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Old 04-10-2013, 06:25 PM   #76
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I kind of know what you mean about the dragging people back and forth thing. Almost every Christmas since we got married we have to split up every major holiday a little bit because our families are 10 minutes apart. No one (mostly) tries to make us feel bad or guilty, but we constantly feel torn between them!

Those princess shows look awesome! I'm sure my girls would think they were the best thing ever. Hopefully they're still going in some form in a few years when we go back! I got a touch teary-eyed reading about all the attention they gave Sarah too.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:35 AM   #77
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I kind of know what you mean about the dragging people back and forth thing. Almost every Christmas since we got married we have to split up every major holiday a little bit because our families are 10 minutes apart. No one (mostly) tries to make us feel bad or guilty, but we constantly feel torn between them!

Those princess shows look awesome! I'm sure my girls would think they were the best thing ever. Hopefully they're still going in some form in a few years when we go back! I got a touch teary-eyed reading about all the attention they gave Sarah too.
Yeah my in-laws live about the same distance away from each other (10 mins). They are on opposite sides of the same town. Then you throw my family in who lives about 45 mins away from us in the opposite direction from my in-laws who are about 30 mins away from us so I just refuse to do it.

They were!! I wish I would have videoed it but only took pictures this time. Thank you. Still brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. My DH was actually kind of regretting bringing the boys back to the hotel since he missed it but who knows if she would have gotten the same attention if he was with us because he's kind of rush, rush, rush while I was all about the time with my princess at that point in time. Hoping to do more in the next day or so. Been dealing with a stomach bug since yesterday so I've been trying to go to bed at a decent hour.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:57 PM   #78
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March 23…. What was I thinking letting a 2 year old drive!!!!

Sorry for the lack of pictures but for some reason the camera didn't come out very much this night.

After a few hour nap and break we headed back to Disneyland. By this time it was probably around 6:30 pm and the parade was starting!! We had FP for Star Tours for 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm so we were cutting it pretty close coming into the park right when the parade started! And of course it was starting on Main Street!! The kids wanted to stop and watch it but we had to move or not make it in time for the parade. I promised them we would take the time to see it another day. They were good with that! So off down Main Street we went. We made it with a few mins to spare! It took us about 10 mins to get down Main Street because we had to wait for the break in the parade where they would let us cross which we almost missed because the group of people thought that would be the perfect spot to watch the parade from not realizing it was a crossing point!!

After making it to Star Tours and getting our rider swap I decided to see if I could find a spot for the Sarah, James and I to watch the parade from. I wasn’t expecting the best spots or anything like that since we were just walking up to it but was hoping for the best since I did see quite a few empty spots on Main Street (none right on the curb but we could have stood right behind sitting people without any problems. So we headed towards the entrance to Tomorrowland (which is a place to cross between the parade also.) But noticed that they had an area off to the side roped off with plenty of room for me, the 2 kids and the double stroller. I figured I’d hold James so he could see and let Sarah stand on the front seat of the stroller next to me (after I locked the wheels) and she’d be able to see fine. Then a very nice family was sitting at the rope noticed me with the 2 kids and Sarah trying to see around people and said she could come sit next to them if she’d like. I told them it was ok until Sarah looked at me and said please mommy. So I let her. I had to make sure she stayed behind the rope though because when they would let the crowd threw they wouldn’t watch where they were going and I was afraid she’d get stepped on. She never did luckily!! Since I was just enjoying the show I didn’t take any pictures expect for this one from my phone so I could post it on FB.

I think the Genie had a wardrobe malfunction.


But this is not the first time I’ve seen this parade so enjoy these from previous trip!!








I love the Genie!! He’s always so animated and fun!!






















These 2 are normally riding carousel horses but they weren’t riding them in the parade we watched either.








After the parade we went and pulled FP’s for Autopia, then went and found Nemo by riding the subs. By then our Autopia FP’s were good. For some reason Jeremy did not want to ride them so I was literally pulling him through the line. Still don’t understand why he was acting that way. It was decided that Sarah would ride with DH and the boys would ride with me. Since Jeremy was acting up I decided to let James drive!! WHAT WAS I THINKING!!

This was taken by my phone and I couldn’t get a clear shot at all!! He actually did pretty good!! I posted this on FB with the caption: What was I thinking letting a 2 year old drive!!!





Then since both kids wanted to drive I was able to just walk back up to the guy loading the cars and he put us into another car and Jeremy got to drive without us having to wait back through the line. Jeff and Sarah did not ride again.

