My Mom, Ezri and I have been back from Disneyland for a couple weeks now and I think it’s time to post about it! We had SO MUCH FUN! I came back still pregnant so that’s the best thing that could have happened! I cannot even imagine if I had the baby down there and the enormous amount of NICU bills we would have had. Anyway, let’s not think about that.
The trip was definitely one of a kind. I’ve never had such a nice “relaxing” Disney vacation, yet it was packed chock full. We didn’t quite finish all that we wanted to do, but I am so happy with what we did. There was no pressure to ride all the rides or go go go all day long. It was awesome. We took many breaks, went back to the hotel for nap time, played in the pool and even got a little shopping in.
Ezri’s reaction to the rides that we did go on was a little different than I had expected. In case you didn’t know, this was Ezri’s 3rd trip to Disneyland. I know she’s not even 2 yet…I have a problem, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, the first 2 times we went, she maybe wasn’t quite old enough to be scared of the rides. This time however, she was afraid of every single one, even the ones I knew she would like. It was confusing when she wailed on the carousel because she loved going on the carousel at the mall here in Calgary. She was fine if we sat on the carousel bench, but wouldn’t go on the horses. During one ride, I made her stay on the horse and once the ride was moving she loved it. She’s just a big chicken, like her Mom, I suppose. Once she was on most of the rides and they were moving, she wasn’t afraid anymore. So we went on some of the rides a couple times because she liked them. It’s a Small World was a favourite, as was Jungle Cruise. She wasn’t even too afraid for The Haunted Mansion. However, I think that was because it was decked out in Nightmare Before Christmas and she has seen the movie before. She also had her blanky and her soother, which helped a lot. Anyway, it will be a learning thing next time we go to see if she is afraid again.
She loved seeing all the characters and pointed and clapped. Although, she wouldn’t go up to them on her own. She was okay if I was with her though. She even hugged Pooh and Tigger! Yay, so cute. She held Minnie & Mickey’s hands but no hugs for them. She did save her best toddler talk for them, which was pretty cute. Of course our character visits felt rushed as there was always a huge line of people behind us. Anyhow, she met Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Pooh, Rabbit, Eyeore, Tigger, Dr Facilier, Aladdin and Jasmine. We saw many characters from far away as well, just didn’t wait to greet them up close.
The shows, parades and fireworks were definitely the best part. She sat through all of them so well and was engaged. She danced, clapped, waved, squealed and thoroughly enjoyed every part of them. During the daytime parade, Cinderella blew her a kiss and she blew one back. OMG it was so precious. I almost died of cuteness. It was great to just sit and relax and watch these shows with her. I loved experiencing them through her eyes. During the Halloween party, the parade was very good. Loved the headless horseman at the beginning and the haunted mansion float. Heck, all the floats were amazing. The fireworks were wonderful and Ezri was wide eyed the whole time. We went trick or treating and she got the hang of holding out her basket to receive treats. The only part she didn’t get was that she should keep moving afterward. She always wanted to stop immediately after the candy reached her bucket to see what she got. So funny. The people behind us were laughing. I do wonder how she will do if/when we go trick or treating on Halloween!
Our hotel was in the most perfect spot ever. It was directly across the street to the entrance pathway to Disneyland. We walked maybe 10 minutes (including going through security, etc) until we were in the parks. I would definitely go there again. We only had a little problem with check in as they wouldn’t let us check in early and our room wasn’t even ready by the scheduled time. Luckily they held our luggage before check in and so we went to the parks early.
The highlight of the trip was a bubble wand that we bought for Ezri. When turned on, it plays “Under The Sea,” lights up and shoots bubbles out the top. SHE LOVED IT. She would repeat “bubbles” over and over and over. It was definitely the best $17 I ever spent. Plus, most everyone around loved seeing and playing with the bubbles. It’s a wonderful toy and I bought a couple more to bring home, just in case.
I am so happy I was able to spend this time with my Mom and Ezri before the baby came. It was a special trip with just my girl before she becomes a big sister. It was SO IMPORTANT for me to do this. I know it’s a bit crazy to go to Disneyland while pregnant, but actually it was the PERFECT place to go. I will never forget it.
This post is long overdue. It’s been almost a year since I decided to finally take the leap and learn how to knit. I love cross stitching and I knew that one day I wanted to learn how to knit as well. I asked my Grandma to teach me and she willingly obliged. After her little lesson, I took to youtube and watched many many tutorial videos.
I have made a few little projects and am getting more and more comfortable as I go along. My first big finish was a sleep sack for Ezri. My friend, who I taught to knit after I learned, made up a pattern for me and I started knitting. It was a great project and I hope the sleep sack will fit Ezri this winter. She wore it a little bit last winter, but not for very long.
My current knitting project is a bunny blanket and I LOVE it so far. The yarn I chose is super soft and it will be nice and cozy for anyone to curl up under. I am about half way through the blanket, but I have temporarily put it aside. I plan to pick it up again and keep going on it, but I just have too many things on the go right now! So many crafts and so little time!
In the last few months, I’ve also developed an interest in crochet. I didn’t actually buckle down to learn until about a week ago. I found a pattern that I wanted to make and I just couldn’t get it out of my head. After all, did I really need MORE projects on my list of things to do?! Well I guess I did because I started watching some videos on youtube and have since completed THREE crochet projects in the past week. Again, just like knitting, I am getting faster and more comfortable the more I stitch. I have completed a Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse beanie. They are our baby when he/she arrives for newborn photos. As we don’t know what we are having, I made both Minnie & Mickey.
I’ve also completed a crochet Candy Corn Halloween treat bag for Ezri for when we go to Disneyland in 2 weeks. I gave it to her and of course the first thing she did was put it on her head. HAHA, it was so cute. But I am sure she will figure it out as soon as someone puts candy in it for her!
I am going to try to get back to my cross stitching for the next couple weeks as I feel I’ve been neglected my first crafting love!
Peter and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary on Thursday! As usual, we didn’t make a big deal about the day as a whole. We decided long ago that we would celebrate in a bigger way every 5 years instead, to make up for the in between years. For our 5 year, we went to Disney World and we are thinking about going back for our 10 year. Of course, we still have time to think about that!
On Thursday, we both had to work, but afterword we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and our newly purchased Calgary Zoo memberships. We wandered around the zoo and said hello to the animals. Ezri really loves to go even if it’s just to run around in the fresh air. I definitely think it was worth it to buy our memberships as we’ve been 4 times in the last month already. We stopped by Wendy’s for some drive-thru on the way home and that was that. It was perfect just to spend time together as a family.
For the past two years, we haven’t taken our “usual” anniversary photo. We’ve still remembered to take a photo, but they are not posed like the rest of them. Oh well, they document our love and the time passing and that’s all that is important. I didn’t even post about our anniversary last year and so I just added our 7 year anniversary picture with all the rest below.