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Old 03-29-2013, 01:18 AM   #1
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Our Spring Break Trip with 3 kids 6 and younger

We decided to take this trip for the simple reason being I wanted to go. Plus weíve had some personal issues happen along with colds, flu, and lice from our last trip over New Yearís. We needed a fresh start to 2013. Iíll just say 2013 started out AWESOME with us celebrating it in Disneyland but then within a week of being home things went downhill from there. Our trip dates were March 22 Ė March 26 and we stayed at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel. We love the size of the rooms so we will continue to stay there as long as the rates stay reasonable.

So now letís get on with the introductions of whose going on this trip:

First up is me, Iím Sandra. Iím a stay at home mom to my 3 kiddos, Jeremy Ė 6, Sarah Ė 4, and James Ė 2 Ĺ years. Iím the Disney lover in our family and Iím raising my kids to love Disney just as much as I do. My favorite rides would have to be any that I can ride with my kids!  I actually have 2 favorite characters and they are Mickey and Cinderella.



Next up is Jeremy. He is 6. He is also a huge fan of anything Disney. His favorite character is Captain Hook and his favorite ride is the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness aka Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (he was kind of sad it was closed this trip).



Then there is my 4 year old Princess Sarah. She is the princess lover in the family. Now donít get me wrong both my husband and I donít mind seeing the Princessí but my daughter goes absolutely crazy when she gets to see them. Her favorite character of course is Princess Belle and her favorite ride is Itís a Small World.



Now there is my 2 Ĺ year old baby boy James. His favorite characters would be Pooh and Mickey. He loves the Winnie the Pooh ride and Itís a Small World. He reached a milestone this trip and well youíll just have to wait until we reach that part of the trip!!



Last but not least is my DH Jeff. He isnít as much of a Disney Lover as I am but knows heís got to keep momma happy so he gives into my obsession and he loves to spend the time with our kids. His favorite rides would be Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.



Up next....Our drive down!
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:00 AM   #2
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March 22 Ė Day 1 Drive Down

This day was actually pretty boring since we do most of the drive down I-5 from the San Francisco Bay Area.

My original plan was to leave after my DH got off work at 3:00 pm but he decided that he could leave work at 11 am so we could get down to Anaheim before Midnight. The new plan then was to leave home by 12:30 pm, we actually left at 1 pm so not too bad considering the last minute packing I had to do after I picked Sarah up from school at 11:30 am and Jeremy up at 11:40 am so I went and got a few last minute things done (nails, bank, etc.) while they were in school and I only had James with me.

Drive down was pretty uneventful except I thought the kids would sleep but nope they were way too excited since they knew we were going to Disneyland! At approx. 4:30 pm I posted this to Facebook:



Then around 6:30 pm I posted on Facebook that I was really hating LA traffic. Yes we were stuck right in the middle of it with no freeways moving very fast. We took a detour our GPS recommended but I donít know how fast of one it really was. But at least if felt good to be semi moving!!! We finally made it to Fullerton around 8 pm and had dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. My kids love this restaurant!!! Our closest one is about 30 mins away so this is always a special treat for them. I know that's not far but we tend to stick closer to home when we go out to eat. Jeremy loves to get his grilled cheese sandwich with chips and Sarah and James love their spaghetti!!

We finally got to our hotel and checked in by 10 pm!! At approx. 11:30 pm I posted this to facebook:

Good Night!! So happy to be settled into our home away from home for the next 4 nights!!! Get to go visit some friends tomorrow!! Disneyland!!!

We had an early magic morning the next day!! Would we make it or were we too tired from the drive?
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I'm following along. I saw you had started this TR over on Judy's thread. Can't wait to read all about your trip. Great start so far.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:13 AM   #4
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I'm following along. I saw you had started this TR over on Judy's thread. Can't wait to read all about your trip. Great start so far.
Thank you for coming over and saying HI! I'll admit we were horrible about taking pictures this trip but we did have a lot of fun!!! I may have to pull pictures from other trips to share of the different areas of the parks so I don't have updates with no pictures!!
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Joining in !!

We just took our first trip to Disneyland in October and we loved it !


Looking forward to reading about your trip !
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Great updates

You certainly got a lot done in a short amount of time - it obviously paid off being at the gates super early!
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Great updates

You certainly got a lot done in a short amount of time - it obviously paid off being at the gates super early!
We did!! We have found getting up early helps get us on almost anything we want.

I forgot to post this but at 8:30 am I posted this to FB:

Only 8:30 am and we've already ridden everything in Fantasyland!! Waiting for Jeff and Jeremy to get off Matterhorn. Next up It's a Small World.
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I'm on my phone and have no idea how to quote, but are your kids' names seriously Jeremy, Sarah, and James? My name is Sara, Dh's name is Jeremy, and we seriously considered James for our son. (It's my dad's middle name). We should see how many more similarities we can find...
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I'm on my phone and have no idea how to quote, but are your kids' names seriously Jeremy, Sarah, and James? My name is Sara, Dh's name is Jeremy, and we seriously considered James for our son. (It's my dad's middle name). We should see how many more similarities we can find...
Jeremy Andrew is my oldest (he has the same initials as my DH, JAL), Sarah (her middle name is Ellen after me, my mom and my great grandma) and James Warren is named after our grandpa's. I didn't catch that your DH name was Jeremy!!! That's too funny!!! I ran into a CM at DL whose name was Jeremy and it was so cute because my Jeremy was with me and he goes Mommy he has my name!! The guy thought it was cute and ended up giving us extra popcorn!! It is funny that there's so much in common!!
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