Perhaps I should just leave it at that... but the 800+ photos of the adventures that spanned 8 nights in 3 different areas of Southern California, and the memories we made with family and friends are important as well. Here is part 1 (of 3) of our awesome adventure:
The trip began with an easy-breezy direct flight into LAX; our stay in a hotel near Dulles made for a (nearly) stress-free commute to the airport. (Note the subtle foreshadowing here). Jeff and I managed to a) sit next to each other for the first hour and a half of the flight; b) watch an entire movie during said flight; and c) enjoy what is possibly the easiest travel we've ever done with this crew. (More foreshadowing). Our flight landed before noon, California time. I couldn't believe how easy the whole thing was! (Of course, I was forgetting science and law, and that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Or in this case - every travel day has and equal and opposite day of travel.)
And by night:
All I have to say about Disney is this: I get it now. I get the hype, the fanaticism, the excitement. It exceeded my expectations; it was a wonderful day. At the end of the day, when we were sharing our best parts, mine and Jeff's were the same: watching our kids have so much fun at the park. Space Mountain was I think our third ride of the day, and I was shocked when Pax agreed to give it a try. With his face a mix of fear and elation, we asked him afterward, "What did you think of Space Mountain?" He answered, "It was AWFUL" with a huge grin on his face. And asked to go again - so we did.
|2 minutes post-Space Mountain, which he later dubbed his favorite ride.|
|Driving at Autopia|
|Sweeeet 3-D glasses for Star Tours|
|During Jedi Training Academy, Aidan was chosen to be a Jedi. This was pretty spectacular for him - and fun for us to watch - but it was also a hard time for Leo, as he was hoping to be selected as well. Still - a huge highlight.|
|What's not to love about the teacups?!|
|I adore this pic of Aidan, because it is one of his most genuine smiles I've seen in a photo.|
|Small World!!! My all-time favorite... as a child.|
|In response to the question: "What did you think of Pirates of the Carribbean, Pax?"|
|A crappy photo of an awesome day. For the record, though, that "No Crying in Disneyland" is bullshit. |
There were some tears - for the record.
We ate an incredible dinner from a burger joint called Umami, and it was a most perfect ending to a wonderful day. Satiated and content to the core, we headed toward Ventura, where lemon fights, a day at the beach, a huge family dinner, and quality time with loved ones awaited us....