Well, Tom & I decided we were actually going to take the kids to Disneyland after talking about it for a couple of years. Because of Spencer’s school schedule, we decided to take them the week of Thanksgiving. We thought it wouldn’t be too crowded at Disneyland, because it is a holiday weekend, afterall, but that was foolishness! Still, we had a good time anyway.
We didn’t want to tell the kids – we wanted it to be a surprise. We had to let the fact that we were going out of town out of the bag, so to speak, because we had to contact Spencer’s teachers about his absence. But we let him think we were going to Monroe. On Saturday afternoon we loaded the suitcases into the car and headed to the airport. We hadn’t gotten far when Spencer said, “Umm, are we going a different way? Because this isn’t the way we usually go.” Tom told him we were going to Kansas for Thanksgiving with the Woolleys (Tom’s sister’s family). Spencer was MAD. Although he likes his Woolley cousins quite well, he was disappointed not to be going to Monroe to “chill”. Once we reached the airport, Tom had a new story. We were flying to Las Vegas, where my parents would come pick us up. This was because Tom “had to get back to his new job early”. By this time Spencer wasn’t really buying it, and he picked up on the fact that we were actually flying to Los Angeles pretty quickly. He didn’t really say too much after that, except to say that we should tell him where we were going! The little kids were genuinely surprised and excited that we were going to Disneyland and couldn’t wait.
We arrived in Los Angeles Saturday evening and drove out to Anaheim and checked into the Fairfield Inn across the street from Disneyland. We were all in one room, which was kind of a drag – Andrew never wants to go to sleep if anything is going on, and he’s afraid of the dark, so he gets afraid once we turn out the lights. Still, we persevered and once the week got going, he was more tired out and slept better.
Sunday morning we got up and attended the Anaheim 1st ward. We had planned to attend Sacrament Meeting and then drive down to San Diego. But their church schedule began with Relief Society/Priesthood, so we ended up staying for the entire block. In retrospect, that wasn’t such a bad thing, because it helped us to stay in the Sabbath mode a little more. After church we changed clothes and headed south. I wanted to drive by our home in Penasquitos and then take the kids down to Balboa Park and to the beach. Our old home and neighborhood looked a lot like I remembered and also a little different. Trees were bigger and the neighborhoods looked older, but still familiar. It was fun. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera, so no pictures of our trip to SD. We wandered around Balboa Park, which was interesting. Then we drove to La Jolla shores to let the kids get out on their first beach. It was just like I remembered! Andrew & Haley immediately went into the water up to their waists! (fully dressed) and Spencer hunted for shells. We watched the sun set and then drove past the SD temple – beautiful! Spencer decided that was where he wanted to get married!!
The next morning we got up early and were in line at Disneyland by 7:20am. Tom bought this nifty program called “RideMax” that makes up a schedule for you to ride the rides with a minimum of waiting. We followed the schedule for our first couple of days, and we did get to ride a lot of rides without waiting a lot of time. That was cool. However, we kind of over-did it the first day (didn’t leave the park until about 6pm) and we were beat! The next morning Tom and I could hardly walk – our feet were so sore! I used to think I could cross the plains if I had to. Now, not so sure!!
Things we did the first day: Space Mountain, Autopia, Buzz Lightyear ride, Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Carribean, Thunder Mountain, Winnie the Pooh ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan, the Tom Sawyer Island, the Haunted Mansion, and the Treehouse.