Last week whilst staying at my Mum's, we went to Legoland. The forecast had been for rain but we decided to chance it anyway as it looked to be fine by mid morning. Luckily we had no rain whatsoever although I think the forecast must have kept a few people away because the Park was by no means full, in fact we barely had to wait for some rides.
We arrived at 9.10am and headed straight for the queue for pre-paid tickets and within 15 minutes we were allowed through to the start of the Park. Missy is actually fine in queues so there are no worries there. Having been last year, we knew to walk to the top of the hill where they hold you until the rest of the Park opens at 10am. From there we could race down to the first ride, the Viking Splash. We were one of the first on the Viking Splash and got VERY wet but soon dried off. We then headed for the Dragon.
Now, when I took my niece to Legoland about 17 years ago, when it was a quarter of the size it is now, the Dragon was quite a tame ride. So I told my Mum it was tame and there was nothing to worry about. I told Missy it was a gentle ride, just a small rollercoaster for kiddies. Erm.....oops! After we'd gently meandered round the first part of the ride amongst all the Lego characters, we then started to climb and then ..........whoosh!! Missy screamed, my Mum screamed. My Mum was hanging on for dear life, Missy was laughing her head off. She loved it, my Mum hated it and needed a sit down afterwards. Missy just wanted to go on again. So we did.
The rest of the day went swimmingly. We did so much and Missy went on lots of rides either with us or by herself. I think me and Mum loved the underwater Atlantis ride amongst the shark, fishes and ray more than she did though. Apart from the Dragon, her favourite was the 4D animation with the snow, water and fire effects.
This time she wasn't too fussed about the Duplo Valley splash park but I suspect it was more because she had ice-cream on her mind.
We left about 4pm, with only one other car exiting the same time as we did, so had no problems with queues. My niece works in Windsor so we drove down to see her and had a refreshing drink. Missy was beginning to get a little bit ratty in the car which is a sure sign of tiredness. But all in all a good day.
Hopefully next year Missy will have grown a little more so that she reaches the height for the rides at Thorpe Park as I think she will have grown out of a lot of the smaller Legoland rides.
We stayed at Mum's two nights and as Missy has now stayed there a handful of times, she is quite comfortable there and we find we don't have to take over as much stuff from home like her bedside light and pillowcase. She must be feeling quite safe there as she's beginning to display more of her negative behaviours, so at last my Mum is starting to see what we've experienced over the last 22 months.
We both missed Daddy a lot although we did speak to him on the phone. Missy loves drawing cards and pictures for people and last night back home was no exception. She made a beautiful card for Daddy, on which she drew pictures of the lavender she had picked from the garden and so beautifully tied in a small bouquet. She popped this under his pillow together with treasure from the garden (a stone over which she had painted with pink glitter). So lovely.