family trip in May (done!)
(the next two paragraphs mean nothing since I changed my title, and continue to change my title. Ignore them)
First off, my deepest apologies for using the highly obnoxious word "trippie". I want to cringe too, but I have not been able to get that "word" out of my head since I first started reading trip reports here.
Editing to add...I added the "big small world" to the title b/c DS was singing that just now. Had to remind him that it's close for cleaning. He was shocked that it's taking them a year to clean, when it only takes us a half hour to vacuum the apartment!.
Back to the pre-report.
It's late March. We find the Bumbershoots lazing about, having been sick for ages (it seems), planning a family trip in late May. What's the occasion? What could possibly get the little bumber excited about Disneyland again, after being dragged to and fro by his evil mama last December*? Why, the wee bairn is turning 4, that's what!
When I took my solo trip in January**, the main purpose of it was...well there were two reasons.
One, I hadn't been away from DS since he arrived, and had never felt the need to be away. But after our December trip, including the 9 days we spent after DLR at my brother's place, I felt the need. Although I blame most of his behaviour on my misguided touring plans, thinking he would like the time at his uncle's luxurious house, and some of the food I let him eat (wasn't quite vigilant enough about the corn syrup products that turn him into a beast), that wasn't keeping me from having some negativity. When we got back from San Diego, I was more exhausted than ever, and was having some serious sleep issues (go back and check how late some of my posts were, I dare ya). That was one reason.
The second reason was that I knew I had done wrong in December, the boys, er, men, er males in my family made that pretty obvious without being mean about it. I had them up too early, out too late, nowhere near enough sleep, and we did too much. My fault. But one of the problems of being single until you are almost 34 is that you are very used to being on your own and not having to think of others. And it's HARD to suddenly become 100% selfLESS, even if for a really good cause (especially if you have been selfless while meeting your little one's needs in every OTHER way (anyone who knows that DS is an extended nurser can understand how, um, drained I must be by now!)). I needed some time on my own to tour in my own way, with no one to worry about but myself. I did a little bit of that in December the night it rained, when the menfolk went back to the hotel and I stayed and played in DCA.
Luckily my hubby showed a surprising amount of understanding, and suggested that we find a way to go. I went, it was great, DS spent his first night without me and did very well (though they had to fall asleep in the living room on a sleeping bag, LOL). I thought, and I still mainly think, I got it out of my system. :)
So I think it's time for me to test that, with a trip specifically for the boy's day!
Although the Entertainment Rate doesn't show for all of our days now, I booked Hojo in time, and I got that terrific rate. I think that the big pool will be closed for renovation during that time (checking in May 25th), but we can use the quiet pool. And yes, I promise we will take breaks. I promise!
We're starting and ending our trip visiting my brother, and he's letting us borrow his car (or rather, since she picked it out, his wife is letting us borrow her SUV...don't all families of two have three cars?:upsidedow ) for DLR. They may or may not join us one of our days in Anaheim. I hope they do!
Woah. I just realized that, even though the walk to/from HoJo is very easy for us, we *could* drive if we felt like it. Of course if I did that I'd feel the strong need to upgrade my AP to a premium...
Speaking of that, should we get blockout tickets for the 25th? We have never seen Fantasmic, the guys have never seen the Electrical Parade! But...$120 to get us in on that day? Really? :scared: We could simply do some shopping in DTD, or even go to the outlet in Fullerton, get DS some fun little presents for his day... but...but....Fantasmic! Electrical Parade!
I think I need a new post. :)
Quick thoughts. That's all I have time for in my brain, b/c our former landlady just called and offered us a space AND a deal in a biiiiig apartment with half a month of free rent. Our minds are whirling b/c we had told her "no" the other day thinking of paying almost double-rent for a month (the free half month's rent takes care of that problem).
OK so thoughts.
Post over on the main forum just might have swayed me into doing the Pat E Cake b'day party. Sure, 15.99 per person is scary. And we'd either have to keep Eamon from eating that cake and frosting completely (corn syrup issues, and I know the frosting from the decorating-cookies at xmastime surely had c.s. and high fructose c.s.), or while we're in San Diego I'd have to make a little cake and some colored frostings to substitute...and I don't know how much they'd love me for that. :upsidedow
Must get b'day button; perhaps when making a PS at Ariel's I can arrange for them to have one...or maybe we could stop in at GCH on the way to the Ariel's breakfast.
