Anniversary in Disneyland!
We had been hoping that our trip to southern California would include a visit to Disneyland , but I really wouldn't let myself believe it might actually happen - and it almost didn't! Carolina was just a bear the day we were to leave, and I was feeling awful about leaving her, bad about bringing her, worse about not getting to go at all. It took a lot of convincing from Steve and Linda, and a few tears from me (not because I felt bad about leaving the kid, because I felt bad for the adults to had to keep her), to actually get in the car with Todd and head down I-5. As always, once we were on the road, I felt better about everything. We stopped at the Pick Up Stix in Valencia and did some quick shopping at Urban Home (what a fun store!), then braved the crazy California drivers through L.A. before we reached the Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites. Since we kind of planned last minute, this was the only/closest hotel I could find (super close actually) - everything was booked up and extra pricey because D23 started Friday... I really did not plan well!
As soon as we unloaded the car, we headed over to Downtown Disney - boy is it a tease to walk by these two gates and not get to go in! We did a bunch of shopping and a little taste testing, then walked back to the hotel in hopes we wouldn't be too exhausted the next day. I will say the hotel was not great - rooms were just ok, older feeling - especially the bathroom. The hot water wasn't working that night, but I was determined to wash my hair so I didn't have to the next day - brr. The beds were hard, but we were so tired it didn't matter. I probably wouldn't choose to stay there again, but it served it's purpose just fine for the two of us.
The next morning was cloudy an chilly - but does that matter when you're in The Happiest Place on Earth? Nope! Here are a few (not very interesting) pics - I opted not to take my DSLR so that we could be as little burdened as possible. It was weird just having a small purse - no diaper bags or strollers or gear to pack around!
|todd = soaked, me = dry|
|anniversary buttons get you a lot of "congratulations!"|
|this guy and I split the monte cristo - holy cow was that thing powerful|
|we took about 15 food pictures, but this is the only one i'm going to bore you with because they were complimentary for our anniversary :)|
|enormous cotton candy! (jk, another treat pic)|
|the new Mickey and the Magical Map show - very fun!|
|it's so hard to say goodbye...|