Let's start with this morning. The boys got a good nights sleep and woke up refreshed and ready to go to LEGOLAND. They got together and planned out all the things that they wanted to do and see.
We got dropped off at the front gate and our adventure began. The park is amazing and I am afraid words and pictures will fall woefully short in describing it. To Joshua and Jarrod is was like stepping into a fantasy.
They had a wonderful time and we had to force them to eat or take a break. They went non-stop all day. The people at LEGO are great but two special people will always have a place in our memories.
The first was a wonderful lady named Renate who works in the LEGO factory, when she saw our shirts she asked Renee what they were for. When Renee told her that Joshua had leukemia she started crying and told us to wait where we were. She came back a moment later with her keys and proceeded to give Josh a behind the scenes tour of the LEGO factory exhibit. The boys got to make there very own LEGOs. No other human hands have ever touched them. She also gave us a bunch of rare collectable LEGOs to take back to the kids at the Children's hospital. She was really wonderful. This was a totally spontaneous thing on her part.
The other person is Gary the LEGO Master Builder who we met this afternoon. He has been playing with LEGOs since he was four and has even worked with the Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel. He gave us a tour of his workshop and then sat down with the boys to design and build miniature LEGO replicas of each of them. After they were finished he walked us out to LEGO Miniland USA and asked the boys where they would like to place their mini copies. Jarrod chose to be on a sailboat in the harbor of the northern California area and Joshua's copy now resides on the front steps of the White House. They are now a permanent part of the park! Amazing! Gary was a wonderful guy and made the day very special for both boys.
The cancer world is a small one. While standing in line for a ride we, because of our shirts, met another cancer family. Their son Ethan is a pre B-cell leukemia patient who just entered maintenance. They were visiting from Kansas City. What are the chances...
We only left the park because it was closing for the evening.
We returned to the hotel to change and get ready for dinner. We took a drive on the PCH up to Oceanside and then headed to Bistro West for dinner. Paul the manager welcomed us at the front and took us back to our table. The food and service were absolutely fantastic! If you are ever in Carlsbad you must eat here. Paul and his staff were fantastic and we ate until I thought we would explode.