I was sitting on the couch with my laptop when Hudson snuggled up to me and asked, “How long have you loved me?”
Usually children ask how much but he was interested in the longevity. “Since the moment I found out I was going to have you,” I told him.
Eye-roll. “No, in daaaayyyys.”
Oh, he wanted it quantified. I opened a new window in my browser and found an online calculator. “Well, you’re almost five years old and there are 365 days in a year. That’s 1,825 days. That’s a good estimate.”
This made him smile. “That’s a lot of days!” Then he pointed to the on-screen calculator and said, “Show me the number of how much you love me.”
Now he wants to know much. But how do you put love in numbers? It can’t be measured like that. I typed as many digits as the screen would show:
“That’s not even a real number, Mom.”
“Yes it is,” I said. “It’s like nine billion zillion. It’s a lot.”
“THIS is a real number.” He reached across me and typed:
“Okay, then this is how much I love you.” I typed random numbers, lots of 9′s, 8′s, and 7′s, something large that looked more like a real number to him.
He was satisfied. Then he asked, “Do you want to see how much I love you?”
Of course I did. He typed:
“One hundred!” he yelled.
To a four year-old, 100 probably seems like a lot. I’ll admit I was happy when he said, “Actually it’s more like this,” and he added some numbers:
Speaking of high numbers, here’s one I’m trying to calculate: the cost of a family trip to LEGOLand.
About a decade ago, LEGOLand was described to me as fairly boring and aimed mostly at younger kids. It stayed off my list of desirable destinations. Then last weekend my hairdresser told me her family has annual passes and they’re planning their upcoming trip.
“Really?” I asked in a tone that implied, Why would anyone go to LEGOLand when they can go to Disneyland?
“Oh, yeah!” she gushed. “Our kids love it.”
“They must be young. I heard there’s not much to do there.”
“There’s rides and stuff.”
“Uh huh. And a waterpark.”
How is it possible I didn’t know about this? Why has everyone being keeping this a secret from me?
“Oh, and if you stay at their hotel,” she added as an afterthought, “the rooms are LEGO themed and you can book a character breakfast and eat with Spongebob.”
LEGOs, rides, a waterpark, and BREAKFAST WITH SPONGEBOB?! It can’t get any better. It’s as if someone took Hudson’s favorite things and rolled it into one giant amusement park. Because does Hudson love LEGOs? Well…
YES. That’s him at LEGO Fest one year.
So I went online and researched. What’s the cost of two-day tickets to LEGOLand and the Waterpark for two adults and two children?
$324 + tax
Not a bad price.
What about a hotel? Well, that varies. A simple room with beds and continental breakfast in the morning?
~$100 a night + tax
But what about a stay at the LEGOLand Hotel? The one that has cafés and restaurants, Castle play area, gift shop, and a heated pool with cabanas?
$429 and up PER NIGHT
That’s just a basic room without all the extra theme stuff. Although, it’s still pretty fabulous, right?
Yes, yes it is fabulous. Probably worth the money because, unlike some other themeparks open eight a.m. to midnight or one a.m., LEGOLand’s summer hours are 10:00am – 8:00pm. You’ll spend more time in your hotel than you would maybe if you were going to Disneyland.
I still have to crunch some numbers but I’m thinking tickets + hotel + gas (we’d drive) + food + souvenirs (a mandatory) + unforeseen expenses =
You know, about nine billion zillion.
Alright, maybe a little less. Still expensive but doable and totally worth it for the kids.