Life with MS & EDS

April 26, 2009

Fun Day at the Sesame Place Challenge

Today was the Variety Club’s annual Sesame Place Challenge.  It was a great day!  I must admit I was leery this morning.  Things were off to a rough start.  Everyone was in a mood.  Big Sister was exhausted from a sleepover party last night.  I was still wiped out from Prednisone – Day Four.  Hubby was in a mood, probably just anticipating the stress of the day.  Little Sister was in the best mood of us all.  She actually didn’t fight us about getting dressed or leaving the house!

We got to Sesame Place a bit before the 10 a.m. start time.  The parking lot was pretty empty in comparison to the normal season there.  We got in pretty quickly, got a locker for our stuff, and headed off to the rides.  Little Sister enjoyed the Flyin’ Fish ride.  We took her on the Peek-a-Bug, but she didn’t like that one.  After doing those rides together, it was time for Big Sister to split off and do some more exciting things.  Little Sister and I went on the merry-go-round, which she loved, and then we say the Abby Cadabby Treasure Hunt show.  It’s the same version we saw 2 years ago, but she didn’t remember that.  The people nearby obviously did because they kept telling their kids what was going to happen next and gave away the story.  She grabbed my hand whenever she saw a character in costume, regardless of how distant they were, but she was okay with them performing several yards in front of her.  This gives me hope for our Disney trip this summer.  Her endurance today was also a good sign. 

After that we spent a small fortune on a so-so lunch before hitting the water rides.  Big Sister’s mood left a lot to be desired.  She wasn’t very rational today.  Hubby went off and did some of the water rides while the girls and I hit the Tidal Wave pool.  I was fortunate enough to snag a chair and was very happy to sit and cool down.  It’s just wrong to have a 90-degree day this time of year in the Philly area.  The girls enjoyed splashing around and Big Sister even went off on her own for a bit.  To wrap up the day we managed to talk the girls into doing the Lazy River.  That’s right up my alley! 

We fit a lot into our 5 hours there.  People were generally very nice and more understanding of other people’s kids than you’d usually see at places like this.  Most parents looked tired like we did, but you could tell they just loved watching their kids having fun.  Strangely, I think my favorite part was when we were leaving lunch.  We ate upstairs in one of their restaurants and on the walk down Little Sister held my hand and actually ALTERNATED feet going DOWN stairs!!!  She just started alternating her feet while climbing stairs on her own about a month ago.  This is such fantastic progress for her!  Definitely a major SmileStone. 

Thanks Variety Club!!


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