I honestly think one of the many reasons I wanted to have children is so that I could keep doing all the cool things kids get to do, and play with their toys! We went back to Disneyland yesterday. I have to say, it is pretty awesome living just an hour away. I think I was almost as excited as they were, once I got past the Mom-logistics of packing diapers, wipes, extra clothes and jackets for everyone, and snacks to survive the day. When I was a kid, we did not have a lot. I didn’t go to Disneyland for the first time until I was 10 years old. And then I didn’t go back until Grad Night my senior year of high school. Not that I was completely deprived, but we just weren’t able to do stuff like that. I love being able to do this for my kids…..I get to relive my childhood dreams through them. And I LOVE seeing their excitement, seeing all the wonderful things of the world through their eyes.
I found myself falling in love again yesterday…..feeling that magic of Mickey Mouse and all the Disney Princesses….being so excited when Buzz Lightyear came walking around, shaking hands and taking pictures with the kids……driving the cars in Autopia…..I felt myself letting go of some of the worries of home and just enjoying the day with my family. And I found myself falling in love with my husband and children again. We had fun together. What a great time, riding the rides, eating ice cream, watching the band in the parade, shopping for that special prize to take home. And what cool prizes they have anymore! Ethan picked out a Buzz Lightyear transformer. Ryley got the much-longed-for Stormtrooper laser gun (yes, I know….guns….not generally approved of, but even if I don’t buy them, they make “guns” out of whatever’s handy). And Grace, well, her toys are my favorite. What little girl wouldn’t want a Princess that she could change all the clothes and shoes on? I waited anxiously to see what she would decide on. There was so much to choose from…so many things I would have wanted as a little girl, so many things I wanted her to want. It was a hard decision for her, but in the end, we were both happy.
We got home last night…not too late, but all exhausted. It was a fantastic day. And I can’t wait to go back.