Well… I don’t know how to measure the fun that we had on our family TLC trip that we took a couple of months ago, but we did put three thousand, six hundred and eighteen miles on the jetta… or as the girls understand it… the Jedi. All praises to tech-savvy Josh for ensuring we all had a great road trip. Occupied children = sane parents.
So… a word of advice to those planning a family holiday. It took us quite sometime to determine whether we would tell the munchkins about the big trip or to surprise them… and if surprising them, how to ect. Finally… the DAY before we were leaving we decided to tell them. But how? We wanted it to be super cool. Josh came up with the idea to write a book, so I rolled with that as it morphed into the story that you can view HERE. Anyways… it would have been a really cool surprise had they actually known what Disneyland really was… So for next time, and I suppose this is what the advice to you would be, I think it would’ve been better to have told them a week or two in advance so that the anticipation plays a fun roll and the kids can learn about what the heck Disneyland even is. Regardless… the trip was amazing.
Stop #1: Grandma and Grandpa Reagh’s house in the Salt Lake Valley.
My grandparents are as classy and as saintly as it gets. They are incredible humans, we love them SO much. Highlights include lunch at JCW’s, the gardens at Thanksgiving point-including our surprise run in with Taylor, dinner with our pals from Summer Theatre and lots of good conversation and laughs. It is the best thing in the world seeing your children interact with your grandparents.
Stop #2: Disneyland!!!
We got a good night’s rest and tackled Disneyland for the next 3 days! Walt… you’re on my list of favourite humans. Thank you for your visionary mind. What a truly magical place Disneyland is. Hi. I’m Hannah, I cry in 95% of Disney movies. (Hi Hannah.) So… watching my little darlings’ faces aglow with Disney love was perfection. Oh no… where’s my kleenex box… I’ll share a few of our most memorable moments with you.
On Disney day one we took the girls to the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique where the fairy godmothers in training transform little girls into little princesses. Fay knew right away that she wanted to dress-up as Elsa… Eden took a little longer but after changing her mind a few times she decided to go with…. Anna. How cute. So our little darlings were transformed into Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. Josh downloaded the handy-dandy Disneyland app that has all sorts of cool features like finding out where all the characters will be and when. We found out the Anna and Elsa were in California Adventure park. So, naturally, we took Anna and Elsa to meet Anna and Elsa. 😉 Oh my gosh. They were all so adorable together. It was the sweetest. SO later that night we were back in Disneyland for the Paint the Night Parade. … We didn’t get the best place on the parade route so Josh had the girls up on his shoulders. A beautiful ice palace float neared us and we could see Anna and Elsa on it’s balcony. Anna spotted the girls, got Elsa’s attention and said, “Hello again!” to Fay and Eden. (Side note: the characters are micd during the parade so they can talk along the parade route.) They totally remembered the girls from earlier that day. They continued waving at our girlies, and said a very sweet sentiment about being sisters. The lady standing next me looked and me and said, “Wow, that got me choked up!” It was a beautiful, special, and memorable moment.
The Big Boy and the Bumper Bugs
Don’t judge me but… I had to take the family on the Hollywood Tower of Terror. The girls were tall enough (yippee!) … Fay loved it. She’ll tell you it was her favourite ride. Eden…. did.not. Poor girl was a teary mess. On our last day at the park, Fay really wanted to go on her favourite ride again. Josh and I decided we’d better divide and conquer. So off Josh and Fay went to Terror it up and away sweet Eden bean and I went to A Bugs Land-land of nice, calm, cheery rides for smaller children. We went to check out the bumper bugs! While waiting inline we got to watch the riders in the bumper bugs… This one round in particular could have:
A) Won the cash prize on Funniest Home Videos
B) Been the next big viral video on Ellentube … or
C) …. I don’t even know.
So there was this big boy. He could not, for the life of him, figure out how to steer the bumper bugs. He bumped into the outer wall of the bumping area and could not get himself unstuck. All the onlookers could see that this poor young child was finding this rather upsetting. He was just a few feet away from the man operating the ride on the other side of the wall. The man was motioning t0 him to keep turning the wheel in a circle. The big boy kept shaking the wheel back and forth. This went on for the entire length of the ride. Line-waiting onlookers’ faces changed from laughter to concern… laughter… concern… (“should we really be laughing at this poor kid?”) to more laughter. NOW. For the cherry on top. The ride ends, out of the bumper bug goes big boy… and!!! AND!!!!! HE STARTS HITTING THE BUMPER BUG! Two hands/arms just beating the crap out of that poor bumper bug whilst yelling at it. An older woman and what may have been his sister came and dragged him away.
Well… waiting in lines is like a pretty big thing at Disneyland… unfortunately. We really wanted the girls to learn how to use the force properly so we decided to wait in the gruellingly long Jedi Training line-up.
The girls were cloaked and handed lightsabers. They were taught some pretty sweet moves and were then sent off with their class to fight the dark side. Fay fought first…. the instructor reminded her of the moves, “Left shoulder, right shoulder, duck, turn, cut through the head” -or similar- … Fay just stood their staring at the dark one… “Ok, she didn’t listen to a word I said… NEXT!” called the instructor. Eden did the same thing. “Hmmm. There’s two!” She said.
We can’t wait to come back to this magical place.
We easily could’ve stayed a few more days at Disneyland, however, we were excited to head north to Stop #3 in the Bay area to see the new baby! We had so much fun with my brother James, sister-in-law Allison and their smiley, gorgeous baby, Audrey (AKA the Purple Elephant Princess.)
We had fun shopping at the outlets… HURRAY for our Kate Spade spoils! … And had a lovely time with them and Allison’s fabulous parents. I think the first night we were there, the girls asked Allison’s parents, Doug and Kris, if they could call them Grandpa and Grandma. How stink’n cute!? My brother really lucked out in the in-law department! So… One morning I woke up to Fay asking “Grandpa Doug” if he would make her waffles for breakfast. GULP! I was expecting to hear him say something like… “um… why don’t you go talk to your mom…” But! He said…
…Or something like that. 😉 So awesome. He legit made everyone waffles. James and Allison took us to San Fran to see some cool stuff. We watched seals at the pier, were entertained by crazy street performers, we ate soup in sourdough bread bowls at Boudin’s, we went to The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, we drove over the infamous Golden Gate Bridge and we saw some really big trees.
Our visit here was too short as well. We left here and headed further north to BC where we spent a day with wonderful family before rushing home for Eden’s dental surgery.
Farrell Family trip 2K16 is one for the books. I’m so glad that we got to spend this time together as a family.
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