Friday, May 27, 2011

The Most Magical Place on Earth

For years Todd has talked about taking the kids to Disneyland. I however never wanted to be there with a baby or two year old.  Finally Todd put his foot down and said "we're going!". 

The kids did great on our 17 hour drive down.  We left at 7:30 pm and checked into our hotel at noon the next day. 
We spend the next 4 days at both Disneyland and California Adventure from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. only taking a little dinner break outside the park. I asked some workers if it was "busy".  They stated it was only at 1/3 capacity.  In other words "empty".  Still felt busy to me.  But if our longest line was only 30 min on Toy Story and barely needed fast passes on many others, I guess it we were lucky.  We went on a ton or rides multiple times.  On the 4th day we finally were able to talk Camdyn into going on Calf Screamin coaster which is fast with a upside down loop.  Boy was she scared.....then.....she went on it 4 more times in a row!

Around 1:00 Brody would ask to nap in the stroller or zonk on Todd's shoulder while we rode some scary rides!  Like the Haunted Mansion.  Then back in the hotel the kids would hot tub, watch TV and ZONK out!  I went 8 days in a row sleeping in and not waking up to run!  I haven't done that since I was preggy.

On the 5th day we were sad to leave and wished we'd stayed longer.  Left the hotel at noon and drove straight through to Portland.  18 hours on the way back.  That drive is LONG.  I'm not a fan of it. I kept jolting out of my sleep trying to grab the steering wheel thinking Todd was asleep and we were going off the road!  Thanks to me we almost did!  Todd was about to restrain me.

One of my cameras is better than the other, but I didn't want to take it in every day so we have a mixture of both lenses at work here......

On our drive down my sister text me "that had better darn well be the most magical place on Earth for all the hassle and expense of it all".....well it WAS!








































10 comments:

Ky and Brod said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! I can't believe it's an 18 hour drive. No wonder you've never wanted to go. But I'm glad it ended up being a fun adventure!

Lee said...

First off, yay for a post from you finally. If you'll notice, it's been since February that we've been w/o Lake updates. I didn't know you guys had this trip planned. And now you'll be making another trip to Utah in a month? Wow- fun times for you guys! I'm so glad you made this trip happen. Your kids are at a great age. We put it off until Cam was 7 and I thought that was the perfect age, but now I'm thinking a little younger would have been funner for the older kids. Can't wait to see you guys in June :)

Annie said...

Finally:) The kids are so grown up! It looks like a really fabulous trip and that fun was had by all. I'm glad you got to have such a wonderful family time. Not good that it is so far away though. Oh well. Now Utah will be a breeze. Can't wait to see you soon.

Lindsey said...

I'm so glad out really was so magical. What great ages your kids are at. the fact that brody napped every day probably made all the difference. Did you enjoy yourself too, or was it more enjoyable just to see your kids happy? I hope you kept track of all your expenses, because I will want to plan a trip with my little family sometime soonish.

Jord said...

What a fun trip! It looks like you did it all and then some and I'm sure your kids will remember it forever.

Vonnie said...

Great report Stacey! I'm glad you could all enjoy a great family vacation. It's wonderful to see your growing children. You're such a great family and we love you all!

cjdustin said...

That looks like so much fun! I just love Disneyland. Don't worry about not working out b/c Disneyland all day is a great workout in and of itself! But oh so fun!

Nicole Jackson said...

I'm SOOOOOOOOO glad you guys had a great time!! I felt like I was there with you in spirit since I kept texting you! Hopefully you guys didn't mind!! Love the pics!

Kendall said...

How fun! Looks like a great trip. I'm with you Stacey on not taking a baby or a two year old. :)

Carrie said...

I love that place. It looks like you had a lot of fun.