October 27, 2008

on that magical place...

soon-to-be blogged!

Pardon my absence; I was busy playing at Disneyland for the last two-and-a-half days. And to make it even better, I was able to enjoy those days with my older sister, her hubby, the baby cooking in her belly (I even felt the little peanut kick! Almost died from sheer joy!), my mom, dad, and two youngest sisters. And to make it even better-er (I like inventing words; don't judge me), we all got in for free. Props to my husband, proud Disneyland employee, six years and going strong. (I've decided that he can work for Disney as long as his heart desires, especially if it means getting a mean discount on food and merchandise - and being able to get in without paying! I love it!)

Anyway, I took entirely too many photos (including the one above, which is now my desktop wallpaper because it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside), and plan on posting them at some point in the near future. Until then, here are some highlights from our Disneyland shenanigans:

1. Eating entirely too much food. Including lunch at the Blue Bayou, courtesy of my lovely sister & her husband. Mmmm. Monte cristo sandwich. There is heaven on earth. But otherwise, I was good and didn't even get any popcorn - the one thing that always calls to me. So, be proud. (I'm not going to mention the gigantic scoop of ice cream I had the second day we were there. I'm just not going to mention it. Or how amazing it was.)

2. Borderline stalking Bono, when we noticed him watching the parade with who I can only imagine was his family. Jay was all, "Who does that look like?" And I, after deciding against guessing it was Robin Williams, said, "Ehhh...Bono?" Apparently I was right, and we weren't the only ones who noticed his presence. There was a straight up paparazzo right next to us taking photos of him with this ridiculous zoom lens. I was all, "Dude, how did this guy get in here with that thing?" But I guess he could have just looked like a seriously intense tourist. Who knows. In any case, we also gave Bono the stare-down as he was eating dinner with his family, later on that night. We tried to act casual, but seriously. It was Bono. My brother in law was tempted to go say hello, or at least walk by spouting U2 lyrics very loudly, but the guest services girl that was escorting Bono around kept giving us the stink-eye. Oh, well.

3. Enjoying the cooling refreshment of beer at California Adventure. Although it costs a good $7 a pop, it's so completely worth it on a hot day. It's nearly as refreshing as the ice cream I may or may not have eaten. And I'm happy to report that my brother-in-law shares the same appreciation, as well as my dad. My older sister may have been a wee bit bitter, but, such is the life of a pregnant lady. (And we may have let her smell the beer before we drank it. Apparently that was good enough for her. Heehee.)

4. Running around the place formerly known as Tom Sawyers Island with my youngest sister, Lindsay. She flat-out refused to go on Pirates of the Caribbean, and instead decided to hang out with me and explore some caves. As we were running about, she paused to say, "We are having so much more fun than them, because they have to sit down." Apparently at 7, you don't mind turning into a hot, sweaty mess while running around in 80-something degree weather. In fact, it's way more fun than sitting down in a nice, air-conditioned ride. I tell you, that girl is a little ball of energy. I just want to squeeze her every time I see her, she's so adorable. Later that night, after having enjoyed only half of the ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, she said, "That's definitely not my ride." She then pulled her hat down over her eyes and plugged her ears, to block out anyone else saying how brave she was.

5. Riding on California Screamin' with my sister Nikki. When the coaster shot us off, I kept praying that she wasn't slowly dying next to me. Because there's no way in heck I would've gone on that ride at 9 years old. (My family will tell you how I was scared of any and every ride that went over 5 mph. It's embarrassing, really.) Halfway through the ride, I leaned over to see her completely serious face, and told her to scream it out, because that helps sometimes. She replied, "When is the upside down part coming?" "Soon," I said, "It's so fast, I promise." Once we finally went through the loop, she leaned over and cried out, "I DID IT!" It was not unlike the first time I successfully navigated the Southern California freeways all by myself. That's pure joy, people. Pure joy.

6. Being around my adorably pregnant sister. I had to keep feeling her belly, I couldn't help it. It's like an addiction. A baby belly addiction. They should have medication for these things.

7. Staying out super-late, until the park is all lit up with lights. I love that.

8. Seeing my parents together, all adorable and in love and having just as much fun on the rides as us. I tell you, if I'm able to maintain the type of marriage they've had for over 25 years, then that's all I can ask for. It's so encouraging to be around them, and seeing what they have together. And they still have two little girls to raise! They've done so well, and they make me excited for when Jay and I are ready for that next adventure in life...parenthood.

9. Laughing and laughing. I miss these people so much. I can't wait until November, when my parents and youngest sisters will be in the area for a while.

10. Being surrounded by my family (only missing one sister - and she was, indeed, missed!) and remembering vacations of the past, and all the wonderful memories we made at this most magical place. No matter how many times I go, there will always be a part of me that is wrapped up in the magic of Disneyland. And I don't think it's only because of those childhood memories; I'm sure there are other reasons that it will always be my happiest place. It was my first job after moving to California, I met my lovely Cricket there, I have an entire year of memories from working there - good, bad and completely hilarious, and above all, it's where I met my own, personal Prince Charming. Okay, so perhaps Jay wouldn't ride around on a horse and wear a hat with a feather in it, but still. He's my Prince Charming, okay?

So, anyway. It was a wonderful few days spent with some of my favorite people in the world. It really was.


  1. Neat, I was there too on Friday for my birthday since me and my girlfriend love it there...maybe we bumped arms in the crowd, who knows. I didn't see Bono though, bummer.

