Today we took the kids to Comic Con.
For the few of you who haven't heard what Comic Con is, it's a HUGE convention here in San Diego every year devoted to, um, comics. Not just comics, but books, film, video games, artwork.....it's all about the worlds of science fictions, fantasy, etc. Many big movies are premiered there over the four-day convention, and as a result some movie stars and other celebrities are there to promote their films and tv shows. This weekend Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, and the cast of "Glee" where there doing promotions (not that I saw anyone famous there myself!)
I have lived in San Diego for almost 23 years now, and this is the first time I went. The kids, especially D, were VERY excited to go. D is a Star Wars maniac, and saved up all of his allowance for the last 6 months in order to buy Star Wars stuff there. I dressed the kids in their Halloween costumes: D was Obi Wan Kenobi, and A was Yoda. I went as the best superhero of all: SuperWoman (equal parts mom, wife, advocate, hurse and athlete). Seriously, though, next year I DO want to wear a costume. So many people were in costume: Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Transformers, and a ton of costumes that I didn't recognize, because I am not a comic geek.
A got a lot of attention as Yoda. Several people asked to take her picture, because she was just so darned cute! The kids got to pose with many characters (some were fans dressed up for the convention, some were actually working there), such as a Jawa (from Star Wars) and Dora the Explorer. We even got to meet the girl who voices Dora, and got her autograph.
All in all it was a very fun, albeit tiring and overstimulating, day. It was jam-packed with people, so crowded that at times we couldn't move. We got lots of free swag, including key chains, posters, and little light sabers. D spent his allowance on two Star Wars Lego sets, and we bought each kid a stuffed character (D got Darth Vader, and A got Yoda. Of course). The best part was that now that A doesn't have her trach anymore it was the easiest day ever! For the first time she got to ride in one of those wimpy umbrella strollers with no basket (we used to have to use the big heavy-duty stroller with a huge basket to accommodate her suction pump). Easy peasy.
Next year should be even more fun, since I plan on dressing up and being more of a participant. Maybe I have more geek in me than I knew!