November 27th, 2013
We used uncle Jason’s season pass to take the kids to Disneyland today. I was afraid that it wouldn’t work since your picture shows up at the gate when they scan your annual pass. However, we were able to get through without a hitch. I guess the saying that “all Asians look alike” really does ring true. Since it was a Wednesday, we thought the place wouldn’t be as packed. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Being that it was a day before the Thanksgiving Holiday, many people were in town early to visit relatives and decided to take in the day at Disneyland.
As for the park, Madison looks like she has finally gotten over her fear of park rides. She enjoyed her time here and we sat on quite a few rides. She even sat on “It’s a small world.” A ride that she refused to sit on a year ago. We caught the Christmas parade and also ended up staying pretty late since we also stuck around for the firework show as well. We had dinner near Pirates of the Caribbean and sat outside with a view of the Fantasmic show. Well, we couldn’t see much, but we could hear the show as it was going on. After dinner, we were in the perfect location for the firework show. That capped out a great day at the park. Seeing how much the kids enjoyed the park, the time has finally come for us to get a pass. With uncle Jason’s pass still valid for another year, we think we’ll get one after that.
November 24th, 2013
Mommy loves going to the Farmer’s Market. Just mention the words Farmer’s Market and she’ll pop up out of bed and be all ready to go! I’ve heard about the Hollywood Farmer’s Market for a while now and today, we decided to visit it. Supposedly, it’s one of the larger and nicer market out there. I had envisioned something similar to the one we went to in San Diego, which is the best we’ve been to so far. However, this market was a little of a letdown. It was large, just not as large as the San Diego one. There weren’t many samples handed out and there really wasn’t anything special about this place.
We did spend a nice Sunday morning there. We walked around for an hour or two and decided to grab brunch there as well. Needless to say, that was also a little disappointing. Afterward, it was back home for the kids to take their nap.
November 23rd, 2013
We visited an old favorite place in Legoland today. We forgot out camera in the car and were too lazy to trek back to the parking lot to get it. We figured we’ve been here numerous times so there was no need for the camera. We took all of these pictures below with the phone camera.
Legoland was a blast for the kids, especially for Evan. Madison was a lot more brave today and went on nearly all the rides that Evan went on. It seems that she has gotten a lot better and is nearly over her fear of theme park rides. Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue. We stayed until the park nearly closed at 5pm. With today’s visit, we also got free passes to return early next year, so the kids will be happy about that.
November 9th, 2013
We bought tickets to the Wild Animal Park probably 6 months ago via Living Social. I forgot that we had tickets until recently and they were expiring soon. Uncle Jason also got in on the deal with us so we made a little trip out of this with the kids. What initially looked like a cold day in Escondido turned out to be really hot when we got there. Everyone was dressed like they were going to Big Bear. Luckily for me, I was the only one who dressed appropriately with my shorts.
We spent a few hours there with the kids checking out the animals and then taking the long tram ride around the park. The Safari Park is a boring place, but we paid nearly next to nothing with the deal, so for us it was worth it. After the park, we rushed down to Anaheim to try out the Ranch Restaurant. Reviews and pictures on Yelp looked amazing. The bread and appetizers that came out justified those reviews. Unfortunately, it was all down hill from there. Sadly to say, the appetizer was the best part of the meal. We think that most of these reviews were from out of town visitors coming to Disneyland. I guess when you live in the red neck portions of Arkansas and eat Mickey D’s everyday, this probably is a good meal compared to that. I guess we’ll stay away from restaurant near touristy area from now on.
November 5th, 2013
Happy Birthday to our little man! Our lives have never been the same since you entered it 2 years ago. There is not a dull day that goes by with you around. Your sister fears for her flesh with your carnivorous ways, while we fear getting smacked across the head and face with your gun or sword. With that being said, we wouldn’t change a thing about you and we’re so lucky to have you in our lives. Continue being the care free little boy that you are. May all your dreams and wishes come true. May you achieve all that you stride for, but most of all, may you be happy in all that you do in life!
-Mommy, Daddy, and JeJe