This year for Christmas, Santa gave the kids a trip to Disneyland! Since the trip was last weekend, we had to explain ourselves a little more than usual. We told Bridget this trip was from Santa and she said, "You called him?!" Obviously we hadn't planned to answer any questions, so... Yes? "So he doesn't have cameras at school to watch us?" What? I hope it goes without saying that I would never tell my child that Santa has cameras watching her every move at school. Creepy. Anyway! We decided to break up the drive to California and stop over in Las Vegas for one night. Angelyn told me about a great childrens' museum on the outskirts of Vegas. The kids got out of the car and RAN for about three hours.
The museum had lots of interactive displays. Colin spent most of his time with the airplane stuff. (Brian and I had to run after one of the boys in order to keep track of them. I was totally sweating after a few minutes of chasing Colin from one display to the next.) The cockpit of this plane was one of Colin's favorites. He used the radio and turned the dials and buttons like a real pilot. :)
Then he took some time doing air traffic control. A step down, I think, but he was okay with it. I didn't get photos of Emil managing the auto shop. Brian said other kids would come in and leave tires and lug nuts on the floor and Emil would put things back in their place.
They were lifting something by hanging on these ropes, but I didn't see what it was because Colin had disappeared from my peripheral vision.
Angelyn advised me to go to this water display last and I've never been more grateful for any piece of information. The kids LOVED it, but they got soaked! That slicker Emil is wearing is just a handy way to get more water on your clothes. (We changed diapers right before walking into the museum and both boys pooped the minute we got inside. That was the start to my adventures in changing diapers in public restrooms.) After some jumping outside (look at Emil's pants), we headed to the hotel in Vegas.
The next day we were off to Anaheim. I'm going to wonder later how we fed two 2 year-old boys while on vacation and the answer to that is - we didn't. They took bites here and there, but mostly it was running around the table, getting up and down off seats, crying and complaining. We went to Buca di Beppo in Anaheim after checking into our hotel. The boys had been in the car most of the day and they were hungry, but not hungry enough to sit down on their chairs and eat. Brian and I were trying to keep our cool and eat between chasing the boys when a young man showed up and asked us to scoot together for a photo op. He had us move several times and get photos of different combinations of the five of us before he went away. Twenty minutes later when the boys were covered in sauce and Brian and I had reached the end of our ropes, the young man returned with all our photos in paper frames, each one in color and black and white. We politely passed them around the table before handing all of them back and saying no thanks to buying any of them. Why would I want a picture of that moment in time? These are the times I'm working very hard to forget.
|Why so hard, kids?|
The boys didn't sleep very well the first two nights. We forgot to pack their blankets and Colin's Pooh Bear, so that made things extra hard. Both boys would climb into bed with us and I'd end up going with one of them to Bridget's bed. Monday morning it was time to go to MICKEY'S HOUSE! (Every day for about a week Emil would ask if it was time to go to Mickey's...HOUSE. When I answered "not yet" he'd say, "Okay.") The boys were pretty excited just to get on a bus, nevermind walking into Mickey's actual house. Maybe that can be their present next year - riding a city bus.
First we had to go on the merry-go-round, of course.
First we had to go on the merry-go-round, of course.
I think the boys were prepared for this level of awesome, but maybe not the Toon Town Awesome that came next. We got to meet Minnie Mouse! Inside her house! WHAT?! Look at all her cool stuff!
|This is as close as Emil got to any of the characters in big costumes. He started over-thinking it and got freaked out.|
|Colin gave Minnie a hug. Because he loves her.|
|Pluto also got a hug.|
We rode the roller coaster in Toon Town next. Bridget sat alone in the front car, Emil and I were together in the next one, then Brian and Colin. Emil laughed maniacally and loved every second. Colin was brave, but we could tell he was scared. Afterward he said, "Fun." When he actually had fun on other rides he would do fist pumps and yell, "FUN! AGAIN!" But we didn't know that at the time. :)
Bridget was anxious to ride something cool, so Brian took her to the Matterhorn. The line for Autopia was pretty short, so I decided I could handle taking the boys by myself. I let Emil steer our car while we drove all over the pretend highway. Brian and Bridget joined us to go on it again and this time Bridget drove one car with Brian and Emil and Colin steered our car. Colin and I kept spotting Daddy and Bridget and Emil and Colin yelled and yelled their names, but they couldn't hear us. We went around a third time because Emil was on the verge of a nervous breakdown not getting to drive. When Bridget got behind the wheel of our car she warned me that it was only her second time driving, so she hoped she would do a good job. :)
We headed over to California Adventures after eating the lunch we brought and riding a few more rides to see about getting Bridget on California Screamin' and Bridget met Daisy Duck on the pier while the boys did some of this:
|Zeppelin ride off the pier.|
|Pixar Parade in California Adventures. That Ariel ride next to Elastagirl is really cool. FUN! even.|
When we came limping back into the hotel, the bell man stopped Brian and gave him a voucher for a free movie and also a bag with lots of small popcorn bags. Nice! All three of the kids fell asleep eating popcorn in our bed, so we put the movie off for the next night.
The first thing we did on our second day when we got to the park was split up - Brian went to get fast passes for Radiator Springs Racers and I took the kids to meet a princess. Belle was standing on a bridge with hardly anyone waiting for her, so we took some photos.
|WHOSE GOT THE TIME!|
We did more family rides together - It's a Small World was all decked out for Christmas and playing Jingle Bells instead of their signature song. We could fit our whole family into one tea cup at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Then Brian took the boys to shoot at Zerg again while Bridget and I waited in our longest line yet for Tinkerbell. (We talked to a nice family from Australia. Everyone working at Disneyland and all the many many people who came to play were very nice. I like that about Disneyland.)
|Juice break. Emil had two of those while we sat there. Foreshadowing. (He doesn't need no stinkin' straw!)|
|This is what Emil did when we got in line to see Pooh Bear.|
|No hug from "Mo" - just a head butt. (Colin calls Emil "Mo," so now all of us do. Including Emil.)|
|High fives for BUZZ!|
From Space Mountain, Bridget and I had to high tail it to Radiator Springs Racers to catch our fast pass time. We were only in line for about 15 minutes. While we waited, she explained to me that it was only her third time driving, so she hoped she wouldn't crash our car. :) It had been a rough afternoon for me, but that Racers ride made up for it. I was actually laughing hysterically through most of it (psychotic laughter, maybe). So fun! I wish the boys were tall enough to go on it - they would have been in heaven. While we were on it the boys and Brian met McQueen at the Cozy Cone Motel. After Brian did the Racers by himself, we went to Luigi's Tires. Colin came out of that one fist pumping and yelling, "FUN! AGAIN!" There was no line, so we did it again. :)
We started a movie for the kids when we got back to the hotel, but all of them fell asleep (eating popcorn again - Brian and I had to open their mouths to make sure it was all gone) after three minutes of watching the movie. It was a long, long, long drive home the next morning.