OK no room in my brain. Very late. Can't think. :)
We are not far behind you, we check into the Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate for 15 days starting the the 24th of may only 58 days to go.
Really looking forward to this trip have not been to Disneyland since 2002 long time between visits just the wife and I this trip as our kids are older. I will be easy to spot I have the name Dorothy and Jascha in Disney font tattooed on my left arm so say Hello, Looking forward to seeing other DIS folks there in May
Very cool! Welcome!
I still have a very full brain, b/c I'm trying to do and think of too many things at once. The thing about housing...we rent and are happy to rent. We've watched most of our family members have bad things happen with their homes in the last few years, and those are the same friends who have insisted that one MUST own a home no matter what...and their whole lives have been turned upside down with the problems, and they've lost 10s of thousands of dollars, if not more, b/c they own rather than rent. We like renting. :) And our move last May was supposed to be it for awhile. But then we realized we'd chosen poorly; the whole space is too small, the kitchen is MUCH smaller than it appears, and it's hard to cook from scratch as much as I want to, when I'm elbowing things aside. And DS absolutely hates it here, says very freaky things about the bad guys in the rooms, he hates the shadows, the sounds, the everything.
So we were trying to figure out what to do at lease-end, and had just decided to stay put...then our former landlady called to ask about apt pricing in the area, as she owns a condo across the street from us... She's a great landlady and we have known her for a few years. She is the manager of the big complex we rented at for 3 years, then she is the owner of the townhouse we rented for a year...my MIL moved into the big complex after we moved out of the townhouse...she knows we're responsible, we will call her as soon as a problem happens, we pay rent on time, blah blah blah. We are all a known entity to each other.
And now it looks like we might be getting into that space... We'd have access May 15th. We leave for CA on the 22nd. :scared: Then the plan is to come back on the last Friday of the month, meaning we'd have less than 2 days to finish up, clean this place, and get everything switched over. Not the best timing in the universe!
Lots to think about.
time for a different post.
fly, hang out with family, have a nice day!
seaworld with family?
wander around town with family? visit la jolla b/c it's pretty and hubby didn't see it before?
drive up to anaheim.
pay for 3 block-out tickets b/c we only have deluxe APs, if we wish to enter the parks.
since it's Sunday we *could* be part of the noon meetup of another site, or at least wander by. :)
If we don't want to go into the parks, go to the disney outlet for presents for the about-to-be 4 year old? Wander DTD, hang at the Lego store since we, er, I didn't have the patience for that in September?
(as of tomorrow I get to make reservations for the) Eamon-requested breakfast with princesses at Ariel's. :wizard:
do the Pat E Cake birthday thing?
***yikes, expensive day!***
E's day...he'll probably want to go on Star Tours, POTC (yay!).
Ooh I bet that would be a good day to try for the Jedi Academy (I personally wonder if E is too young, but the hubster is absolutely beyond excited to watch his boy fight one of the Darths...the two of them have been practicing for months now, LOL)...I'd better read Hound's page on that.
Probably need to go to ToonTown, as DS loves Goofy's house.
Man oh man, what else???
27, 28, 29...
Whatever we want to do. :)
Where is my brain? I am just too scattered.
Just made the PS for breakfast with princesses.
Woo is that an expensive meal! :eek:
Must also remember to find Captain Jack on that day.
Sounds like it will be a fun trip. Looking forward to reading more...I love your TR's.
We are going right before you! I will be sure to forewarn Captain Jack of your upcoming visit!!! ;)
How fun! You're going to have a great time!
We rent too. We owned our home in San Diego and fortunately were able to sell last May. But we only had a 4-week escrow, and our house had to be tented for termites, and we had to wait until the contingencies were lifted to sign a lease...so we had less than a week to find a house to rent and start moving in!!!
And then DS's 2nd birthday was the following weeked!
So I def. feel your stress, and want you to know that while it sucks, it's doable. I'm like the laziest person in the world and still pulled it off. ;)
I haven't thought of any other plans yet! My brain has leaks in it, I swear.
