Disneyland 2010

Oh my…this is long overdo. 
In my defense, I was waiting to get some pictures from my sister as I pretty much just took pictures of my kiddos…but I am STILL waiting for her to upload them to kodak share. 
So if my dear, beloved sister ever uploads them, you might get a chance to see more of our trip besides my two precious ones. But for now, this is the best I’ve got. ha. 
A couple words before the pictures…this year we decided to do our family trip very late in the year and unfortunately, the time we normally go {the first week in December}, our hotel that we always stay at was booked. Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel? Well, if you have, you know why we would move our trip around just to stay there. It’s AMAZING. If you ever plan on going to Disneyland and have a little extra money to spend, spend it staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. They treat you like royalty and make your trip super memorable. Plus, all their hotels are right in the park so no transportation is needed, which is so great with kids. Especially when you have little ones like ours and they need afternoon naps. You can just pop right into your room without getting in the car, waiting for a shuttle, etc. Simply FAB.
Sheesh…I digress as usual! Ugh. 
So anyway, my point…. since everything was so last minute, unfortunately my brother Jeff, his wife Lia and their kids Andrew and Emma weren’t able to join us as Andrew is in high school now {YIKES!!} and was in the process of taking his finals {he’s super smart and wants to go to Stanford…proud Auntie here. :)} So in case you were wondering, that’s why they weren’t there. :(
Despite that my older brother couldn’t be there, one very cool part about this trip was that my younger brother, Brad, who lives in London, England, was able to do something SUPER special…surprise my parents and come on the trip as well. Since the trip was so last minute, Brad didn’t think he was going to be able to swing taking time off work to come home for Christmas as well as the trip, so he told my parents he wouldn’t be making it. But as time got closer he was able to pull some strings and called me to let me know he thought he could get a direct flight from Romania {where he works during the week} to L.A. I was so excited. He told me not to tell the parents or any of the kids {only my sister and I knew} as he wanted to surprise them, so I immediately went to work on getting him a room at the hotel and tickets to the park so he could sneak in a meet us as soon as his plane landed. 
He landed on Wednesday and made it through customs surprisingly fast, then hopped the bus over to the park, threw his bags in the room and made his way into California Adventure where we were visiting with Woody and just about to ride the AWESOME Toy Story 3 ride. I was so afraid I would blow it as my sister and I kept watching the clock, knowing his plane landed at 3, and anxiously awaiting his text that he was on his way. Luckily for me, it was a super busy day in the shop, making it necessary to relist things on my blackberry, so my parents thought all the emails I was sending was to customers…but it was Brad texting me his ETA. My dad kept saying, “You must be selling a lot today, Aim!” I just nodded and smiled! ha!!! whew! :)
Anyway, I caught the whole surprise bit on camera and to say that it was awesome is an understatement. Both my parents cried and my mom screamed bloody murder when she saw him…she must of thought he was a ghost! ha. Not to mention I’m sure everyone else around us thought we were all crazy as we were all wiping tears away and hugging like maniacs. 
It was so very special.
So with that said…welcome to our Disneyland adventure!
{Oh PS…there are quite a bit of pictures, I’m sorry. They were all so cute. So skim quickly if there is too many for you! ha}

Our mornings at Disneyland always start out at Storytellers Cafe, which is downstairs in the Grand Californian Hotel. It has a wilderness theme and a lot of the characters that visit there are from Brother Bear, Tarzan, Briar Rabbit and the Chipmunks. Jake LOVES those animals!!

As you can see, Jake dressed up as Captain Hook the first day. He wanted to see Captain Hook so badly! It was all he could talk about! He was fully in character…..

My precious girl was so good in the stroller…

In front of the castle

Obviously he’s not too fond of his Mommy kissing him! ha

So as we were walking around when we first got there, we got a lot of people telling Jake how cute he looked. One nice man yelled, “Hey Captain Hook {at Jake}, Captain Hook is over by the Fire Department!” So we ran over there to get in line. He was THRILLED!! You can see the little sequence of events here, by far the cutest part of the trip and so worth letting him dress up! :)

He found a friend!

 Sad to say goodbye! 

Our next stop was Fantasy Land to Ride the Peter Pan ride. He HAD to ride that! But first we stopped at the Sword in the Stone, where Brandon and Jake have taken a picture together every year since Jake was a baby. I think next year Jake won’t be able to sit on the stone…he’s too big! ha

Waiting in line for Peter Pan

Getting on the ride….

Next, of course, was Pirates of the Caribbean. Jake was in HEAVEN with all the other pirates and felt right at home, singing at the top of his lungs during the ride. We didn’t really get very many good pictures in there, as it was so dark and we were split up in the boat.

Getting ready to walk into Pirates. I love this picture…Evy was such a big girl holding onto Brookie’s hand.

My brother in law Dave sat with Jake and my nephew Brandon.

I wish he would have looked at the camera…ENTHRALLED with all the boats in the beginning!

When we got off Jake was in TOTAL character and kept calling himself “Captain Barbosa” {he has no idea who that really is, BTW, ha}. He kept standing on the exit steps shouting orders. 

