january/february were rough months for me. i didn't do well with the whole winter thing, and i was just feeling a little overwhelmed with some other things that were going on. so what do you do when you need a boost? and sunshine?
head to disneyland, of course!
i know, i know, i was there 6 months ago. some of you might think i'm crazy. others of you might be totally jealous. i don't want to fall into the trap of only going to disneyland on vacation, but i really wanted to show jayson how excited mae is when she's there. so we left wednesday afternoon and spent thursday, saturday, and monday at the parks.
we met our favorites right off the bat when we went in. mae was thrilled. so were we!
our first stop, naturally, was dumbo--mae's favorite ride.
sorry i cut off your head, honey.
i gave jayson a little pep talk before we went in. if you want to really have fun at disneyland, you have to let your inhibitions go and sometimes be a little dorky. he caught on.
mae was still a little short for some rides. it was ok, it didn't stop us.
peter pan is one of my favorite rides.
we love heimlich's train too. especially when they spray you with animal cookie scent.
and the bumper cars, even though they only went 3 miles an hour.
saturday morning mae was way more interested in playing with her cousin allison than coming to disneyland. so we left her at my sister shannon's house and went by ourselves. and tried our hardest to hit all of the adult rides (after taking a dose of dramamine--we're pathetic). we hit most of them.
jayson was pretty stoked to see cars outside of one of my favorite rides, soaring.
mae rode the carousel six times. it was her second favorite.
we loved the new toy story ride. very fun.
the family in front of mater. love him.
and mae in front of her favorite, mcqueen!
it's a small world opened the weekend we were there, and it turned out to be one of my favorite rides. i loved it!
the first morning was pretty beautiful (notice we're all in short sleeves). but that afternoon it started sprinkling, and then it down poured for the rest of the weekend. yeah, yeah, i went for the sunshine, blah blah.
this is, hands down, my favorite place in both parks. i grew up in san francisco, and i have this unhealthy love for really really good sourdough bread. as far as sourdough goes, it doesn't get better than boudins. especially if it is full of clam chowder or slathered in butter. we ate here everyday...sometimes twice.
we saw the bugs like movie twice. mae hated it, but she looks so cute in those glasses.
the highlight of the trip had to have been this moment where mae got to meet minnie. she was beside herself. she kept telling minnie that she was her favorite. can you tell by the look on all of our faces how thrilled we were (i'm sure minnie doesn't smile that big for all of her visitors).
mae also loved to meet the princesses.
she sang for mulan (lets get down to business to defeat the hun!)
at that time, sleeping beauty was her favorite princess, so she was pretty excited to meet her.
i don't think this opened all weekend.
walt disney and the castle. (and tulips!!)
entrance photo taken on our way out the last day.
and the drive home. we left around 5:00 on monday and drove half way home. it was so great to escape for a little bit. my sister shannon and her family were so awesome to let us stay at their house and spend time with them. we had a really wonderful vacation!
(maybe i'll get pictures up from our friday excursion as well!)