We got to Yaya's house and met her neighbors in the front house. On the lot there are two houses. Mom lives in the back house and her friends live in the front house. They are a hoot and they take great care of Mom. I call it communal living because everyone (including the daughter that doesn't live at home anymore) roam freely between the two houses sharing food, space, appliances, and good conversation. It was all very relaxing and you never felt alone.
We left for Disneyland after church on Sunday. It was a 7 hr drive with the kiddos. After the 3rd stop it was getting dark and we were anxious to get the the hotel. Soon after we left the gas station Trouble announced that he had to go pee. There really wasn't a good place to pull over so he went into a soda fountain drink cup! He did well, not a drop was misplaced!!
We arrived at the hotel exhausted...Yaya from driving, me from dealing with the kids and having a heart attack watching Mom drive in LA traffic.
We got rested for the night and started our adventure the next morning in Disneyland. So the rest on the story is all three days melted together. Basically each day we left the hotel in the morning between 10:30 & 11am arrive back each night between 11pm and midnight. The kids were troopers. As long as they were fed they were very content!
The first order of business was to eat breakfast, pack lunches, pack what we needed to get through the day without returning to the hotel room. We left and caught the shuttle bus around 11am. Then we arrive:
First we went to Disneyland. Mom's job often sends her down there for meeting so she's become familiar with the park. When we finally got in we rushed over to get FastPasses for a ride and Backpack had already fallen asleep: As we waited in line at one ride they had a Star Wars show and kids from the audience got to fight Darth Vader:
Here is a picture of the main station:
This day we went to California Adventure. Outside of the Bugs Life theater was a water play place. Again, it was a scorcher of a day so the kids appreciated the cool water jetting out of the tubes and from the ground.
Here is a picture of Yaya with her brother, Uncle Mike, and her sister, Aunt Candy:
Dinner was great and since everyone felt refueled we stayed for the fireworks again that night.
The trip was well done because we'd all been there before so we weren't rushing the kids around to do all the bigger kid/adult rides. We were able to do all the kids things and still not feel like we missed out. Also it was a huge help to go with other adults that could go get FastPasses and use SwapPasses so everyone got on the rides in a decent amount of time. And that could step out of line to get water or food, take Trouble pee, and hold tired little ones.
Thanks McQueen for the lift home!! ~We wish!
Here is a list of what we did at Disneyland Resort:
Disneyland® Park Attractions
Autopia, presented by Chevron
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Indiana Jones™ Adventure
Disney Princess Fantasy Faire
Mickey's House and Meet Mickey
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
"Honey, I Shrunk the Audience," presented by Kodak
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Pirates of the Caribbean
Alice in Wonderland
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Chip 'n Dale Treehouse
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
"it's a small world"
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Disneyland® Railroad - Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland® Railroad - New Orleans Square
Disneyland® Railroad - Tomorrowland
Disneyland® Railroad - Mickey's Toontown
Disney's California Adventure® Park Attractions
Games of the Boardwalk
Grizzly River Run
Mulholland Madness, presented by Alamo
Soarin' Over California
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
It's Tough to Be a Bug!
Francis' Ladybug Boogie
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
King Triton's Carousel
Princess Dot Puddle Park
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail