24 October 2016

Legoland California

Isaias, my middle son, turned six last week. His birthday is one of those dates that I mark my own story by, not just his. Isaias was 5 months old when Hector was detained and deported; it is five months until Hector marks six years here in Tijuana. To mark this joyous day of my prince charming's birth, I decided to take the two oldest kids an hour north up to Legoland, CA. It is fortuitous that every October, the museums and theme parks of San Diego run "kids get in free" specials. Without it, we would never have gone.

We left early to cross on a Thursday, as Legoland is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and I had the day off. I usually never cross the border on my day off, and it had been months since either of the kids had crossed over with me. As we approached the line, Isaias looked out the window at the Border Patrol agents wandering around and panicked, "Oh no! The police! I surrender!" he shouted. What a shame. At the check point, the agent asked Isaias for his name, to which he replied very solemnly, "Gordo". Oops. Next time, I'll be sure to quiz them beforehand.

We arrived up at Legoland right as they were opening, around 10 in the morning. We parked, and got in line to buy our tickets. There were some people standing behind us in line, complaining about how long it was taking. As someone who sits in the border line daily, I couldn't help but chuckle- I didn't think it was too bad. We were finally in the park, map in hand, and desperately trying to find rides wihtout long wait times.

Most of the rides didn't have long lines. That is the nice part of visiting an amusement park on a Thursday in October- there was hardly anyone there!

Our first ride was a fairy tail boat ride- the kids liked seeing all of the storybook characters made from Legos.

Cecilia has loved horses since she could say the word "horse". That hasn't changed in 10 years, and she insisted we check out the Lego horses.

I love that there are playgrounds all over the park. Kids can run and get their wiggles out before getting into line for the next ride.

Isaias wasn't thrilled with the tower ride- he didn't like the height. I started thinking that maybe we shouldn't have come if he wasn't going to want to go on any "big kid" rides. 

I *may* have gotten him to say that he was six a couple days early so he could get his Driver's License with his sister. 

We went on the castle roller coaster. I rode with Isaias and Cecilia rode in front of us. I really thought Isaias wasn't going to do well in it- but he surprised me and even wanted to go again!

Minicity was really cool. 

They have a cool Lego Star Wars section. 

 Gordo LOVES Ninjago and the new Ninjago area was out last stop. 

Happy birthday Gordo. mommy is so proud of boy you've become!

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