"You are here for a reason"!
"You are here for a reason"!
Handwritten by whitepaperquotes contributor Ritika
Sings to my heart :)
Mommy: Eli, let’s pray before bedtime.
Eli: Ok, mommy. Amen.
The weather in the evenings of every stop on our road trip. I miss California!
We contemplated staying another day or two in San Diego because you guys loved it so much, but we were ready to get home sooner. We also weren’t sure how you would like Disneyland, and if you did, we would stay longer.
Daddy loved San Diego, but mommy knows for sure a piece of her heart is in Southern California. Afterall, I was born in SD! We didn’t get a chance to find mommy’s old home she lived in as a baby, but maybe next time we will.
We arrived in Disneyland/Anaheim around 3:30 pm…and we were so smoked that we all napped for 2 hours! We decided to try to get dinner in Disneyland, and thought it would be a good idea because by the time we left the room it was 7 pm, and it wouldn’t be so crowded. We were absolutely wrong.
Disneyland is FREAKING CRAZY! Parents are crazy. Kids are crazy. And we were all hypoglycemic. Bad combination! We got there as soon as the parade was starting, so it was tough weaving in and out of the place with cordoned off entrances. Our journey to find dinner suddenly became a nightmare when many restaurants were closed for the moment, on top of serving mainly fried or disgusting/expensive food. There was an order of mac-n-cheese for $5 that was the size of a bagel bite!!! Maybe they handmade the macaroni, and made cheese curds in the back from scratch. Still not worth it.
We made our way to find Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse, which just so happened to be the furthest part of the park. It was during this journey that we realized that you two were a little too young to enjoy this at this time. You knew the characters, but the true essence and joy of Disneyland will likely come about in the coming years. We shall return! We spent a good half-hour looking for Mickey in his clubhouse, until we got to the very end where he was to appear…but, it was too dark for Eli, so we left. That’s ok, buddy, anything for you =) The boys liked Goofy’s clubhouse and garden, and wasted energy there till we found dinner at a buffet right before the fireworks.
After being in Disneyland for a collective 2 hours, we already decided we were going home the next afternoon. Besides it being a little too busy to enjoy, we weren’t used to the 90+ degree weather. More like 96 at noon weather, and that was a recipe for disaster with two cranky kids.
We found a shop that engraved your names on a Mickey Mouse hat right before the evening fireworks. You boys loved the show, and that was our first night. We stayed at the Candy Cane Inn, which I would recommend again in the future because it was within walking distance to the park (12 mins at a slow pace).
Our next morning was going to be exciting: we got reservations to eat at Goofy’s Kitchen, where it is rumored that many characters join you for breakfast! The price tag was not pretty at $78 for 4 people, but it was totally worth it after seeing their faces + the good/healthy food options. The picture they take of you with Goofy was also $35 with tax, but worth it, again =)
The rest of our morning/mid-afternoon was spent in Downtown Disney, playing in the ESPN Zone, as well as mommy looking for souvenirs. As I walked out into the open-air shopping areas, I heard two of my favorite songs: “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters, and “Crash Into Me” by The Dave Matthews Band. I thought it was pretty funny that these two songs were playing at…Disneyland, but whatever! I was too hot to care! I wished someone challenged me to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at this moment…maybe 5 times in a row because this PNW girl was not ready to melt!!! You boys had a blast during your short stay at Disney!
It was time to leave Disneyland, and a part of mommy felt sad that you boys didn’t get to discover much of the park. I also knew it was time to go home. Eli and Micah were starting to push our buttons more and more, and they deserved to be in their own comfort zones. There really is something special and magical about Disneyland, and we all left with a smile. We will be back in the future =)
The decision came to split our driving journey into two days. Daddy drove almost 8 hours after we left Disneyland, stopping in Sacramento for the night, and drove another 12 hours the next day. The only thing that stands out to us on the drive are that driving I-5 northbound is not scenic at all, the Harris Ranch was the biggest surprise to our noses, and we missed green grass. The Harris Ranch was the most disgusting and revolting smell of cow manure/death you could drive through over 5 miles. There were 100,000 cows packed tightly into very small areas that were visible through the highway. We were all sad for the animals there =(
The next blog will cover how crazy parents can make it on a road trip with two little boys because I know everyone thought we were crazy.
We made it home safe due to three reasons: Thank you to God. Thank you to my husband driving. Thank you to my babies for being 98% angels.
We are taking a piece of Coronado Beach home with us. Our last time the jar was open, and our last beach on this road trip =(
This beauty made it home with us =)
"Zoom Zoom!" - Micah
"Fishy gas!" - Eli
Off to look for Mickey inside his clubhouse!
Fascinated by the globe in Mickey’s house
In front of Mickey’s home/Toontown
Looks like the inside of some really bad arteries haha
Micah is in there somewhere…
"If we can’t fix it, we won’t!"…sounds about right!
