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when you wish upon a star...

Like a mother who keeps having kids because she forgets the pain of childbirth, hubby and I decided to take the kids to Disneyland this past weekend. :P Our Knott's Berry Farm trip was a nightmare. Two years later we lost our minds and tried another family trip Disneyland. It was better that time around if you appreciate urine soaked hotel lobbies and Cops. Round three: a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth because after all that, our sense of humor prevails. 

If the first hour of the trip was a sign of what was to come, we probably should have turned around and just called it a day. Hubby and his lead foot got us a speeding ticket. Don't know what irritated me more, thinking about the cost of the ticket or the police officer's hotpants. Ha!

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Still we soldiered on. WIth a rented SUV (our poor six-footer child can no longer fit in my Jetta), a cooler filled with drinks, every salty and sweet snack WalMart could offer, iPods, DVD players, my blankie and my pillow, we made it to the Hyatt.

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It was a beautiful hotel. Complete with a King Bed and bunk beds overlooking the hotel lobby (stalkers!) and the Disneyland sky (all the better to see the fireworks).
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It gets harder and harder to get the kids to take photos anymore. I think they are too cool for school. :P This is why we make them carry around a Walgreens bag full of bottled water. Yes, we try to be green and cruel to the children at the same time. And yes, we put the bag in the picture. Ha ha. :)

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As a whole, we had a fun time. I get a little bit of guilt at the cost of a family trip but I have to remind myself that we are worth it and that we don't get to do this type of thing all the time. Abigail is only here for 6 weeks and now we have memories: getting soaked on Grizzly Bear water ride, Soaring over California, Star Tours, Ariel, It's a Small World, chafing, chocolate brownie sundae room service, "Chedda Bannies," Mama Cozza's restaurant, shuttle rides, heat exhaustion, family naps, fast passes, Fantasyland overload, frozen chocolate bananas, fart jokes, etc.

Shall I dare say, we might do this again next year? OK, maybe in two years. :)

 

 


lunch date with the parents.

I won't be seeing my father for Father's Day so I took him and my mom out to lunch today at Gordon Biersh. We geenerally don't take my parents out to restaurants that aren't Chinese because ordering is such a nightmare. My mom wants dessert instead of a meal and my dad can't be pleased. :P But oh well. They're not getting any younger and I've just come to accept that they will torture me until death do us part. Ha.

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project reorganization.

I have slowly been purging and reorganizing my scrap area. My room has looked the same for a while now and I needed a change. My hubby had built shelves desk to ceiling to utilize the space a little better, but I thought it would be fun to utilize the floor space and use the wall for decorative items.

BEFORE:

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Reorganized

Michael's had their scrapbook storage 40% off and had an additional 20% coupon. Score!

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Hubby and Junior has been building these Jetmax storage cubes and I am sure they never want to see anymore of these suckers. Oh well. :) Hubby tore down the shelves from the walls on both sides of the room and I love how the cubes look 2 cubes high.

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Here's the other side of the wall 3 cubes high. The Cropper Hopper paper holders fit perfectly in the cubes.

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Here's what's inside some of the little drawers:

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The die cut area, which was once a closet, has now been converted into a sewing area. Those Jetmax cubes are so wonderful. I can't believe I never used these before.

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We have a long way to go since the work area will now be in the center island. But so far so good. :)