For birthdays this year, both Macy and Zachary requested a Disneyland trip.
It's a trip year for Macy.
It's a party year for Zach.
Z birthday = June
M birthday = July
This took some serious negotiating and in the end I think it worked out well for everyone when we said YES to Disneyland for birthday party/trip year all rolled into ONE in FEBRUARY!!!!
This mama knows her limits.
Disneyland in the summer sounds like how I would feel a week without coffee.
We take a week off during February in our school district for "ski week."
Given that most people are in school during this time it made for a perfect opportunity for a Disneyland trip!
Enter the Mickey Mouse craze-excitement in our house for weeks leading up to
the Happiest Place on Earth.
We took the kids to a great little coffee place we discovered this summer called The Ink & Bean in Anaheim. Quick breakfast before entering the park.
While we figured that Disneyland would be less crowded in February, it was a surprise to see so many people clamoring to get in and make happy memories. We opted for a less fabulous picture to skip this photo frenzy opportunity so we could sprint to Hyper-Space Mountain.
Despite the tears and fears before boarding the ride, the kids did great and couldn't wait to ride on it again.
This is my "I-just-took-a-bite-of-food-Steven-you-punk" face. Now you've seen it too.
We ordered the fancy-pants fries because...well garlic and special dipping sauce and it was amaaaaaazing.
We split a fried green tomato sandwich and Monte Cristo sandwich because Disneyland does big portion food. Macy loved the Monte Cristo. I loved the fried green tomato sandwich.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad wasn't slated to be open, but they must have finished whatever they were working on so we used our Disneyland app and it suddenly showed open so we booked it over there.....along with the rest of the crowd.
Anyone else notice that there is a heart in the Matterhorn mountain? It was under repair during our visit. Bummer.
Ditch your nice camera.
I lugged around my nice camera all day.
I took like 5 pictures.
That beast is heavy.
Take a gazillion pics on your iPhone.
Set up a family sharing album.
Make your husband take pictures too.
So much easier.
They turned out just fine.
Once I "let go" of my dream of "radical pics on my good camera"...
I was able to relax and enjoy our time so much more.
Just do it.
Disney and corn dogs just have to happen.
Disneyland was a totally different experience with an 11 and 8 year old. So happy the kids wanted to do this for their "birthday."