Saturday, December 22, 2007

10 Moments Of Smiles

Some of the things that we experienced on our Disneyland Trip that made me either smile or giggle:

1.) When standing in the shuttle it was wall to wall people. All the seats were taken when we got on, and there was a very small place for us to stand. A gentleman got up and offered me his seat. I thanked him and was reminded that chivalry isn't dead.

2.) The five us were sitting in front of a stage waiting for a show to start. Roman and Abram were generously feeding the outgoing little birds some Chex mix, when the show started. Towards the end of the show Woody from Toy Story came on the stage and Roman's mouth literally fell open with the widest eyes of shock I have ever seen. Den and I watched him stare at Woody, and we both chuckled at his pure joy and amazement. That was a Disneyland moment I will never forget!

3.) While watching the Christmas parade Abram said, "Look he/she waved at ME!" I clapped my hands and agreed.

4.) Disneyland Playhouse had a room where parents and toddlers sat on the floor and watched a character show. There was familiar music and characters from all the Disney shows that we watch on television. Roman was so excited and so in to it that he would stop and just run to Den, Levi, Abram and me to give us spontaneous hugs. That was the only way he could express himself. Den and I snapped several pictures of his sudden loving outbursts, and giggled and reminisced about that later in the day.

5.) During the Christmas parade the Evil Stepmother of Cinderella and her dreadful Stepsisters were role playing with each other as they were dancing down the avenue, when they spotted Abram and asked him if he was willing to take her daughters to the ball. He of course said, "No." lol so she let him have it, about how he wasn't ready for the ball and left in a huff. It was quite funny and he loved the interaction.

6.) Levi said on the third day of Disneyland, "I STILL can't believe we are at Disneyland!"

7.) When the Fairy Godmother exhorted the boys on good manners before she would sign their autograph books and pose for a picture. It was very entertaining and true to life.

8.) I was down in the lobby with Roman. I was following him around the huge lobby just letting him explore the vast spaces. It was all about letting him blow off some steam since we had been cooped up in the hotel room all day. He was quite content that I was giving him a little distance, and this made him feel independent and quite adult like. A man came up to me and commented that he was quite the little man. I smiled and agreed. He then schooled me on how much harder life was going to get once I had teenagers and they began driving. I nodded my head in agreement and smiled sweetly, thinking if he only knew I was on #6, and two were in their

9.) Watching Levi watch me through some of the shows that were 3D. I could watch his face of anticipation to try to judge whether something was coming up that he thought would be funny. By the way, he was right, I screamed at just the right times, every time....

10.) My favorite part of this trip was how Den and I would climb into our hotel bed and rehash the day. We would laugh and demonstrate some of our favorite moments and expressions from the kids. We decided, this year, that we would consider this our Christmas present to each other, and I have to say that it is one of my favorite gifts I have EVER recieved.


dakotablueeyes said...

Merry Christmas!

Marisela said...

How fun! I'm glad you guys have so many great things to remember and look back on after a long day. It makes the long day worth it!

Mrs.Martin said...

Yes, Merry Christmas!

It is truly magical isn't it? I could not describe how fairy tale the week we enjoyed was. I even look at Disney jewelry or watches with fondness. Which is funny if you Know Me.

I loved reading about the children's expression Trina and I am so happy you got to sit through a Disney production too. Love it.
Buy a silly keepsake to make you smile too.

Merry Christmas

meNmykids said...

Sounds like you are having a blast! Maybe some day we'll try that. I'm glad you got to have this with the boys.

Liberty said...

Did you guys see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies?

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas.
I can amen your Disneyland memories. We are still talking about our trip last summer.
They thought they were going to ave to wait till they graduated High School.

Lori said...

A great list! Sounds like a very fun, memorable family trip with lots of good memories!

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Nadine said...

I'm glad you had a great trip.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

"Neena" said...

That is all so cute and funny!

Number eight reminds me of the story U. John and A. Laurie tell about how they eating out somewhere, and their waiter was giving them tips about raising kids. I don't remember if they just laughed about it, or said "Yeah, I remember when we had our first twenty years ago!"

Cherrie said...

Sounds like so much fun. What a wonderful Christmas present to each other. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tish said...

I'm just now catching up on everyone's blogs! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm so glad for you. Matt and I definitely want to take our kids in a few years when they're a little older. I've never been there.