2.28.2008

I can do it on my own...!

...pretty much.
I took the kids to Disneyland yesterday without Casey and we did okay! We really had a great time and it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. We did have some extra hands though. We met up with Sarah, Karla and their kids and everyone had so much fun together. It was great to have extra adults along also to grab a stray child when needed.
I took my little red stroller this time for Lucy (instead of the double) and I kept Owen in the baby bjorn the whole time. It was so easy to maneuver through crowds and easy for Lucy to get in and out when she needed to. I even got a break from Owen at the water area. The kids played for an hour and Owen sat in the little red stroller. He looked so old.

What kid doesn't love to play on the "California" letters? Lucy and her "L".
Water, water, and more water. The kids loved it...especially Chloe. Too bad I didn't snap a picture of her in her princess bathing suit.
The kids thought these funny yellow chairs were great. Next to the water, they were their favorite thing. This picture makes me laugh. I could never get everyone to smile...but Sarah sure looks cute!And of course they loved Toon Town also.
Checking out Minnie's dish washer:
The kids also had fun dancing to the banjo band music on main street and riding the horse-drawn trolley.
I honestly had a really really fun time. All the kids were happy, no meltdowns, kind people helped me on and off the tram with my stroller and bags, fun conversation with the girls and great weather. I originally planned to stay for 2-3 hours, but we stayed for 5! The best feeling though was getting to our car and strapping both kids. No more kids were attached to me! They both fell asleep on the drive home. And since our car stereo is broken, I enjoyed the silence (cue Depeche Mode).
We got home and everyone took showers. Ah, I love that feeling. Spending a long day in the sun with lots of walking and then getting all cleaned up. I was super relaxed all evening.
Hopefully every trip goes this well!

11 comments:

Sharrid & Lexie said...

I assume you have a Disneyland pass or something...? How much are those? All I know is that if Sharrid ever transfers to Cali which he has mentioned, we're getting one!

dana said...

Yea Lexie, we got annual passes a couple weeks ago. They're great! We had them as teenagers growing up and loved it too. We have the cheapest ones "SoCal Select", for $129 plus $60 for parking (just on my pass, not on Casey's). We can not go on weekends, holidays, or most of the summer. But that's okay. Those are the most crowded days anyway and make the experience less fun.
For a total of $300 our family is set for the year! (kids are free till 3 years old).
That would be fun if you moved to Calif! Of course, you'd have to join the ranks of small apartment living. Ugh. We're ready to have a house!

Nicole Willard said...

What a fun day! Good job doing it on your own. Very impressive. Sounds like the kids were good for you though and had a great time. I bet it is fun to just pick up and go anytime. We can't wait to go with you guys someday too.

Will, Nat, & Fallon said...

I can't wait till Fallon can actually enjoy going to Disneyland, I think it would make the experience so much more fun. I bet you got a crazy workout towing Owen around for 5 hours, but at least you had your arms free (Baby Bjorns=God's gift to mom's!!) p.s. you know you wish you were as disobedient and immoral as I am! : )

Sara said...

California sounds so much more appealing everyday!

Claudia said...

How fun...you are very brave! Wish we could go to Disneyland for play dates. Those are going to be some sweet memories for Lucy :o)

Heather said...

I hear you -- Disney is a surprisingly easy day! It's my emergency plan, when things are just too much then we plan a trip down to visit Mickey. It's a sure-fire way to improve all of our spirits!

We should go together sometime!

dana said...

Yes Heather, we do need to go together! And I love that it's your sure-fire backup plan for happiness. I guess you have a testimony of Disneyland being the happiest place on earth?....

La La Land said...

How fun! We have passes, too! It's never too early to start taking them to Disneyland!

Anne said...

When we lived in the Bay Area when Dan was in law school we had season passes to Marine World. I used to do the same thing- and it was always so fun to get out, and usually the boys did really well. Then when Courtney came along we still went, but it was a little tougher with 3... I miss having all that stuff nearby! Good for you- how fun! Wish we were closer. I love Disneyland!

the bates motel said...

looks like you guys had soooo much fun! i'm hoping when we come to ca it will go good w/ the 2 kids too :)!