Sunday, October 17, 2010

32 hours driving & 1 exciting week

Yes, I drove a total of 32 hours to and from Disneyland. Call me crazy, but I'll give you 5 reasons why.

1. It's cheaper all around. I spent less than 200 on gas compared to 650 in flight, not including checked-in luggage.
2. I'm not breathing 200 plus peoples air, and can roll down my window if someone should have air problems of their own.
3. I could stop at any point to use a somewhat normal restroom.
4. It's a great opportunity to spend one on one time with family members.(32 hours of one on one time)
5. The sites were beautiful minus the two unbelievably packed cow farms we passed.

Would I do it again? Absolutely not!

Avery was actually amazing and she never asked when we were going to be there. She embraced the adventure keeping us humble in times of tiredness and discomfort, but 16 hours verses 3 is just more time saving and logical. Simple as that! I'm glad we did it, but never again.

The trip was everything I anticipated including how fast it went. I was battling with sadness when leaving because I knew that was it. Celebrating this time with my family at this stage, and my daughter only five was over. Letting go of that long time dream was difficult, but at the same time I'm glad to look back on all the fun memories we made, some to save for later, others to share now.

We hit the pool first thing, head first.

That would be a dive. 

I think she shocked herself.

We had a full day to relax before tackling the 3 non stop days at Disney and California Adventure, and I do mean non stop. I think I might have a varicose vain now on my ankle from walking so much. Oh well! It's worth every blister, callus, and Jello like legs. May I suggest though that it wasn't worth it for us to get up at 5 a.m. just to make the one early entry you get when you buy a package. Only three sections of the park were open, and it was the ones we had hit the day before. Lack of information and planning on our part I guess.

Lots of enjoyable rides.

Some not so much.

Splash mountain was not a favorite for these two little princesses.

If you look real close the terror on ones face tells it all.(and in case you were wondering that is not my arm pit hair)

Dreams came true.

Friendships and family's came together.

Big pickles were conquered.

Maintaining good spirits were somewhat conquered.

Our trip was blessed, although I only showed you about a quarter of our time,  hopefully it's enough to inspire the youth in you, and the different set of eyes you ware when your surrounded by little imaginations and innocent dreams. 

Disneyland was spectacular the experience was unforgettable, and my re-take was so redeemable.


  1. Looks like so much fun! I can't wait to take Parker there when he is older:)I think we'll fly though. When April and I were young my mother drove us to Californa at least twice a year to visit family. It was alot of fun and I still have great memories of listening to the Judd Sisters and just haveing a blast!But thats too much driving for me now, Thanks for sharing. Glad your all back safe and sound.

  2. Yes, you are crazy.

    But I love all the pictures and I'm so glad you guys had such a great time.

    Snow White? I could have guessed. If I ever get extensions, though Ang, I hope you do a little better job of matching up my color ;)

    Can't wait to hear all about it in person!

  3. Ha! Sarah, I wish I could have chose Ave's hair color. Her hair get-up reminded me of the TLC show "Toddlers & Tiaras". :) See ya soon.