I'm just barely getting this one in under the wire today. I took a few pictures, but I haven't downloaded them from my camera yet, so they'll have to wait until tomorrow.
We were all tired today, so we slept in a bit and headed over to the Animal Kingdom park mid-morning. We had lunch at an African restaurant, after which we had to buy a new shirt for Carter -- he'd just made too big a mess of the one he was wearing! We had intended to ride the train over to a part of the park we've never managed to visit, but ended up going back over to Dinoland again. Carter and I rode a flying dinosaur ride, which he really loved, and then we let him run around on the playground for a while.
He took a late nap back at the hotel, and we decided to stay in for the evening. There is a Benihana's in the hotel, and we had dinner there. Carter did really well considering how long it took for the chef to come start cooking. We realized after the fact that he'd sat in his seat for at least an hour and a half -- that has to be a record! He also ate really well, and finished off most of his shrimp and chicken. This was one of the few times we've been to one of these places and the chef didn't do the big fireball thing. Carter's never been very fond of that, so it was a relief that the chef didn't do it!
We didn't do much else today! We mostly relaxed and hung out together. I keep offering to take Carter swimming, but so far he hasn't been interested. He says he wants to go back to the Magic Kingdom to drive the racecars again, so we may do that tomorrow morning. There are some other rides in Fantasyland that we want to take on him as well.
It's been fun to have some family time. It's great to watch Carter crawl all over Doug, too. He has really enjoyed having so much Daddy time! When he woke up from his nap today he said, "Mommy and Daddy are really cute! You're really great people, guys!"
He's been impressing us lately with his ability to recite long sections of dialogue from his favorite videos, and this morning he recited the entire safety speech that the Disney parking tram operators give. It was hilarious! He even did the part where they tell you to remain seated if you lose an item, and to tell the driver at the next stop.
Another thing he's been doing is anthropomorphizing his toys. This is totally new behavior for him, and it's really cute. He loves Mater from the Cars movie, and he has several "Maters" that he likes to play with. He will have them act out little scenes, but he'll also take them around and say things like, "Mater needs to look out the window now. What do you see, Mater?" and "Mater needs a drink of water", complete with having Mater drink from his water bottle.
It's interesting that in the midst of this amazing kid-wonderland, he's still doing his own thing, happiest when he has time to run around and play with his toys, and occasionally enjoying the parks we've come all this way to visit. I'm sure it will be different in a few years, but in the meantime, it's fine with us. We're having fun, and he seems to make his own fun wherever he goes!