We finished our Florida time with a day at Disney World, of course--riding rides, meeting characters, watching parades, and eating everything.
It ended up being a particularly special "Daddy and Son" time--since I was too pregnant for a lot of the rides, and others only had room for two. So often I played photographer and ate Dole Whip while they drove cars, shot laser guns, and flew in rocket ships.
But it's no secret Fabio enjoyed some rides more than others... He was so scared on the Astro Orbiter!
J particularly enjoyed riding in the "honey pot" on the Winnie the Pooh ride, spinning the tea cups "himself", and anything that flew--the little thrill-seeker.
We kept stumbling on one parade after another--much to Jonathan's surprise and delight! He waved eagerly to all the characters, even the ones he didn't know, and on Daddy's shoulders he definitely had the best seat on the street.
But the uncontested highlight of the day was having lunch with Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
I'd told Jonathan that we were going to have lunch with Pooh, and he would just happily agree like he does to anything from making cookies to putting spiders in his bed. But when we were actually at the restaurant waiting for a table, and Jonathan looked in the window to see Tigger himself, it clicked.
"Mommy! Tigger's in there!! We going to eat in there? With Tigger??!!"
He could not believe his good fortune as Tigger, Piglet, Eyore, and the Yellow Bear Himself came to our table to give him a hug and hear his stories.
He told them all about how he liked to bounce, too, and how they were his "best friends." He especially wanted to see Eeyore. "Mommy, Eeyore's so sad. I need to give him a hug and be his friend." And sure enough, when Eeyore finally came around that's exactly what Jonathan did.
"Eeyore, you don't need to be sad. I be your friend. See?"
Such a sweetie-bug.
But if you ask Jon what he did in Disney World, he'll quickly tell you, "We saw Winnie ah Pooh and I gave him a BIIIIG hug!"
And Fabio and I started to understand why they describe Disney as "magical"--because this moment was nothing short.