Tuesday, May 17, 2011
We pulled into Anaheim in the late afternoon and Sam was just itching to get over to the park. We got our shiz together, packed the two strollers (the double and the single) and headed over. The double was for the kids and the single was for all of our stuff.
Coincidentally, it was Goth day in the park. When we first arrived, I actually thought "there are a lot of scary people here...Disneyland has really gone downhill." I was relieved to hear it was Goth Day and that trench coats and combat boots are not the new thing. But seriously, whose brilliant idea was it to make Mothers Day Goth day?
We rode a few rides--Dumbo is the favorite for the little guys:
Then the crowds and the cold (it was probably in the low 60s) started to get to me and we had to get out of there. The kids and I went to bed in the hotel and Sam went back over to watch "the World of Color" show and shut the park down.
Day 2--The Magical Day according to Sam
When did I get four kids--sheesh!
I actually got comments every day on this trip about having so many kids. I got "Are they all yours?" and "You guys are really brave!" and one "God bless you" as we were getting off the elevator with all of our stuff. When did four become the new eight?
Fantasyland is my favorite. I love the teacups:
and the storybook boats:
And Winnie the Pooh. This is why I had four kids (so everyone has a buddy on the rides at Disneyland):
I just love this photo of the boys:
Sam and his mini-me:
Monday evening we took the kids to a character dinner at Goofy's kitchen:
It was a total nightmare. Sam and I just took turns going from our table to the buffet and bringing food back to the kids. The characters kept skipping our area of the restaurant. Buster melted down and Sam took him out to rock him to sleep. I had to open a can on the manager just to get some D-list characters like the Fairy Godmother, Chip and Dale and Captain Hook over to our table so we could leave.
In the end, it was worth it because Luke got to have a light saber/sword duel with Captain Hook and he was thrilled. On the way out, Luke pointed out that the Star Wars theme was playing and he had the biggest grin on his face. I figure it isn't that much longer that Disneyland will hold that kind of magic for him.
Day 3--soldiering on
We started the day in California Adventure and did a bunch of rides. Our family favorite is Midway Mania.
This is my new facebook profile picture...tons of flash= no wrinkles or freckles!
Sam made a crucial discovery this day. There is a little shop right by the Winnie the Pooh ride that sells the BEST peanut butter cookies and triple chunk brownies. We hit these hard the rest of the trip. In fact, I ate so many of these babies our last day that I actually thought I was going to throw-up in the hotel room that night...classy.
Day 4--Our last Day
Sam bought Luke and Sammie lanyards and a few pins each and officially got them started on the pin trading. Heaven help us.
Later in the day, Luke's dreams came true again when he was selected to go onstage during a Jedi training and fight Darth Vader.
As the day drew to a close, Sam decided we needed to partake of every kind of high-calorie food in the park. I waited in line for close to 30 minutes for some corn dogs. I know! All the while, Sam was hunting down one of these:
oh yes he did...the infamous turkey leg. Aaargh!
I even tried a bite and it wasn't bad. We finished with ice-cream on Main Street.
We left the park at closing time and Sam was a little downtrodden on the way back to the hotel. He felt like he left a little in the park...didn't get all the magic he needed. The day we got home, I caught him online trying to book our next vacay to Disneyland. He needs professional help!