Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A dream is a wish...

Happy Father's Day!
Over Father's Day weekend, my mother came out to visit and we all took Ronan to Disneyland!  This was Ronan's second trip to Disneyland.  His first trip in January was great!  He loved the rides, and his favorite was the Haunted Mansion.  This trip, however, was totally different for Ronan.  I think he was just a bit more advanced and aware.  Not to mention, Ronan is in the process of getting the last few teeth. 

Ronan loved walking around the "A Bug's Life" area.  He seemed to like looking at all the large packages and plants.  We've just started putting movies on some weekends while we are playing with Ronan, and he really enjoys Monsters Inc.  I thought he'd love the ride, but instead he was terrified.  Same goes for Ariel's ride and Toy Story.  I think Ronan was just much more aware, and found things scarey.  I was a bit disappointed until a friend pointed out how very normal this is for a toddler.  And for a moment, it felt really good to have some typical toddler issues!

*Yawn*

At the very least, Ronan enjoyed looking at the people in the park.  He's a people watcher.  His other favorite thing is to laugh at people's shadows.  Best part about this is that people have no idea that he's laughing at their shadow, it just seems like he's laughing at you :).  Ronan did get to see a lot of characters, but given his general reaction to some of the younger rides, we didn't try to take his picture with them.

We stayed at the Paradise Pier hotel, facing California Adventures.  There were two wonderful things about this place: first, we were super close, and could easily walk back for nap time, and second we got to watch World of Color from the hotel room.  During Ronan's first trip, we stayed at the Grand Californian, which was also close enough for nap time.  This is definitely the way to go with a toddler.  You know all those children sleeping peacefully in their strollers?  Ronan just pointed and smiled.  He was NOT interested in sleeping in his stroller, or resting at all. 

The adults, however, had a great time! Grandma got some wonderful snuggling in, post-Disney, and Paul and I got to go on some of our favorite rides. 
Grandma snuggles are the best!

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