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We took a trip this week (on Wednesday) to Disneyland.  The Girl has been really excited about it for a long, long time.  I think she’s quite spoiled, getting to go as often as she does.  We had a great time.  Somehow, both kids were great all day.  Even standing in lines wasn’t too bad.  Usually when we go to Disneyland we pack in as many rides as we can.  This time, however, I told the kids that we were just going to see the characters.  With the broken elbow, I didn’t know what the situation would be.  She was fine for rides, so we did do a few, but the kids really were more excited about the characters.  The problem is, those are the lines that go SLOW.  But we had all day.  We got up early and made it to the park around 9:30 or so.  The Hubby stood in line for fast pass tickets to World of Color while I took the kiddos to the princess line.  The Hubby was done first and met us in the princess line about 40 minutes later.  The line for the princesses (when we got there at 9:45) was already 50 minutes long.  The Girl got to see her two favorite princesses (for now), Tiana and Ariel.  They Boy really wanted to ride Dumbo so we went there next.  After Dumbo, The Hubby’s family (who was there with us) took The Boy on a few rides while we stood in line to see Rapunzel.  I think it’s crazy to stand in line for 90 minutes just to see a character, but we did.  Of course, by the time we were through the line, They Boy was back from his fun with Granny and Papa and also got to see Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.  He was probably as excited to see Flynn Rider as The Girl was to see Rapunzel.

Then, of course, we had to see Mickey.  After seeing Goofy and freaking out on our way up Main Street, I thought The Boy would be quite hesitant when it came to Mickey, but he was a seasoned pro by the time we made it that far.  He walked right up to him and handed him his autograph book (that we bought at the 99 Cent store on Tuesday).

We also saw Alice and the Mad Hatter.  They happened to be walking through the park.  The Girl said hello, and Alice invited her to walk with her!

So cute!  She loved it and felt so special.

We had to watch the parade.  My kids thought it was just for them and stood waving at everybody.  They absolutely loved it.  The Girl thought it was great that Peter Pan stopped and asked her if it was Captain Hook that broke her arm.

After the parade, we headed over to California Adventure.  They have been doing some construction at the front gate, so it was kind of a pain to get in, but I’m told things are back to normal there now.  They still have construction going on as they are building Cars Land, though.  We enjoyed some adult rides while The Boy slept in the stroller, and we didn’t have long lines at all.  We went on Hollywood Tower of Terror (which the girl used to like but doesn’t anymore) and California Screamin’ (which is my favorite roller coaster of all time).  We also stayed for World of Color which I haven’t seen before.  It was really incredible.

Just a suggestion, if you get fast passes, still get there early.  Our view wasn’t the greatest even with the fast passes.  I’m also told that if you go to the later show, fast passes aren’t really necessary anymore.

We had a great time!  Now an extra Disneyland tips.  Get the app.  I think The Hubby got the Disneyland Wait Times — WalkeeWait for iPhone.  It was free and it was great!  We could look up wait times and closures and other pertinent information without having to go to the ride itself.  Then when we would get in line for a ride, he would start the line-timer so that we could update for someone else wanting to go on that ride.  Very useful.  I love Disneyland.  When can I plan my next trip?

For more tips on Disneyland with kids, go here.


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Balboa Park

Last Monday I decided to take The Boy to Balboa Park.  My plan was to go to the Model Railroad Museum.  We have been there a couple of times before and it’s always a hit.  This month, though, we can get in for free with our membership to The New Children’s Museum.  My time in this month is running out and I really wanted to make it to the Model Railroad Museum.  Of course, as we were getting ready to leave, The Boy threw a fit and didn’t want to see the trains.  I still, for the life of me, can’t figure out why not.  So I asked him if he wanted to see the fish (our Children’s Museum membership is also good for the Japanese Friendship Garden this month).  He seemed excited about that so we got in the car and headed for the park.  When we got there, he was still adamant about not going to the Railroad Museum so we walked to the Japanese Friendship Garden.  We got there right before a group of two military families arrived, and were greeted with news cameras.  I wasn’t sure what was going on, or what to think, and since we were there at the same time as these military families, the museum people thought we were with them.  When they realized we weren’t, they informed me that the garden was closed and that we would have to come back another day.  So no coy pond today.  Back to the Model Railroad Museum?  The Boy would not have it.  By this time, it had started to drizzle or I would have just gone to the zoo.  Instead, I noticed the free tram stop right near where we were standing so we decided to take a ride.

We were the only ones on the bus so we were able to chit-chat a bit with Rick, the driver.  He even asked me if I wanted to drive!  Sure, he wasn’t serious, but it was still a fun idea.  We had a nice little ride.

When we were done, I finally convinced The Boy that he wanted to see the trains.  So we walked to the Model Railroad Museum and it was CLOSED!!!  Of course.  That seems to be what happens to me.  I need to start checking these things before I go out.  We ended up just having a little picnic and going home.  Even though our excursion didn’t go anywhere near planned, we had a good time.  And we went back yesterday.  But that’s another post.

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Kids Bowl Free

I have a feeling we’ll be frequenting Mira Mesa Lanes this summer.  I just signed our family up for Kids Bowl Free.  We have a bowling alley right down the street from us and I’m kind of bummed that they’re not offering the deal, but I can handle Mira Mesa.  I even upgraded to the family plan, paying $25 for 4 more adults to bowl as well (and I got a $25 gift certificate, but you better hurry if you want that).  We all get two games per day all summer.  You do have to pay a shoe rental fee, but that’s it!  We went to a birthday party at Mira Mesa Lanes back in January and had a great time.  The kids absolutely LOVED it!  It was a bit tough for The Boy (he’s only 2) to get the ball all the way down the lane, but he got the hang of it by the end.  Also, they didn’t make me rent shoes for him because they didn’t have any that fit on his fat little feet.  They were pretty accommodating.  Unfortunately, the only two bowling alleys offering this deal in all of San Diego County are Mira Mesa Lanes and Kearny Mesa Bowl so it might be a bit busy.  I’ll let you know once we go.  But for now, dust off those bowling shoes and I’ll see you at the lanes!

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The Beginning

I have a goal of taking my son on weekly adventures while my daughter is in school.  She started kindergarten this year and I’m loving the one-on-one time that I get with The Boy while The Girl is having fun elsewhere.  This is the log of our San Diego (and vicinity) adventures.  To get started, I’m posting a few archival posts from my personal blog.


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