Up next.. Uh oh where’s my earing???
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I am here....FINALLY saying it!! LOVE all of the pics and how cute is that pic of Jeremy driving! I thought you said you weren't gong to have to worry about drivers for 9 plus more years! Sarah's outfit is ADORABLE I really want one for Lisa! SO GLAD she saw her Belle!!!!

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I am here....FINALLY saying it!! LOVE all of the pics and how cute is that pic of Jeremy driving! I thought you said you weren't gong to have to worry about drivers for 9 plus more years! Sarah's outfit is ADORABLE I really want one for Lisa! SO GLAD she saw her Belle!!!!

Glad you had the chance to come by!! I'm hoping to do a major update this weekend! Actually that was James driving. Jeremy was the passenger. Ok let me rephrase that... I won't have to worry about Jeremy driving without a track under him for at least 9 more years!! Thank you!!! She love's to dress up and that is one of her favorites!! Everyone that saw it commented on it and loved it! Belle especially loved talking to her about everyone that is on it. I'm also glad she got to also! If not I don't think I would have ever lived it down!!! I'd pass it on to Lisa but I think it's a little small!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:52 PM   #81
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So some of you know that I am friends with a very special person. She makes superhero capes for children with life threatening illnesses!! She does a lot of events locally that I have helped support numerous times and she has recently done events outside the state of California (Bay Area specifically) that I have also helped support. After she heard about the tragedy in Boston she decided that she wanted to send every child there a cape to make them feel like the superhero's they are!! So last night a group of SAHM's who do in home parties (Mary Kay, Juice Plus+, Paperly, etc.) held a fundraiser in her honor. We sold raffle tickets to items we donated and raised a whole lot more money than I thought we would. We raised almost $500 for capes for the children in Boston!!! She was in tears when we gave her the money. I am blessed to have very healthy children but I have seen the pictures, heard the stories, met a couple of the kids who have received capes and this is something that I hold close to my heart!

I haven't kept this TR updated like I would like to but it takes a lot of my time shuttling my 3 kids around and then getting ready for this event. This weekend I plan on relaxing (well as much as I can with 3 kids, ) and doing some major updating!! Just thought I would share this with you. If you'd like more information on this organization please pm me. I don't want to post her website here because I'm not sure if I can or not. You can also purchase capes for your own child. All 3 of mine have one, my DH has one (shhh I didn't tell you that!!) and I just got mine last night!! I'll be sure to post some pictures once I get some taken.
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So some of you know that I am friends with a very special person. She makes superhero capes for children with life threatening illnesses!! She does a lot of events locally that I have helped support numerous times and she has recently done events outside the state of California (Bay Area specifically) that I have also helped support. After she heard about the tragedy in Boston she decided that she wanted to send every child there a cape to make them feel like the superhero's they are!! So last night a group of SAHM's who do in home parties (Mary Kay, Juice Plus+, Paperly, etc.) held a fundraiser in her honor. We sold raffle tickets to items we donated and raised a whole lot more money than I thought we would. We raised almost $500 for capes for the children in Boston!!! She was in tears when we gave her the money. I am blessed to have very healthy children but I have seen the pictures, heard the stories, met a couple of the kids who have received capes and this is something that I hold close to my heart!

I haven't kept this TR updated like I would like to but it takes a lot of my time shuttling my 3 kids around and then getting ready for this event. This weekend I plan on relaxing (well as much as I can with 3 kids, ) and doing some major updating!! Just thought I would share this with you. If you'd like more information on this organization please pm me. I don't want to post her website here because I'm not sure if I can or not. You can also purchase capes for your own child. All 3 of mine have one, my DH has one (shhh I didn't tell you that!!) and I just got mine last night!! I'll be sure to post some pictures once I get some taken.
that is wonderful Sandra, what a sweet idea!

hope you can get some down time this weekend and look forward to an update!
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that is wonderful Sandra, what a sweet idea!

hope you can get some down time this weekend and look forward to an update!
Thanks!! We had a fun night!! I forgot to mention she's doing it for Children's Hospital of Boston!!

I hope so too!! Even though now we're talking about going to Great America tomorrow!! Got to use those season passes!!
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Sorry for the delay in getting an update done. Things just got busy for me and I never found the time to do one. But here's a couple for you!!

The post with no pictures!!! How did I manage that?

Uhh Where’s my earing?

