i am not a disney fan.
listen, we could go into it all, but let's just cut right to the chase: i don't like disney all that much and i DON'T like disneyland really at all.
but we went a few weeks ago. and you guys, it was awesome. it didn't really start off awesome. ryan and i decided to surprise the children. we told them we'd give them a hint, so i made mickey mouse pancakes for breakfast. i placed the pancakes in front of everyone and they...were silent.
finally seth said, "i got three pancakes stuck together! thanks, mom."
they were by far more excited about the stuffed animals rebecca and i had bought to surprise them. we put them on their seats and told them we'd got them a little company for the drive over. everyone was thrilled, even ava, whose favorite disney character was maximus the horse from rapunzel (i didn't think we'd be able to find one of those, but that disney store sort of has everything).
first of all, the children were PERFECT (two meltdowns: sarah's right before she fell asleep, which unfortunately occurred in line for pirates of the carribean. she was SO exhausted and a bit delirious, which might explain why she may have been compulsively climbing whatever she could find the entire time. after the ride, sarah pulled her blankee over her head, curled up on my shoulder and fell promptly to sleep. she slept for the next two hours in the stroller. the second meltdown was kate's, at lunch. she didn't get to sit down next to ryan. it was tragic.) and fun fact about the herms: they love rollercoasters. rebecca rode in front of kate on thunder mountain and said she giggled the entire time.
highlights: sarah danced with mary poppins, then held her hand and marched around with her. ava went on california screaming' and LOVED it. seth led the pack down splash mountain, kate's favorite ride was space mountain, and sarah charmed an entire three rows of tram by talking to EVERYONE as if she'd been hired by the park itself. to watch that child in front of a crowd is astonishing. not only is she not afraid, but she's engaging and seems to be enjoying herself. could it be, after these three little introverts i got an extrovert?
it was too hectic to take photos, and i brought a camera that was a little too difficult to use. maybe when people get a little older and i don't spend the entire trip with sarah in my arms, i'll be able to take some real photos. we missed soaring over california and the king arthur carousel (rectified slightly by riding the king triton carousel in california adventure), i didn't get a chance to go on space mountain, and we missed out on the dole whips, but sarah's face on it's a small world and seth's face on thunder mountain were worth every moment.
guys, i might love disneyland now. and maybe even disney. and in two years, i totally want to go again. the kids will be the perfect ages-- no nap needed for sarah and she'll be tall enough to ride all of the rollercoasters. hooray!
here's to disneyland 2018!
kate on the teacups
Sarah twirling with mary poppins
more dancing with mary poppins
seth admiring some star wars stuff-- there was a lot of both; star wars stuff and admiring
grandpa chris came along. it was two days before his birthday and it was so, so fun to have him there.
a blurry photo with grandma rebecca. our best shot, if you can believe it. i guess everyone was ready to get home.