Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas Surprise #3

Our final surprise of the season was a trip to California.

We have spent the past few days spending time with DH's family in Southern CA. It has been very nice to catch up and extremely entertaining spending 3 plus meals in a retirement community. I have been recording quotes the past few days and observing the lovely, wise old people. I even found the old lady that I am going to be one day. She had a list of all the apartment doors she needed to go visit to witness the best Christmas decorations. She was riding the elevator from floor to floor with here little paper, and I thought: well, there goes me in 50 years or so...

The best part of this leg of the trip was big sis. She was so excited about being with her great grandparents. She even volunteered to spend the entire afternoon with them, all by herself. When we returned after some much needed naps in the hotel, she had made a cake, printed some business cards and changed clothes into the new outfit that great grandma had bought her. She LOVED dining in the dining hall at the retirement community...she felt very special indeed.

A bonus to the third surprise is seeing some of our best friends who left us in NYC the past few years. We will be spending the day at Disneyland with them tomorrow. I have heard it is going to be extremely crowded, so the girls and I watched some of our favorite rides on you tube tonight, in case we don't get our fix in person. Even if we don't go on one ride, it will still be a memorable New Year's Eve!

I hope 2008 is a great year for you and yours...

5 comments:

Alyson P. said...

My parents went to Disneyland after Christmas, the 26-28th. One of the days they said tickets were sold out. I've never even heard of that before! That's REALLY crowded!

tracy m said...

It'll probably be crowded, but you can still have fun by staying away from the big-ticket items- ride the Mark Twain, go see the Golden Horseshoe Review, The Haunted Mansion line always moves quickly- and stay out of Fantasyland until after dark! One of the very best New Years Eves I ever had was in Disneyland (99-2000) Have fun!

And, if all else fails, go see my Uncle Freddy in the clock shop on Main Street- he sits in the window and draws custom watches- and he's way cool!

Anonymous said...

We went to Disneyland this exact same time last year and it was sooo crowded we couldn't even move in the crowds, the lines were just ridiculous. It was so crazy. We got our tickets redeemed to come back for another time. Hope you have better luck! Happy New Years! -Chris

knittingirl said...

What a wonderful way to end 2007 and begin 2008! Happy New Year and best wishes for a fabulous 2008 for your family!

Kage said...

tracy m, tftcarrie and I got home and read your comment and were seriously SO BUMMED that we didn't get it before we left, we TOTALLY would have said hi to your uncle!!!

For being (according to the parking attendant) the busiest day of the year at Disneyland, it was a very managable day. A group of us that have done this now 3 times, decided it was def. easier with our husbands tagging along this time. Line hopping and multi-ride-tasking went very well....and we had a full and exhausting day.