  2. yay! that sounds like the best time ever! you're so lucky to have such a big family. and bono? really? i would've been all up in that mans grill. yeah, i said it.

    i'm so glad you had a great time, i know how much you've missed being around the fam. i've been checking in for an update compulsively.

    stalker much? me? nahhhh.

  3. Your post makes me sad, and happy at the same time. happy for you and your way too cute family, and I am so with you on the baby bump addiction.
    Sad because I want that warm and fuzzy feeling you had with your family. My family events are more drama, and distant than warm and fuzzy, we all really love each other feeling. You are adorable and I am glad you have such a wonderful family.
    And you totally should have invited us with you to the Wonderful World of Disney. (jealous)

  4. Yay!

    So glad you had a wonderful time. Hanging out with family is just the BEST, no? :)

    I spent Sunday will 12 of my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It's just such a special time when the family gets together.

  5. I'm so glad you and your family had a fun time together. I can't wait to see more pictures! The castle=love.

  6. Dude. You should've been all HEY BONO, YEAH YOU. SIR! HEY!

    I would've laughed.

    I distinctly remember your refusal to go on the freefall ride at California Adventure. I was so mad at you.

    And...I remember you pointing out Jay, whom you'd met only once but thought was just the bees knees.

    Look where it got you. I like to say I knew you when. ;)

  7. ooh that castle brings out such girlish oooing&aahhing. beautiful picture.

    rubbing baby bellies? nothing better, especially when the child taps you back to say "hi!"

    so glad you had such a wonderful weekend with the family.

  8. This sounds amazing. I really need a vacation!

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  10. awe, your disney adventure sounds like a blast. i love hearing about your too-cute-for-words family.
    you are adorable, and i'm glad to hear you got some quality time in with them all!

  11. That sounds like such a great time with you family! Your younger sisters seem like crack-ups... so funny!

  12. Yay, Disney! I love it so much-- particularly the Blue Bayou, because who can resist a deep-fried sandwich? I'm going in a few weeks, and now the anticipation is nearly too much. :)

  13. Aw! Sounds like such a sweet few days. I love Disney. My husband and I honeymooned at Walt Disney World and we also were engaged there. My brother-in-law works for WDW so I live vicariously through him.

    Also - this is me delurking - I had to on such a loving post!

  14. I love this post.

    Seriously. I love Disney World. It's just magical. I don't care how old I am.

    I want to go back now after reading this!

  15. Aw, it sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! I haven't been to Disneyland in so long; I think the last time I went for Grad Night, which was a years ago (or so it seems). I love spending quality time with my family. I just wish they were so much more united like yours. I miss those times so much.

    YOUR family sounds adorable. ;]

  16. SO glad you had some a good time with your family! Sounds like it was filled with laughter and love! That's crazy you saw Bono! Can't wait to see more pictures from Disneyland! And again, I think it's the most adorable thing ever that you met your hubby there! so cute!

  17. Your family is ginormous! I can't imagine having such young sisters at this age. It must be kind of exciting.

  18. BONO!?!?! No freaking way! I did NOT see him there!

    Sounds like you had an awesome time. We went over to California Adventure for part of the afternoon that day... and my husband was pretty excited to find beer. I also stuck my nose deep down into the cup to get a big wiff of that yummy brew. I wouldn't say it satisfied me... but it definitely helped. :-)

    Oh... and unfortunately I didn't find you in the background of any of my pics.

  19. I can't believe you took that pic...I LOVE it! Glad you had a great time. Disneyland is wonderful!! It never gets old or un-magical!

  20. I LOVEOVE monte cristos. okay well I did when I ate meat. shoot I think one of those would totally make me cheat on my vegetarianism because MMMMMMMMMM so good

  21. Gahhh, I'm so jealous! I used to live in Orlando growing up, and my grandpa knew a LOT of people ... so we always got in to all of the theme parks there for free. I've been to Magic Kingdom, MGM,Universal, Epcot, Busch Gardens, Sea World, etc ... more times than I can even try to remember. I miss that piece of life and wish it applied now!! It sounds like you had a great time and I can't wait to see the pictures!

  22. Family. Pregnant bellies. AND DISNEYLAND FOR FREE? you just described my literal Heaven. For real! Must visit you!

  23. aw sounds like a great time. i love disneyland so much and that picture with the font is just so perfect. now i just need to visit california adventure.

  24. I heart Disneyland. I was there this past weekend, too! It's such a soothing place, I think. Despite the screaming babies and stuff.

  25. Oh my, can I just say that #8 made me all teary eyed? Damn you woman, my mascara is RUNNING.

    PS: I have an addiction to baby bumps too. It takes ALL of my will power to not reach out and rub the bellies for pregnant friends. And then I ask all shyly-like (apprently I like to make up words too!) if I can cop a feel, and then I'm all over them like ketchup on a hot dog!

  26. we were just at Disneyland too!! How funny. I wonder if we could have fun into each other?? Wouldn't that have been a fantastic surprise!! And I so didn't know your husband worked there, or that you used to. That's so neat.

    It sounds like you had a WONDERFUL time. I'm so glad you got to go with your family!!
    I think it's hilarious that you saw Bono. The whole time we were there I was thinking to myself "I wonder if I can spot a celebrity?" (just for funsies) But we, of course, didn't.

  27. HI! I am a new reader!

    I went to Disneyland back in August. Like.. the day after I got off the plane from Sydney, we went to Disneyland.

    I loooved it :) It's impossible to be in a bad mood when you're there... and the ice cream! Ohwowtheicecream.

    Such a fun place - you're husband WORKS there!?!! How do you stay away!!


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