California Road Trip 2012: Part Two
If you haven't already, get caught up with Part One of Road Trip 2012. Now then, when I left off, we had just finished the Santa Barbara/Carmel leg of our journey. We are headed back down south to Anaheim, where we surprised the kids with a trip to Cars Land and Disneyland (of course)! It was so much fun to experience the magic of Disney through the eyes of our children. The fact that it was their first time made it all the more delightful. I'll never forget the mile-wide grins that seemed permanently affixed to their faces, eyes round with wonder, and the sometimes ecstatic giggling that overtook them at various moments throughout the day. Priceless!
We arrived at California Adventure around 5pm, which was a bit later than we anticipated, but we made the most of it!
We didn't get back to the hotel room until about 10pm--I still can't believe my 20-month old lasted that long without a nap--and needless to say, we collapsed into our beds.
The next morning we went to Disneyland, but not before our toddler locked himself in the adjoining room, which required the maintenance guy to break the lock in order to free him. I wish someone had been there to get pictures of us trying to talk to him through the locked door. "Ikey, Ikey, open the door, baby! Open the door, sweetheart. C'mon, Isaac, honey, turn the door knob!" As if he knows what a door knob is, right. Desperate times don't always bring out the best in brain function. Ha!
Anyway, that little diversion aside, we had a wonderful, beautiful day at the happiest place on earth.
The entire day was one big highlight reel, but one of the highest points HAD to be going on Space Mountain with my li'l Asher. It's my absolute favorite ride, but I'd come to terms with the fact that I wouldn't be able to go on it because the kids were too small to enjoy it or hang out by themselves so my husband and I could enjoy it. The day was winding down and we were making out way through Tomorrowland to take the monorail back to the entrance, when I got the urge to take one last look at Space Mountain. I'm not sure what I thought would happen, but I was compelled to go there. And wouldn't you know it? It was only a thirty minute wait AND the minimum height requirement was 40 inches. Perfect! My loving husband stayed with our toddler so that I could share this special moment with my oldest son. It. Was. Magical. I've ridden that roller coaster many times, but it's never been that enjoyable. I'll never forget it! I couldn't wait to see our picture, either; it promised to be epic, right?!!
Well, I certainly wasn't going to pay money for an arm in my face, but this photo from my phone would do just fine.
We ended our trip in San Diego, our old stomping ground. I'll save that for another time.