March 2, 2015


Dear little family,

Day one at Disneyland:

The weather called for rain. Lots and lots of rain. So we stopped by target to gear up with some ponchos and plastic bags. 

After we parked our car we hopped on the shuttle that took us to the front steps of the happiest place on earth. As the girls stood in line, they still couldn't see enough to know how amazing the next few days were going to be. 

When we entered the park we bought autograph books and made our way down Main Street toward the castle. Brooklyn's eyes were dancing around. Trying to take it all in and asking to do everything and go everywhere. Patience, young one. It will happen. 
We went through the castle and came upon the merry go round. We walked straight into the ride and picked our horses.
After that the sprinkling started. We donned our ponchos. By the time we got to the teacups there was a steady drizzle. They closed the ride behind us as we spun so fast our hoods flew off.
The rain fell harder and the rides were closing left and right. We finally found the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride. The line was longer but it was completely covered. By the time that ride was over so was the rain. One hour of rain to discourage crowds? Yes, please. 

After that we stopped for ridiculously expensive pizza and then Brooklyn and Kurt hit Space Mountain. She came off the ride, saw me, and started crying. I guess it scared her a bit. Not too much though cause she was easily persuaded to accompany me on the ride. 

Next, we hunted down a few characters and got some autographs. Molly was in heaven when she saw Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. 

More rides and more characters. Some newborn ducks following their mom down Main Street. Some nothing-to-write-home-about stuffed pretzels and a delicious Rice Krispie treat. Then it was time for the parade. 

The parade. Molly's favorite part of the day. She sat there in disbelief at first. Then she waved and danced and jumped for joy as more and more characters passed us by. She could have done that all day long. 

By this time we were all getting cold. We swore up and down that we were gonna get gloves and hats for the next evening. 

More rides. Brooklyn's favorite: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. More characters. Especially Elsa and Anna. Then it was time to find a spot for the Fantasmic show.
Molly fell fast sleep in the stroller and then again in Kurt's arms where she slept through the show. Brooklyn loved the show and kept asking me if things were real or fake. She would say "Is that dragon real? I think it's real. Do you think it's real?" When the show was over we made our way back down Main Street and toward the shuttle. Both girls were out cold on our way back to Brittney and jobs house. 

And in a nutshell, that was our first day at Disneyland. It was long and amazing and new and fun and basically one of the best days we have ever had. I wish I could some how bottle up the magic and excitement but at least I could capture a little bit of that in Brooklyn's and Molly's eyes. 

Sincerely, Lori