This year on our trip home to California we spent a great day at Disneyland. The lines were non-existent (we walked on practically all the rides without any long waits) and the weather was of course-amazing! Both our boys are finally tall enough to ride all the roller coasters so after a morning of FantasyLand and Toon Town, we dropped Laura off with Grandma Neilson to head back and force Tustin and Kimball on all the rides we've missed out on the past 7 years since they entered our lives. Fortunately, despite their nerves at first, they loved them all and we didn't scar them for life. ( I can't say as much for our trip to DisneyWorld when Tustin was 3 yrs. old and I made him go on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom. He still talks about that being the scariest thing that ever happened to him. Even now, when he knows the dinosaurs weren't real, he gets the shakes just thinking about it.)
However, in order for them to willingly go on the fast and scary rides they made a deal with their Dad: If they rode all the roller coasters, He would have to ride the tea-cups. Now Stanton hates the tea-cups because he has what one would call a "weak stomach" and they make him sick- as in he usually pukes. He tried to get out of it, but the boys had no mercy- a deal's a deal! Fortunately for all of us, this year Stanton held onto his lunch. Check the photo above- he loved it!!!
We had a great time -and Disneyland, especially when the crowds are elsewhere, lives up to it's slogan of being "The Happiest Place on Earth." (OK - as a disclaimer and "shout out" to my awesome mother- let me clarify that in all seriousness I know there are many places much better and happier than Disneyland including, of course, The Temple. That being said- I do love the Magical Kingdom and am quite happy there, even if it does cost an obscene amount of money- a fact that Stanton considers just another good reason not to have anymore children.)