Thanks for the patience. We would crash in bed every night after we were done in the parks and I had a hard time staying awake to blog. Dad flew home a day early to get back to work. When we were three hours from home I got a call from Jeremy letting me know he’d been fired when he went into work that day. On top of the shock of him loosing his job I got a stomach bug. SO long story short over the next couple days we’ll catch with a new blog post each day about our trip.
I can’t start this blog without a HUGE thank you to our Fairy Godmother and Uncle Bryan. This magical trip wouldn’t have happened without them. Uncle Bryan works for Disney and not only helped us get into the parks but also stayed with us the entire time helping with kids and even Magpie. He’s a pro dog handler now and we wouldn’t have so many pictures without his holding onto the camera and photo pass card for the entire trip!
When we all hopped on the tram Deeds wasn’t so sure about it but quickly warmed up to the first “ride” we were on at Disneyland.
When we got into the park the first person we saw was Mary Poppins. Deeds followed her around for about 5 minutes before he finally got her his autograph book. She never did stop walking so I didn’t get a picture but he was hooked after that first signature. Next we saw Goofy. Magpie was instantly intrigued by the big stuffed dog and little sister freaked out when Goofy bent over to give her a kiss. She was much more cautious after that kiss. We learned that if a line is to meet a character Deeds will wait like a champion! We could have done nothing but meet characters the entire time and I think Deeds would have still had a blast.
We headed straight back to Fantasyland and then Toon Town to try and avoid the long lines and crowds later. We hit Dumbo first. Magpie wasn’t so sure about it once we got up in the air but was a champ. There were just a couple of rides she wasn’t a real fan of but was always a champ anyway. Gwen had a hard time after the first few rides that she couldn’t immediately ride again or had to get off. I spent so much time prepping Deeds for the trip I might have overlooked explaining lines to the two year old. We also got the kids some ears. It was adorable to see them running around with them on.
Sister was SO excited to meet Minnie Mouse and she was adorable showing her dress to Minnie and Mickey. Thank goodness for Grandma taking the time to make the dress while mommy was studying for finals. I’m sure she would have worn it everyday if we had let her.
We headed over to the California Adventure after some lunch because Deeds wanted to see the Aladdin show and it was only showing our first day. Sadly he didn’t make it very far into the show before Jeremy had to take him and Magpie out. We stayed in the park after that and Deeds went on the Tower of Terror for the first time. He looked a little shocked when he got off but went again on the second day with mom. He tells us now he won’t go again till he is 5 years old because he’ll be older then. He is too cute. The kids discovered the Little Mermaid ride that evening and we spent the next two days going on it around 20 times. We let them play in the water too and I was glad I had thought to bring a change of clothes. Our stroller looked like a clothes line after that.
While we were sitting eating some sourdough bread Deeds started to have a meltdown. I was worried as we started to get looks from others sitting around. At one point a woman who had been sitting across from us started to walk over to me and I took a deep breath waiting for the backlash about my parenting. Instead of saying a word she smiled at me, picked up Deeds wet shorts that had fallen and I didn’t notice and put them back on the stroller. She told me to hang in there and have a nice day. I won’t lie. I shed tears that night at that wonderful woman. I was stressed and expected the worst and she helped me so much with that simple smile. I hope I always remember to look for ways to help others and not judge them.