Disneyland! I’ve recovered. It only took me four days. :) Right after Disney my family went home and Kenny flew to New York for meetings. I was left on my own with a messy house, overly tired girls, and a toddler who decided he didn’t want mom to leave again so hanging on and never letting go was the solution. Last week was a bit crazy to say the least! But we had so much fun at Disneyland. Claire (my sweet niece) wanted a trip to Disneyland with her cousins for her 5th birthday and we were counting down to this trip for months! My parents stayed with Kole and my sister’s 18 month old so we could enjoy some time with the girls.
Four adults with three kids. Now that’s more like it! Not a bad ratio at all. Especially when the kids are these three girls. They were SO excited to be together at Disneyland and they were on their best behavior the whole trip. I have to admit, it felt pretty good to be there with no stroller!
Here are a few pics from our two days at Disneyland…
THE CASTLE! C’MON DAD!!!
Alice and Mad Hatter! My all time favorites.
Small World never gets old.
Mickey looks good even in horrible lighting. I need to learn his secret.
Just a spoonful of sugar!
Boarding the boat for a Jungle Cruise.
Chatting with the Princesses.
Addison and her little cousin Claire were so excited to see the princesses, but Ellie was anxious to head on to the next ride. I was watching my girls chat with Snow White and out of nowhere felt a great big lump in my throat.
I was flashing back to the last time we were at Disneyland when I took this picture. It was three years ago, but it feels like it was last month. My girls are growing up and before long the magic of the princesses will be a thing of the past. Talk about depressing.
Think I can get Kole into Jasmine and Snow White? He’s already a fan of Tinkerbell. :)
Speaking of the girls growing up, this was our first trip where they past the height requirement for all of the big rides. We were so excited to take them on all of the fun stuff! We tested the waters with a few smaller roller coasters (like the one in Toon Town which they loved) and decided we were ready for Space Mountain. What we didn’t realize (until we were buckling our seat belts) was that “ghost galaxy” was about to take place. Seasonal creepy looking ghosts they add to Space Mountain just for the month of October. As soon as the ride started I knew we had made a mistake. Pitch black, eerie screaming sounds, the roller coaster going up and up and up, and the scariest looking red skeleton head looming ahead. WAY too scary of a ride for our girls. I was sitting by Ellie and grabbed her hand and told her to close her eyes and it would be over soon. I couldn’t enjoy one second of that ride because I was so stressed about the girls. I kept yelling at El during the ride to just hold on, but it was so loud I knew she couldn’t hear me. When we got off Addison and Claire looked as white as a sheet and El was in tears. They saw her crying and then they started crying. All three girls were bawling. We all looked at each other like “what in the world were we thinking!!?” Car and I kept saying “I don’t remember that ride being that fast!” “I don’t remember that ride being that scary!” We felt awful. We all four declared ourselves the worst parents ever and tried to make up for it with lots of cotton candy and frozen lemonade.
And toys. :)
Luckily, we were saved by Thunder Mountain Railroad. A roller coaster that the girls LOVED. Still fast, but without the darkness and satanic monsters. Bonus. A much better option for our 5, 6, and 8 year old! The girls loved it so much that we kept getting the fast past to do it again and again and again. Picture above is Addie waiting for our turn on the ride…
and here she is ready to go and waiting for me to join her!
I always rode with Addison on this ride and the two of us would get laughing so hard. My voice has been hoarse for days because of the screaming and laughing that took place on Thunder Mountain Railroad. Definitely my favorite memory from this trip. :)
Taking a stroll through Tarzan’s tree house.
Goofy is always a crowd pleaser.
Toy Story Ride at California Adventure. Another favorite!
We spent half of one day at California Adventure and had so much fun. We were able to catch the Pixar Parade while we were there. I just love a good parade. :)
Seeing Toy Story friends made me miss my little guy! I kept thinking “oh Kole would LOVE this!”
We ended our time there with the new CARS ride. It was a blast!
Definitely a must if you are making a trip to California Adventure.
Aside from our Space Mountain blunder, the trip was a huge success! We didn’t even mind waiting in lines because we were all having so much fun visiting and just hanging out together. Kenny and I got season passes again and the lady at the counter said “Looks like you usually have season passes but took some serious time off! What happened!?” I told her we had another baby and were in major lock down mode for a while.
But not anymore.
As Ellie would say: we’re back!