It's the little things that are a big deal to a six year old.
The little guy was super excited to ride the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad rollercoaster now that 'he is not afraid of anything.'
They had so much fun, they had to ride it twice.
Waiting on a bench for the Mark Twain Riverboat was a chance to rest,
and get hugged
and get tickled.
On the boat, he found a fun place to lay down and rest.
There was a breeze blowing through and the shade was refreshing.
It was very pleasant.
After only four rides, we are tired!
Time for lunch at the Hungry Bear restaurant. Chicken tenders not to his liking, luckily I brought a peanut butter sandwich. So fun to watch the ducks on the river.
Feeling recharged, we rode Winnie the Pooh!
And bought some handmade treats in Pooh's corner candy store
He LOVES to travel!
Throughout the year he will ask when we can get on a plane and go somewhere and stay in a hotel.
When he was four years old, he called a hotel a "new yiddo houf." He loved to stay in a 'new little house'. We still call it a new little houf sometimes. It is one of his favorite parts of traveling.
Anyway, he really loves airports. He loves everything about airports.
When we stepped off the escalator and saw the long security line, my husband and I sighed and rolled our eyes. Our son said, "Oh, I LOVE this place!!! You get a bucket!" He was truly happy! Apparently he loves the procedure of putting his stuffed bear, (now days it is an angry bird) and his shoes into a bucket and going through security, ha ha!
He is really pleasant to travel with. Oh yah, I almost forgot...at one point he looked over at us with the most sincere loving face and said, "Thank you for taking me to Disneyland." It melted our hearts.
I am going to have to work on enjoying the tedious parts of traveling. I see more traveling in our future. For him, I will.
The ride on the tram from the parking lot into Disneyland is as cool as any of the rides.
The tram is nostalgic for us because we used to live in Irvine and would come to Disneyland for a couple hours at at time when our son was a baby, just learning how to walk.
Diz is especially fun in the off-season. But don't tell anyone! I don't want everyone to find out how cool it is when it is not crowded. Lately it always seems crowded
We love the Halloween decorations!
My birthday is in October. Taking our son to Disneyland is the best present I could ever wish for!! Happy Birthday to me!!! Thank you!!!! I'd give up my Christmas gifts and every holiday gift all year to have family experiences like these!
And this, last of all, is my very favorite picture in the whole world!
May all your dreams come true!
With a gift shop at the end of almost every ride, and on every corner, Disneyland is a kid's toy heaven. We let him pick one souvenir each day to take home.
With careful shopping and planning, the first day, he chose light-up Mickey Mouse ears.
He loved the attention he got while walking around in them.
In the car, leaving the park, he had some good and bad news for us.
He said in a meaningful way, "Guys, these ears hurt a little bit. But it's ok. I still love these. I can wear them a long time."
We loved his ability to put a positive spin on it and be happy with his choice.
In line, already tired, and it is only noon! Dad picked him up and explained to me, "I'm soaking it up. Next time we come here he might not want to be held anymore."
During the ride, I was overwhelmed with how lucky we are to be having a fun and magical experience while our son is still young; an experience that we might remember forever. I told my husband, "I got teary-eyed in there."
"I did too!" my husband said. "It feels like we are in a race against the clock. He's getting older."
What a great way it was for us to have a special reminder of this time in our lives. We love that ride! It hasn't changed in probably thirty years.
Dad: Buddy, what is the first thing you want to do when we get to California?
Son: I want to jump from bed to bed in the hotel room!
Really? More than disneyland? He does love to jump from bed to bed in the hotel room!
It's the simple things in life that bring the most happiness.
Last year it was too scary to ride a second time.
This year he rode it second time...by himself!
He said, "That was awesome!"
And he walked away with a swagger.
Using a marker like this one, it is amazing to see how he has grown in a year. We pointed out and laughed with him about the difference. We love his growing courage and independence!