Tink and I did a lot of thinking in the days leading up to 9/11. I had some very old friends having a reunion at Disneyland. Initially we had a babysitter lined up, but decided we wanted to be with the kids. Tiink and I talked about "getting away from it all" and camping that weekend in the local mountains. We also talked about taking the kids to see the 9/11 exhibit at the Nixon Library. What it really came down to is the fact that they are too young to comprehend what that day meant... and we needed a place to go as a family. I called a couple old friends, apologized for the late notice, and asked if they could do me a favor. The day before Tink and I did some last minute shopping, and braced ourselves for the day ahead. The next morning we told the kids we were going to the Lego Store in Downtown Disney. I said something about new princess Legos and the girls were immediately onboard. With the plans set in motion off we went.
The girls weren't very happy when they realized we weren't going to see princess Legos
The standard "tourist" got in the door shot.
We walked through the front gate and almost ran right into the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit outside City Hall. I felt bad that we had so many autograph books, but the kids were so excited. Our little girl is now a shy 3.5. She was too young to remember the last time we were at Disneyland. Starstruck would be the best word for her... just in awe of the magic.
Across the way was Alice and Mad Hatter. At this point I realized having only 1 pen was a huge mistake. Mad Hatter had a blast interacting with the kids. Tink kept laughing, the 3.5 year old wouldn't budge but giggled non-stop.
By sheer chance we stumbled into Bert and Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is one of the kids' favorites. They watch that movie every time they spend the night at Grandma's (along with Alice in Wonderland I might add). Mary Poppins walked with us, holding hands with the kids and cheering them on. Really an amazing opening to the day.
The chaos of the day. Tink and I packed extremely light. 5 kids, a baby backpack carrier, an umbrella stroller and 2 backpacks. We'd initially planned on taking the folding wagon but the night before I caught one of DLFreak's rule posts... that saved us!
One of my dear old friends Pat. His wife was the one taking a lot of these photos. This day would not have been possible without them.
A quick photo on the drawbridge. People kept asking if the kids were all siblings... Fantasyland would be the first stop.