Disneyland 2014

When Evelyn was 2 weeks old, I was having a rough go with Post Partum Depression.  Aaron decided that he was going to plan a Disneyland trip to give me something to look forward to and hopefully give me some light at the end of the tunnel.  I was excited, but at the time (Januray!!) June seemed forever away, and the thought of Evelyn being almost 6 months was unfathomable. But it came!  Here’s a quick look at the highlights of our holiday. The first ride we wanted to go on was Peter Pan’s First Flight.  Evelyn fell asleep in the Ergo. Disneyland

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Disneyland 2014 Grandma & Grandpa had fun taking Molly on the carrousel. Disneyland 2014 We had lunch at the Blue Bayou that afternoon, and the babies did great! Disneyland 2014 Small World, always a crowd favorite. Disneyland 2014

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Disneyland 2014 That evening we camped out on the Jolly Holiday terrace so we could watch the fireworks comfortably. 10366184_292956970881856_2779115173354217158_n

Disneyland 2014 And of course I wasn’t without a caramel apple cider, made with extra magic. Disneyland 2014 Evelyn’s reaction to her first time seeing/hearing fireworks was priceless. Disneyland 2014 Evelyn was such a happy girl in Disneyland.  It was the least fussy she had been all month.  She would take great naps in the park. Disneyland 2014

Disneyland 2014 DOLE WHIPS!  The happiest frozen treat on earth. Disneyland 2014 Evelyn’s favorite Disneyland souvenir…a wrapped spoon.  She loved the way it crinkled.Disneyland 2014   Disneyland This is just a fluke photo.  She was actually SO happy to be in the Ergo.  She loved being carried around and looking at all the people and things.  She barely fussed at all. Disneyland 2014 We didn’t bother with the stroller at all.  It was so much easier to carry Evelyn around.  The Ergo was incredibly comfortable, and bebe was the happiest.  Win win.Disneyland 2014 Disneyland 2014

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Disneyland 2014 We took a break from The Magic Kingdom for Aaron to show Evelyn and I his stomping grounds.  We drove all over Ventura county seeing the houses in which he grew up. Ventura County   He took us to this amazing strawberry stand down the street from one of his houses.  With no exaggeration, these were the BEST strawberries I’ve ever had in my life.  And I’m a strawberry snob, so I would know! Ventura County

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Ventura The next day at Disneyland was Princess Day for us. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the cutest baby of all? Disneyland   Disneyland

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We took the girls to build a bear to make their twincess.

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I will never be too old to leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

 

I decided to combine the last two days of our Disney trip into one post.  On our 2nd to last day, we broke out our matching shirts.  They were a fantastic shade of Ninja Turtle variety colors, and Keep Calm Disney-themed messages.  I think we nailed it.

We got to California Adventure an hour early, so we could run straight to the Radiator Springs Racers and beat the hours and hours of lines for the new ride.California Adventure

 

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The Disneyland Chronicles: 1996

Chronicles of Disneyland

 

Today’s stop is February 1996.

It was Valentine’s Day morning, and I was in 1st grade.  I woke up to get ready for school, and my mom and dad said “We’re not going to school today, we’re going to Disneyland!”  It was the biggest surprise ever.  They already had our bags packet.  It would also be my first time on an airplane.

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The Disneyland Chronicles: 1993

Chronicles of Disneyland

 

In October 1993 we rented a passenger van and drove to D-land.  I was 5.  Grandpa and his new wife Janet came with.  So did Emily’s best friend, our next door neighbor, Faith.

I was going through a phase of my life where I was attached like glue to what is referred to as “Kenz’s Sucky Blanky.”

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The Disneyland Chronicles: 1991

Chronicles of Disneyland

 

The Intro

Aaron and I are going on a Disneyland trip next month, and it’s ALL we can talk about.  It’s like the season leading up to Christmas.

Some people think it’s odd that children-less adults love Disneyland so much.

When my mom and dad were dating, they would hang out at my mom’s house, and my dad fell in love with her rad Greek family.  He loved how every conversation would turn into a reminiscent session.  “Remember the time when we were on vacation in Yellow Stone and…”  “Remember how lost we got in…”  “Remember how we had to all squish around in the back seat of the car on our way to…”  “Remember when we could sprinkle water on Grandpa’s head from the back seat and he thought there was a leak in the roof of the car?”  My mom’s family didn’t have a lot of money.  It made a major impression on my dad at how important vacations are, and that you don’t need to spend a fortune to create memories.  My dad knew that he wanted to make those memories with my mom and his future family.

My dad went to Disneyland the year it opened, in 1955.  And he remembers it.  From then on, it has held a special spot in his heart.

My mom and dad were on a strict budget when I was young.  We didn’t go to Disneyland each year.  But we did go on some kind of vacation each year, even if it was just a camping trip.  And when we DID go to Disneyland, it was SO special.

I thought a fun activity would be write a tribute to each Disneyland adventure, and what specific stories happened each time.

October 1991

My first Disneyland trip was when I was 3 years old.  October 1991.  My Grandma Pulos felt inspired to have the entire extended family go to Disneyland together.  (Four months later, she would learn she had terminal cancer.)

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