(our kids') California Dreams! (COMPLETE)

Moodyzblu

DIS Veteran
Joined
Apr 29, 2006
We always spend the last night looking at the castle (either in WDW or DL) and leaving can be so heartbreaking ! But we never say "goodbye" .. we always say "See Ya Real Soon !" .. somehow that makes it a little easier to know that we plan on coming back ..
 

DisneyDez

Earning My Ears
Joined
Apr 12, 2013
Hi, Jaina
This is my first time on DISboards and I would like to say that I saw your trip to dl with ur family and I loved it! What great pics. you have really cute kids. Thanks for all the info you supplied for us. I do have a question though, we are taking our daughter and two young grandkids 6 & 7 to dl in may, 14th - 17th and was wondering what the temp was when your were there? Some of the pics of your kids had them with red checks. I just want to be prepared for the weather as we are from Sequim, WA and it rains a lot here.
Thank you:beach:
 

Jaina

Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
Joined
Jul 22, 2005
We always spend the last night looking at the castle (either in WDW or DL) and leaving can be so heartbreaking ! But we never say "goodbye" .. we always say "See Ya Real Soon !" .. somehow that makes it a little easier to know that we plan on coming back ..
:) It took me a minute to figure out -where- that was from, though it was playing animatedly in my head as I read it..."

Geez your gonna make me cry, and I'm at work so I can't.

I hope your going to do a follow up post with impressions and best times and other such stuff?
I will -try-. It's hard to think about already a month out, without specific questions!

Here is a post I did right as we got back with some impressions:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3074275

Ahhh!! What a sweet last moment!! We love the fireworks!! I'm so glad you at least got to experience them!!! Enjoy the memories and know you will be back sometime!! And then the kids will be a little older and it'll be a whole new experience!!
I am still enjoying the memories! It's hard to tell whether watching the videos and looking at the pics often will make me remember it better or if I do it too much, if they'll get almost boring, you know (from overexposure)? Never want that to happen, so I have to walk a fine line. ;-)

Hi, Jaina
This is my first time on DISboards and I would like to say that I saw your trip to dl with ur family and I loved it! What great pics. you have really cute kids. Thanks for all the info you supplied for us. I do have a question though, we are taking our daughter and two young grandkids 6 & 7 to dl in may, 14th - 17th and was wondering what the temp was when your were there? Some of the pics of your kids had them with red checks. I just want to be prepared for the weather as we are from Sequim, WA and it rains a lot here.
Thank you:beach:
I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! The thing with that part of California is that there is no planning for the weather! Until just a week or two before we didn't have any idea, and I brought ponchos and sweatshirts and pants as well as sunscreen, shorts, and hats! My family has gone in May quite often, and sometimes it's cool and breezy parts of the day and sometimes it's really toasty. It often cools off at night. When we were there it was unseasonably warm, and hit just over 90º that last day we were there, which is why there were pink cheeks! When my parents went last October (I think) they had a heat wave that put it over 100º for their trip! :furious: I just try to prepare for both, though it means a little extra packing.
 

yupikgal

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience! I cried a little bit at the end just imagining you riding the carousel, watching the fireworks, people walking out of the park...I've done those things so it brings me right back! Your DH is a sweetie alright, that was thoughtful & unselfish to bring the kids back to the hotel and let you enjoy the last of the evening solo! :thumbsup2

What a fun TR with the videos! I love that, it made it that much more real!! Sweet & Magical dreams! :cloud9:
 

cptmemo

Mouseketeer
Joined
Feb 27, 2013
Loved reading the rest of your trip! Truly magical :) Can't wait for our trip in June! We're going in a large group, but haven't been since the big kids were 5 and 7...and they' will be 10 and 12! plus a 18 month old. It'll be a bit crazy :)

Thanks for sharing this with us all!
 

Jaina

Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
Joined
Jul 22, 2005
Thanks for the nice comments! Sorry I have not been paying attention. I have mostly been in bed the last 2 weeks with really bad "morning" sickness. Exciting, but I can't wait for the next 2-3 months to pass...
 
  • ladylyons

    Wishing I was closer to Disneyland
    Joined
    Feb 1, 2009
    Thanks for the nice comments! Sorry I have not been paying attention. I have mostly been in bed the last 2 weeks with really bad "morning" sickness. Exciting, but I can't wait for the next 2-3 months to pass...
    Congratulations!! I hope you feel better soon!!
     

    Jaina

    Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
    Joined
    Jul 22, 2005
    This was really good!! I'm actually a former VMK'er too. I love the kids shirts.
    A very late "thanks!" I still miss VMK at times. My kids would love it now, too. :)

    Congratulations!! I hope you feel better soon!!
    Thanks, as well! (Also very late) I am starting to feel better most days and things are going well. Starting to get my head above water again - yay!
     

