Sunday, March 28, 2010

Disneyland

I took maybe 4 or 5 pictures of these kids in this teacup, and this was the best one.




I like Lillian's complete aversion to being touched. I can't imagine where she got that from.



I grew up right next to Disneyland and had an annual pass every year starting when I was about 15. In high school, we went all the time. We'd go right after school, go on a few rides, listen to the Dapper Dans, eat a churro, then go home. We'd go on Saturday night and go swing dancing at the Carnation Plaza. We knew the best spots to watch the fireworks and where you needed to stand if you wanted to see Tinkerbell crash into her big mattress in the Matterhorn. I haven't been back since. I got burned out on the crowds and tourists and the Disneyness of the whole place.

But, as soon as we walked through the tunnel and on to Main Street, all the great memories came flooding back to me. It may just be the pregnancy, but I almost started to cry as I looked around. "It really is the most magical place on Earth," I exclaimed.

And, there really was something special about taking Lillian. She had several moments where she almost peed her pants because There. Is. Jasmine. Right there. Talking to me. She was so excited about everything and pretty well behaved, for the most part. Nora had a hard time sleeping in the stroller and was very crabby by about 3. I was also pretty crabby by that time. It may have been the heat, or all the walking while pregnant, but I almost fainted on our way to ToonTown, where we were going to go see Mickey, which was to be our last activity. And by "almost fainted," I mean it- my legs turned to jelly, my head felt light, and I yelled at Tyler that I had to sit down Right Now. I seriously considered just laying down right where I was and closing my eyes, but forced myself to walk 20 feet to a bench.

So, by the end of the day, the magic had worn off, the crowds were pressing in, it was hot, I didn't feel well, and Nora was freaking out. But, I'm really glad we went. Maybe we'll go again when I'm not pregnant and can walk around for more than 10 minutes without having to rest. Or, we should just get a wheelchair next time.

4 comments:

Bridget said...

Seriously just get a wheelchair next time! My grandma does that when she goes there because she gets to go in the special line.

Cute pictures.

Cheryl said...

I love it. The memories. the pregnangcy. The kids. I'm glad you had fun. And that you didn't really faint. Disneyland may be magical...but I'm pretty sure that the ground is still very dirty and hard!

Shawna said...

Looks like you had a fun time! We just got passes and Greg asks me every time if I need a wheelchair. I'm pretty much convinced it would only be more difficult to get through the crowd.

Also - isn't waiting to meet the princesses the slowest line in the park? We did that for Nancy's birthday, but I'm not eager to do it again.

Steph said...

I miss Disneyland so much!! I am so excited to take Bradley someday. I'll probably be pregnant too by the time he is old enough. I'm kinda sad that we will have to skip the princesses though. Boys...

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