Saturday, March 1, 2008

Disneyland!

Ok, I know it's been forever. And my excuse is the same one everyone has: I've been busy. BUT I have something worth posting about- we went to Disneyland! Yes, it's true- we've finally been on a family vacation. It was fabulous! Since I am such a busy person (obviously, since I don't find time to update my blog regularly), I'm only going to post about the first 2 days... then when I have another spare moment, I'll tell you all about days 3 and 4. Get it? Got it. Good.

Day 1 (Feb. 23):

Our flight got in really early (7:00 a.m.), which sounded like a good idea at the time... but we soon realized that, after we ate breakfast and went to the beach, we were too tired to do much else. We checked into the hotel early and crashed for about 3 hours.


I love the ocean...

After our nap in our beautiful hotel, which was directly across the street from Disneyland (Kennedy was so excited that we were staying in a castle),

we walked over to Downtown Disney (located between Disneyland and California Adventure- no admission fee... just lots of shopping and such) to have some dinner and take a look around. It was raining and I wore very slippery flip-flops.


After lots of shopping and dining (and slipping), we headed back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

Day 2:

Disneyland! We arrived as soon as it opened (8:00 am). It was raining- but that was good, because, as you'll notice in some of the pictures, it was very empty! We were able to ride every ride we wanted to- as many times as we wanted. It actually cleared up by mid-afternoon and turned out to be a very beautiful day. And of course the sunshine brought more people.. but oh well. It was still fun.

We started out with buying ponchos, since we didn't want to have to carry around our big umbrella all day (and I made sure to wear non-slippery shoes this day). And who do we see? Pluto!


Then we made our way over Toon Town to take some silly pictures...(do you notice that there are NO people in the background of this picture???)

... and to visit Minnie's house... where we met Minnie, Goofy, Max-a-Million (whoever he is) and Mickey!

(we made sure to remove the poncho for the Mickey picture)
As we were wondering where to go next, we heard a band playing. And we saw Marry Poppins! We made our way into the circle- and Mary selected a couple of girls from the audience to come dance with her- and Kennedy was one of them! She was SO excited (for those of you who don't know, Mary Poppins is one of her very favorite movies)!



We took a few fun pictures... (we all tried so hard, but couldn't seem to get that sword out)
We rode as many rides as we could. Kennedy was fascinated by all of them, but said most of them were "scary." Yet, she was still a good sport and went on almost all of them twice without complaining. We also met many other people- she met Winnie the Pooh, Eyeore, Ariel, Jasmine & Aladdin. I just decided not to post all of those pictures... To end the day, we went on her 2 favorite rides again: Dumbo and the Teacups.

I wanted to hurl.

I forgot- we actually finished by going on Space Mountain- which was completely empty. After the ride, they asked if we'd like to just go again- and we wanted to, but Kennedy was done. So we went to get some ice cream. We went up to the counter to order it and she then told us she didn't want any. A few moments later I looked over at her and she was out.

(Oh- and do you like Justin's new glasses? They look hot, don't they?)

Needless to say, we all slept very well that night.


Those were the first 2 days. Like I said- when I have a little more time I'll write about the next 2 exciting days! Yay!

13 comments:

Janica said...

That sounds like SOO much fun! Oh the things you can do and have fun with only ONE child! Dont get me wrong two is totally fun but not quite as simple...

the mom said...

YEAH!!! Pictures! I'm so glad you found time to post to your blog.

Ashley, you belong at a beach. You need to move somewhere that has a beach.... say, um.... Seattle??? :)

That photo of Kennedy dancing with Mary Poppins is priceless. You should enlarge and frame that for her wall. She'd love it. Or get one of those frames that lets you put in 3 photos, or a collage of some sort, and put the best ones in there to hang in her room. What fun memories.

Was this the day she didn't want Justin to set her back down to stand on her feet??? :)

Oh,yes, Justin does look hot in his new glasses. Are you going to post a photo of you in yours?

The Collins Gang said...

Disneyland is the greatest! I can't wait until Parker is old enough and we will get to take him. It looks like Kennedy was having so much fun!
-amanda

Kristin said...

I love the picture! Thanks for posting, and I'm looking forward to the next round. It looks like you really did have fun.

I went to Disneyland on Christmas Eve in 1984, and there were no crowds at all. It was great. So we then went to Knotts Berry Farm on New Years Eve, and it was similarly crowdless.

Maybe one day Sam & J'Neil will get to Disneyland.

Ashley Rae said...

Oh yes- I don't think we could have done as much stuff if we had more than one kid. It gets too expensive. But 2 might be twice the fun!

And I do live near a beach. What? The Great Salt Lake isn't "beachy" enough? Hehe. A collage is a good idea- thanks :)

Ya- Kennedy had a blast! Parker will absolutely love it, of course. He's such a doll...

Disneyland is the best when it's not crowded... you can go on ride after ride. Christmas Eve would be a fun day to spend there!

wurstens5 said...

Sounds sooo fun. I can not wait to take my kids there. They would love meeting all of the characters. So jealous.

coulsons said...

How fun! I luv Disneyland , And I can not wait to take Heather!

Lisa said...

How FUN! Disneyland is so awesome. I can't wait for "part 2" of the Disneyland Adventure!

Michelle said...

Ashley what a fabulous post! I second your momma, that pic of Kennedy with Mary Poppins is PERFECTLY AMAZING....

I LOOOOVE Disneyland, in fact Tim and I might go this month for our birthdays.

You have a cute family.

Chris said...

Yes, I agree with all that the Mary Poppins picture should be framed, matted, enlarged and otherwised kept for generations. It is adorable and you guys looked like you had so much fun. I love the pink Mickey (Minnie?) ears! I want a pair for my two princesses.

ann michele said...

looks like fun.....we could never do that. too many kids.....too many princesses. i don't do princesses. ick....

how's life...?

don't get the rock band thing....it's WORSE than having guitar hero.....then you will NEVER EVER EVER get to spend time with your husband....

Ashley Rae said...

Hm... looks like I'm going to have to frame the Mary Poppins picture. I'll let you know when I finally get around to it :)

I think that you ALL should go to Disneyland! It is honestly the happiest place on earth. Yes, I'm a dork.

ann michele said...

ok i have to say it's crazy how different you look in the blog pic with kennedy with your hair light.....i would've never thought that was you from when i saw you at thanksgiving.....