October 20, 2008

We are home. We are safe. We are tired. But we’re happy!
We feel so lucky that we got to have this trip. Even in the middle of everything when things didn’t go according to my schedule, we still loved every minute we spent together.
Overall: A wonderful trip!
Ward: Being with his girls and sitting on his behind—I mean the couch at the hotel
Anne: Being together at Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach. As for Disneyland—being the first in line for Toy Story Mania! Running (actually running) from ride to ride with McCady. Seeing MaLeah and Maiya fall in love with the Carousel. (Check out the short curls)

McCady: Finding Nemo, No, The Matterhorn—No wait, Big Thunder Mountain—No, No, Grizzly River Run—No Mom! It’s Splash Mountain Remember? (She rode it 3 times)

MaLeah: Saturday! She was feeling better and could ride all the bug rides in California Adventure.

Maiya: Park City! (See why below) Oh and the Carousel in Disilieland.

Some Sticky Things: Besides all the candy and sweets mom packed (that Dentist Dad didn’t even complain about) There were a few sticking points to our trip. Our flight was scheduled to leave SLC at 6:00 am. This might work for some—but maybe it’s not such a good idea when you have to wake 2-4-6 year olds up at 4:00 am. We arrived at our hotel at 9:00 am and couldn’t check in until 4:00 pm—you can see there was a time issue here. Regardless of that they were great on the flight and for the rest of the day. They are good kids.

MaLeah got sick with the flu on Wednesday evening (And stayed sick until Friday), but enjoyed hanging out with Disney channel and Mom or Dad while we swapped took McCady on lots of ride. Maiya was just happy to be in “Park City” the whole time. She thinks if you stay in a hotel it has to be Park City—this Park City just happened to have Disilieland a bus ride away.

I didn't take my SLR camera because I didn't know how I'd manage taking pictures and keeping track of kids, so I took my old point and shoot. It broke so all my pictures are from our video camera which only shoots 2megapixels. Sad:(
· The girls weren’t so enamored with the Princesses. We waited in line for almost two hours the first day to see the Princesses and afterward McCady said: Can we do something fun now?
· The train . . . the train scared Maiya inside out--along with many other rides.
· I don't think Disneyland's target age is really 6-4-2. Some of the rides are SCARY! McCady begged to ride Indiana Jones. I’d never ridden it and I think she thought it would be something like Junie B. Jones. Well surprise—surprise. Let’s just make it short and say she pulled her visor over her eyes and didn’t pull it off until the ride broke down in the middle of a very scary scene and we had a discussion about how nothing at Disneyland is really real, except the wetness in your pants after some of the rides. Just kidding she didn’t wet her pants at all.
· It was so fun, no matter how tired or sick anybody got. It was just great to be together.

Real Life: This morning Maiya came out of her bedroom, handed me her pacifier and said “Put up!” I put it up and she raced around the house, trying on every outfit in her drawers five times . . . so happy to be home. McCady couldn’t wait to get to school. MaLeah was happy to have all her preschool friends come to school and Ward was just more tired than I’ve seen him in a while (We arrived home at 12:35 am last night/or this morning). I have five Drs appointments this week and a scan sometime soon. We hope all will go well and we’ll get a few more months break.


Amie said...

Anne, I love to see your beautiful face! I'm so glad you and your family had a nice trip. I'll be thinking about you. Hope the Dr. visits go well. Hugs.

Sarajane said...

i am happy to see you in the blog world. it is a fun way to stay up to date, but really we need to get together in the real world soon. it looks like your trip was fun, i can't believe how big your girls are getting.

Diana said...

Oh, how unfair to get sick in Disilieland. Cute pictures! I can't believe how long your hair is. It looks so cute. Love you!

Lasting Memories by Marjean said...

I am soooooo glad that you all had such a fun get away. Sorry about the long lines and the flu but I guess those come with trips to Disneyland. Anne, we need to come see your hair. Everyone has told us how darling it is and Natalie is a little worried about hers so we need to see yours. I am so glad you are home safe with lots of happy memories. See you soon!



Heidi and Maxwell said...

YIPPPPEEEEE!!! I loved looking at all your pictures. I am so glad you had such a fun time on your trip. I love you so much and miss you TONS. Give those girls hugs from Aunt Heidi

Holly said...


My heart sings to see all those smiles-- yours, the girls' and Ward. Disneyland can be entirely overwhelming...even if you feel well. Sometimes that welcome home is one of the gifts of going away...don't you think?

Hooray about your blog-- I am so grateful to get to see so many pictures-- your family is beautiful- always have been.

Missing you...and praying like always.

Halls Family said...

Ward & Anne, we are so happy to see your blog! We hadn't heard from you in so long, so we are happy to see you back on your feet and tackling Disneyland! It looks like you had a great trip. Your girls are so beautiful, and their smiles are so addicting. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Our prayers are with you and your family. We love you guys and miss you tons!

Laurie Jones said...

Just found your blog and I am so glad I did. I am glad you are doing well. I will have to add you to my blog list and keep up with your family. We need to have you guys over for dinner or something.

Lisa said...

Oh, I'm so jealous you all got to go to Disneyland! But you definitely deserve it... and your family is so cute! Your girls are so adorable, it makes me miss teaching primary :)

The Dever Family said...

It was so much fun reading about your trip! I'm so glad you got to spend some good fun time with your family. Thanks for keeping us updated. Your girls are beautiful. As are you. Your faith and positivity amaze me. We miss you guys!

Shelly said...

Sounds like you had a great trip. I loved all the pictures. Your girls are so cute. 3 girls at Disney what fun. I always need a vacation after my vacation. Does that make sense? I'm so glad your blogging. It was so sweet to see your family pictures. Aren't we so blessed to have 3 girls? Hope all is well.