This is a fine time to summarize where we've been. Here is a summary, in convenient link-form. I'll give you a second to catch up.
PART 1: "Preparations"
PART 2: "First Impressions"
PART 3: "Pretend People, Real Autographs"
PART 4: "Mac and Cheese and Legos"
PART 5: "Rides and Attractions, Volume 1"
PART 6: "Rides and Attractions, Volume 2"
So, we've covered the future and the past. Here in the present, today I will be writing about those not-quite-Norman-Rockwell moments experienced by the family of the Hungry Preacher during their time in Disney World. After all, even in the world of magic, the girl sometimes accidentally gets sawed in half, right?
Without further ado, he is photographic evidence of a few times during our trip that the magic wore off.
I don't remember exactly what the problem was at this point, but judging from the expression of Monkey 2, we can conclude that she was just told that Disney World would be permanently closing, effective immediately, and that all positive memories of the Disney World experience would be wiped from her memory, a la "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Oh, and that movie title was actually a typo: It was supposed to be "No Dogs Go to Heaven."
Not to be outdone, Monkey 1 here was just told that she would not get to play with her new Lego set until we set the world record for most consecutive times riding the "It's a Small World" ride.
The thing I'm NOT sure how to interpret in this picture is my own expression. At first, I thought maybe I was just oblivious to how miserable my children were. Then I thought, "No, I know how fried they are, and that half-smile is one of determination NOT to let family morale be dragged down by the grumpiness of an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old." Then I looked even closer--at my eyes--and am now thinking that I myself was about to snap.
This is the only picture of the bunch where the person being asked "Why so sad?" is not in our family. Random out-of-context expression, or seething disdain for happy little girls? We'll never know.
The classic "Now hug your sister" pose.
The existence of this picture explains its inclusion in this post. See, Beth asked Monkey 2 if she could hold the camera for a second. Monkey 2 promptly dropped the camera on the ground. So the next few seconds were pretty tense, until this test picture turned out just fine. Big, magical sighs all around.
All things considered, the magical moments far outweighed the "Why so sad?" moments. But they were all memorable, and I can't think of any that I regret.
Like I said earlier, I'll add a closing post or two for this series in a few weeks. In the meantime, I've got a bunch of posts in blogatory, as well as plenty of "from scratch" ideas to tide us all over through the holidays. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend.