Thursday, October 7, 2010

Disneyland 2010

The girls and I headed to Disneyland (sadly, without our brave leader Mike) for an adventure! My Mom and lil' sis came along as well.

I arranged a suite with a kitchen. NO EATING IN THE PARK! Is a rule of ours... as well as NO SOUVENIRS! Which means that all we contribute to the park is our cheap deal on tickets... and our wonderful selves!
That first day we went grocery shopping for the week, then picked up my sis from the airport. (She flew in that morning) Then we finally headed to Huntington Beach. This is one of my favs, and when I lived in OC I frequented this beach often... okay, when I should have been in school. But really? How do you go to school on a beautiful warm day knowing there is a beach 15 minutes down the road?!

The kids LOVED it! We could have skipped Disneyland and spent everyday at the beach for a week. (Take after their Mom!)


That evening we went to the park just for the fireworks. We went back to the hotel to get a good nights sleep... we had a few long days ahead of us! (Little did we know the heat was going to try and shut us down)

We came in... started on the right... and hit it all. I had to take them to Captian EO. The best moment was at the end, when I said "Wow! He is such an icon!" and Lexi said "What?!... that was a boy?"
We were working the 'FastPass' system timing things just right so we never got held up, or had to go back somewhere.
Sophie could ride everything except Indiana Jones and California Screamin'... she was pretty devastated. Her favorite ride was the Tower of Terror. We rode it three times in a row... and again the next day.
I have to say that one of my favorite things about my girls is that they did NOT want to stand in a line to see a princess. You would think in a family of girls that we might do the 'princess thing'... but seeing a girl in a dress and make-up... talking like a chipmunk... just doesn't give you the same adrenaline rush as those coasters do! I will admit that I have never been a big fan of Disney Princesses. There are very few of them that I think are good role models. A few of them aren't helpless, ditsy, drama queen's. But I just haven't ever been a fan of the idea that girls should just sing songs and wait for a Prince to make their dreams come true. So my girls are deprived.
I have to say that we did have opportunities to see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the girls even got to participate in a show with the Toy Story soldiers. But no lines for the lame princesses.... thank goodness!

The girls were SO excited to just be there! They had no demands or expectations... just so happy! They really are the most amazing kids, sometimes going to public places where I see other childrens' behavior is the best thing for me. I wouldn't trade them for any other kids in the world!

We made so many memories, and had such a great time. I know that these are the times I will treasure forever. I will someday look back and remember the smiles on their faces and the excitement in the their eyes... it really is a magical place!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Trying to catch up

(yes, I'm posting this... it's been sitting unpublished since October...)

I realize it's been quite a while since I've written. As the days go on, I get more and more behind, the thought of catching up is a bit overwhelming.
Many things have been going on. Kids back in school, Mike's new position at work, switching work to my home, church calling (yes, I have one!), school volunteer drama, housework (or lack there of), personal conflicts, family, weight battles, friends, and my usual up's and down's.
I love fall General Conference, despite the weather changing. There were some specific things that hit home for me. Parenting instructions, inspirations to grow my faith, and personal challenges.
One thing I took to heart was the challenge to get to bed early and wake up early. Something I have really never done in my lifetime. But I'd love to make that change.
I'm hoping that things will slow down a bit so I can catch up. I was that person who would check blogs and think "I really wish they would post!" I would hear people say "I'm just so far behind" and I would offer my advise... "just start new! don't worry about catching up!"
... guess it's time to take my own advise!