Friday, March 16, 2012
Going To Disneyland!
For most of us, that knowledge should come with congratulations and condolences simultaneously....but all kidding aside it is time for this family to saddle up and get some time away. We have asked our kids to be very patient with the movie events for Right To Love that we have asked them to attend and they have have been champs through it all. They have watched the movie through several times without complaining.....much, they have stood onstage with us and and answered questions from multiple audiences, and they have put up with getting dressed up and staying put together despite their every impulse to be kids. The kids have earned something special and this trip is our way to say thank you to them.
So we will be standing in long lines....hopefully not in the rain which is currently pouring like cats and dogs here in Northern California. We will be tag teaming escorting the kids on rides while the other watches the two year old, responding to repeated requests for a bathroom halfway through an hour long line, and paying way too much for theme park food. That's life in Disneyland...and a very peculiar kind of magic if you ask me but that's o.k. because they have something for dad too!...Disney's Star Wars ride, Star Tours, has been revamped to be a completely new experience with up to 50 alternate endings. That's a lot of waiting in line and don't think my kids are THAT patient with me. But speaking of patience....
Road trips with family take a little extra patience and taking the long drive down highway one will mean that the trip will be an overnight one. One the whole, Long drives in the car as a whole are something I enjoy because I like to be on the move and see new places. While traveling with the kids has it's challenges...the act of driving itself has a sense of freedom to it that I have always enjoyed. In spite of my otherwise overly cautious tendencies...I like to wander and discover new stuff and hidden treasures. Doing that with kids just means we stop more often to let the kids use the bathroom, stretch their legs, and get out all their nervous energy before the next leg of the journey. And it also means that stopping for meals is super ultra-mega important as the last place you want to be is in a car with hungry two year old with a healthy set of lungs.....bring lots of snacks. My husband loves to skip meals to try and get a little farther, which just means that when we finally do stop we are all so hungry we are growling at each other like wild bears in a pit fight...building in meals and bringing lots of snacks is super important for a happy and peaceful road trip. Fortunately, my kids are not the, "We there yet?" types and I have never once had to threaten to turn the car around. In spite of how long it takes to get there, a little food and a dvd player makes long trips bearable for the kids and I hope one day that they will develop a taste for exploration and seeing new places...it helps keep life interesting and reminds you that your world does not stop at the borders of our daily routines.
And so we are off....We are going to take our time driving south and try to enjoy the sights, while simultaneously being trapped in a car for very...very..long time. Sounds like a recipe for fun right?! We hope to hit Disneyland, see the sights along highway one, and possibly see Universal studios if the rain isn't too bad. If any of our readers have any recommendations on any must-see things in the Disney area...feel free to let us know!