Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunny Days Sweeping the Clouds Away...

It rained every day last week…and I was tired of it. Luckily, just like the song says, the air was clear at Sesame Street and we had beautiful weather to tour the park. Saturday morning we left for Sesame Place. Joe’s sister, Katie, and her husband, Jarrod, have a son, Andrew, who is just a few months younger than Ella, and since they only live about an hour from Sesame Place we thought it would be a great opportunity to take the kids there to see some of their best friends.
Given the heat and the attention span of two 2 year olds, we decided to go at twilight. This cut the cost by about $20 and meant that we only had to stay 4 hours. Also, I was afraid that the trip was not going to be completely pleasant and that at least one of the kids would be more scared of their monster friends than excited to see them. I’ll take this opportunity to note that Ella was decked out for her Sesame adventure in one of her Elmo shirts, her Elmo socks, and one of her Elmo hair ties. She was Elmo’d out! The first order of business was to see a show with a new character, Raggs. It was a solid 30 minutes of music and dancing.

Ella loved it. She danced the entire time and even tried to do the motions that they were doing. If they raised their hands, Ella raised her hands. If they swayed their hands, Ella tried to sway her hands. It was hysterical. And after every song Ella would turn around to me and say “Again?” We were some of the last people to leave because Ella and Andrew were having too much fun playing and dancing.
After the show we went to grab a little snack. Ella got ice cream and ate a good portion of it. I think she especially liked the sprinkles…that’s my girl! As luck would have it, we walked out of the dining hall and happened upon a showing of Elmo’s World LIVE!!! Imagine, Elmo in REAL LIFE!!! Could a 2 year old want anything more? During the show she just sat and watched. She didn’t seem too excited about it, but the minute the show ended she started asking for more Elmo, and once again we were among the last to leave.

Next came the Carousel. Joe was afraid she would be scared on it, but not our little trooper. She LOVED it! I think the see saw prepared her for the up and down motion, and she really liked being up close and personal with the horses. She informed me that her horse was “yeyyow and fween,” aka, yellow and green. You can’t see her face in the pictures because her arm was covering it up, but I assure you she was smiling from ear to ear! The second the ride ended she said, “Horsie again?”
Finally, the highlight of the night came when they had the Sesame Street Block Party Parade. How could anything get better than having all of Ella’s favorite characters all in one place! We saw everyone…Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie (and Bert was doing some serious dancing), Elmo and Zoe, Oscar, and Rosita. Not only was Ella not afraid of the characters, she was beyond thrilled to see them up close and personal and kept yelling their names over and over again.It was a fun time! I am so glad we were able to take Ella and we have already started planning our trip for next year.
Of course, our trip would not be complete without a stop in downtown Philly for some authentic Philly Cheese Steaks. At the direction of Jarrod, we opted for Geno’s instead of Pat’s, no offense to the Pat’s fans out there. Next time I promise we’ll go for Pat’s. At both places the lines were wrapped around the building. I was given clear instructions on how to order. You have 2 options…with or without. With means with Cheese Whiz. Without is obviously without Cheese Whiz. I opted for with..without onions. I was too scared to order (it all goes back to a bad incident that I had in Boston while trying to order pizza…this young Wyoming girl didn’t do it right and the guy behind the counter yelled at me…I still have nightmares), so Jarrod ordered for me. The best part, Ella even loved it!

It was a great trip and we can’t wait to do it again.





1 comment:

MATT & DANA HIGGINS said...

Loved the pictures... glad you guys had a fun, Elmo-filled trip!