Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's Saturday, So This Must be Disneyland - Again!

Before I get to recounting our great day at Disneyland, I need to backtrack a bit. I've been away from my computer and most other things all week. On Monday morning I awoke with a tremendous, vicious pain between my shoulder blades. I thought I had just slept on it wrong and that the pain would subside once I was up and moving. This was not the case.

Once I got the kids off to school that morning, I practically crawled into Massage Envy, a massage chain whose services I had used in Virginia. Luckily, they had an opening at 10AM. I had the masseuse work on just my upper body, specifically where the pain had localized - pretty much from the right side of my neck, right shoulder blade and right arm. I did get a bit of temporary relief. But, by Monday evening the pain was worse. I took some Motrin and EX Tylenol then headed off to bed, where I slept, fitfully, on a heating pad. By Wednesday, with no relief in sight, I went to a chiropractor. Again, temporary relief but within a few hours, the pain was back with a vengeance. I should mention that James left for Washington, DC on Sunday and was not due to return until this (Saturday) morning. I was on my own with the kids and both were really great with helping out around the house and playing nurse.

Finally, on Friday morning, I saw a local Urgent Care physician. She prescribed a potent muscle relaxer along with a pain killer. I've finally gotten some relief - though I'm not crazy about taking the drugs. In this case, however, it seemed the only way to regain some mobility.

I wanted to be in tip-top shape for our visit to Disneyland today. My friend, Donna, had thoughtfully forwarded an invitation for a group (China adoptive parents) gathering at Disneyland. Donna, Andrew and their beautiful daughters - Maddy and Gwen - had welcomed our family to their home in Northern California two years ago. Now that we are all in the same state, I was very excited to see them all again. Josie remembered how much fun she had playing with the girls and she was excited to see them again too!

Since I was not on the computer for most of the week, I missed the email Donna had sent with her cell phone number. Murphy's Law kicked in for Donna's family too. Their flight into Orange County was cancelled and they had to switch flights and airports. We arrived at Disneyland at 10 this morning, hoping to catch up with the group. Didn't happen. We went to the restaurant where lunch was scheduled to take place, didn't see anyone there either.

Finally, as we staked our claim on a piece of curbing to watch the 3:30PM 'Celebrate Today' parade - I happened to see Donna, Andrew, Gwen and Maddy! We exchanged quick hugs - they were headed back to their hotel for naptime and we were headed home after the parade. We were able to see the whole family though only for about 3 minutes. They all looked happy and healthy and we were so pleased to just be able to say hello. I will catch up with all of them again, I hope, when I head up to Northern California in October.

So, on to the Disneyland adventure. I was thrilled to have both my girls with me. Maddie was generously taking a backseat so Josie could call the shots for the day.

We rode the carousel first and headed over to the Princess Faire to chat with the Princesses in residence. This line typically runs at about a 1 - 1.5 hour wait. While I held our place in line, Maddie escorted Josie to the princess salon to have her face painted. That killed about 15 minutes and both girls waited patiently until it was finally our turn.

Here are a few photos of Josie with the princesses:

We made a quick stop in 'Toon Town' to visit with Pluto:

After our quick visit with Donna and the family, we took our seats for the parade. Josie was absolutely thrilled to be pulled from the sidelines by one of the performers to dance. Our girl did the 'twist' and several other dances! She had a ball! The performers then pulled a rope out of nowhere and had all the kids walk through the floats and dancing characters. Josie returned to my side practically screaming that she was 'this close' to Mickey, Donald and the gang. Couldn't have wiped the smile from her face if I tried!

Upon our return home, James was waiting for the girls - to whisk them off to watch the USC game with Uncle Fred at a local pizza joint. Last week, Josie came home covered in USC buttons and a set of Pom-Poms. (Courtesy of the Alumni Assoc!) Now that I'm finishing up this post, I'm going to enjoy the quiet and slip into a nice hot bath. Hope you all have a great weekend and a restful Sunday!!


  1. So sorry the Disney day didn't quite go as planned, but it sounds like y'all had fun anyway! I wish we had been able to join you, it would have been such a great way for our girls to get to meet.
    I hope things are going well for you...things here are better now that the girls are in school and I am finally meeting people and making friends. Still doesn't feel like home, but at least it's getting better.
    Hope you are getting some relief from your back pain. It sounds miserable!

  2. Our visit was one of our favorite 3 minute chunks of the day! Wish it could have been longer though!

    Great photos! It looks like you did a lot! We didn't do much at all but still had fun. Josie has the prettiest face painting ever! I'm going to try to copy it for Maddy since Maddy LOVES to have her face painted but I usually lack imagination. I feel inspired looking at pretty Josie though!

    I hope we see you guys soon!


  3. Gr8t pictures of Disney.. WOW... it really looks like a lot of fun. Josie looks so cute. Meagan and Lauryn both said.. JoJo is sooooo lucky she gets to see all the princesses.. Too cute. Hope yu guys are well..