Obsessive interruption: THE BENTO

As a mom and wife, I am sometimes expected to pack a ‘healthy lunch’ for my family. My preschooler does have lunch provided through the tuition that we pay but since they are affiliated with the public school lunch system, they often have the same lunch choices as I do at my work. It is of…

California Adventure!

Finally, it seemed like this day was 2 days in one! It’s now time to head over to California Adventure. One thing became apparent in the walk towards the “boardwalk”. This park was a totally different animal. There was no real way to get to the “middle” quickly. I guess they were doing some remodeling…

“Spaced” mountain

Okay, don’t get mad at me but I was not impressed by Space Mountain at all. I guess I’m the new breed of thrill seeker who needs all the bells and whistles. I wasn’t really into all the darkness. I like to be scared out of my pants when I ride a “roller coaster”. I…

Tinkerbell is smuggling Mickeys

MEANWHILE… I love that word, especially when telling a two separate stories. While Jas was ride Space Mountain, Izzy and I were off to catch the Elusive Tinkerbell. Izzy made several wishes into the ponds around Pixie Hallow. I love the little boat at the bottom of the picture. Izzy was even kind enough to give a…

The Holy Grail of Begay Disney Adventure

After our celebrity sighting. We headed into the park for our 2nd day in the parks. 2 big things were going to happen today. Izzy eats with the Princesses and then we watch The World of Color in the “VIP section”. After consulting, THE SCHEDULE we realize that we have a full 2 hours of…

Don’t go Eminem on me!

The Storyteller Cafe is beautiful. They have wood and metal silhouettes around anything that emits light or highlights the carving. It is warm and the food is delicious as usual. I didn’t even get to sample everything before I was stuffed. I was in awe of all the hard work that probably went into making such a wonderful…

Day 2: What’s inside that Gift Horse?

After a mere 8 hours of sleep, it was time to wake up and head over to our 2nd Character Meal at the Storyteller Cafe in the Grand California Hotel. We were excited to find out what day 2 held for us. We would be spending most of our day in California Adventure. Izzy took…

An Early Childhood interruption

Working in education gives you a small window of what a child will encounter in their lives. If you are an elementary teacher you get an idea of what milestones they should be hitting. You know what are “normal” responses. You know what the writing should look like and you come to accept that there…

Wishing upon a star

Sigh. There are rare moments in life. Ones that you live and you think, “I’ll remember this forever.” I knew immediately that the night of the fireworks was going to be one of those moments. There is just so much to pay attention to, the stunning display of lights, the look on your baby’s face,…

Last Stand for Peter Pan

Our final ride of the night was Peter Pan’s Flight. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What kind of ride was it? Like a roller coaster? Like a 3D movie? Only time would tell. At this time we had been in lines, out of lines and out of our minds. Izzy was ready for…

Finding out if Nemo is worth the wait

Luckily, research always pays off. We decided to forgo the parade on the first day so that we could get in our hot ticket items. Jas had been in line for about 30 minutes while we tracked down the elusive Tinkerbell and our Mickey balloon. We joined him with a 10 minute wait left and…

The Amazing Mickey Balloon

Jas was still waiting in line and Izzy and I decided to see if we could find a Mickey balloon. You know the ones with a mickey head in the middle of the clear balloon. Classic Disney! In order for all my Disneyland dreams to come true, I needed a red one for Izzy. Not…

A Hidden Mickey!

After dinner, it was time to attack our last 3 attractions before the fireworks began. Staying true to our waiting plan, Jas went to get in line for the Nemo Ride and us gals went on our way. Our first stop was Pixie Hallow, to see if we could meet up with Tinkerbell. Pixie Hallow…

The Excel Spreadsheet

I don’t really think you may have believed me when I referenced my Excel spreadsheet.   It’s received some odd looks when we are in line and I’m referencing my schedule. Mind you, it’s not a solid schedule. It’s more of a list of things that we want to do. I even had one person…

What’s this pineapple doing in my burger?

Izzy was now up and ready to rock and roll. Jas’s feet were tired and I was hungry. I should have known better than to break the eating cycle. Jas and I often mess up this eating cycle when one of us is hungry and the other person gets hungry a few minutes later. I…

Surprises are my favorite!

I love fun surprises and my mom really surprised my family. It really made us feel special. Izzy was asleep in her bed in a pull up and her tie dye mickey shirt when she heard the knock on the door. The Cast Member brought it in and Izzy was wide awake and saying, “Is…

The Disneyland Hotel

With a child dead asleep in the stroller, we made our way into the Disneyland Hotel. Being the planner, I asked Jas to pick up the luggage to minimize waiting. I began the check-in process and the Cast Member asked if I was celebrating anything special. I said, “Not really but it is our first…