    Sisa

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jul 10, 2013
    I just wanted to say thank you for the great trip report. We will be taking our little ones for the first time and it really helped me prepare by reading your TR. I loved all the pictures and the video clips.
     

    Jaina

    Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
    Joined
    Jul 22, 2005
    You're welcome! I'm glad it was helpful. You will have such a great time!
     
  • AussieMumma

    Has the travel bug
    Joined
    Apr 17, 2011
    I just read through your TR and really enjoyed every single part. I had tears in my eyes when I read your last part about riding the carousel!
    Congratulations on number four :love:
     

    RachelleBeaney

    PrincessShelle
    Joined
    Jun 12, 2012
    Gross, I know, but it just goes to show that having fun and enjoying yourself are largely about perspective!
    I love this quote - a strange thing to love perhaps but I also take this attitude - in life, and particularly on holidays - that it's your attitude and perspective on events that happen which will decide if you have a good time or not...Am loving your trip report - your family is adorable and i'm so happy you guys got to take a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth when it seemed that it might not happen!
     

    LuvindisCruiser

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    May 28, 2004
    Love, Love, Loved your trip report !
    Your children are adorable, I loved their cute smiles in your pics !
    I can totally see the love you have for Disney and its magic !

    You trip reminded me of our first family trip when my children were 3, that is when I really understood the magic of Disney and have loved it ever since!

    One question: you said you used the mouse wait app ? Did it seem pretty accurate with the wait times and closures ?
    We are going next month and wasn't sure which app to use.

    Once again, wonderful report. Thanks for bringing us into the magic with you ! pixiedust:
     

    Jaina

    Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
    Joined
    Jul 22, 2005
    I just read through your TR and really enjoyed every single part. I had tears in my eyes when I read your last part about riding the carousel!
    Congratulations on number four :love:
    Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for the congrats - I am much more excited now that I'm over the sickness (mostly). And they -think- the baby is a boy, which I'm kind of hoping for, because we haven't had a baby boy around here in about 7 years now! ;-)

    I love this quote - a strange thing to love perhaps but I also take this attitude - in life, and particularly on holidays - that it's your attitude and perspective on events that happen which will decide if you have a good time or not...Am loving your trip report - your family is adorable and i'm so happy you guys got to take a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth when it seemed that it might not happen!
    Thanks! I'm happy you enjoyed it. My kids still talk about it weekly if not daily. I just finally got our own (longer) version of the video version on a DVD for them the other day, and they've already watched it several times. :) Even though there are times we could -really- use the money we spent -now-, I still don't regret taking that trip even a little bit!

    Love, Love, Loved your trip report !
    Your children are adorable, I loved their cute smiles in your pics !
    I can totally see the love you have for Disney and its magic !

    You trip reminded me of our first family trip when my children were 3, that is when I really understood the magic of Disney and have loved it ever since!

    One question: you said you used the mouse wait app ? Did it seem pretty accurate with the wait times and closures ?
    We are going next month and wasn't sure which app to use.

    Once again, wonderful report. Thanks for bringing us into the magic with you ! pixiedust:
    You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) I found the Mouse Wait app times fairly accurate as long as I made sure to check when the times were last updated. We never had any upsetting surprises when using it, if that makes sense.
     

    TheChapman6

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 25, 2006
    I just noticed your update we were planning at the same times. Congrats on your pregnancy! Are you by chance LDS? I thought I say some BYU stuff on your post LOL.
     

    Jaina

    Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
    Joined
    Jul 22, 2005
    I just noticed your update we were planning at the same times. Congrats on your pregnancy! Are you by chance LDS? I thought I say some BYU stuff on your post LOL.
    Yep. :) I graduated from BYU in 2004. (or 2005, depending on if you look at my transcript or when I actually "walked...")
    Did you guys have a good trip, too?
     

    trishakay84

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Oct 9, 2013
    I know this is an older thread, but I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your TR, and your videos were a nice touch, too! They make me want to bring our video camera with on our next Disney trip! Your kids are adorable! My 2 are fairly close in age to your kids, I have 2 boys who are 5 & 3. We went to Disneyland last year (first visit for both me and the boys) and are going again in December! I can't wait! Your TR was wonderful and made me even more excited. I also loved the pictures and memories you shared from visiting Disneyland as a child with your family.
     

    Jaina

    Actually, my name is Sara. It's a long, VMK story.
    Joined
    Jul 22, 2005
    Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! This was a long-awaited trip (that we knew wouldn't be happening again for several years) so we made sure to document it more than we normally would. That being said, I don't think I could do something awesome like Disneyland without a video camera. (Or at least a regular camera that took really good video, and lots of memory cards!) Some of the video was even from DH's iPhone 4S and it transferred and fit in relatively well. :) I'm excited for you to go in December! Someday we're going to do that, but when we can afford another, less-crowded trip a little before or after. :)
     

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