Mostly Picture Post

A picture post from Disney and random cuteness…

Sleeping Beauty

Swinging on the rope during gymnastics class

Swinging on the rope during gymnastics class

Supervising Jo's snack

My new fave pic of Alexei and Jo-jo

Awkward sleeping position (Sazerac)

Awkward sleeping position (Alexei)

Alexei and his lovie Jo-jo in one of the old Autopia cars outside Goofy's Kitchen

Yeah, guess which kid wouldn't look at the camera. Sigh!

One of the few of all four kids - bonus for mostly looking at the camera!

Hey, Kix, I ALMOST got all five of ya!

Keir and Alexei on the Mr. Toad car (Alexei did NOT like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride)

Yes, we did a lot of this while waiting in lines...

The Monorail was a hit though

He REALLY wanted to ride Big Thunder Mountain. Someday, kid.

Petting the goats was also a big hit.

Alexei on Casey Jr. (which was another fave despite the solemn look here.)

Alexei and birthday girl Vivien on one of the cars in Toon Town (which was also a big hit)

Alexei, Vivien, Ava and Keir on car in Toon Town

Keir didn't really want to share steering responsibilities

Alexei gets a turn alone

I want a hot dog and beans (seriously, he kept trying to order that on every phone!)

Birthday girl Ava making her order

Hello, slide, my old friend!

This thing is very silly, Dad.

Alexei meets T-2 (Kirsten) and Aaron

Cathy, Alexei and Keir

Keir and Alexei being silly

Three T-wimmin in one picture - now if only any of us was looking at the camera. Heh!

(Edit to add for those not in the know: the T-wimmin are my college best friends. T-1 (Kix) T-2 (Kirsten) and I all worked at North Campus food services at UCLA for years and T-4 (Laura, who couldn’t make it) was my college room mate for 2 years. The reason behind the name is kinda silly and probably not even remotely funny to anyone who wasn’t there.)

So Disneyland for two days was awesome. Stayed at the Disneyland Hotel which I’ve wanted to do since I was eight. It was nice but next time we do that we’ll stay at the Grand Californian which is much closer to the parks and a nicer hotel altogether. (Plus bonus private entrance to California Adventure.) Alexei had a grand time and enjoyed most of the rides. He hated the character breakfast, though – predictably he is scared of the characters. Sorry, kid! He did have fun playing with Ava, Vivien and Keir. The girls were really good with him. But I think Keir was a little jealous when his Mommy and Mama paid attention to another boy! LOL!

Darren and I usually don’t go in much for the shows but I was so glad we went to see World of Color. It was made from awesome. And they’ve made some good changes as Cali Adv though all the construction right now is super annoying. Next time will have to try to spend a little more time over there as there is a bunch Alexei can do. Alexei and I discovered that first thing Sunday morning is like the best time to be in Disneyland proper, at least on a weekend. (Darren and the Ryen clan all got a late start Sunday morning.) We walked on to almost everything we wanted to except for the Finding Nemo ride and there we only waited 10 minutes.

It was awesome to see Kix and Cathy even though we spent most of the time wrangling kids and talking about them. Heh. How things have changed since the T-wimmin were serving up meals at North Campus, eh? Also so glad to see Kirsten and Aaron if only briefly.

So I did end up biting the bullet and getting an Annual Pass since with the special SoCal 2-day park-hoppers we got for this trip we’d half paid for one anyway. Just the SoCal (though not the lowest one) but it does offer some good perks and I’m fairly sure we can make enough visits in a year to make it worthwhile. I think my next trips are going to be sans Darren though. Lol! He doesn’t care for Disney or crowds so I love him and thank him so much for indulging us this far.

Ok, that’s all for now, folks. Enjoy!

Love and bright blessings,

Janice

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2 Responses to “Mostly Picture Post”

  1. Adelize Santiago says:

    It looks like you all had a wonderful time! I’m so envious. Lol! The closest theme parks we have are Coney Island and Great Adventures (which is in Jersey, ugh!) We may have to take a trip now to Coney Island this Summer as fam. One question though: What are the T-wimmin? I didn’t get that.
    Much Love
    Ady

  2. Paul says:

    Nice to see that you got together with Kix and her brood and managed to turn it into 3/4ths of a T-Wimmin reunion. Looks like a good time was had.

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