Thursday, March 12, 2009

Low Expectations = A Perfectly Great Day

In past years, the boys have had a joint birthday party. They are only 15 months apart so they have the same friends and are used to sharing everything anyway. As a family we celebrate their individual birthdays on their actual birth date. But for the big party, we pick a day half way between.

I actually like planning parties (but since our wedding I never plan anything but kid's parties). But due to some circumstances at the boys' school, I gave them the option of having a party with their friends or going to Disneyland with the family (knowing full well what they'd choose). They had never been to Disneyland before but several of their friends have season passes so they were very curious.

I am not a Disney fan. And the last couple of times I've gone to Disneyland I've left feeling so depleted. So this was a big deal for me to go. But seeing it through their first-time eyes, was so worth it.

Here's the lowdown:
62: number of times Logan kicked Jack out of shear boredom while waiting in lines

138: dollars spent just to get into the Magical Kingdom (and that was only paying for half the family!)

4: maximum number of hours I thought we'd stay

9+: number of hours we actually stayed (from before opening to after closing!)

2: number of ridiculously long strands of red licorice required to bribe the boys

12: dollars to park the car (how else would we have gotten there?)

2: number of ridiculously long lollipops to bribe the boys

276: number of times Jack asked if we could leave (because we promised him a birthday present at the end of the day)

276: number of times I kicked myself for promising said present

0: number of presents actually bought at the end of the day (Jack had so much fun he decided he really didn't need anything)

82: number of times Logan tried to sneak on a ride with another family at the head of the line instead of waiting with us

unquantifiable: the smiles on Jack and Logan's faces throughout the day

I'm still amazed at how many people were there. (Even on a non-holiday weekday, there was a line to get in to the parking lot a full hour before the park opened!)

I'm still amazed at how expensive it was. As a money-saver we snuck in our own lunches and snacks. (Though we did get some odd looks while chowing down on pb&j sandwiches in line for Peter Pan. We got even odder looks while snacking on broccoli and carrots in line for another ride.)

I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that "the happiest place on earth" was actually a happy place for us. Of course, the bar has been set. Expectations have risen. We are screwed if we ever go again!

In the meantime, I'm going to remember Jack sitting on my lap watching Fantasmic (the night show) and whispering to me, "Mama, this was the best birthday ever!"


  1. Awwwwwwwwwww!! That last sentence was the best!!!!!!!

    LOL @ the number count!! Good one!!!!

    We need to go back there again! We drove down there 2 yrs ago and the kids had a blast!! It's not too far from us either since we'd be driving from the Bay Area!

  2. Happy Birthday buddy! That looks like it was so fun!

    Have a great weekend and dont miss my first Monthly Miracles post if you havent read it already!

    Love and Prayers,


  3. It sounds like the absolute perfect day and pictures with those huge smiles were pretty wonderful!

  4. Great pictures. Looks like a funny day:)


  5. So glad it was that great for him. How fun! We hope to take the kids to Disney World this summer. Wish us luck:)

  6. I love the 2nd picture! Hahaha! His face is really worth a million words.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Wow. Im glad it turned out well for you, sometimes those big expeditions have such high expectations they end up being a let down. you are so right for not expecting much, but im so glad you got more! the pictures are awesome - great photography!

  8. Those pics are fantastic. Wish my boys could join them in the fun!

  9. Fabulous post! I just loved it, especially the photos!

  10. Wow! What a great birthday celebration! I loved reading your stats, especially the one where you kicked yourself for promising a present. Kids remember the strangest things, huh? Why don't they rememeber when we say things like "Don't throw that/ Don't hit/ Don't eat that off the cement floor"?


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