Disneyland forever

    “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” -Walt Disney

    So it is time…to share with you guys the BEST part of this trip – Disneyland. We went for two days, a total of 22 hours, with two crazy kids, and we all survived. I’m not going to lie, we definitely had some “what were we thinking” moments, but overall, we did not regret bringing both boys on this trip.

    They both loved it, in their own individual ways. We loved it. We loved it on a personal level and we loved it because we got to see both our boys really enjoy their time there. Like, REALLY enjoy their time. The giggles and smiles outweighed the random crying, tantrums, being extremely tired, hurt feet, and tired legs.

    Not even joking!

    Of course the very first character we ran into the second we walked through the gates was good ole Donald Duck, and you guys, I wish you could have heard Ronin’s little squeal. A part of my soul died. He was the happiest kid to have ever exist at that very moment.

    After we took some Donald photos we went straight to signing Ro up for his Jedi class. I did some research and noticed that you had to sign up for it as soon as you walked into the park because they would fill up super fast, and they did – we got luck with 2pm.

    Most of you know this already, but, my kid wants nothing more than to be standing next to Darth Vader, for the Dark side. Well, it was absolutely earth shattering whenever he had to fight him vs fighting with him. Our crazy kid was seriously the ONLY kid who raised his hand to go on the Dark side (I have video for proof – posted it on my FB page). So many parts of me was proud, and other parts were – “OMG my kid is crazy.”

    Any ways, he fought him, and honestly wasn’t too thrilled about that. He was complained having to fight him right when he saw me. Sorry, kiddo.

    Again, if you follow my Instagram or read my most recent post, then you already know that my mama joined us on this trip. Yes, we could have totally have done it without her, but we probably would have been a little bit stressed and running around with our heads cut off. Bible. Having my mom there was not only extremely helpful, it was absolute magic for us and our kids (and for her). We made so many memories, and at one point, she stayed with Thurman while he napped and we ran around with Ro.

    Ronin really enjoyed having his Nini there with him. Those two rode A LOT of rides together, and laughed uncontrollably. Every year she does something special with Ro – so this added to their memory collection. I’m so thankful that both my boys have that. To be able to make such great memories with BOTH sets of wonderful grandparents.

    Of course we saw Mickey, TWICE, on our first day at the park. Ronin was over the moon excited both times, and Thurman…well, he was excited but had his typical “Thurman stern face” in all his pictures. He was actually trying to say “Mickey” while we were there.

    IT WAS TOO CUTE.

    Thurman doesn’t watch any TV, but he has seen Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on our TV every now and then whenever his older brother is watching it. (Just recently will Thurman sit down to watch something – Trolls). I love that he semi recognized him, and was equally excited to see him (and wasn’t scared). That was the last thing I wanted to happen – to witness shear terror form and in return, end up with a crazy screaming baby. He made us proud.

    *Insert all the heart eyes* This was after 12-13 hours at the park. We arrived at our Airbnb, ate some dinner, showered, and plopped into bed together. Well, they all ended up in bed together first. We were all so freaking tired by this point, and we are all (the adults) on the same “how are we going to make it through tomorrow” wave. I think we knew we could do it, but we knew we were going to be EXHAUSTED by the time we had to leave for Houston. We went to Disney on Monday, going back to the park Tuesday, and leave for Houston on Wednesday – WHO PLANNED THIS TRIP!?

    They are clearly fired for next trip. *Hides face*

    I think one of my favorite parts (one of many) was going to Adventureland and witnessing Ro still get giddy over meeting a Princess. I know that he’s only six years old, and that may change once he’s older, but to just witness that innocence and see that he still gets JUST as excited warmed my heart. He was really upset that he didn’t get to see the other princesses, and we told him that next time we come to Disneyland or world, we will make sure to make it happen.

    We rode so many rides, even Thurman. I think one of the things Micah and I were nervous about were the lines and whether or not we’d be able to ride the rides we really wanted to ride together. We pretty much rode 90% of the parks rides. There were a few “big” ones we missed, but hey, they should still be there whenever we come back. Ro was a bit suspect of the rollercoasters because of Legoland, but he was a champ for the most part. He even really liked Goofy’s flying school, or whatever it is called.

    Shoot! He even loved Space Mountain the day before.

    Ro literally ran into so many characters and was not shy about asking for pictures. He told each other what he loved about them, and he even tried to steal Judy from Nick Wilde. Not even kidding, y’all. Mr Steal your girl. I will say, he absolutely lost his every living mind when he say the characters from Zootopia. LOST HIS MIND. Don’t get me wrong, he got excited with the other characters, but with those two – he was screaming and cheesing SO HARD.

