Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Disneyland Day 1.

Our trip to Disneyland was glorious.

I've decided though that it will FOREVER be busy there.
No matter what.

We went on a 'Value' day which meant the tickets were cheaper and the crowds were supposed to be the smallest.

And while it wasn't too too bad...it still was busier than I thought.

{You couldn't pay me to go on a weekend or a holiday!}

Anyhoo - - it was everything we had hoped for and more.


I sorta feel like we've made it in life.
😂
This was our first trip ever with: NO stroller and EVERYONE was tall enough to ride ALL of the RIDES.

Magical, indeed!


It was Pixar Fest while we were there, too.
{It runs thru the summer}.

Pixar Fest just means that the Pixar Pals parade is in Disneyland now {with a few new additions!} and there are different types of foods and treats to try {all having to do with a Pixar movie} throughout the park.

Our first stops of the morning were Indiana Jones, Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain {which my boys went on to ride about 5 more times during the day.}



Lunchtime was at our usual spot.


The Little Red Corn Dog Cart.
If I could have one thing every day for the rest of my life...it might just be this corn dog.  And that Diet Coke.
{Why is the Coke/Diet Coke SO EXTRA TASTY at Disneyland?}

The only downside to having older kids at Disneyland was that this was the first year we had to buy them EACH their OWN corn dogs.  No more sharing for us!
{Which is a bummer because they're $10 a pop! 😅}


Autopia was a hit becasue everyone got their own cars for once.




Peter Pan = pure magic.
I'm not sure why - but it just is.
Also: why is the line ALWAYS at least a 45 minute wait?



My family humored me and rode It's a Small World.
Fun Fact: It's my FAVORITE of all the rides.
I LOVE IT!
{Weird, I know.}

* We tried The Carnation Cafe on Main Street fro dinner.
It was SO GOOD and SO WORTH IT!

{Tip: you need to call ahead for reservations.}

We timed it just right so that we were eating outside while the parade was going on. 


The kids got some PIN trading in.
Shortly after this pic was taken...London went to the bathroom and left her lanyard with all ga-jillion of her pins on it in the stall and sadly.....no one returned it.😢

She was DEVASTATED and that's putting it lightly.
Poor muffin.



We finished the night off back on Main Street at The Gibson Girl Ice-Cream Parlour with sundaes.

I got my usual - the mint chocolate chip sundae with hot fudge.  It was every bit as scrumptious as I remembered it to be. 

We practically CRAWLED back to our hotel that night.
There's NO tired like Disneyland tired....am I right?!?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

This Weekend:

* Friday started out with errands + a pedicure.


I sure wish I could read the pedicure people's minds.
Or speak their language.
Actually, I'm glad I can't.

Because it would probably be something like this:
"I can't believe this lady's feet are THIS disgusting."
Or...
"Who even lets their feet get THIS gross?"

* Subway Salad for lunch.


Every once in awhile this hits the spot.
{Their sandwiches? Not so much}.

* We stayed in Friday night and Joe and I watched Dateline.
{I know, we're SO exciting.}

* Saturday was another hip-hop competition for Grant.


These boys ROCKED their 2 performances and were given a TOP award!!


 Cars can't wait to start competing with these guys next season!

The comp was in downtown Phoenix which also just happened to be where my first ever job in AZ was...


Sometimes I sure miss the RADIO world.

* Dinner with Kirk and Adam at the DeSoto Market.

Photo Cred: Adam

Cars got the chicken + waffles....


And yup, he ate it all!

* Sunday morning we loaded up the mini-van and headed straight to Cali. We've been promising the kids a trip to the DIZ for awhile now!




We ventured straight to Newport Beach.
Sometimes your body just NEEDS the salty air, ya know?


I quickly realized that this little trip is exactly what our family has been needing.


We walked the pier, watched the fisherman and even saw a few seals up close!



We got our toes wet {well, the kids ended up getting more than that wet... you know how that goes} and then found a local taco joint on Yelp for dinner.


Taco Mesa did not disappoint.
Their crispy taco shells were made with SPINACH and even my kids LOVED em!
SO GOOD!

* Tomorrow: Disneyland Day #1.
I might be more excited than my kids.
{And let me tell you - - that's A LOT of excitement!}

Thursday, April 19, 2018

2fer Tuesday {on Thursday}.

2 THINGS I LOVE RIGHT NOW:


Yes! Yes! YES!!!


Also, yes! yes! and YES!


2 RECIPES I WANT TO TRY ASAP:


Artichoke Chicken 
from the blog Plain Chicken

This recipe had me at 'cheesy artichoke mixture'.


Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Who else LOVES spaghetti squash???