Ezri and I just returned from a vacation to Mesa, AZ and Disneyland!! We flew to AZ to meet my parents who had been snow birding since late December. Spent a few days in Mesa then we all drove to Disneyland for a few more days. Peter had a business trip at the same time and so he didn’t join us. Despite missing him, Ezri and I had a fantastic time!
We stayed at a 55+ resort in Mesa and it was great. There were so many activities to participate in and lots of things to see. We did aqua size and then got to take Ezri in the pool afterward. Besides chilling at the resort, we spent a lot of the time shopping. The states has so many different stores and products that we don’t have in Canada.
We also went to an Olive Farm called The Olive Mill. We took a tour and learned how they make olive oil. The most important thing we learned was to always buy Extra Virgin olive oil (EVOO) or else it contains “caca,” which is basically the olive slop. Just a little tip! The flavours of EVOO I bought are roasted garlic, basil, Parmesan cream and a chunky vegetable oil based hot sauce paste. Can’t wait to start cooking with all the deliciousness!!
Ezri had a couple bad nights while in Mesa, but it was mainly due to the fact she had just got a cold before we left for vacation. It is tough to sleep when you can’t breathe. I caught the same cold and we unfortunately passed it onto my Mom. My Dad thought he was getting it but he didn’t. Thank goodness. Anyway there was one night she was up for 2.5 hours. It was horrid. All in all though she did pretty well in the sleep department for being away from her normal routine.
We drove to Disneyland and the 7 hour drive went really well. Ezri slept a couple hours, watched princess and the frog and the little mermaid and had a few snacks for the rest of the time. I was sitting next to her so if she started to get antsy, I distracted her 🙂
We had 2 days in Disneyland and 1 day in California Adventure. It went by fast!! Doing Disney really is so much different with a baby. It was fun to see it through her eyes. She was awake for the nighttime parade and was fascinated by the lights. Unfortunately the fireworks were cancelled due to wind on the night we wanted to see them, so that was disappointing. She went on a few rides and seemed to like the ones she went on. We tried to go on the rides she was too small for while she was napping. Her absolute favourite thing was meeting the characters. She got so so so excited!! I was a little worried because she had such freak outs with Santa Claus. But I had nothing to worry about. She met Minnie, Mickey, Pooh and Tigger. Such a lucky girl!! After meeting Mickey, we sat nearby and let her watch him for awhile. So entertaining.
The Haunted Mansion was closed when we were there in September so I was really happy to go on that this time around! Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean were also awesome!! In California adventure I went on a ride that I’ve refused to step foot on for years: the Tower of Terror. It’s a ride that takes you up in an “elevator” and then drops you multiple times very quickly. I was expecting the drops, but I was not expecting it to shoot us up just as fast. Whew. I held onto my Daddy’s arm for dear life, all the while screaming. He was laughing and having a great time. It was so scary, but maybe, possibly, I might go on again in the distant future.
I introduced my Dad to Earl of Sandwich and he loved it. He says that he would definitely go back one day.
Ezri ran around in the grass for the first time. She’s sat on grass before, but this was her first time being able to walk on it. She was very tentative about going from grass to pavement. Almost like she was scared of the grass at first. It does have a different feel under your feet, so I don’t blame her. It was so cute.
We definitely had a great time in Disney and Ezri slept much better as she was over the brunt of her cold. We had our own little room attached to the room my parents were in, so that was pretty neat.
On the way home from California, we got a whole row to ourselves! So Ezri was able to stretch out a bit more and she loved playing with the kids behind us. She slept for just over and hour in my arms while I watched hotel Transylvania 2 on my iPad.
It was very nice to see Peter again with when we go home for sure. Ezri sure missed him. She didn’t even want to be held by me for awhile because she only wanted Daddy. So cute.
Peter and I hope to go on a family vacation together in May, so that will be something to look forward to!
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