    You guys, I am so glad that we were able to witness the parade. I was so scared that Ro was going to miss it. My mom and Ro had been in line to meet someone from Guardians of the Galaxy whenever it started. I was running around looking for them like a crazy person. I’m sure people thought I was that mom that accidentally lost their kid. But, the universe works in mysterious ways, and we were able to connect 5 minutes into the parade. I was bummed that he had to miss meeting Caption America, BUT, he didn’t even know he was there at the time. So – PHEW.

    Thurman danced and laughed. Ronin screamed, waved at all the characters, and was in absolute Disney heaven. Micah and I, well, I think we were both trying to hold back those “we did it” tears.

    Okay, lies, I cried. No shame in my game. I for sure had those tears.

    Our tired feet, sleepless nights, tantrum moments = worth it for that exact moment. Time stood freaking still for that parade. Everything moved in slow motion.

    I’m so thankful that this woman came with us. That she joined us on this journey and go to soak up her on memories, add onto our kids memory bank (and ours), and help us out with the boys. Ro managed to sucker my mom into carrying him around for a bit. That kid is literally the same size as her. I don’t know how she did it. She pretty much rode every single ride that Ro wanted to ride, and was such a trooper about it. I know she was extremely exhausted by the end of the day, but she slapped a smile on her face and powered through it all. We all did.

    SUPER GRANDMA (and mama) FOR LIFE.

    I can’t wait for us to go back. I don’t know exactly when we’ll go back, but I’m sure it will happen a lot sooner than later. Disneyland is amazing on the emotions – you are happy, tired, crying, throwing tantrums, happy, laughing, and making memories. No judgment at those parks. That’s how I saw it. Every parent there was there to put a smile on their kids face and make sure their little dreams came true. We were all trying to survive. I loved it.

    Till next time Disney…

    California Dreamin’

    Well, I originally had posted like a thousands blog posts (Palm Springs 1-3), but being the crazy person that I am, I deleted them all. Ugh. It was way too clutter-y for me. I know – major eye roll. I can’t help it, though. I just like for MY space to feel clean, and me.

    So here I am, exactly a month from our California trip, sharing some of my favorite pictures (and some from instagram). I want to post alllll of these photos from our trip on my IG, but, I don’t want to scare everyone off, or annoy anyone. *sigh* I’m sure I shouldn’t care, but lets be honest, I do slightly care.

    Our first part of our trip (which by the way – Micah, my mom, and I all agreed that we should have started off with Disney and ended it with Palm Springs) was in blazing hot Palm Springs. I’m almost positive Ronin and Thurman had the most fun here. We swam a lot (I mean A LOT), at a lot, and slept a lot. We did sneak in some touristy stuff, but we were mainly at the house we snagged through Airbnb (click here to see where we stayed). This house was absolutely perfect for our family of four, my mom, and brother.

    When we weren’t swimming, sleeping, and eating – we were being your typical touristy family. We checked out Palm Springs Ariel Tramway, Indian Canyon, and Moorten Botanical Garden. Every site was beautiful, but man, it was so freaking HOT – especially at Indian Canyon and Botanical Garden. I think I (we) might have sweated my life away. The boys did a wonderful job, and honestly didn’t even complain about the heat. The adults were the ones that were really dying.

    We didn’t get to REALLY explore Indian Canyon the way we wanted to (lack of water, and some of us (me) weren’t dressed appropriately for a hike) experience, but Micah and I have already talked about visiting Palm Springs again – just the two of us. Plus, we really want to see Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain the next time we visit.

    Most of you, who follow my Instagram page, know that my brother and mom joined us on this trip. Actually, my brother joined us for just the first part – the Palm Springs and one day in Encinitas. It was absolute magic having both of my humans there. I think it had been about 20 years since the last time we all went on a trip together, as a family. It was so nice being able to spend that time together, because we don’t really get to go on vacation together often. *Saving this story for another post*

    We did talk about doing this more often, or at least once every 2 years or so. I mean, we’ve even talked about going to Palm Springs again for Christmas of 2018. So we’ll see. I hope that happens. Ronin, though, he had the BEST time with his Uncle Drew (and of course Nini). I mean, slumber party in his room every other night and just swimming all day with him. He was in his own heaven. It’s been awesome to see their relationship flourish these past few years, and I’m excited for that same, but different, relationship to flourish with Thurman and Drew.

    On our way to Encinitas we decided to stop at Cabazon Dinosaurs. You know, those huge dinosaurs that almost every single person who stops in or out of Palm Springs takes a picture of?! Yeah, we did it for the gram. *Enter cheesy horn* Of course Ronin had a blast, but his mama, she’s the one who probably enjoyed it the most. If you know me, like really know me, then you know Dino’s are one of my top favorites. This was also NOT my first time here. But, hey, I had to use Ronin as an excuse to see them again – or did I?!

    Believe me, I have so many more pictures from all these places, but then this whole post would be nothing but pictures. I literally picked my favorites from all the photos I took. I do wish I had more pictures with my mom and brother, though. I have a ton of them with the kids. I guess that’s what really matters, right?!