After getting off Autopia Jeremy decided he was going to run ahead. Very far ahead!! When you get off Autopia you have to go up a set of stairs, then head down a ramp and it’s very, very dark! I yelled at Jeremy to stop and when I adjusted James he rubbed against my ear and all of a sudden I felt something very light hit my chest and fall. I reached up and felt my ear and my earing was missing!!! If these were a really cheap set I wouldn’t have cared but no these are the earrings I wear on a daily basis. These are the earrings my DH gave to me the day before we got married because he wanted me to have something special from him. So I finally get Jeremy to stop, I step to the side and start looking in the dark for a very small earring. I found the back but no front. I decided then it was probably gone but let’s give it one last look so I set James down (I was still holding him) and my earring falls!!! It had landed between James and I!!! Thank goodness!!!! Needless to say Jeremy got into very big trouble and had to sit in the stroller for a time out (for running ahead, not me almost losing my earring!) Then instead of riding Matterhorn we rode It’s a Small World!! Sarah and James were happy, Jeremy not so much!!

After Small World we went ahead and headed back to Matterhorn and rode with our rider swaps from earlier in the day. I love rider swap because we aren’t restricted by a return time like fastpass. I will miss the day we are no longer able to use the rider swaps because everyone will be tall enough for everything.
After Matterhorn I’m not completely sure what we did. I think we said towards the Tomorrowland side of DL and rode Space Mountain, Star Tours and Finding Nemo. This is also the night I watched part of the fireworks from Tomorrowland. It was a different experience. Still a beautiful show you just miss a lot from that area!! By then our long day was wearing on us and we headed back to our hotel. Day 1 was full of a lot of fun and a great meet and greet!!

Up Next… Let’s meet some friends for breakfast.
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Let’s eat and meet some friends.

The next morning we had made an early morning reservation to go dine with Minnie and her friends again. We really enjoy being able to get into the park an hour early, eat and then we’re ahead of all the people waiting for the regular opening time.

After we walked in and were being brought to our table we met Chip!



Leading Jeremy to our table.




Then Tigger showed up!


And Max.


I love how Jeremy is all about the characters now. No more crying or fighting!! Rafiki and Max with Jeremy.


Sarah showing Minnie her skirt and shirt.


James playing with Eeyore.


Sarah and Minnie.


Eeyore took my seat and James thought it was “too funny” (his words).


Jeremy’s favorite Captain Hook!


Jeremy showed Hook his shirt. It has Peter Pan and Hook on it. But Hook is over the crocodile’s mouth. He didn’t appreciate that very much!!


Playing with James. He had the same shirt on that Jeremy had on. Hook tried to check it out but James kept hiding his shirt with his hands.


Then Dale made an appearance.


James was in love with Pooh!










Overall I could care less for the food. I go mainly for the characters and to get into the park early. After breakfast we headed back into Tomorrowland to get FP’s for Space Mountain. After that we headed over and Found Nemo again. The kids love this ride and we only do it when the line is short because it’s a very, very slow loading ride. For some reason I have no pictures between now and that night. And the only ones from that night are one’s I took with my phone. I think we were more into the moment of enjoying ourselves than taking pictures. I know we headed over and rode Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Winnie the Pooh and Splash Mountain. I’m sure we did more but can’t really remember all we did. I thin the crowds were starting to get to us so back to the hotel for a break and naps. It was probably around 1 pm when we went back.

Up next Fantasmic and Fireworks!!!
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about your earring, so happy you found it!

love all the photos of your breakfast, its nice getting in early! looks like you got lots of extra attention from the characters too!
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Enjoying your report. We ran into the same Flynn the other day. He was very good with my son and not rough on the eyes! I thought the cm's in the theater area were amazing as well. So nice and good with kids.

It's funny, I read your trip updates but scrolled through the rest but for some reason I stopped on the one about the capes. Very moving.
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about your earring, so happy you found it!

love all the photos of your breakfast, its nice getting in early! looks like you got lots of extra attention from the characters too!
So was DH!! Especially considering he was waiting by the stroller with Sarah wondering what was taking us so long to get off the ride since he knew we went right back on with no wait.

Thanks! They kept coming back to play with the kids. I didn't get pictures and forgot to post but Captain Hook wouldn't let Eeyore back in after he went out the door that was right by our table. Sarah marched up to Captain Hook and told him "Be nice to Eeyore!! He's my Grandma's favorite!!" and opened the door for Eeyore. It was pretty cute considering she pretty much hates having anything to do with Hook!!

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Enjoying your report. We ran into the same Flynn the other day. He was very good with my son and not rough on the eyes! I thought the cm's in the theater area were amazing as well. So nice and good with kids.

It's funny, I read your trip updates but scrolled through the rest but for some reason I stopped on the one about the capes. Very moving.
Thank you for joining in!! Flynn was awesome!! I loved how he got down to my DD's level to talk to her and show her the crown. Still can't believe I missed that shot!!!

Thank you!! The owner of the company is a very special person and I love seeing all that she does to help put smiles on all those kids faces. That's why I help out whenever and wherever I can.
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