It must be the sign of a fabulous vacation when it takes four days to surface after your return. I finally feel like I have returned to the living!
It was an amazing vacation. Rachel continues to talk about it every day. "I like rides, Mom." "I go on the pirate ship. I see Jack Sparrow, Mom." "I no like the waterfall. Whoosh. Too big for me." "We go to Disneyland tomorrow?"
When we arrived the kids were marvelling at all the foliage. It's funny how you forget how tropical California can be...In-N-Out was a big hit.
Rachel was tall enough to go on nearly everything, except Indiana Jones, and so we took her on nearly everything. Mom drew the line at Tower of Terror since she had already endured so much and Ben nearly would not go. Rachel's favorite rides were Pirates of the Carribean, "the fast train" aka Big Thunder Mountain, and the Tea Cups. Her least favorite was Splash Mountain aka "the waterfall".
Of course the princesses were a huge hit and we're so glad they have a "Princess Faire" to see them if you wait in line. Otherwise we might have missed the best Belle of all time. I think Dave may have a crush on her. She was so sweet and kind. Rachel would not stop hugging her!
Jake and Ben both loved the Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, and Space Mountain. Although the crowds were at an all-time high for both Dave and I, the lines were not terrible. Disney does a great job of managing the masses. I'm glad we did it but I don't know if I would go again during Spring Break any time soon. My vote is Disney World in January 2010. I'm afraid October will still be too hot in Florida. What do you think of that plan, family?
The cruise was fun and laid back. It was a nice break from Disneyland and we did Sea World on Tuesday. Very fun for everyone in spite of being tired.
In Catalina, the water was FREEZING. Jake got in to swim and was the ONLY person in the water as far as the eye could see. Rachel tried to talk Dave into taking her out to Jake because apparently she is as crazy as Jake about the water. Who thought I would ever see the day that Dave would be coaxing his daughter OUT of the water?! The water was only about 58 degrees. Whoo-ahh!
The boys made a friend at dinner on the cruise. We sat with the same family every night. Andy has promised to keep in touch with emails. As you can see, the dining room was not too formal. Thank goodness!
All in all, it was new and fun and exciting and tiring and downright legendary. Just like all of our family vacations so far.
P.S.--Lest I grow old and look back at these years and think everything was easier and more joyous, let me note that I got seasick the last night of the cruise, Rachel got a rash which we think is a result of an extremely mild case of scarlet fever (we treated her with antibiotics), and Sadie got violent diarrhea at the kennel and a case of depression. Not everything was perfect.