the one where I post about all the other stuff we did on our trip

So we started off Friday morning for Vegas-stayed the night with Rory’s sister who lives there. The girls did really good in the car that day. Rory is a champ and drove the whole time. Go honey, go honey….it’s yo birthday! okey….

Read this in about 5 hours…it was really good, can’t wait for the second one to come out this week!

The second day we hit a bad snowstorm in Utah and ended up stuck in traffic, not moving, for about 2 hours. Add a flat tire a little while later and we were all super cranky! We finally got to Orem (3 hours later than planned!) and had a nice dinner with my sister, brother, and their spouses and kiddo.

We then spent the rest of the week stuffing out faces with delicious food….Cafe Rio, Chick Fil-A, Tucanos, sushi…..

I made some pretty darn amazing cupcakes for my sister’s birthday! (the recipe) WOW these were good, and quite the show stoppers.

I was able to meet up with the awesome Shauna from Shwin and Shwin, at Hobby Lobby, and we chatted for a long time about sewing, blogging, kids, and random stuff. I had so much fun, Shauna!


After the SNAP conference was over, we got ready to drive back to Vegas for the night…and then onto…..DISNEYLAND!


We kept it a secret from the girls…well, Sadie, and she had no clue up until we walked in and told her. lol! We kept asking…do you know where we are?…and she’d shake her head.


She was very very excited and insisted we go on the teacups and dumbo-PRONTO. (this was a daily occurence)

 Charlotte was happy to go along with anything-except holding our hands and walking next to us. Grr. We forgot our stroller, also, so we had to rent one. They’re not too bad, but sheesh…I missed my double wide jogger!

She was on cloud 9!

 As you can see, sitting on the Mickey ears was one of her favorite things to do. 😉

Rory said she was driving this all by herself-pressing on the gas included! I’m impressed.

Day two: Sadie had a mini meltdown and so C and I went on the Casey Jr. train. She loves trains but I’m not sure she figured out she was on one. lol. Every time the monorail went by she yelled at it though. “BYE BYE TRAIN!”

These girls are such good little friends. Until Sadie gets too affectionate, if you know what I mean, and it ends up in a stranglehold.

We had great weather! the crowds weren’t too bad either, though they were the best Wednesday morning of course…when we were leaving. :(

Sadie was a trooper and walked a lot, but when she got tired she hopped on the front of the stroller and it worked quite well with two!

I was really excited to wear my Minnie Mouse dress I’d thrifted awhile ago…the darn wind kept blowing it around though…wish I’d brought a slip.

I think we went on this carousel 3 times in a row. One of the sweet employees kept making a big deal out of Sadie, calling her princess, and such…and Sadie was eating it up!

We also went on the Ferris Wheel, which we weren’t sure the kids would like, but it turns out Sadie is a little crazy…and loves heights. (agh, she did not get that from me!) She LOVED seeing the park! or as she put it, “THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, MOM!”

And thank goodness for these awesome Mickey stickers they gave us while we waited in line. The girls did really well waiting, but these definitely helped.

I had to get a pic of my favorite window on Main Street!

Bye bye Disneyland! See you in September!

Before we got on the road, we hit up Cafe Rio once more and I got my favorite, the steak salad. You better believe I ate it all. yum yum. I get to scarf it down it again this week when we head back down to Long Beach for Time Out For Women! Anyone going?


  1. Wow! Looks like you all had a blast at Disney. We are taking our boys next year, to Disney World back home!

    I know all about traveling with little ones! We moved from Maryland to Washington with a two year old and a 3 month old! Make sure you have plenty of snacks, movies work well, little toys, and lots of songs! :)

    Your family is adorable, btw!

  2. I am so jealous!! My husband was going to surprise us all with a May trip to the Big D, but it’s not going to work out. (Darn Star testing at school!!) Don’t know when we’ll go back again, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you.

  3. Your girls are so cute! Looks like you guys had fun!

  4. looks so fun!! I just read Divergent too – can’t wait to see what comes next…

  5. It looks like everyone had such a wonderful time. Your girls are just the cutest:) Those cupcakes look A-mazing!! I may have to try that recipe:)

  6. Whoop whoop! It was so fun meeting up with you! Looks like Disney was a blast it is the happiest place on earth :)

  7. What a fun trip!

  8. I’m glad to hear you liked Divergent. I’m several chapters in and still on the fence. I suppose it gets better? I hope so, because the second book arrived today…

    Disneyland looked so fun!

  9. The look on Sadie’s face is priceless!! Looks like a great trip!! I love Cafe Rio. :) I really wanted to take Ansley to Disneyland before her birthday but that didn’t happen.

  10. What fun parents you are surprising your kids with Disneyland!! Looks like you had a fun trip!!
    P.S. I’m reading Insurgent right now, love those books!!

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