So things have been absolutely crazy around here the past two weeks! When Big-Bug's school break started two weeks ago, we packed up the car and took the boys for their first trip to Disneyland :) We decided to drive so we would have more control about rest periods, meal times and potty breaks and we were really glad we went that route. We made it to Sacramento our first day of driving and then were able to make it to Anaheim by about 3:30 in the afternoon the following day. That first evening we explored downtown Disney (which was new to me!) and enjoyed dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. The boys declared it to be "the best restaurant in the world." After dinner we spent some time in the gigantic Lego store where the boys each made a custom mini, it was super fun!
Some of the highlights from the actual Disney park days were the Buzz Lightyear astro-blasters (which we had to ride twice,) star tours (which the big boys had to ride twice as well) and the pirate's lair on tom sawyer island! I think the boys could have spent the entire three days running around the pirates lair and would have been perfectly contented :) We also watched the Jedi training academy, which was a fantastic show and enjoyed some mandatory churros! We had some amazing luck meeting the actual Disney characters themselves; time and time again we were in the right place at the right time. We were able to get photos of the kids with Mickey and Minnie, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Rabbit, Tigger and Eeyor and Mr Incredible! We also saw one of tinkerbell's fairy friends (who Big-Bug informed me is named Vidia) and she waved to the boys - but the meet and greet line was 45 minutes long (!!!) so we decided to pass her by :)
The first night we came back to the park after dinner to watch the holiday firework show. We had a great view of the fireworks going off above the castle (which was all decorated for Christmas) and when the show ended it suddenly started snowing all up and down the main street of Disneyland. It was fake snow of course, but the kids didn't know the difference and it was so sweet to see the faces of all the little ones as they gazed up at the snowflakes and tried to catch them :) That was definitely some tangible "Disney magic" and you could have heard a pin drop in the crowd, even the adults were swept up in the spirit of it all.
On the second night we left Disneyland and took the kiddos to a surprise dinner at Medieval times! This turned out to be the favorite part of the whole trip for my husband and myself. The acting and horsemanship was unbelievably amazing (and the "feast" was delicious as well!) I would 100% go back to Medieval times again (in fact, I can't wait to go again!) The boys loved it too and were completely swept up in to the fantasy of it all - I genuinely think they believe they met real knights :)
On our third and final night in Disneyland we watched the holiday parade. We ended up with great seats right in the front row and the parade was fantastic! Baby-Bug was hollering out and pointing to different characters as they passed by "mick mouse!" "buzz bybeer!" and Big-Bug and Middle-Bug were amazed by the marching toy soldiers and bouncing snowmen :) We stayed late that third night finishing up some rides in California Adventure and said a fond farewell to the castle on our way back to the hotel.
After two more days on the road (and a lot of holiday traffic!) we arrived back home the night before Thanksgiving. We spent a quiet holiday at home and enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner, just the five of us. I made my first-ever batch of homemade dinner rolls and was very proud of them :)
That night I headed into work at 11pm to be ready for our store's midnight opening for the black Friday sales. It was an interesting experience for me, having never worked or shopped black Friday before - but I don't need to do it again :) Working a ten hour night shift when you are used to working days is a hard adjustment! (Especially hard when the break room is stocked with tang instead of coffee!!! Tang?! Really?!)
So now we are trying to catch up from all the business of the past two weeks (lots of laundry waiting for me!) and we are settling back into the school routine. My husband has a business trip this week, and I am putting on a Family Fun Night at Big-Bug's school on Friday, then it's Baby-Bug's second birthday and Christmas soon after...so December is going to be another fun, busy month!