Today I take a step back to enjoy a beautiful mother-son bonding moment with a Picnic Lunch Under the Orlando Eye. This post is sponsored by Gold Peak Tea and Collectively. All opinions are my own.
Picnic Lunch Under the Orlando Eye
So much had changed in three days.
“I can only have water in my water bottle for P.E., Mom. The P.E. teachers told us that we HAVE to have water only so the gym floors don’t get sticky. Sticky gym floors would be HORRIBLE. Can you remember to only put water in my water bottle for P.E.? It’s really important.”
He told me more in that one conversation about second grade than his whole first grade career. In three days my son went from me begging him to tell me ANYTHING about school to 30 minutes straight of all of the latest news. An AWESOME science experiment. A COOL art project. A math challenge that he won. All of the “bucks” he was earning for good behavior. Everything sounded so exciting, so hopeful compared to previous years. And then I heard those fateful words in my ear…
“When are you coming home, Mom?”
OUCH. Sitting in my hotel room, those words had an extra sting this time. I was on yet another work trip. But this time, I was missing my son’s first week of school. Cue overwhelming mom guilt. Is it possible for a child to grow up so much in three days? Absolutely. When I came back home, my 7 year old son had aged overnight (well, three overnights). He looked so much older, wiser and was talking a mile per minute.
While I know that I couldn’t get that precious time back, I knew that I needed to make it up to him. Second grade is such a special year, it’s one of the most vivid school years of my youth. I wanted him to know that. So I planned a special picnic date just for us.
First, we needed picnic essentials. So we drove over to our picnic party spot, Del Taco. A few minutes later we emerged victorious with tacos, extra napkins and a BIG ole sweet tea for mom. Hey, don’t judge. It’s over 90 degrees right now in Florida. Mom needs her sweet tea! Thankfully Del Taco now has Gold Peak Tea for all of my sweet tea cravings.
I may or may not have indulged a few sips before our picnic.
Then, we took our picnic to the Orlando Eye. We LOVE this new area of town: a ginormous Ferris Wheel overlooking Orlando, a big grassy area for picnic-ing, and lots of people watching in this hot tourist spot.
Chowing down our delicious Del Taco meal (tacos and tea definitely are a winning combo!), we took in all of the sights around us as we sat, ate, and talked and talked and talked about all of the important happenings of back-to-school that I had missed.
It was wonderful afternoon as we looked up into the sky and had a memorable picnic.
Head into your local Del Taco, Red Robin, Jack N The Box, Five Guys Burger & Fries, Boston Market, Carl’s Junior, or TGIFridays to pick up your delicious Gold Peak Tea, picnic lunch and few priceless bonding memories with your kids. While I may not be able to get back those three days of 2nd grade, we will always have our Picnic Lunch Under the Orlando Eye.
A little him. A little me. A little tea.
How are you connecting with your kids this back-to-school season?
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