the Magic. Sure enough, the CM who had been playing with Nate found us and told us that Billie was waiting. Is that wonderful or what?
The haircut was such fun. I highly recommend Billie. She did a great job and kept Nate occupied the whole time. While we were there a little one came in for his first ever cut. His daddy was a CM and a friend of Donald Duck who was busy at his Christmas Tree Stand outside the barber shop. Daddy asked Donald to come in and check out his little boy's haircut, and he did! I guess he figured that as long as he was there, he'd inspect Nate's cut too. He spent a good 15 to 20 minutes playing around with Nate and making sure Billie did a good job. It was magical!
After the haircut, we had to head back to Dixie Landings. There was enough time to relax a bit and since we both had colds, that sounded pretty good. We got off the bus and did a short tour around the resort on our way back to the room. I promised my water rat he could swim after dinner, if it wasn't too cold, so he was a happy camper.
We checked in at Boatwrights, and as there was still a bit of a wait, we were given a buzzer. Nate wanted to hold it, and after trying to explain 'vibrate' to him with only a little success, I told him if it tickled to let me know. About 15 minutes later he started giggling and I knew it was time.
Dinner was good, the service was only so so. We saw our server when she took our order and when I got her attention to get the check. They weren't full that night, and a second cup of coffee would have been great. I was pleased to see Jambalaya on the menu at Boatwrights, as it was my favorite at Bonfamille's and I didn't think I'd be able to enjoy it this trip. But when it arrived the person making the delivery (not our original server) introduced it to me as Chili Jambalaya. It wasn't what I had hoped, but still very good, and with all the added spice I was able to taste it thru my cold. Nate had the kids' chicken fingers, and barely touched them as he was busy coloring and too excited about his promised swim.
After a quiet walk back to the room, we got him into his suit and hiked over to the quiet pool. I opted not to swim in deference to my cold, but had fun watching him make friends and splash around. We have a pool at home and he would spend his whole summer in the water if we'd let him, so he went nuts. I finally was able to coax him out, wrapped him in a towel and piggy backed him to the room to snuggle and watch some TV before bed. It appeared this wouldn't be a big attraction loaded trip, but we were having a great time just being together.