Better late than never right. Aiden loved Easter. He asked me everyday for a couple weeks if we could decorate more eggs. I'm sure the candy was another reason Easter made a big impression...yes, he is eating candy in almost every picture we got of him. I do still have videos to upload from Easter, so those will hopefully be up in the next couple of days.
We celebrated Steve's birthday very late with friends. We went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner and Steve got to wear the birthday hat and get free fried ice cream (Steve will probably kill me for posting a picture of him in that hat).
Aiden had his tonsils and adnoids out at the end of March. He did pretty well. He actually complained more about the IV than his throat. Jaime, Caleb and Alexis came to visit Aiden while he was staying in the hospital. they brought him cards which he keeps on his bookshelf in his room. He shows them to everybody. The surgery seems to have really helped. He is sleeping through the night more and is eating better.
Friday we drove to Griffith Park in LA, near the zoo, and did the activities there. Aiden got to take two pony rides. He said that the pony bounced him around. As we were leaving he asked if he could pet the pony.
Then we had a picnic lunch. After lunch we all rode on a little train ride. After the ride we went over to the Travel Time Train museum. Aiden enjoyed exploring the trains.
The last thing we did was drive out to where you could see the Hollywood sign. If you look close at the last pictures of Aiden in the car, you can see it in the background.
It was a little chilly to get in the water the day we went to the beach, but we had a lot of fun playing in the sand. Aiden thought running in the sand was a lot of fun. The last few pictures are of a "game" he got Dad and Uncle Drew to play with him. It basically consisted of throwing sand at the ocean before the tide could come back in and get your feet. Aiden spent a lot of time playing this game and it was funny to watch him run away from the waves. Before we left we had to stomp on the sand castle too.
On Wednesday we went to the Cabrillo Aquarium. It was a smaller aquarium, but it had a touch pond and starfish, which was about all Aiden needed to be happy. They also had a really cool children's exploration area with fun costumes, and puppets.
We took this video of Aiden playing with the puppets with the camera, so it's not the best quality, but still cute!
Disneyland was a blast! Aiden loved that Uncle Drew came with us. Before we left for California I had Aiden get on the Disneyland website with me and pick out some things he really wanted to do. His top choices: Pirates, Haunted House, Buzz Lightyear, and a train.
We did all of them. He thought the Haunted House was "awesome" and kept telling me that I turned into a ghost. The train was also a lot of fun. He smiled and pointed at things through the whole ride. In the Buzz Lightyear ride you get lazers and you get to shoot Zurg. Aiden did the Buzz ride at least five times. The Pirates ride was neat too. He had fun pointing out pirates with swords (imagine that). Seeing Mickey Mouse was also on Aiden's list. His face just lit up when he saw Mickey Mouse. And he thought it was amazing that he got to shake his hand.
The Finding Nemo ride was another favorite. He really loved it, and kept talking about all the starfish he saw. We also rode the Winnie The Pooh ride and Aiden just kept saying over and over that he got to see "pooh, iglet, wabbit, yore and roo".
It was fun to watch Aiden get into the Jungle Cruise ride. He pointed out elephants and told us to watch out and made sure nobody got hurt.
The Peter Pan ride made a pretty big impression on him too. He couldn't believe we were flying and told me for a couple days afterwards that he got to fly up above stars.
Aiden loved his "First Visit" button that he got at the gates. He still wants to wear it.