Saturday, December 17, 2011

Disneyland

Disneyland

If you know me, or have followed this blog for awhile you know we have a healthy obsession of Disneyland.

This trip has been in the works for years. It was actually my parent's 30th Anniversary present, they wanted to take the entire family as their celebration. And also, my Dad retired at the ripe age of 55 the same summer, so this was a HUGE celebration!

So, after years of planning and saving, my Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother-in-Law to be, Hubby, Kids and our close friends Curt and Lynette all went!

We flew a direct flight (2 hours) to LAX at 6:00am in the morning, and the kids did perfect. The babies fell asleep and Jack just sat with "Nama" and looked out the window and snacked.
No crying, no tantrums, nothing. Perfect.

We hopped onto a Super Shuttle which dropped us off at the only hotel located IN the park.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Day Spa

We checked in, left our bags and headed right into the park for our first full day! We were in the park before 11:00am!!

The next 5 days consisted of amazing, beautiful, fun, exhausting excitement.
We went all day long, only going back to the hotel on a few days for a nap. Otherwise, the babies napped in the stroller and Jack did just so great. Most days he got his nap, but two of them we skipped and he was fantastic.

Everyone seriously was so great and amazing, I don't think it could have gone any better.
The fact that we outnumbered the kids 8 adults to 3...was brilliant.

People helped us with them so we could ride together, or took them on rides, or took Jack. It was so wonderful.

Jack was tall enough for almost every ride (something we actually prayed about haha)
He went on Matterhorn, but then never wanted to go in a tunnel ride after that. Oh well, he wasn't forced. But guess what ride he talks about ALL THE TIME now?
Yep...he's so proud of himself.

He was also really really into the maps. By the end of the trip he knew which ride was where and on what park's map.
He also felt the need to tell each character he met, where something was on the map. So we have several pictures of him pointing to things on the map with characters. It's adorable.

Like...
"Brer Fox, this is where Monstro the Whale is..."

So darn cute.
We got to stay in the park until 4:00pm on the day we left, headed back to LAX and although we almost didn't make it home that night due to fog, we eventually did (after a very rough takeoff where I was in tears....really really extreme turbulence)
But again, the boys were perfect with all 3 falling asleep.

It was sad to come home, but at the same time exciting because my sister was getting married that next Friday!!

Some of you may be wondering how my Mom did. At the point of our trip she was just over halfway through chemo and had started a new drug. It had really taken it's tole on her.
But she did amazing.
She walked the first half of every day, using the wheelchair for the second half and made sure to take a nap/rest each day.
I've never seen a more incredible person than my Mom.
Never not smiling, pure joy.
She was just incredible. 

Enjoy some of  the pictures from our trip.
And if you have any questions about traveling with kiddos, or Disneyland in general. Ask away....we probably can help ya out :)
Main Street Porch
Jack and I on the teacups....sacrifice of love for me

This was the best we could get...they are in constant motion!!

Pooh and Jack

Jack's first ride
Hotel Lobby (part of it)
Babies and Mickey!

So excited

Jack and his heroes


Very lucky to see Pinocchio!


How cute is this?!?


:)
Jack and Mickey





We cannot wait to go back!!!!


4 comments:

  1. So glad for your amazing trip! I'm thrilled to know that everyone did so well, including your mom.

    Blessings to you all as you make pilgrimage to Bethlehem this year.

    peace~elaine

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  2. Ah Krystle, what an amazing time and such fantastic memories for the boys to look back on!! Disney is a magical place and I'm so happy you all had such a GREAT time!! Better start saving again, right?!

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  3. So glad you had such a fun trip. We are taking our boys to Disney World in Feb. I think I'm more excited about it than they are. :)

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