|They are NOT barfy. Just bummed that Sleeping Beauty's castle was all closed off and screened over.|
So, even though I've been racking my brain for some "content" to go along with the Disneyland photo dump. I just don't got it tonight. And I didn't got it last night either. So, you get the photos. That is all.
If you like the Catholic All Year page on Facebook, you've seen a couple of these. If you follow me on Instagram, (do you? it's my favorite. I'm @kendra_tierney.) you've seen even more of them. But no one has seen them all. Until now.
Nana and Grandad take us all to Disneyland for each kid's sixth birthday (because they are they BEST.) We've ended up going two Februarys in a row, since we went a couple of months late for Gus's birthday last year, and a few months early for Anita's sixth birthday, which is next July.
It also just so happened that we went on Betty's actual eleventh birthday. So, lots to celebrate.
We drove from our house in the valley down to Anaheim on Thursday afternoon, and spent the evening at Downtown Disney.
Bobby had saved up for months to buy a Lego set for himself while we were there. He had a baggie o' cash, and a coupon he had clipped from his Lego magazine. (Do your kids get Lego magazine? It's FREE!) It's was the adorablest.
Next day, Friday, we went to Disneyland. The lines usually aren't TOO bad on a weekday in February, but they were really not bad on a weekday in February in the midst of a measles scare. If you vaccinate, seriously, get thee to Disneyland.
I totally did anyway.
The next day, Lulu awoke looking lovely and refreshed, from her pack n' play tent. We always try to cram the pack n' play into a bathroom, but it didn't fit, so the husband set it up under the hanging bar and draped all the random-piece-of-fabric-they-put-across-the-foot-of-the-bed-to-look-fancy-s down from the hanging rack over the pack and play, to make it a little darker and less hey-I-can-see-all-my-friends at night.
And off we went to Disney California Adventure.
the Radiator Springs Racers. It's everything you love about Disney rides all rolled into one. It has the movie immersion experience of the classic Fantasyland rides, but also has a thrill ride component. And the technology is truly jaw-dropping. We booked it right to the fastpass line, and then the actual line, so we could go twice. But you have to be forty inches tall to ride. Frankie is 39.95 inches tall. So I folded up two maps into little squares and stuck them in the heels of his shoes. Voila. He loved it. Next time I'll remember to put him in his cowboy boots.
They have crammed a LOT of Frozen-themed attractions into California Adventure. They've replaced the very clever Muppet 4D movie with a super-lame Watch Clips of the Movie Frozen show, they've replaced the UH-mazing Toy Story Zoetrope with a chance to look at some ladies dressed as Anna and Elsa. Blerg.
But even a certified Frozen-hater like myself could appreciate Olaf's Snow Fest. We went inside an arena, which was impressively decorated to look like a Norwegian village, and the kids got to play in REAL SNOW. Now, I know that for almost all of you, that sounds like a really terrible idea. But my kids (except for a two year stint in Chicago) have always lived in California, and for them, snow is really magical.
And on the ground was real (man made) snow that you could use if it turned out that, despite all your Frozen-bashing, you DID want to build a snowman.
And that, plus all the other rides not pictured, and corn dogs, and churros, and not waiting in line to meet costumed characters, because I do not get that, was that. We headed home Saturday night and our altar boys were on the job Sunday morning. It's nice to have a day to recover from a vacation.
I've got plenty more mailbag answers I can throw up here, and someday, there will again be content on this blog. But until then, I can always just take more pictures of the kids.
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