Owen’s First Disneyland Trip

On July 2, we took off for Disneyland! It was Owen’s first trip and my bajillionth trip! I can’t even properly describe my deep, deep love for all things Disney!

Marshall wasn’t able to take time off from work, so we went with my mom, both sisters, and my brother! Bri and I missed our husbands, but it was great to get some sibling time! 

I was extremely nervous for the plane. I just know that babies don’t always handle the changing cabin pressure well, and I really didn’t want to deal with cranky passengers while trying to deal with a cranky baby. But, he actually did pretty amazing! No cries, whatsoever! He really enjoyed looking out the window and coloring with the crayons we got!

Once we arrived, we had the absolute best time! We didn’t really worry too much about nap time or bedtime, and I’m glad we didn’t worry! Because even though his sleep schedule was thrown way off, it didn’t affect his mood at all! He was the most mellow kid during the whole trip!

Owen was very unsure of the characters, as you’ll see in the photos, he’s got the most grumpy look with every single character! 


He did end up warming up to the characters by the end of the trip, though! He loved Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and the princesses!

Then there was us adults! We had an absolute blast! It was so great getting some much-needed sibling time!

While there, I happened to experience one of the greatest moments of my life. I met Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers!! My favorite player on my favorite team…I completely fan-girled, cried, hyperventilated…and he still took a picture with me!! Excuse the crazed look in my eyes…I said I was crying!

I made it back and white to hide my blotchiness…at least he looks good!!

I know that some people are totally against taking kids this small to Disney, but I’m just so glad that I did. The memories that I made were priceless, and I’ll treasure these sweet photos for the rest of my life.

Owen had such a great time, and I really did, too! It was definitely a different kind of trip, but it was great! I still got to go on plenty of rides, we just had to take things slower than we usually do, which worked out just fine! I mean, just look at these smiles! 

Totally worth the trip!


31 Days of Lists – October 27

I totally forgot yesterday’s list. It was asking for words I hate, and I was so not into it, so we’re just missing a day! Oh well.

Today’s list is asking for stuff that I’m allergic to. But, I only have two allergies: grass and cigarette smoke. Grass causes itchiness, cigarette smoke causes an asthmatic reaction.

Awesome list.

So, instead, I’m changing the list to something totally random and fun!

My Favorite Rides at Disneyland/ California Adventure:

1. The Indiana Jones ride!

2. California Screamin’

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

4. Grizzly River Run

5. Soarin’ Over California

6. The Haunted Mansion

7. Star Tours

8. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

9. Pirates of the Caribbean

10. Radiator Springs Racers

11. Jungle Cruise

And, though not technically rides, I love all the shows! My favorites are Turtle Time With Crush, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

If you’ve been to Disneyland, what were your favorites? I left off a few great ones like Splash Mountain and Tower of Terror, because the scare me half to death! But are those on your list?

Taking My Disney Obsession Too Far

I am an adult obsessed with Disney. I was raised on all the classics. As a kid, I went to Disneyland every year. I like every Disney-related page there is to like on Facebook.

And I am not ashamed.

But I may have hit a new level of obsession tonight. Christmas is quickly approaching, and in my quest to find adorable, affordable, and fun gifts for my would-be 8-month-old, I stumbled across something magical: the ‘Tsum Tsum.’

Oh my word, these things are the cutest damn things I’ve ever seen! They may just be the new beanie baby! If you haven’t heard of them, you NEED to go here right now!

I don’t really know what it is that I love so much. Their size? Their shape? Maybe the diversity in available characters? Or perhaps it’s the fact that ‘tsum tsum’ means ‘stack stack,’ and that is just too adorable.

And at these prices, I may just buy one of each! I’ll have the whole collection! I mean, they’ll be wrapped under the Christmas tree with Owen’s name on them. And they’ll be stacked in his room. And I suppose he’ll be allowed to play with them.

But we all know who they’re really for.

Oh, and the tsum tsum app? Yeah, I’m already way farther in the game than I care to admit.