Hello Everyone ! Hope you are all doing well !
Last week my family and I decided to take a last minute family holiday. We all piled in the car and went to Edmonton, Alberta Canada to West Edmonton Mall for 3 days. It is a 9 hour drive from where we live so Wednesday at 4pm when we got there, we were all very happy. The kids travel pretty well so that helps.
Once we were in Edmonton we had lots of fun, we were very busy. We did the water park, amusement park, 2 mini golf courses, bowling, a Sea Lion show, and aquarium. As well as lots of shopping.
I have been to West Edmonton Mall before, but when I was there last time I had more vision. This time I found it to be very overwhelming. The amount of people and the noise and just vast amount of space that the mall covers. I am very glad that I had Rick, I would never have been able to navigate the mall without sighted guide if it were not for Rick. Now Rick did amazing but it was also very stressful for him as well, for the same reasons I found it overwhelming. He had to follow my husband for most of our travels through the crowds of people and all the distractions. He did amazing at one point we were in the amusement park and there were roller coasters going over our heads and trans running in front of us, kids screaming, music and the other rides going on around us and Rick was able to guide me through the maze following my husband and never missing a beat. I sat down for a while when the kids were playing in a play structure and gave him the biggest hug ever. I can not even put into words my gratitude for this amazing dog at that time. We found a pet store in the mall later that day and he got a little treat ! He deserved it that is for sure.
I personally find crowds to be hard, I get quite anxious almost especially when I have my kids with me, and they are not toddlers anymore but I can’t seem to help it. I am asking every 5 minutes where they are and if we have everyone I am sure my husband and kids think “ok woman where do you think we are going to go ?” .
In the end the holiday was stressful for me but the kids had lots of fun and it is always nice to be able to get away with the family and un wind.
Until Next time
Ashley and Rick