Saturday, September 27, 2008

Just back from the Happiest Place on Earth...

We just got back from our much-anticipated mini-vacation to Disneyland!! We took Cole and Bella and, as much as I didn't want to, we left Garrett and Landon home with a babysitter. They just seemed to young to really enjoy it, plus I thought Cole and Bella would really enjoy the attention and focus being on just them, for a change. They are totally different kids when they don't have to compete for attention with the little's amazing!

The first 2 days of our vacation was spent at Disneyland, supposedly the Happiest Place on Earth. Though someone might want to mention that to a few tourists we encountered, who acted as if the park should've been closed to everyone except them. Seriously....rude, thoughtless people at Disneyland...who'da thought? We also spent time at California Adventure, basically just kept walking back and forth between the 2 parks.

I have to say that I think the age that Cole and Bella are at is the PERFECT age for a Disney visit. Everything was so magical to them....the minute we walked through the entryway of both parks, their little eyes lit up and they could hardly contain themselves as they pointed to everything they wanted to see. I was excited that they were so willing to try new rides, even though as we got up to the very front of the line, with a few rides, they both got last minute freak-out mode and all. I kept saying that there was no way we'd take them on anything scary and they should try everything at least once and then they were pretty good sports and actually found that they did enjoy most of the rides they were originally scared of. With the exception of Roger Rabbit's ride in Toontown....I kept telling Bella "they would NOT have a scary ride here in Toontown, of all places" and OMG it was the creepiest, darkest ride we had encountered that day. Afterwards, both kids clung to us and read us the riot act, between sobs and heavy panting, "'"

I had to win back their trust somehow so we bought them some cotton candy...the devil's candy....pure sugar and nothing else. And damnit, I ended up eating half of their cotton candy. I paid for it when my brain was thinking faster than my mouth could move and I was barely understandable. And, man, talk about crashing hard after a sugar rush. It wasn't pretty....not pretty at all.

We had lunch one day at Ariel's Grotto so the kids could eat lunch with all the Disney princesses. We were lucky enough to be seated right at the opening where all the princesses come out, one by one, to greet the guests. The announcer guy came up and asked Bella if she would be his honorary guest in announcing the princesses....she said yes....and then stood there like a bump on a log, scared out of her mind, especially when everyone clapped as he announced "Princess Bella as his honorary guest". I'm surprised she didn't pee in her pants right there. But then she got to meet the princesses...the beloved princesses....and everything was good in the world again. Cole, being the typical boy, didn't want anything to do with the princesses and pretty much made funky faces everytime one of them would walk up to him.

We watched the Disney Parade the first night and then Bella insisted....actually, it was more like she threatened....that we see it again the next night. The same exact parade....where she was upset that Tinkerbell didn't wave personally to her. Then she announced that when she grows up she wants to work at Disney and be Tinkerbell in the parade. I guess it could've been worse...she could've wanted to be the janitor at Disney.

They absolutely loved Crush, the talking turtle from Finding Nemo. And they really enjoyed the Toy Story Midway Mania ride. I was surprised that the Pirates of the Carribean wasn't a big hit with them like it was last year. Funny how their likes and dislikes change from year to year....I thought they'd really be into this year, seeing how many times they made us ride it last year. But this year it freaked Bella out and she couldn't get off the ride soon enough.

When we were tired of Disney, we spent part of one day at the Long Beach Aquarium, which was super cool because the kids got to touch sharks and stingrays. They couldn't get enough....they were practically climbing into the shark pool so they could touch every single shark that passed by them. They also really liked the tropical fish....every single time...and I mean EVERY SINGLE TIME, they saw a fish that even mildly resembled Dori or Nemo from Finding Nemo, they would yell "there's Dori" or "there's Nemo". At first it was cute but then after awhile it started to grate on our nerves. I would cringe everytime I we encountered another tank that had Nemo's and Dori's. I was even forced to take several pictures and videos of all the Nemo's and Dori's. Bella said, "Mommy, if you don't take the pictures, I will" and I think she meant it.

The next day we met up with a girl I know from a twin's message board who has twins the same age as Garrett and Landon. Lots of fun and the kids made themselves right at home, asking her if they could stay for lunch. How embarrassing....

We also took the kids to the beach for the first time!!!! SOOOO much fun!! I got a video of them walking into the water for the first time...there is nothing like hearing the giggles of a child visiting the beach for the very first time as the waves come rushing towards them. Originally, we were at Seal Beach but then after leaving Sue's house, the kids were dying to get back to the beach so we went to Laguna Beach. Being a beach lover myself, I was in heaven. I just took it all in....the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the salty sea smell in the air, the sounds of kids laughing and playing. I made myself promise to take myself back to that time and place, mentally, the next time I feel like I'm gonna lose it with the kids.

I had to laugh at the kids though because they kept getting sand all over the blankets and after washing their hands off in the ocean they'd get sand on them all over again. I kept saying "you all have no beach etiquette at all", to which Tim kept laughing at. I grew up in South Florida, where going to the beach was a weekly ritual...if there's anything I know, it's beach etiquette.

So that's where it ends....our mini-vacation was over after that. We're back home now, reunited with Garrett and Landon....and things have just picked up where we left off. The kids are all fighting with one another again, there's endless noise and chaos, and the house is a mess. But, I tell ya, there's nothing like a little vacation from your regular routine to make you feel energized and excited about coming back home.


IAmDenise said...

so now where are the pictures :(

you leave us hanging with no pictures oh man!

I am glad you had a good time1

Teresa said...

I'm so glad that you got to get away, sometimes there's nothing more important than a little vacation. We are Disney crazy, but go to Disney World, and totally understand the people that are rude you were talking about. Heck with them, I'm happy your kids got to have a great experience.

kristi said...

That sounds like so much fun! We went to Florida when Sara was 4, she did so good!

We took both kids to Carlsbad Caverns...not a good idea. We went on a tour and TC could not be quiet. UGH.

Rugger Mom said...

Aw man! You're making me miss home like crazy. Nothing makes me regret living in New England like a nice story about Disneyland and beaches. (The vaca sounds amazing, by the way.) Growing up in San Diego was awesome and I hope when I convince my husband to move out there, we can get our collective zoos together! ;)

Kim said...

I can't wait until we go to Disneyland . . . but it won't be for another couple year. How'd your children like the Haunted Mansion?

( . . . thud . . . that was a joke.) My oldest daughter still has not forgiven me for taking her through there when she was 5.

Nina said...

I can't wait to take my boys to Disney someday. My ldest gets much older and the magic is going to be lost from the experience.
Sounds like you had a great mini-vacation.

Cathy said...

Oh I can't wait to take mine, when she's old enough. I love Florida.

Glad to hear you had a good time. And yeah, where are the the pictures :D

Have a good Tuesday.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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