When Hallie was turning 7 years old we had this grand plan of taking her to Disneyland for the day and it was so much fun we knew we wanted to carry on the tradition to all of our kids sometime around the same age. It was finally Briggs’ turn. He’s heard so much about this trip from his siblings and he’s been anxiously waiting for his turn.

We planned our trip months ago and we were so disheartened to watch the weather app change from good weather, to questionable weather, to downright terrible weather. Massive storms with serious flooding affecting the very area we were going to be visiting. I was quick to suggest we reschedule but Steve was insistent we carry on with our plan (I’m probably a little too quick to cancel plans if it means I can stay home!) The night before we were leaving, we got a notification from Southwest suggesting we change our flight free of charge. We took the bait and pushed off our trip just one day. And boy am I glad we did.

We arrived to find a cold and rainy California the night before we were to visit the park. But the clouds parted the next morning and we only experienced minimal rain later that same evening. We heard stories from other guests who had been in the park the day we had originally planned to be there and it was miserable. The two hours of rain we had during our visit was plenty for me however, we did come prepared with all the rain gear!

We’ve never been to Disneyland when it’s been busy but I think everyone decided to postpone their trip during the three endless rainy days and by the time the sun finally made an appearance everyone was ready to see Mickey. Add to that several rides that were down for hours that day and it made for some longer than anticipated waiting in line. But Briggs didn’t know any different and he was just happy to be there. His first ride was Millennium Falcon and it ended up being his favorite and we rode it three or four times. Which is funny because if I remember correctly, Hallie’s first ride was Space Mountain and it ended up being her favorite and she rode it multiple times.

As luck would have it – after our very first ride of the day we were taking a picture when Steve’s sister came up to us and surprised us. We had no idea she was going to be at Disneyland at the same time as us – especially since we switched our tickets the day before! Every time we’ve gone to Disneyland, never failing, we’ve run into someone we know by chance – this time we happened to be related!

We followed Briggs throughout the park catching snacks and food whenever we needed it. He was a great cruise director always looking for the next time we could catch another ride at Millennium Falcon!

We walked into the park the minute it opened and we didn’t leave until after it closed. I think the rain scared some people away in the late evening and our last two hours in the park were the best – ponchos and all. As we splashed out of the park, I couldn’t help but notice the beauty and the stillness of everything around us – especially the carousel with the lights reflecting majestically on the sidewalk puddles. It was the perfect ending.