I am so tired right now that it’s difficult to write much at all- tired cranky kids and grown ups and it’s not even 8 o’clock at night! Luckily we are al tucked into bed already and can sleep in until 6am tomorrow so we should get a ton of sleep.
This morning started for us at 3am- we were unsure what the weather conditions were going to look like and shuttle express said that if the roads were bad they would pick us up a half an hour earlier than scheduled. So we were counting on a possible 4:10am pick up. I awoke and was a bit scared- as the roads in front of my house were awful- but they showed up on time at 4:40- luckily the main roads were totally clear. We had one other person to pick up and we ended up at the airport at 5:30. Security was easy as we weren’t picked (even though we were in line for) the full body scanners. We had breakfast and boarded our flight at 6:55. Our flight was delayed unfortunately due to having to de-ice the plane, but it was smooth sailing from there until we were about to land and Piper’s ears were bugging her so bad she was crying.
We landed in LA later than we anticipated, and headed to the car rental agency (which took forever). On our way to the Grove in LA, Piper got car sick (poor thing had a ROUGH day)- but we got there right before it got really bad. Piper still had no idea where we were headed until we literally walked into the American Girl Place- and she was thrilled. I had promised P that she could get the doll that looks like her when she was 6 (she already has my old Samantha doll). Matt and Aidan left to go to the Apple store, and Piper and I picked out a matching shirt for her and her doll, a carrying case, and a nail kit. We paid for her doll and then took her downstairs to get her ears pierced (Piper has hers, so she wanted her doll to have the same).
We left the Grove and headed towards Anaheim- P was getting car sick again, and traffic was bad but luckily she fell asleep. We stopped at Target for a snack run, and then to our hotel. The kids thought we were staying at the last hotel we had stayed at in Disneyland, but I had splurged and decided to stay at the Grand Californian hotel right on Disney property. It has entry into downtown Disney and Disneyland within 5 minutes and is actually located right inside Disney’s California Adventure park itself, which is so great. We got our room pretty quickly (a queen bed and bunk beds) and got situated.
We were really tired but starving at this point so we headed into Downtown Disney for dinner- we went to Naples Pizzeria which was really good- the kids had pizza, I had a pumpkin ravioli and Matt had some meaty thing (can you tell I’m a vegetarian?). A lady came around to the table making balloon animals for the kids which was semi entertaining. After that we headed to the gigantic World of Disney store in hunt of a sweatshirt for P- we found a fleece Ariel one which is perfect for chilly nights here and also back home.
The kids seemed to have a little steam left (it was about 6:45 pm) so we headed into CA Adventure park to try and hit Bug’s Land but we ended up just doing Monsters Inc ride instead and P fell asleep in line on Matt’s shoulder:) We called it a night after that and walked back to the hotel (a cpl minutes) and promptly got everyone in bed.
Tomorrow we are hitting Disneyland first thing and then the afternoon will depend on the rain. We skipped Piper’s Bibbiddi Bobbidi Boutique makeover apt today (she was still feeling crummy) so we’ll see.
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