Friday night when Jim got off work, he and my mom and I piled into my car with our formal wear and a giant sack of healthy snacks and hit the road. Sevenish hours later, we pulled up to our hotel and couldn't fall into bed quick enough (with one exception: we stayed at the Doubletree and they have those yummy chocolate chip cookies? Yea, Mom and I had to eat ours before we slept).
The next morning we forwent arriving at the park when it opened in favor of sleeping a few more hours, which I ended up quite grateful for. More on that later.
We got to the park just after 10 a.m. and spent a few hours with BJ and Ashley before they went back to their hotel for naps (they DID arrive at the park when it opened).
After lunch, Mom and Jim and I took off on our own and hit up our favorite rides: Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (which had insanely long lines due to its new holiday makeover), and we got fast passes for Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Unfortunately, when we went to use our fast passes BOTH rides had just broken down. What the heck kind of bad luck is that? Not to mention, the rides I listed above are pretty much the only ones we got to ride. We didn't even get to California Adventure because there were SO many people. I haven't been to Disneyland in the past few years when it's been this packed.
It really rather put a damper on our day, and made me both thankful and regretful that we slept those extra hours. If we hadn't, I'd have been cranky as a hungry bear, but we'd also have had more time to go on rides in the morning. Oh, well. It is what it is.
I discovered one cool thing though: there's a boat with my name in Pirates of the Caribbean!
After we waited for about half an hour for Space Mountain to get back up and running, we gave up and went back to the hotel to change for dinner. BJ and Ashley picked us up a little early and we headed back to the park for Rome Valley Vineyards' annual winemaker's dinner at Club 33.
BJ and Ashley. The girl peeking out from behind Ashley is Rachel, the manager (who was very cool, by the way). The guy is Matt. He was our server for my bachelorette party last year. And me and Mommy.
So back to last weekend. Dinner was amazing. So many courses of delicious food, such good wine and a great group of people. Despite some hiccups during the day, the evening turned out really well. Ashley turned 21 a couple of days before, so we celebrated her birthday as well as the new wine from the vineyard. I wish someone had gotten a photo of it, but BJ actually presented me with a really nice framed copy of the new label which I helped design as well as helping name the wine.
We left the park well after closing. It's one of the coolest things. Picture this: it's dark. It's quiet. There are no people anywhere, except those who are cleaning and getting everything ready for the next day. Main Street is deserted. It's one of the most bizarre and fascinating things I've ever seen.
Once back to the hotel, we took another annual photo:
And one with Jim, because he's pretty important too. :)
The next morning we got up, met BJ and Ashley and some of their other friends for breakfast and then started our seven hour drive home.
The weekend was short and crazy and fun and exhausting and it made me soooo glad to stay home and veg (and pack!!) this past weekend. Now we've got more craziness ahead as we get to the end of our escrow period just in time for the holiday madness to begin. I guess I'd better start working on controlling my stress because the end is nowhere in sight!
Have a great Monday!!!