If you couldn’t tell from the title, the following is a birth story. A long birth story. So if you’re into that sort of thing, read on. (And if you’re not, skip this post and go straight to the next one for pictures.)
We visited some friends in Carlsbad for the Fourth of July.
Traffic was good, and it was fun to drive down to my old hometown. I wish we’d had more time so we could’ve driven around Vista, but instead I just looked at freeway exits and thought, I used to go to the beach off that exit…Our house was off that exit…My first job was off that exit…
They fed us good food — oh my goodness, I ate so much — and then we walked down to the beach to watch the sunset. Kyle and Adelaide went in the ocean, and I stayed up on our blanket while Augie dug in the sand. The sun sank over the horizon, purple and pink and orange.
Kyle and Adelaide flew a kite with some success.
There were fireworks shows from Legoland and Oceanside off in the distance, but fireworks lose their charm when they’re way off like that, you know? It’s just not as exciting when you can’t hear the explosions. Thankfully, as we were leaving — BOOM! — a big homemade display went off right in front of us. It was a pretty impressive show for guerrilla fireworks.
Then we went back to the house and had graham crackers and chocolate because the marshmallows had gone bad in the pantry.
But I didn’t take pictures of any of that stuff. Just of Adelaide enjoying the company of our friend’s dog, Henry:
Once they noticed the camera, all the girls wanted to get into the picture:
That’s one lucky dog.
We squeezed in one more Disney trip on this year’s passes.
It was a busy day, but we did a few rides.
We went on the Disneyland railroad.
Then we spent some time in Fantasyland. Adelaide said she wanted to go knock on the door for kids. So we went to ToonTown, where there are lots of little houses and stores and trick doors for kids to play with. Adelaide pretended to be a puppy.
And Augie copied her, because he’s her little shadow.
Then a bunch of fireworks went off in the Acme building across the way.
Later we went back to Fantasyland, and Adelaide said she wanted to knock on the door for kids. Turns out this is what she was talking about:
It’s a little house outside of the teacup ride. Apparently it’s a thing to knock on this door, because there were other kids doing it, too.
Now we know.
We took the day off to go to Disneyland with some friends a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t realize was that the park would be open 24 hours that day. Needless to say, the park was full, and more people showed up by the hour. But we still had a fun time. We got there around 11 and stayed until 8 or 9.
Our friends discovered on the tram ride that their passes were blocked out that day (sad face) so they upgraded their passes so they could hang out with us (happy face). I took some pictures of Adelaide and Augie while they figured out their options at the ticket booth.
(Shortly after these photos, Augie fell and bumped his head on the concrete. As usual.)
The fun part about busy days is that you end up doing things that you don’t usually do. We rode the Mark Twain. We rode the Storybook boat – which Kyle and I found extra enjoyable this time. We rode Casey Jr. and the teacups. We went to California Adventure and did some rides in A Bug’s Land. Then we went to the woodsy playground area over in California Adventure and let the kids run around while the adults sat and talked.
I guess Adelaide wasn’t too excited about taking a picture.
Oh, we also rode the rockets. Look how busy it is in the background.
(That’s our friends’ daughter sitting with Adelaide and Kyle in the rocket.)
One thing we didn’t get to do…well, two things: We didn’t get to do the Frozen Sing-a-Long – it was full by the time we got there, 10 minutes early. And we didn’t get to see World of Color, which our friends have never seen. It was just too crowded, and by sunset, we were all pretty tired.
When we left, the park was more packed than ever, and there was a line of cars backed up from the parking garage onto the freeway offramp of people just arriving for the overnighter. We were glad to be making our escape.
Until next time, Disneyland…
One of our neighbors put some tires out in the alley, so I rolled one over to our yard, and Kyle made it into a tire swing for the kids.
This rope turned out to be too stretchy, so Kyle picked up a thicker rope the next day.
They’ve been playing on it every day since. Augie sits in the middle and Adelaide climbs up top. And sometimes, if they get their pajamas on and teeth brushed on time, Daddy will give them a big push on the swing before bed.
Kyle’s working on our garage, which means a bunch of our old stuff is out on the patio, which means the kids are getting into a bunch of our old stuff.
Augie’s been bringing me pictures all evening.
Here are a couple from when we went to Disneyland with my Dad six years ago.
– I was about 5 months pregnant with Adelaide in these pictures. Now I’m about 5 months pregnant with our third kid! And we’re going to Disneyland tomorrow.
– My dad bought us Disneyland passports, which we’ve renewed every year since.
– a 1-day, 1-park pass was $66 in 2008. Now it’s $96.
– I was wearing a button up polyester shirt with a pointillist shipyard scene that I bought from an antique store in college. Kyle was wearing a yellow sweatshirt…I think it was American Apparel via the thrift store. It must have been chilly because I’m also wearing a sweater and a Members Only jacket.
– We were so young, so emaciated, so pale, so poor. But we had The Rock (our church), choir, WIC, and each other. And Disneyland passes! (Thanks, Dad.)
– The Submarine Voyage is closed down now.
– I look a lot like my dad, especially with the sun in my eyes.
Adelaide: I decided I am not going to get married.
Daddy: Why is that?
Adelaide: Because I want to stay with Augie and you and Mommy.
Mommy: Well I think that is a good decision. I definitely want you around for the next 15 or 20 years.
Mommy: But if you change your mind, just let us know.
Adelaide: I will never change my mind. I am sure.