 After that we went over to California Adventure as Jake HAD to see the Toy Story 3D Ride and Woody. I think we literally rode this ride like 5 times. No joke. He LOVED it and now we have the app on our touch so he can play it. I don’t think he made one point, he just really loved the noise, the pictures, everything about this ride is just awesome.

At this point, Brad had landed and was making his way into the park. I think you can pretty much get the idea of what was going on here. Jake and the cousins were waiting in line to see Woody, so this was a perfect place for Brad to meet up with us since we were all parked for a bit. I seriously love these pictures. They make me smile and tear up just a bit. :) Brad’s the one in the blue/grey plaid shirt, BTW. 

If you know my dad, for him to tear up is pretty shocking. BOTH my parents were crying. It was so sweet. I think all of us were crying, to be honest. Ha. The look of happiness on my parent’s faces, but especially my Dad’s, is so great here. I had been a year since they had last seen Brad.

Meanwhile, the kids were waiting for Woody and had no idea that Brad was coming. He jumped in the picture with the kids right after they saw him. It was cute.

Somehow we cut Brad out of this picture, but this was when they realize he was there… ha. Jake’s clueless, but the rest of the kids were thrilled!

PS…the green army man’s eyes…creepy yes?

After they walked away from Woody, Jake saw Brad. It was so cute, I didn’t think he would recognize him, since it had been so long since he had seen him, and we hadn’t told him he was coming, but he yelled out, “Uncle Brad!!” and gave him a big hug. So sweet!

I love this picture. My dad hurt his foot a week before this trip. It was all swollen and so painful. Being the stubborn German that we is, he refused to see the Dr after it happened or even ice or elevate it, and was attempting to walk around the park. But the end of the first day, he could barely make it and broke down and got this electric wheelchair. He was NOT happy about it, but we were thrilled as now we got to use the handicap entrance and get on all the rides first. ha. 

But seriously, if you could say a prayer for my dad. He finally went to the Dr about two weeks ago and found that he had torn his Achilles Tendon!!! He has been walking around with his foot like that for months! They are deciding whether or not they need to operate this week, or just let him heal naturally, but either way that would be almost two months off his foot altogether. My dad is a VERY active person and this is just killing him! Any prayers sent up for him I know would be appreciated {and for us- as we will have to deal with him! ha}

Anyway, this picture is so cute I think. Jake LOVED the wheelchair and just wanted to walk next to and/or ride with Gramps the entire time.
We ate that night at Rainforest Cafe, where my nephew Brandon entertained us with card tricks the entire time. Very cute.

And Jake pretended to do card tricks with the sugar packets! :)

That first day in the park was the best…the rest of the pictures following are of the second day. The third day it rained cats and dogs and I didn’t pull the camera out once! ha. Oh well….

Jake being Jake…
Had to go back and see Woody again. Note the gloves from last year’s Disneyworld trip.

Us waiting in line to see Goofy.

Dancing with the Goof

Being a goof…

My parents…

Goofy’s son Max. Jake loves this character!
Brandon and I LOVE this picture of Jake inside Mickey’s house. Doesn’t he look like a little kid?? Oh we adore that boy.

My niece Brittany. She is getting so big and she is SUCH a crack up. Super fun girl.

The Wollmer grandkids present this year L-R:

Brooke, Evelyn, Jacob, Brandon, Brittany

The Wollmer, Douglas and Miraflor Families. 

Well, that’s it. See, I told you it was all of the kiddos. ha. In fact, most of it was Jake and not even Evy. But seriously, Jake was at the PERFECT age for Disneyland. We hardly rode any rides, he just really loved seeing all the characters. They are so real to him and it’s so cute. He has no idea they are people dressed up. Really makes you remember the magic of childhood.
Oh and the Pixar parade in California Adventure at nights? AMAZING. A must see for all kids. Has all the characters and is so interactive and entertaining. The best parade there, in my opinion.
A big thanks to Mumsy and Gramps for the amazing trip!! We love you guys so much and are so thankful for our family!!

6 thoughts on “Disneyland 2010

  1. 1
    Mande says:

    The pictures of Brad and your parents made me cry. How beautiful and wonderful for you all to be together again.
    Jake is too cute in his Captain Hook costume, and actually getting to spar with Mr. Hook himself, well I can only imagine how excited Jake must have been. Loved reading this post Amy. xoxo

  2. 2
    Summer says:

    Loved all the pictures! Such a beautiful family..and as always, you look fabulous Amy!

  3. 3
    Kassie says:

    Great pics! Looks like you all had tons of fun!

  4. 4
    Jenni says:

    the beginning of this post i was grinning from ear to ear, LOVE that jake was dressed up as capt'n hook and that moment that he got to meet him had to be the BEST day of his little life!

    by the end and seeing your brother's surprise captured with photos, was beautiful! omg! bawling like a baby!

    what a wonderful trip together as family!

  5. 5
    Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: says:

    What an amazing surprise for your parents! How awesome!!

    It sounds and looks like the trip of a lifetime!


  6. 6
    Isle of View says:

    Such cute photos! Actually, I was just looking at JOn Acuff blog "Stuff Christians Like" and realized your husband looks similar to him! Just a random observation.

    Love that Hook Costume!

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