Lake Patagonia, Arizona

In Arizona, getting to water during the warm months is a priority. Lake Patagonia is 1.5 hours south of Tucson. We were able to book a 2 night camp site there in October for our fall break. We arrived around sunset, we set up our tent and then took a walk to the pedestrian bridge…

Spring Break on the Beach

Right before COVID-19 hit big, we spent the weekend on the beaches of Carlsbad, California. I decided to write the blog as an option for those “I want to get away but don’t want to expose myself situations”. The campsites are spread apart with open areas to enjoy your family time. Right now is actually…

Monument Valley, Utah and Gouldings Trading Post

Monument Valley is an iconic Western site for movies. Most recently for the last Transformers movie. The area is full of sandstone formations and buttes. We went in early September 2020 and the tribal park was closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still get some great photos outside the park with the Navajo Tribal…

Tucson Air B&B- First Timers and the first night

We have never used an Air B&B before so this was our first time. We weren’t able to head to Disneyland this year as our usual summer getaway. I started looking for a spot in Tucson for our family. I contacted 3 other hosts prior to this spot. One just denied us outright. The 2nd…

Being the Special Family

Once upon a time… Our family got chosen to open up Disney California Adventure. If you are an opening to closing Disney family, you would know that every morning a family is chosen from the lines to open the park. They get to be the first ones inside before anyone else. Their family name is…

Tom Sawyer’s Island- A perfect get away

Sometimes, the park gets so overwhelming and packed that you feel like there is no where to get away from the crowd. WRONG. Try taking the raft to Tom Sawyer’s Island. It loads from the riverbank across from the Haunted Mansion. ┬áTake the rafts and enjoy leaving the chaos and sounds. Once you get onto…

The Times Guide- Get it!

For every new Disneyland Guest, I highly recommend picking up multiple copies of the maps and the times guide. The times guide has specific times that shows, parades and events will occur. This is especially important if you are there during the seasonal offerings. It gives times for when fireworks occur. Take note of the…

Sergio makes Frozen Magic

I am always an advocate for telling your story. For Christmas, we brought my mom and I let our person checking us in, Sergio, know that my mom is amazing. She’s our family rock and needs a vacation. I told him about my mom and he was so moved by her story, that he made…

Post-Christmas in California Adventure on a Rainy Day

Christmas in Disney California Adventure is best in Carsland. You get to see all the innovative ways they decorate with car parts. I love to see the Christmas trees decorated with hubcaps and a tree made with tires. This day was raining and it was empty! There were so few people in the park this…

Christmas at Disneyland pt. 2

Christmas Trees: Every hotel at the Disneyland has a themed Christmas Tree. Adventure Tower has a tree with safari animals and exotic flowers decorating it. The Frontier Tower’s tree has spurs and cowboy inspired ornaments. The Fantasy tower has traditional trees in a Fantasyland color theme. We weren’t able to make it out to Paradise…

Christmas Time in Disneyland Pt. 1

I personally feel that Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year and my dream was to have Christmas in Disneyland last year. We booked our hotel from Christmas Eve for 4 nights and 3 days in the park. I tried to ask my family if it was the best trip we…

Galaxy’s Edge- May the Force be with You

This past Christmas was our first time in “Star Wars” land. Star Wars Galaxy Edge is the newest land to be added to Disneyland. It currently has 2 rides that you can enjoy. The only one that was open when we went was Smuggler’s Run where you can pilot the Millennium Falcon. We got in…

My peeps- Tucson Local businesses

This is my #mypeeps post. It’s a post of my Tucson, Arizona local businesses that need your help to buy curbside or gift cards when we are ready to go back to normal. Coffee Decibel Coffee-This is a business owned by one of my student’s parents. Why you support them? They are raising an amazing…

Connecting Content: Finding Nemo

Each movie if divided into ways to connect basic academic content into the Disney or Pixar movies. Before is what to front load your learning with to help them learn more about the stories, During is what you should be looking for or recording during the movie, After is what you can do after you…

Connecting Content- An Introduction

In light of being inside, as parents we have very little resources on how to keep our day to day light but with purpose. I am a 4th grade teacher who has taught grades K,1,2,3 and 4th in all general content areas. I have also been a physical education and health teacher for grades K-8….

Capacity Dining Tips for Sit Down pt. 2

  Tangaroa Terrace: No reservations needed. You can also figure a way to eat outside of the park, like at the Tangaroa Terrace which had very little traffic after 1pm while we were there. You can also go the bar around the corner and get a little adult beverage to add to your meal. Lamplight…

Capacity Food Tips for Sit Down Locations pt. 1

Dining is another beast by itself. Once you book your vacation and it’s a high capacity time, set up an alarm for 3am on the 60th day out to start booking your dining choices. If you plan on sitting down for a nice meal, this is key. If you plan on just eating quickly from…

Planning for Christmas

We have been to Disneyland during Thanksgiving when the Christmas decorations and special presentations have begun but we’ve never been on Christmas Day! This year, we will be there for Christmas. We will bask in the crowds and crazy season. Hoping to make memories and not arguments about the event. We are hoping for a…

Can you make it to Fireworks?

Finding a place to stand for all the big events like parades and fireworks. We’ve seen the fireworks from the following places: middle of Mainstreet, to the right side of the hub where Tomorrowland starts and by ‘It’s a Small World’. From outside the park, usually from our hotel and on the esplanade between the…