Kyle did okay, for the most part, but started to get a bit restless and was trying to pick a fight with his older brother (I no longer remember what it was about, but it was mainly due to Kyle's OCD-like issues and Evan might have been standing on the "wrong" side of his dad or something like that).
At 9:15 Merida came out and we were let into the Garden. I really loved it in there and Emma & I admired all of the Scottish-ness of it all, while James, my Scottish husband, couldn't wait to hear her accent. Emma was born in Scotland and she lived there until she was Kyle's age (moved to the US when was was almost 3) so she was particularly looking forward to this meet and greet more than anything this day!
It was 9:25 by the time we met Merida and she was a lot of fun. Kyle initially stood back by us and she teased him a bit, sticking her tongue out at him, and asked him if he's afraid of girls.
Merida even asked Kyle if he'd like to have his picture taken, too, and he quite happily had his picture taken next to her, which I thought was pretty amazing - Kyle was acting very shy and I love that she still made the effort to include him, when she could have easily had her picture taken with the older two and ignored him. She even asked him what was in his bag and wondered if he brought her sweets :)
I love this picture of the kids with Merida! Evan was celebrating his 5th birthday this week, but he was kind of embarrassed by the extra attention, so he often tried to cover up his birthday button and hide it from people before they had a chance to wish him Happy Birthday.
Here is a video of the meet and greet. She was just so much fun and sweet:
After the meet and greet, we decided to walk over to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Emma noticed Alice and the White Rabbit and wanted to get in line to meet them, but Kyle was starting to get restless and I just really wanted to get him on a ride before he had a meltdown. I told her that we'll meet them next time (hopefully next trip, since there is always a 'next' trip) and instead she decided that she at least wanted to have her picture taken alone with her dad.
But before I managed to take a picture, her brothers joined in and you can see grumpy written all over her face. It's the story of her life and the joy of being an older sister to two little brothers.
We then made our way to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and parked the double stroller nearby. There was a rather short wait and Kyle, in particular, really loved the queue! All 3 of them did, actually.
When it was time to board our honey pot, I sat in the back row with Emma & Kyle. I let Emma get in first, followed by Kyle and before I was completely in my seat, the door closed and my foot was hanging out of the vehicle. I tried to pull my foot in, but the door was shut too tight, so in a bit of panic, I screamed out, "My foot! My foot! The door shut on my foot!" A nearby cast member then motioned over to another cast member to open my door back up since I wasn't completely in the vehicle.
I did get an apology, but I could sense that he was trying to keep himself from laughing. Maybe I'll laugh about it one of these days, but it was actually very uncomfortable and almost painful since it was hard to sit down due to the way that my leg was twisted.
Kyle was very upset about the safety bar once it was pulled towards us. He started to freak out about it, since he doesn't like any sort of restraints or safety harnesses, but he calmed down a bit once he was able to really enjoy the ride - and he LOVED it!
Up next: we go under the sea...