The day actually didn't start out very well. It was crazy crowded (we usually go the first week it opens, which I will have to remember for next year). There were long lines for everything. We decided to go ice skating first, knowing the crowds would thin out after lunch. But before we even got the skates on, there was an incident. Max dropped his skate on Otto's toe. Big cut. Crying. Blood. Luckily, I had a first aid kit in my backpack. I've been carrying it around since we got it for the Alaska trip. I think this is the first time I've used it. We decided to skip the skating, since Otto was limping and in pain. (And there was the added problem that you were not allowed to take your bag on the ice, and there is no place to check the bags. While we were tending to Otto's foot, the people behind us came off the ice to find the bags they had left on the bench were gone. Not at all worth the risk.)
The boys love the blow up slides, but they were even more excited to sit in a 2012 Fiat.
The lines continued to be long, and we decided to treat ourselves to a nice lunch at Riva's. It's a seafood restaurant with a view of the pier. The boys declared it super fancy. Max was excited to have calamari. I was excited to have salmon and sauteed vegetables. Otto got a burger, which is almost always exciting for him.
And then there was the tiramisu.
It was a delicious lunch. The only sad part is that I had to revisit the lunch after a particularly spinning swirling ride...that is how the day ended. So we began and ended with an incident. I remained nauseous the rest of the night. But we still declared the day a success. The boys were so sympathetic, and when we got home, I laid down on the couch and took a nap while the boys watched Avatar. I think this is a perfect way to recover from Winter Wonderfest.