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Last Sunday, we took our second trip of the year to one of our favorite places, Kings Dominion. To be honest, I was worried all week we weren’t going to be able to go. Abbie battled a low-grade fever all week (that turned out to be strep), but come Sunday, she was feeling better and we were all set to go.
Last time we went to Kings Dominion, it was Abbie’s first time at the park and she basically took it all in, staring at everything and riding a few rides, but mostly keeping close to us. This time was a bit different – she remembered exactly where she was and was ready to ride every ride she could. Since I’m now halfway through my pregnancy, I wasn’t able to join her on the rides, so Abbie got lots of daddy-daughter time and loved every minute of it. Now that she has a greater grasp on the rides, she was even able to go on a few by herself… even if she didn’t quite get how they all worked.
King’s Dominion in the summer is like a big playground for Abbie – so many rides, so much to do, and so much to see. She eagerly waited in line for her turn on every ride, and I never once saw her get impatient (and she isn’t a patient kid). The best part, hands down, was our time at Soak City.
We were able to do so much more as a family at Soak City – it’s a lot more pregnancy-friendly than the rest of the park, and I will never forget the sheer joy on her face as we floated down the lazy river. She loved it so much, we did it three times and she was begging to go again. The smile on her face was priceless.
Abbie was up for absolutely everything at the water park, and I was so thankful she wasn’t tall enough for everything. She was tall enough for a few of the water slides, and she even went down all by herself, listening to the ride operator and holding on tight the whole time. I have to admit, I was so scared when I realized she was going down by herself, but as usual, she was braver than her age.
For our last stop of the day in Soak City, we went over to the tide pool, and that was Abbie’s favorite thing of all. She couldn’t get enough of the waves, of jumping in them, and it was something we were all able to do together. Thanks to the lifejackets Kings Dominion provides, I didn’t have to worry about Abbie going underwater, and we only got out when the whistle sounded for everyone to get out. Abbie would have loved to stay in the water all day if we let her.
We headed home after that, but since then, Abbie has been asking to go back to King’s Dominion – something tells me we’ll be taking a few more trips before summer ends!