My boys make me swoon.
Despite his aversion to attention,
Andrew was a good sport to wear the birthday pin.
Lottie is at a fantastic Disney age. Everything is real. However, we soon learned that this not only includes lovely Princesses and the always friendly Mickey and Minnie Mouse; but it also means that the animals on the Jungle Cruise and the frightening pirates of the Caribbean are also real.
She was so scared! When Henry was her age, he tried every ride! We soon learned that Lottie would need to stay away from all things dark and scary (although, she would eventually embrace Pirates because I told her that Jack Sparrow is a hero). I had to talk her through a lot of the rides, reassuring her that she was safe, etc.
And then it happened. This photo is terrible quality but it's the best I have.
"Lottie, did the Princesses just wave to you?" She turned to me and nodded with a smile. I was stunned to see tears in her eyes. She was that happy! Oh my goodness. Somebody pinch me!
(Lottie on the finding nemo submarine)
Still not feeling his best, Forrest stayed close to Dad during the parade.
He still really liked it.
Other highlights from that day include Eliza bumping into a friend from her class while riding the carousel. She was so surprised! It was fun to chat with her and her family for a few minutes. If Eliza had her wish, we would have skipped the small kid attractions and focused all of our attention on roller coasters. Despite herself, she still enjoyed meeting characters as well as the parade. Henry was just so fun to be with as he was up for everything and anything (most of the time). He hasn't been since he was four so Disneyland felt new to him too. When he was four (like Lottie) NOTHING scared him. He did every coaster and handled every spook with ease. It was fun to be back and remember that first trip.
We had an amazing first day!