This weekend sees the Husband and Daughter on their final outing with the Indian Princess program, as Katherine has gotten too old and must "graduate" on to bigger and better things, like the Girl Scouts at St. Joseph's. However, when Dad and Big Sissy are away, the Boy and I try to do soemthing special and this weekend I finally succumbed to his standard pleas and went to Disneyland (last night) and Disney's California Adventure (today).
First, I really should buy an annual pass for me and the kids. Until this damned market turns, we are not selling our home so relocation to Tennessee will not happen within a year's time. We live a whopping 5 to 10 minutes from the park, close enough to hear the fireworks each night (I can set my clock by it), so it would make sense to have the ability to "just pop over", especially on some summer weekday night for a couple of hours when the kids are out of school. Do one ride, catch a parade, go home. Given the price of tickets, it would pay for itself within just 4 trips. And I would make sure I got my money's worth.
I have been known to be somewhat of a curmudgeon when it comes to Disneyland and I still am, to a certain extent. It's fun to go, but it takes effort and Disney's method of handling crowd control leaves much to be desired. Let's face it - they just let in too many damned people. And what I find particularly frustrating is a group of five adults with one 18-month-old in a stroller. Now, for anyone who has been to Disneyland, strollers are the bane of one's very existence. But when you are stuck behind a group of five adults walking abreast slowly and one is pushing a stroller with a child who would be equally stimulated by the aisles of Toys-R-Us, What the hell is wrong with you people? It's crowded enough as is!!
But - it was evident by our trip that Patrick loved it. By virtue of timing and judicious use of the FastPass program, we rode California Screamin' five times today. He adores Space Mountain and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. He was patient in explaining to me how they used computers to make the ghosts in the Haunted Mansion (which still remains my favorite to this day). Unfortunately, he still whines for souvenirs - what kid doesn't - but I managed to keep costs down with a Buzz Lightyear souvenir cup, a glow light saber, a Buzz Lightyear space gun, and a Pirates-themed set of ears. I mean, sometimes as a parent you have to say, "Yes," because who wants to go through childhood always having an idea shot down. So today Patrick's breakfast was a Mickey Mouse cookie, a bag of Doritos, and apple juice - so what?
As for me, aw, it was just enough to be able to have fun with my kid and see something like that through his eyes. Although I have to tell my husband that I'm leaving him . . . I've met someone else, someone who brings out the goofy side of me, as the picture below shows (and yes, those are my own Jack Skellington ears on which I had "Mom" stitched in the back) . . .
Actually, I admit, I was playing around with all sorts in the park . . .
C'mon, my birthday is coming up and let's just say I am not looking forward to 40. I still gotta be able to keep up with my kids and be able to have some fun with them - that's what I get for starting late in life.