We took our first trip to Disneyland. I am glad that we went. It was not always easy and far from stress free, but was all made it home safe with some cute pictures and lots of great memories. My parents were wonderful enough to buy us an early Christmas gift, a new digital camera. I still love mine, but it is big and bulky, while it would have taken great pictures, I was afraid of harm coming to it. My parents got us a perfect one that fit nicely into a pocket or purse.
Ashton and Myra had never flown before, but now they are "old hats". Flying with 4 kids is intimidating. Lots of gear and things to manage. Our seats weren't all together sot hat was challenging. We got to stay at the Grand Californian Hotel. It was amazing. 6 people sleeping in one room was interesting, but somehow we managed. :)The hotel had comfy beds, lots of pillows and lots of Disney Chanel. That kept everyone happy. I was thrilled to be close to the ice machine so I could keep feeding my ice habit. The hotel was gorgeous. The cute Disney pictures on the wall, and log cabin feel was so fun. Even the shower curtains had Bambi on them, as I recall. We had a little balcony with a table and chairs. It was great to be able to soak in some sun. While we were in CA, Utah was in a deep freeze. What a nice break!
There were huge staircases, lovely fireplaces, and a Christmas tree that seemed about a thousand feet tall. It was enormous! Beautifully and perfectly decorated too. Everywhere was all dressed up for Christmas.
There was a mini fridge which saved us with Vaughn, because he loves milk. My wonderful, fabulous friend Lisa me me the fist night. We got to catch up and go tot he grocery store. It was the best thing in the world. I bought snacks, breakfast stuff (which saved our bacon in the mornings with cranky kids) and drinks and things for the park. Holy smokes it saved us money and so many tears and empty tummys. Life Saver!!! I did gather that the store wasn't perhaps in the best part of town since the baby formula was kept under lock and key. Creepy! Did I mention how wonderful Lisa was for taking me? She lives nearby. We have been friends since about 3rd grade. We have had so many good times. Here is a picture of me and Lisa, back in High School.
(Me, Lisa, Liz & Charlene on Cruise to Mexico)
(Me, Lisa, Charlene & Becky on Ferry in San Francisco)
Both of these pictures were taken in 1999. Lisa currently sports red hair and it is very becoming!