Friday, May 7, 2010

Disneyland Trip Part 1

Last Thursday morning, the kids awoke to this:We then asked them if they would like to go to Disneyland instead of school. I had been planning this surprise trip for months, and was so excited the night before.
It felt almost like Christmas Eve!
I had already packed all of their things,
so we piled in our new van (hallelujah!), and headed to California.
That night for dinner, we went to Philippe's in L.A. This restaurant was on an episode of
"Man vs. Food", and is the birthplace of the french dip sandwich.

Gotta love James' fake smile!

It was filled with Dodgers fans, and Ray made it a point to wear his Giants garb just to stir things up.

The famous sandwich was yummy!

The next morning we got up early and walked to Disneyland! We were able to walk right on to the first few rides, and the lines weren't very long even when it got more crowded. We also used the rider switch passes for the rides Brynlee couldn't do. The weather was perfect, and we had a great time!

Sorry Blake, there was a smudge on the camera.

"It's a Small World After All"
I love that ride! It reminds me of my childhood!

Brynlee managed to get her nap in, even with all the excitement around her.
On a side note, I wish I had eyelashes like hers!

Jungle Cruise

Waiting in line for ice cream! That place smells sooooooo good!

I thought I could just share with Brynlee, but in the end, she won and took over the whole cone.

The obligatory family in front of the castle pose!
The "happiest place on earth" delivered once again!


kris said...

Looks like you had an awesome time! I love that you surprised them like that...I would have had a hard time keeping that secret!

Bethany'sBazodi said...

fun! I want to go.

Cheryl said...

How fun, Em! What a great surprise. I was able to pull one of those off once. We surprised the kids with a trip to Maryland. They woke up on Christmas Eve to see that Santa had stopped by a day early and brought them tickets to go see Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas. It really is fun to do things like that every once in a while!

Todd and Brittany said...

What fun parents you guys are!! Your kids will never forget the day they skipped school and did Disneyland instead!

Melinda said...

Looks liek FUN! We are planning to go wehn Ari comes this summer. I hope we make it... :)

Good family memories

Dick Smith said...

I love that we are not the only ones that plan our vacations around food.