i've always had a fantasy where i surprise the kids with a trip to Disneyland. in the fantasy, they erupt into squeals of excitement and laud me as a hero. it's a memory they cherish for the rest of their natural lives. this week i had the opportunity to make the fantasy a reality. unfortunately for me, the reaction was not what i anticipated. instead of screams of joy, i was met with screams of terror and crying. this was perplexing. not what i expected....at all....
it seems i traumatized these guys by making them go into Sleeping Beauty's Castle. it frightened them, and somehow this was the only memory of Disneyland they had.
after a quick review of the other fun things to do there, and a promise to avoid the castle, they were on board. it was a magical day, full of fun rides, magical encounters with favorite characters, and many rides on the carousels.
Avery was in heaven visiting with her favorite Rapunzel! and the princess didn't disappoint, giving the kids lots of special attention and loves.
Madeline got the special treat of meeting her idol, Cinderella. we saw her a few other times walking around and she would wave and say, "hi Maddie." that is one cool princess!
i thought we had lucked out and seen every girls' favorite princess. up until now, i thought Ariel was Anna's favorite, but no, it's Aurora. maybe next time.
we ended the day as we began it, on the merry go round. Maddie assumed the position of wonder.
great day to share with Aunt LoLo and KiKi, and Leila and Jude. we love our family!!!