All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Happiest Place on EARTH

We has a fantastic trip to Disneyland. Sunday morning we started out bright and early at 7 am for our "magical morning" and it was pure magic! We basically had the park to ourselves for about an hour and a half so we rushed to ride everything that would get very busy later in the day. The boys rode everything in Tomorrowland and we even made it through most of Fantasyland before 10 and then we stopped for a little breakfast at Village Haus, yumm! My sister Michelle and her cute little family Gregory and Donovan drove down from Fresno to spend the day with us. Her hubby had never been to Disneyland and it was fun to be apart of his and Donovan's first magical trip :) My brother Cory and his cute family Beth and Riley also joined us Sunday afternoon, it was so much fun. They planned a trip to Disneyland the same time we did and they even stayed at the same hotel. We all went and had a wonderful dinner at The Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square (the restaurant you can see when you are riding Pirates) if you haven't been GO, it is soooo worth it!! We all enjoyed a fun night together and my boys loved being with thier cousin's Donovan and Riley :) We ended the night with the amazing fireworks display, nothing beats the fireworks at Disneyland, NOTHING it pure MAGIC!!

We spent 5 days at Disneyland and it was so much fun to spend time with Cory, Beth and Riley here and there. We loved being able to come and go so easily and have some fun in the sun at the pool between park days. One of our favorite rides Big Thunder Mountain was closed for maintenance and they were working on the whole Rivers of America area so we missed seeing Fantasmic :( We were all excited to see the Captain EO Tribute with Michael Jackson, the boys loved it!! No trip to Disneyland is complete with out Mickey boys searched for the perfect ones and they found some really cute ones. Landon choose a Haunted Mansion theme pair, Ayden's were Pumpkin Mickey/Jack and Jackson were crazy neon Mickey's! It was a fantastic magical trip and we can't wait to go back very soon!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Disney's Grand Californian

We started off our vacation at the fabulous Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, it was amazing! Our cute room had bunk beds with a trundle for the boys and a queen bed for us :) We had a view of the pool and we could see Disney's California Adventure Park too! The hotel was amazing and the staff were all wonderful and accommodating during our stay. We loved the cute "i spy" mickey carpet, Bambi shower curtain and the whole Disney rustic logde feel of the hotel. The hotel has it's own entrance into California Adventure so you don't have to fight with the crowd and the best part was being able to walk back to the hotel at any time for a break.

We spent a day at the pool and the boys loved the water slide. The slide attendant called Jackson "King Jackson" because he went up and down for an entire hour straight! My boys are fish and loved the pool being so close! My brother Cory and his family Beth and cute Riley planned a trip the same time and they stayed at the hotel too so we had fun spending time with them at the pool and at the Storytime Cafe for a character breakfast. The boys "loved" meeting Turk, Chip & Dale, Keni and Koda during breakfast but little Riley feel in love with Dale and snuggled with him, it was so cute!

The hotel was wonderful and all the Disney special touches and amenities for us and the boys made it the best part of our trip. It was so nice to be in walking distance to Downtown Disney for shopping and a hop skip and a jump to Disneyland and California Adventures. We can't wait to go back, soon!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Our Padawan's

I think the highlight of the trip for the boys was Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland. They could have done it all day and been very content. It was so cute to see Landon go against Darth Vadar and not even flinch, he looked so little! Of course we couldn't leave without some new light sabers for them to "practice" with. They all have asked when we are going back so they can do it again. It was so much fun to watch them and see the excitement in their eyes. I sure feel safe at night with 3 Padawan's under one roof!!