[This picture was taken on the afternoon of our fourth and last day. If we look like we’ve been hit by a truck, don’t judge.]
Saturday: Packed and left town a bit before 5 pm. Drove all night.
Sunday: After stopping to rest for an hour or two because neither of us could keep driving, arrived in Anaheim around 8:30 am. Parked (an adventure in itself), grabbed breakfast from the cooler, filled backpacks, changed into fresh clothes, walked into the park, picked up tickets, and began in Disneyland around 9:30 am. It was busy, and we were a tad exhausted, but we managed a full day until about 6 pm—and then we all hit a wall. We walked out of the park, had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, checked into the hotel, unloaded all our stuff, and passed out.
Monday: We didn’t manage a single early morning because we were so exhausted. But we stayed in California Adventure for about 12 hours, had a super late supper at Denny’s, then collapsed in bed.
Tuesday: We spent a slightly shorter day in Disneyland, had supper outside the park around 6 pm, picked up cheesecake to-go, and spent a slightly more leisurely late evening at the hotel.
Wednesday: The morning and early afternoon were spent at California Adventure (where we ate a big lunch), and late afternoon and evening in Disneyland. We broke down and rented a stroller for Lola, which was a life-saver. I was drop-dead tired by about 8 pm, so Lola and I walked back to the hotel while the boys closed down the park.
Thursday: We took our time packing up and checked out just before 11 am. After a Target necessities stop and lunch at Chipotle, we left Anaheim at 12:30. And drove and drove and drove. When we arrived home at 4:30 am, we promptly fell into bed.
Drive: blessedly uneventful (other than that one guy who was swerving in front of us, crossed a lane of traffic, bounced off the cement divider and kept driving), if a bit long. We had a bit of fog coming and going but absolutely no precipitation, very little road construction, no rush-hour traffic, and a completely clear pass over the mountains.
Weather: absolutely gorgeous and perfect in the upper 70s. Sunshine, shorts, and palm trees. Wahoo!
Children: healthy and relatively well-behaved. (Considering our vacation track record, this is a minor miracle.)
[Laundry and organizing is on the docket for today. More pictures tomorrow. Then it’s time to get ready for the reality of Monday.]