I've never seen it anywhere else either! Our realtors at first suggested we tent before we got an offer...the house was right on a pretty busy corner and prospective buyers drove by it every day!
Remembered something to do!
On E's birthday go on the tortilla factory tour. It's something he and DH haven't yet done, and with the birthday button he'll get a pack of tortillas!
Not that we'll want them, after Ariel's, but might as well get 'em for later!
Monkey, I'm just picturing that tent, buyers driving by....
Mmm, tortillas... :)
Booked airfare at last. Trying Jet Blue this time!
We're starting off at my brother's place on the 22nd, going to seaworld, and heading down on the 25th. We're trying to figure out the carseat issue...Eamon is just about ready for the next step, which *was* going to be a Regent (5 point harness to 80 pounds!) but then the Nautilus came out and it is so much less throne-like. It only harnesses to 65, but I figure once he gets to that point we can see what's on the market and re-evaluate. Anyway, he's coming up on the need for a new seat rapidly, and we're trying to figure out if we should buy one for our car, bring it on the plane or gate check it, and then leave it at my brother's before we go (to have it there for future trips), then buy another for our car when we get back, OR if we should buy, bring, take back home.
Decisions decisions. :upsidedow
I do think we're also going to have to get a Volo. I wanted a Triumph, but they both go to the same weight, and you can't deny that 99-115 is cheaper than 175. :upsidedow As I've said a million times before, I'm generally rather anti-stroller, but when it comes to Disney (corrupting influence, I tell you!), we use 'em. I'm sure it'll just be parked most of the day, but when we need it it will be there.
Figuring out schedules, food thoughts, and things to do on Monday. Sure, I could go easy on myself and just let him figure it all out, but I like having a list of "things E wants to do that day and things I think he'll like but didn't say when I asked" to refer to. What a goof.
I mentioned DEP only playing on Sunday to the hubster, and that got him when Fantasmic didn't. He's now willing to look into ways to easily pay the $120 for blockout tickets on that Sunday. :yay: He was going to do it anyway, he just didn't know it yet, and now he has almost 2 months to get used to the idea...:cool2: :flower3:
OK, off to go look at menus. DH is on his way home from work ("my baby takes the morning", and afternoon, "train" to and from Seattle!) and DS is having a snack while taking a break from painting (watercolor, not house) to watch The Incredibles...
Food that sounds good.
Garden greens, Roma tomatoes, topped with shredded cheese and our house made
croutons with you choice of Italian, blue cheese, ranch or oil & vinegar
Romaine hearts, Roma tomatoes, (smoked bacon), crumbled blue cheese, Kalamata
olives with a creamy Italian dressing served on a warm pizzeta crust
Hearty salad of white beans, beets, black olives, red bell pepper, celery, Roma
tomatoes, (salami), mixed garden greens, mozzarella and our house made croutons.
Served with your choice of Italian, blue cheese, ranch or oil & vinegar
* Vegetarian style available upon request.
Caprese Sandwich served with pasta salad
Fresh Mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, marinated artichokes, capers, drizzled with red wine
vinaigrette on savory pretzel bread
Roasted zucchini, red bell peppers, eggplant, Italian cheese
with a basil garlic marinara sauce
"Perfecto" Pasta including kid's drink $6.99
Tender pasta noodles with marinara sauce. Served with seasonal fresh fruit
The Grilled "Tratt" Cheese Sandwich including kid's drink $6.99
Melted American cheese toasted slices of white bread. Served with seasonal fresh fruit.
Bountiful Valley Farmers Market
Farmers Market Fries
with choice of one of our dipping sauces
Caesar Salad only
Fantasy Funnel Cake
with strawberry, chocolate brownie or powdered sugar topping
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
"Fajita Style" Tacos
Tortillas made fresh daily in the Mission Tortilla Factory
Served with refried beans and Mexican Rice
Sauteed Vegetables may be substituted for Rice or Beans
...Vegetable - topped with Cheese and served in Flour Tortillas. $9.49
"Fajita Style" Burritos
Served with refried beans and Mexican Rice
Sauteed Vegetables may be substituted for Rice or Beans
...Vegetable - with Refried Beans and Cheese, wrapped in a Flour Tortilla and topped with traditional Guajillo sauce. $9.99
Bean and Cheese Burrito
Kid's meals served with rice, fruit cup a fun straw and choice of low-fat milk,
low-fat chocolate milk, juice or a small bottled water.
