In the past few years, we have only been away overnight one night a year for the Halloween Haunt. My sister in law booked a room at the GCH to celebrate my nieceís first Disney visit and invited us to come along, we just had to buy our own park tickets. We contemplated it and decided the 2-fers were cheap enough to join them. We were supposed to go a few weeks ago, but when all the kids got sick we postponed for Saturday and Sunday, March 21/22. For the first time, the kids would be getting a full day at DL and then an extra day at DCA. Before our passes expired in November, we would usually go early, then leave around 2-3pm as that was a long day for them(and us). We woke up early, headed to Anaheim, got checked into the hotel and then headed to DL for a fun filled day. It was a bit crowded, but fun as always. Later in the day the kids started acting up and having behavioral issues, as it was a very long day for them and around 7pm we even wondered if we should even stay. Luckily, we did. Sunday morning we all woke up, got our things all packed up and my husband went to load the car. It was raining and we were trying to decide whether to stay or go home and come back to DCA another day when at 9am my phone rang. I almost didnít answer it since I didnít recognize the number. It was my landlord calling to let us know our house had caught fire early that morning.
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There was some sort of fight in the alley next to our house and our trash can ended up on fire which spread to the porch and house. Neighbors called the Fire department who arrived 6 minutes later and had it out in another 10. It only took minutes for the front of the house to become engulfed. The room right next to the trashcan was where Max and Belle would have been sleeping. You can see whats left of her crib in one of the pictures.
It has been a very long week of sorting through what was left and salvaging what we could. We were able to salvage more than we originally thought, but I think we will eventually toss half of it. Sifting through the remnants of the kids room and living room, part of which had been strewn across the side yard(which belongs to a neighbor) when the fire department was fighting the fire, you would only imagine the thoughts running through my head. The material loss will never be as important as the human life that was not lost, but is still hard to cope with. My husband is an avid toy collector and many expensive action figures are now lumps of melted plastic. Our 2 large fresh water fish tanks, filled with fishies, froggies and crabs, 2 entire ecosystems demolished. We did save one fish and 3 crabs that managed to survive out of 40.
We thankfully have a friend who took us in and the kids do not even know what happened. We are trying to keep things as normal as we can for them. We will be eternally grateful for the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity that has come our way in this time of need.
I never thought I would be able to say that Disneyland saved our lives.