We did not get any good quality pictures of us this trip =(
9 at night, and not even close to dying down!
"Peeeeaaaas!? (Please) Ba-yoon! (Balloon)" - Micah
These balloons were…$14 each. Guess we’re not eating tomorrow, that’s cool kids.
But, they were the happiest kids, and at that moment it was worth it =)
We met Minnie!!! Eli was sooo shy, and gave Minnie a hug and high-five. Micah kept saying hi over and over and over. This was the first character we met =)
Wherever Eli goes, his “Star Pillow” follows. If our house was burning down, this would be the one item we would both run into grab. This pillow was in Iraq with daddy during his first deployment, and it was on his bed every day. He doesn’t know why he didn’t get rid of it back then but now he knows why. Some special little boy would not be able to live without it in the future.
Belle and bad lighting!
My Eli was so shy, yet, so excited to meet Pluto! Eli didn’t want to open his eyes here for some reason LOL
So, they hugged…
And hugged for about a minute!
Until Micah broke it up and wondered where his love was!
But, Eli had his way and gave him one last hug =)
And then, Genie came by and found another big hugger!
Genie’s smile is hilarious!
Micah had to get his high-five in!
The boys’ favorite arcade game =)
Didn’t even know bowling existed as an arcade game!
Views of the San Joaquin Valley. Looks like the Middle East to mommy and daddy =/
How to keep a kid quiet who wants to get out of his car seat when it’s 102 degrees outside.
The sunset was so beyond beautiful.
We PROMISE Eli was trying to do a “Peace” sign here……..
What you don’t see here is that there were miles and miles of wildfires we were driving through, and Eli decided he wanted to ‘stand up pee-pee’…
Made a pit-stop in Redding, CA to get rid of the kid’s energy, praying they would nap after this. Didn’t happen!!!
Oregon is majestic!
Swallowing the river haha
8 hours from home at this point! Thank you Lord!
Oh, my boys! You absolutely loved this place. You love the ocean. You love playing in the sand. You love playing sports in the sand near the ocean. You love the pool. You love the grass. You both don’t want to leave, and mommy and daddy don’t want to leave either. We think we have found our go-to vacation spot in the future. Coronado is consistently ranked in the top 10 beaches of America every year, and we can see why. It is beautiful, peaceful, clean, and the sand glistens like diamonds. The last time mommy was on this beach, she was pregnant with Micah, about 4 1/2 months along. It was an amazing experience being back here with all of you.
We had no idea what we were going to get for $125 a night on the beach, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our original room was $86, but we got upgraded because we got there a few hours early, and rooms were available. We knew once we walked in that we wished we would’ve been down here sooner than later, and we also wished we would’ve stayed longer than we could. This is one of the military’s best kept secrets, or most unadvertised deals and beauties for the above reasons listed. The hotel kitchen was better than what we had at home, and this is the first time Eli slept on a bunk bed! He LOVED the top bunk, and would do anything to keep Micah off of the stairs leading up to it (of course)! Looks like we are getting bunk beds when we go home…
So, what did we do in San Diego? We didn’t go on into the city. We stayed in our resort the entire time and relaxed. The first evening, we BBQ’d on the grill on the beach, and invited mommy’s older sister, Joy, and her family over for dinner. I missed them so much, and you boys absolutely LOVED your cousins! You were sad when they left =( That warmed our hearts, but we were going to see them the next night at their home for dinner.
Somewhere between LA and SD, Eli caught a cold with a runny nose and slight fever…that got passed onto mommy after 2 days…and passed onto Micah after two days. Mommy slept in the entire morning of day 2, but it was worth it. We all needed our rest. Thanks to daddy for taking you two to play, but he said you two were crazy little animals that probably needed to sleep, too.
We loved everything about Coronado Island, from the food at the Greek Grill (who’s chef was from Mosul, Iraq (where daddy served 13 of his 15 months)), to the gelato homemade ice cream, and the dreamy homes. This is one of mommy’s dream locations to live in, and if I won the lottery, I would buy this home hahaha!
But, that’s not happening, so I will keep dreaming.
Our hotel room from the deck: Room 1351
Testing out the bed and mommy’s anxiety levels by jumping on the bed.
Micah’s favorite “bewwies”
The boys with their cousins, Mia and Milana
Mia is allllways cheesing!
Hey guys! Can I come in?
We hope you are all this loving forever. Cousins are a beautiful thing!
We came to San Diego for peace and love. We left with both!
Leaving Disneyland with no arms, and no money. I miss our home! (at Disneyland)
"Señoritas" at our random stop in Sacramento. It’s THE BOMB!!! LOL! (at Starbread Natomas Crossings)
I would probably barf at first bite. However, I know many of you would enjoy this flavor found in the middle of nowhere, CA. #jackdaniels (at Bravo Farms, Kettleman)
Animals eating animal style. (at In-N-Out Burger - Newhall)