Disneyland…part 2…

More pictures from our trip to Disneyland.

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Just a couple things I want to remember about this quick trip:

We ate at the Rainforest Cafe for dinner – a tradition we’ve had with each of the kids – we learned they’ll be tearing it down in two months to make room for another Disney hotel.

Bennett could choose a souvenir from the trip and he walked through all the shops before deciding on a stuffed snake from Rainforest Cafe that had sequin scales that change color as you move them from one direction to the other.

As we marveled at the sheer magnitude of Disneyland and all it’s merchandising glory (we were one of the few people not wearing something Disney related) we had to wonder if Walt Disney would be happy with what has been built or partially disgusted. Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing empire – but how far off is it from what he had dreamed, what he had hoped it would become.

Bennett wore a happy birthday button with his name on it – he had to get used to people, he didn’t know, constantly wishing him a happy birthday. I love that all the cast members are so attentive to that button.

At the end of the day his favorite ride was space mountain. It was the first ride of the the day and we rode it two times in a row before it got busy. His second favorite ride was Finding Nemo Submarine which we didn’t think would rank on his list. I’m a roller coaster fan – bring on Space Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Big Thunder Railroad – unfortunately Matterhorn and Splash Mountain were closed.

Steve wagered a bet as to if we would run into someone we knew. I saw someone I knew from afar, but he said it didn’t count because we didn’t talk to them. Then coming off Indiana Jones, I ran into a high school/college friend. Oddly enough we ran into each other last summer at a rodeo and it had been years since we had seen each other. We both remembered being at Disneyland together our senior year when we were competing at the national Business Professionals of America. The world is a small place.

Cannon ended up getting sick while we were gone – I hate when other people have to deal with my sick kids. And then it passed to Briggs, and then me and then Bennett bright and early this morning. Here’s to hoping the other three escape it!

Disneyland…part 1…

Bennett is our child that loves to anticipate events, but maybe doesn’t fully enjoy the event because it never lives up to his expectations. It’s a constant struggle. He’s been anticipating a trip to Disneyland for some time now. He knew both of his older siblings went when they turned 7 years old and he was hoping his time was coming. He’s been talking non-stop for a while now and I just hoped when he finally did go it would be everything he was hoping it to be.

We surprised him last week with the one-day trip, a week before his birthday and he was both shocked and excited. It lived up to every expectation he had. Every ride was better than the last. Every smell was delicious and we didn’t hear a single complaint from him in the whole 10 miles we walked that day. He loved the one-on-one attention and was agreeable to everything. I know many people like to take their families to Disneyland and as I watched those parents juggle the kids and the gear I was grateful to have a single backpack and one kid to keep happy. We love this tradition and I think the kids are fond of it as well.

One day we’ll have older kids and we’ll be able to tackle it as a family, until then, we’ll enjoy the day as a family of three.

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