I hope you readers in the U.S. had a happy 4th of July! We had a pretty low-key celebration, since we were all pretty exhausted from all the fun we had at Disneyland. (YES! We went to Disneyland!) Here’s this week’s Five Fact Friday all about it…
1. We did Disneyland! It was such a fun couple of days! All of Michael’s siblings, his parents, and the grandkids on that sides were all there and it was such fun! Milo loved tagging along with his cousin Tyler (who is less than a month younger than Milo). I got asked quite a few times if they were twins.
2. Sophie’s highs and lows. Sophie LOVED most of the busy and adventurous rides–things like Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain (with a rain slicker so she wouldn’t get wet). She loved the ferris wheel at California Adventure and Goofy’s Sky School, and really liked anything with a lot of motion. She was REALLY disappointed to be too short for California Screamin’, Indiana Jones, and the Matterhorn.
She did NOT like anything with a lot of noise or flashing lights. Disney marks their rides, so we could avoid some we knew would be upsetting (like Alice in Wonderland), but there were some that we had to cover her eyes or ears for. She also didn’t want to watch any parades or shows. Too much going on for her. Overall, I was so impressed with how she handled the MAJOR sensory experience (sights, smells, sounds, crowds, waiting, etc.) of Disneyland. We definitely had plenty of difficult moments, but she handled so many things beautifully and happily.
3. Milo’s highs and lows. Milo loved anything you could probably fall asleep on. We rode It’s a Small World so many times that I started sending videos to my family every time I was on it. Michael calculated that Milo and I spent almost and hour and fifteen minutes RIDING that ride (not including any time in line, which was minimal). He also liked the Casey Jr. Train and Dumbo in Disneyland, and Heimlich’s Chew Choo over in California Adventure, which is the very slowest ride in the history of ever.
He is not a thrill seeker for sure, but he also didn’t like anything with a lot of noise or bright flashing lights. He had NO interest in meeting any of the characters, though he gave a casual wave and a simple “hey, Mater.” to the life-size functional Mater they had in California Adventure.
4. Happy tears. One of our other big highlights was meeting Minnie in Disneyland and Elsa and Anna over at California adventure. We only had one person in front of us on a Saturday morning, which seemed like a magical amount of good fortune. Sophie was so, so excited. She was trembling in the hallway outside the door with happy tears streaming down her face, whispering “I’m so excited” over and over until it was our turn.
I’ve had several friends who have been cast members at Disneyland (Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, etc.) and it’s got to be such an incredible and exhausting job! You basically make everyone’s dreams come true every moment of your work day, but you also have to be completely in character at all times. Both the Anna and the Elsa the were fabulous the day we visited. They were SO sweet and kind with her. The minute it was Sophie’s turn, the tears disappeared and she ran over saying “it’s me, Sophie!”
They chatted with her, Sophie was full of all kinds of questions (“Where’s Olaf? Can you show me your magic?”) and just acted like she does this every day of her life. I was definitely the one with happy tears then.
5. Let’s be honest: we’re in it for the treats. The other big highlight for both kids was the treats. For obvious reasons. Disneyland knows their craft and does a great job addressing special needs and food intolerances/allergies. I was so, so impressed! From the gluten free pizza crust and hot dog buns, to separate fryers for french fries, and plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, the choices were delicious and plentiful!
While some of the famous things (like the Dole pineapple whip and the churros) have gluten and dairy, there were lots of delicious options for us. We got a giant cloud of cotton candy both days, some strawberry frozen lemonade, and ate the BEST raspberry sorbet over at the Ghirardelli shop in California Adventure. The sorbet was my favorite, but Milo and Sophie just died over the cotton candy. I’m not a cotton candy fan, but I will say the taste I had of the blue and white was remarkably good!
Today we’re going to the stone yard to select the granite slab for our kitchen countertops. I’m UNBELIEVABLY excited. And nervous. SUCH a big decision and not one that’s easily undone (like throw pillows). Fingers so, so crossed!
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