Tuesday, November 11, 2014

That time of year again

When Disneyland turns merry and it snows in Southern California.  Disney magic at it's finest. 


We were treated to a few Christmas songs from Trisha Yearwood!  They were filming for  "Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration" to air on Christmas morning.  
 And then of course, there's Woody.  No trip to Disney in complete without some time with Woody.  Lucy loves him so much and I will indulge her in this for as long as she likes.  It never, ever gets old.







The parade!  Christmas style!








And of course, the fireworks, oh the fireworks.  Disney always gets this right.



And of course the snow, only at Disney could it "snow". 


Thanks, Disney.  Your magic continues to mesmerize all of us. 
 
We'll be back soon.  Until next time. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

So you will always remember

Today, my littles, you are 8,5 and 4 years old.  You are in the throws of childhood, the very best days.  I remember a little bit about 8.  But not very much.  5 and 4 though, I've got nothin'!  Your Dad and I do our best to provide you with lots of life experiences and memorable moments.  Will you remember all the trips to Disneyland or traveling across the country in a cramped minivan or endless days spent by the sea?  I'm not sure.  I do know, though, that these experiences will shape who you will become and that is enough for me.

Sailing up and down the coast of Southern California.  That's something I want you to remember.  Sitting on the very back of a 36 foot sailboat with your feet in the water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Mama by your side, I want you to remember that too.  These moments deserved to be documented. To be captured.  So you will always remember.

And I will never forget.

















 

 
Thank you, Lord, for these opportunities.  For these moments. For these magical times with our children. 

Beyond grateful.
 
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

5:23pm

Because it's important to me.  Because it makes me smile.  Because I love to see how you have grown. 

Here you are at 5:23pm, the minute you were born on September 30th.  This year you were at Brady's soccer practice when 5:23pm came around. 

 

 
 
And because Mama can resist a comparison, all 5:23 moments....
 

xo darling girl. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Frozen Meet and Greet

Disneyland finally jumped on the fast pass train for meeting Anna and Elsa.  We have met them two times prior to this past Monday but of course that involved me waiting in a very long line while Mike took the kids around.  And we didn't have our autograph books either time!  The important things!  So this Monday we had it all together!  Autograph books, dressed like Frozen and my camera was cooperating! 
(scroll down if you don't care about fast pass info!)

I had intentions of taking pictures of the Fastpass process for this Meet N Greet for those that were interested but I forgot!  But here's the scoop.  Arrive at Disneyland as close to opening as possible.  Head immediately to Fantasyland.  You will see two maroon colored umbrellas and a line will be forming.  Have all your Disneyland tickets/passes out and ready!  Everyone that wants to meet Anna and Elsa must be in the park already.  They do not need to be in line with you but they have to be in the park.  You hand your tickets/passes to a cast member, they scan them and then give you a fast pass ticket that has a time on it.  The window is only 20 minutes.  Our time was 12:40-1pm.  This was a Monday, we got in line for the Frozen tickets around 8:20am, the parked opened at 8am.  My understanding is the Fast Pass tickets are gone within one hour of park opening.  The whole fast pass process took maybe 10 minutes tops.  I imagine the line is a little longer if you are there right at 8am. 

When you return during your fast pass time, you still have to wait in line but it's only for a few minutes.  We waited 15 minutes.  Again, they ask you for your tickets/passes and the fast pass. 









Success!  Thanks to the fast passes I think we will stop in and visit the Frozen girls often.  They definitely make it worth it with lots of love and personal time with the kids. 

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