Pacific Wharf Café
Egg and Bacon Boule
Scrambled eggs served in our traditional bread boule,
served with (two slices of bacon and) fruit
Breakfast Croissant Sandwich
Freshly baked croissant with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese (and bacon)
Vallejo Vegetarian Chili
Medley of tomato, bell peppers, onion, carrots, zucchini, pinto and black beans,
simmered in a rich tomato broth, with just a hint of Jalapeno and Chile pepper
Traditional Parisian-style potatoes, lightly fried and
tossed with Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley,
served with a Cajun spice aioli
La Salade de Maison
Our Cafe Orleans signature house salad, featuring
tossed baby greens in a raspberry vinaigrette, topped
with cherry tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese
and caramelized pecans. C'est bon!
Have got to find out if this is truly still on the menu!!!
Creole Ratatouille - A N'awlins twist on a French favorite! Savory vegetable ragout, with tomato, eggplant, red onion, bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and fresh garlic - seasoned to perfection and served with corn cakes topped with grana padano cheese. $13.99
“Mickey" shaped Beignets
Topped with powdered sugar and served with raspberry
coulis and vanilla crème anglaise
Chocolate Crepe Soufflés
Flour less chocolate indulgence! Raspberries wrapped in crepes
and baked to perfection, served with raspberry coulis
and whipped cream
I don't want the drink, but I want the cup and clip!
Minute Maid light raspberry lemonade served in a "pirate" cup.
Includes lighted clip-on figurine: Tinkerbell Bell or Captain Hook (subject to availability)
Rancho del Zocalo
Red Chile Enchilada Platter
Four cheese enchiladas with red chili sauce.
"Fajita Style" ... vegetables and refried beans wrapped
in a flour tortilla and topped with a traditional Guajilolo sauce
Soft Tacos Monterrey
Choice of "Fajita Style" ... vegetables, served in flour tortillas
All the above platters include refried beans and Mexican Rice.
The above platters also very good for sharing.
Bean and Cheese Burrito
Kid's meals served with rice, fruit cup, a fun straw and choice of low-fat milk,
low-fat chocolate milk, juice or a small water.
love the kid's burrito.
Tomorrowland Terrace we found these to be VERY good value.
(only during busy seasons)
served until 10:30 AM
French Toast Sticks
Dusted with powdered sugar and served with syrup, fresh fruit
(and a choice of sausage or bacon) and a beverage
Scrambled eggs (with bacon,) topped with cheese on a croissant,
served with breakfast potatoes and a choice of beverage
Scrambled eggs with (choice of bacon or sausage,) breakfast
potatoes, muffin and choice of beverage
Star Command Cuisine
#5 Veggie Burger
With French fries
Flight Command Cuisine
Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
With red bell peppers, zucchini, lettuce, tomato, Provolone cheese,
guacamole, and tomato pesto mayonnaise, served with coleslaw
Outback Vegetable Skewer
Skewer of fresh vegetables
Royal Street Veranda
A Trio of New Orleans Fritters
served with fruit dipping sauce
Mile High Chocolate Cake - Moist layers of chocolate cake. $5.49
River Belle Terrace
Breakfast as of 12/07
Mickey Mouse Pancakes - Our original Mickey Mouse shaped Pancakes... for the Child in all of us. $6.99
Mark Twain - Scrambled Eggs, Country Style Potatoes, (& Choice of Bacon or Sausage) and a biscuit. $7.99
Steamboat - Three Fluffy Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs(, Choice of Bacon or Sausage). $7.99
Becky Thatcher's Fresh Fruit Plate - Refreshing Assortment of Fresh Fruit... Everything but the Huckleberry. $7.99
A la Carte
Fresh Fruit - $2.99
Cinnamon Roll $3.49
Three Fluffy Pancakes $5.29
Country Style Potatoes $2.59
I think we're going to avoid the Pizza Port this time. I've grown tired of huge, not-very-tasty, slices of cheese pizza. :upsidedow
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