    We finally made it to Encinitas, to one of the cutest little lofts I had ever seen. It was a little tight whenever my brother stayed the first night, but it was fine after he left. (Sorry, Drew) We stayed for two nights, but had so much fun. The neighborhood (and surrounding beach communities) was so cute, and the people were so nice. We were little 15 minutes from Legoland, too. If you’re ever in Encinitas, you need to stay here. This host was my absolute favorite – she left us salsa and chips! I mean, how could she not be my favorite?! Plus, everything about her home was just welcoming and well, felt homey.

    Of course we had to visit the beach right when we got to Encinitas – duh. For some of you who don’t know this (we found out about this term the very first time we took Ronin to California), there’s this term that is thrown around a lot during June – June gloom, or whatever. I mean, it’s so true, though. It was pretty cloudy the whole time that we were by the beach. It kind of made me sad. Especially since this was my moms first time in California and I really wanted her to experience the beauty of the beach. Blah.

    Any ways, Saturday we woke up early and headed off to Legoland. I think we were all super excited for this part of the trip, and in a way kind of sad – we were getting close to Disney (aka: close to having to go home). But, we made sure to make every single minute of this trip COUNT. My mom was an absolute godsend during this leg of the trip – Legoland and Disneyland.

    Holy smokes! I know we could have done it without her, but her help was so valuable to us.

    (this photo is literally one of my favorite family photos of us)

    Soooo…yeah, call CPS – I was a semi mean mom (Micah and I were semi mean parents). I’m sure I will get some flack for this, because it seems that some moms (parents) have zero sense of humor and will probably roll their eyes to the back of their heads and gasp at this part. Whatever forever.

    We made Ronin go on a rollercoaster. **GASP!!!!!!!!** We made him go on the biggest, fastest rollercoaster Legoland had to offer at their park. Yes, Ronin lost is every living mind, and probably lost some years off his life because he went on it. At the end of it all – he was BRAVE about it. Oh yeah, he also scored some pretty sweet lego sets because he went on said “scary” ride.

    (Ronin almost dying)

    But, you know, he had a lot of fun. Yes, he was a little shaken up by that ride but he still had a lot of fun and still rode a bunch of rides. He also received his “drives license” at driving school (he rode that ride a billion times). So, you know, he was pretty stoked about that part, too.

    I will say this, if you can, purchase the fast pass. That saved us on so much time while we were there, and we were able to ride a bunch of rides several times over because of it.

    (look at that smile y’all)

    For most of you who are wondering – Thurman did a fabulous job and napped off and on throughout the day. I plan on blogging our experience with him, and sharing WHY we chose to bring a baby with us. Even though, you know – “he won’t ever remember.” That kid had a BLAST.

    I know, I know…it doesn’t look like it, but he had a lot of fun – I promise. He’s just sometimes a bit of a mean mugger like his mama. Whoops.

    After our VERY long, exhausting (but fun) day at Legoland, we decided we wanted to see the sunset. So we walked to the beach, found a patch of grass, and laid around till the sun started to set. It was fun seeing my mom witness a California sunset, and to experience it with us. Ronin made a video and of course I took a million pictures of everyone. Micah did manage to capture a pretty cutest I photo of Ro and I. I keep telling myself I need to print this photo and frame it.

    Oh! Before I forget – before we even went sunset viewing…we met up with some old friends to have some dinner. We ate a some “hole in the wall” joint and had some really good, authentic tacos. HOLY SHIT they were good. After we had tacos, they took us to La Jolla Cove to see all the Seals and Sea Lions.

    That was a beautiful thing to witness. I’ve swam with seals before (whenever I visited Peru), and that was such an amazing experience. I got to witness little seal pups nursing on their mamas. Gah, to die for. They were so stinkin’ cute you guys. I could have stayed there all day.

    Holy moly I am winded by this post, and I’m sure I may have lost some of you through this novel of a post. So, to spare you all (and myself) from all the boredom, my next post will be about our Disney trip. If you stayed and read all of this – THANK YOU!

    PS: I’m sorry for all the stupid grammatical errors and the simple fact that I tend to rant, but you know, I type the way I talk. So, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯!!!!

    Whaddup California!

    A little late, but whatever forever – whaddup California. We’ve been in Palm Springs since late Tuesday, and I think we’ve all almost melted away about a thousand times already – not even kidding. But, it’s been real fun out here (Micah and I have already had talks about planning a little trip to Palm Springs for just the two of us…there’s more on my PS bucket list) – tonight is our last night, tomorrow we head to Encinitas for a few days. I can’t wait to share pictures from this part of our trip. It’s been so magical sharing these past few days with family; my brother and mom included.

    Any how, I just wanted to pop in and say “hi” – that I haven’t forgotten about my blog or whatever. I’ve just been busy vacationing with my sweet family. I know, I’m hilarious…