May 27th, 2011

Just as I had expected.

We escaped the dreary May weather of Seattle, headed south towards the land of 72° and sunny (The O.C.)…where It happened to be RAINING upon our arrival. Meanwhile, back in Seattle, friends are posting photos of their pasty selves frolicking in the sun. The weather got better down there—never hot, which was fine. Even Churros don’t make up for the smell of crowds at Disneyland on a scalding day.

We’ve only flown with both kids a few times now but this was the first time we decided to take the kids’ car seats on the plane with us. Based on this experience, I’ve determined a couple of things: 1) Car seats are heavy. Why? probably to discourage morons from carrying them through security and onto airplanes; and punish those who do with hand cramps. 2) Taking car seats on a plane is much less about safety than it is about 5-point harnessing your kids to the seat, with no chance of them escaping into the aisle and towards the cockpit, only to have them tackled by an air marshal and placed on the no-fly list for the remainder of their lives.

Charlie and lucy visit Disneyland

The happiest...place...on...earthâ„¢

We’ve been building this trip up and Lucy has been talking about going to “Micky Mouse House” for months now. Unfortunately we scarred her experience by first taking her on the scariest ride of them all: PETER PAN. Luckily we were eventually able to earn back her trust—just as we got to the front of the Pirates of the Caribbean line. I apologize to the city of Anaheim for the shrill sounds you may have heard last Wednesday. For the remainder of the time, she spent her days going back and forth between the Teacups and the Carrousel.

Thunder Mountain

The wildest ride in the wilderness

Charlie, on the other hand, loved every second of it—except maybe the haunted mansion. I even tricked him onto going on Thunder Mountain with me. “Hey Charlie, want to go on the train ride with me?” He claimed to enjoy it, but seemed skeptical for the rest of the trip.

We had a great time, although it’s nice to be back in Seattle…where it’s raining once again.

View more photos from the trip over at our Flickr Page.

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