Happy Happy Birthday to my wonderful, sweet, funny, amazing son. 10 years went by WAY too fast.
As we get closer and closer to our trip (40 Days!!!!) we are getting some plans hammered out on what we want to do. The last trip we honestly thought that due to the cost we wouldn’t be making another trip for a very long time so we tried to squeeze in just about everything. We didn’t know what rides we would all like and which we could have skipped. I feel a lot more prepared for this trip and I think it will be a lot less overwhelming.
We also sprung for the park hopper tickets so we can go back and forth if we so choose. I know our first day in the parks will be spent at California Adventures and then we are going to hop over to Disneyland in the afternoon/evening and do some exploring on Main Street which we didn’t get to do last time. I am also hoping to ride the railroad around the whole park. If we plan it right we may be able to ride the railroad from Main Street, all the way around and get off in Tomorrrowland then hop the Monorail back to Downtown Disney.
There are a few rides and experiences that won’t be open while we are there and while it’s disappointing, not having to wait in line for hours and hours makes going in the off season very worth it.
1. Take Landon to the Main Street Magic Shop if it's still open....
2. Visit the Silhouette Store on Main Street
3. Find Hidden Mickey’s
4. Find the Beast’s Library and Ursula’s cavern in the Animation Studio building
5. Try to ride Radiator Springs Racers at night
6. Play the midway games at California Adventure and hopefully win some prizes!
7. Check out the Emporium on Main Street for souvenirs.
8. Buy a loaf of french bread and butter from Jazz Kitchen Express or get a loaf of sourdough from Boudin Bakery at DCA.
9. Take the “Secret Path” near Harbour Galley Restaurant to get to Splash Mountain, take some pictures! Start at the Harbour Galley Restaurant and head towards the right. Follow the path to Fowler’s Inn, which is just decor.
10. Visit City Hall on Main Street to become an official citizen of Disneyland
11. Visit the Chamber of Commerce in DCA to get a copy of the Buena Vista Bugle
12. Request a map of the Jungle Cruise
13. Visit Snow Whites grotto near the Castle
14. The girls want to meet Elsa and Anna. Luckily there are now fast passes for this experience.
15. Visit Snow White's Grotto which may be closed...
I am sure this list will continue to grow and I'm sure we won't get to everything but that just means another trip in our future!
We didn't really get a Christmas dinner this year. On Christmas Eve is when we celebrated with family and I gorged on homemade pizza and cookies at the first house and pigs in a blanket at the second house. On Christmas Day we had a nice breakfast before the kids went with their dad then I pretty much hung out on the couch for most of the day. We cooked a few frozen pizzas at some point and went to be early. While this was all my idea and I enjoyed just loafing on Christmas Day I still kinda wanted a nice dinner. So we bought a ham and had a late Christmas/New Years dinner on New Years day. I was going to make ham, bread, and homemade scalloped potatoes but then I saw this random photo/recipe post on Facebook last week for these amazing looking potatoes and mad them instead.
The post said for you to bake the potatoes at 375 covered for an hour and a half or something of the sort but I couldn't do that since I was baking a ham at 275 and only have one oven. So I improvised...
I first boiled my potatoes
Once they were cool I cut them almost all the way through into slices but not quite.
I put them in a greased cast iron skillet (I'm sure any pan will do)
Sprinkled them with garlic salt and an Italian dressing mix
Placed small slabs of butter all around
Added some shredded parmesan cheese...
Then broiled them to perfection.
Then we ate them all and they were good!
Sorry I can't find the original Facebook post I adapted these from. If anyone knows please let me know in the comments so I can give credit where credit is due!