I just spent the last 4 days with the girls and my person.
It was unbelievable! I’ve been to Disneyland many times in the past, but this was the first time I actually felt the magic of that place.
My person, Aaron is a hard core Disney fanatic. The stuff he knows blows me away. He planned our whole trip and I swear there is a special place in heaven for him.
SIX hours in a car singing every single Disney song ever recorded.
Picking up Kara was so awesome! Her Facebook post: “Just hopped off the plane at LAX…” and that of course prompted us to crank up that song and dance in the parking lot to it. After 2 hours of sleep in more than 24 hours and we are all dancing in Lot C of LAX. We were parked under the path that the airplanes took to land and seeing the planes coming in so low was exhilarating. So many times I would scratch my head and ask myself, “How did I get here? and what did I do right to deserve this kind of happiness?”
Day one was doing some crazy stuff that Aaron had planned out. We went back to the house and got ready. He had planned for Shea to take a hip hop dance class at one of the best dance academys in Santa Monica. This was a surprise and she had no idea. Aaron and Alyx had planned to get her dance clothes and let her know once we got there. She was blown away and scared to death. I told her, “Just go in and make a friend. All you have to do is go have fun.” Can I just say, “DAMN!” That girl can DANCE! She was picking up on all the moves so quickly and by the end of the class she had the whole routine down and the execution of it was flawless. To say I was blown away is a complete understatement. She has been telling me awhile that she wanted to take classes, but I didn’t realize that the importance of it to her. I’m looking into it now.
After we left we went to this UN FREAKING BELIEVABLE book store. I just wish I had about 6 days to explore in there. If I wasn’t completely exhausted at that point, I would have been giddy.
Dinner was so good that Kara shot me a warning look to stop looking like I was praying and chewing at the same time.
Disneyland. I can’t even describe it. TWICE I will have used this phrase because it fits, OH THE FEELS! So many feels.
As I waited in line for Peter Pan and I watched my oldest daughter teaching our family how to communicate in sign language, to the countless times while standing in lines and getting people to join in on singing with us to Disney songs, to watching Shea start shaking because she was about to get her picture taken with Sully, to Alyx nearly having her knees buckle because she got to meet Jessie, to the highlight of seeing Aaron totally bust out in Fantasmic dance, to getting stuck on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for 45 minutes and not even caring because that was 45 minutes I wasn’t walking or waiting in line.
The whole first day was crammed with so much to do and see.
For the part of me that knows the best part was who I was with and the precious valuable time we had together, I am so grateful. For the part just for me, I think it was feeling that life can be magical. You can wish upon a star and wishes to come true. Good beats out Evil. There is a such thing as Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After. That’s what I took away from this weekend.
I have so many stories from this weekend and I was writing them in my head as I went along, but there isn’t enough time.
I got home around 10pm on Monday. It had started out a weird Monday because of a misunderstanding with an old friend and I. The great part was that it happened and then we talked and it was worked out in less than a few hours. That was something I had forgotten could happen. People could misunderstand each other and then quickly talk it out.
This is important for me and It’s on the top of the green flag list. Notice how I didn’t say, ‘red flag’? I’m trying to stay away from that form of negativity. Instead of focusing on things that will stop me in my tracks, I’m focusing on the things that are going to propel me forward in my path. That was a “proceed forward” moment and one of those things when I do decide to tell the story, it will be one of the main reasons it worked out.
The weeks gearing up to Disneyland have been beautiful too. I had my weekend get away and it was perfection. We talked and laughed for hours. The time went too fast though so we decided to spend the next weekend together where we could just hang out and catch up on old times. We played pool, danced to 80’s music and we watched the sun come up before we laughed ourselves to sleep. Two hours later we got up and went on a hike that was so amazing with all the new life and green fields of flowers and butterflies. The four hour nap afterward was the best.
That night we watched the sun go down, the moon come up slowly in the sky, move around the horizon and then watched the sun come. We never ran out of things to tell each other and the stories we had to share were endless. When the birds came out we finally got sleep and at noon on Easter morning we got up and made omelettes.
If I could tell a young Kristine anything it would be, “this person is going to be your friend…forever. be kind. don’t be afraid. it will all come back around someday”
Sometimes it’s ‘ Once upon a time…”. Sometimes it’s “Happily Ever After”. Sometimes you get lucky and you get both.