...place on earth!
Well it's almost 1 am ...I'm wired and everyone else is asleep (hubby's snoring ) so I may as well start a trip report
Ken and I left our house in Santa Cruz on Saturday morning with only our daughter Brittany since we are also visiting the colleges and universities where she's been accepted as part of this trip. We were so excited because it was SUNNY and WARM!!! Our first stop was Westmont College in Montecito. It is an absolutely gorgeous campus and we could see her fitting in there very easily! We were there from about noon till four and had not eaten lunch so as soon as we left we stopped at the first decent place we could find...which happpened to be the Joe's Crabshack in Ventura. That was great! We had a table with a view of the ocean and all I kept thinking while I was sitting there was "Karla is gonna kill me if she finds out I came here without her! " lol
We left there around 5 pm and there was no traffic so we got to Karla's hotel in Anaheim at 7 pm! We were so excited to see each other since it's been a year since our last trip here together. I also got to meet her daughter Rachel who as you can see from the pictures is quite beautiful, and not only on the outside but the inside as well! We spent about an hour at the hotel talking and then headed over to DTD where various people from the Belles and Beaus started showing up....first Matt Hamand and his family, then Stitchlover and her daughter, then Silver Phoenix and Becka, and finally MeiMei and her family....there were 16 of us total.
For the next few hours we just meandered through DTD chatting, listening to music, dancing, eating various food items , and going into various shops. I think my favorite was Libby Lu because I enjoyed watching Rachel putting together her special "potion" and I was also finding all kinds of pink things to hold up and show my husband from the distance while he was talking to Matt. I kept giving him my big puppy dog eyes look and he kept saying no to everything....especially the pink fuzzy phone....it cost a hundred dollars and it wasn't even portable!
By 11 pm , everyone was pretty wiped so we all headed back to our various hotels. We all got up at about 7 am the next day in our room and Karla and I started putting together the party bags....she brought the bags , candy, and glowsticks and I brought the Princess cards, pencils and phone books plus some Princess bags with jewelry for the little princesses. We had to work pretty quickly because we made 64 bags total (we gave every single one away which tells you how many people there were there) and we finished at 9:30 am. We got a call from Matt Hamand saying people were already showing up at the Storytellers so we'd better hurry!
We drove over and got there just before 10 and Matt was right! Quite a few people were already there! It was really fun finally getting to put names to the faces of everyone! The hostess would call the name on one of the reservations and off 8-14 people would go to their table. We had 5 tables total and there were 47 people altogether. Four of the tables were on one side of the restaurant and Karla's was the only one on the other side of the restaurant and several of us (including me) were going back and forth between the various tables. Now I don't know how many of you noticed this , but I thought this was kind of funny....on every reservation card it had a note that said "Some lady named Karla Hart has been calling and making reservations using different names...we have told her repeatedly that we can't make reservations for large parties" But the restaurant staff was very nice and very patient with all of the activity and the CM and character entertainment was good too as well as the food.
After breakfast , we took some pictures out in front of the restaurant and then we headed over to the hub where there were even more Micechatters and took several more pictures. I passed around a book for people to sign and these are the signatures I got:
PB, Westley, Brittany
Fast Pass Mountain, NeverNeverland
Silver Phoenix, Becka Lynn
Lady Jane3 and her daughter
Darkbeer, Deogge's mom
Stitch TT6 , Levi
Matt Hamand, Michelle, Adam
A Hyperbole and her daughter
Wolfy and her daughter
Karla , Rachel
Kelly, her husband and her two daughters
MeiMei, Duckman and their two daughters
Disneyphile, Froto Potter
Max and Belle's mom
Jimmy and Never Grow Up
If your name isn't on this list, that means I missed you....so sorry...please let us know if you were there too!