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A Night to Remember: We had a super fun girls night at Disneyland last night. I drove five friends, and we went on lots of big rides and had a blast. We first did Guardians of the Galaxy, Monsters After Dark for the Halloween theme. We unknowingly sat with the three fun people in one row, and the three terrified people in another. We also did Soarin', then went to Disneyland where we got ice cream and went on Indiana Jones. Then we decided to do Splash Mountain.

I was in the front, and someone's phone got handed up to me to take a selfie. Then the log bumped and I DROPPED IT! I was so horrified, but the girl behind me was laughing so hard she couldn't even get out the words to tell us that she CAUGHT IT. I couldn't believe it. And then I got drenched. Completely drenched with a wave of water pouring on my head from the front of the boat. I got hit by another huge wave on the big drop. Fun times.

After that we did single rider on Space Mountain (Ghost Galaxy) and headed home well after 11. It was closer to 12:30 by the time I dropped everyone off and got in bed, but it was so worth it. Lots of fun memories made.

Disney Cruise: For my birthday/mother's day/15th anniversary, we went on a four-night Disney Cruise to Cabo. It was so fun! The whole family loved it. The kids loved the kids club, Arthur loved the characters, we had fun at the pools and enjoyed the shows and the food and the peace and quiet. In Cabo, John took Maggie, Sienna and Arthur to the beach, and Dalton and I went on a zipline adventure. We ziplined upside down, tandem, rock climbed, and scooted across the river on a cable. It was very exciting.

The cruise was also Halloween themed which added a whole other level of fun. We dressed as Peter Pan characters this year. John was Peter Pan, Sienna was Tinkerbell, Maggie was Tiger Lily, and Arthur, Dalton and I were Michael, John and Wendy. Arthur as Michael was the cutest thing ever. I heard a lot of "awww"s about our family costumes as we walked by and more than one turned into double "AWW!" when they saw little Arthur toddling in a pink sleeper with his teddy.

Arthur refused to eat anything but french fries, but was otherwise pretty good. He slept well at night, and crashed randomly a few times. At the Halloween party, he was dancing with Dale one minute, and asleep on me the next.

Also a funny moment: Our rooms were across from each other, so we popped back and forth a lot, especially to use the other bathroom. When I was getting Arthur ready for bed, I found myself chasing naked Arthur in the hallway while wearing my Wendy costume and a neighbor said, "Only on a Disney Cruise."

John booked us another cruise for next Christmas, so more adventure to come.

First World Disney Problems: When you’re sitting too far away to chat on the carousel so you spend the whole ride texting.

Miss Independent: For the holiday weekend, my neighbor and I took all the kids (minus Dalton who went to Utah with John) to Knott's Berry Farm. We sent the 11 year old girls off on their own with Maggie's gizmo pal to call and check in every once in a while. They had a blast! They went on all the roller coasters, and toward the end of the day, the lines were basically nothing, so they kept going and going. Meanwhile, the littles had fun in Camp Snoopy, particularly on the "jumpy cars" (Pig Pen's Mud Buggies), and Arthur loved all the trains. We also went on the Voyage to the Iron Reef together, where we got stuck for half an hour before we climbed a ladder to get out of our car and escape. It was a great day.

Dalton Turns 9: For Dalton's birthday he asked for Roblox figures, Hot Wheels tracks that turn, a fudge cake, and ice cream and Boomers with friends. Done and done!

Spoiled Friend: My little kids really love The Sound of Silence from the Trolls movie. With the creepy forest creatures singing in the background. Except Sienna insists it’s “hello darkness, spoiled friend”.

Adorable Things Arthur Does: Arthur loves to “hide” under blankets. Sometimes we’ll soend an hour hiding under a blanket reading stories, watching a show, or just snuggling.

The finger wagging. It’s so cute, I can’t even. He does it about everything. “We don’t throw things in the potty.” “We’re not buying a Christmas tree.” “We don’t eat treats.” It’s soooo cute.

And yelling “Attack!” While throwing his blankie at you. Learned that one from dad, I’m sure.

Illegal Sushi: One of Sienna’s favorite lines to quote is “Sushi? Who said anything about sushi?” From Monsters, Inc. And she likes to throw in different words. The other day, as we prepared to jaywalk, she yelled “Illegal? Who said anything about illegal?”

Fortunes: Dalton asked me to make him a fortune teller the other day. I ended up making them for everyone. I couldn’t stop laughing when he did it with me. Here are the “fortunes” he listed.

You are a animal
Pink unicorns are coming to attack you
You will die young
You are dumd (sic)
You are awesome
You are a alien
It will rain tacos
You won’t get married
He came in while I was typing this and tried to throw it away again. Future Dalton, I hope you appreciate that I’m preserving this.

Puzzles and Song: Dalton brought home a cheap 1000 piece puzzle from school and begged to do it all weekend. He lasted about five minutes, but Maggie and I have been having fun doing it. Tonight, after the third time I sang a song based on words she had just said, we made a game of it and I sang all sorts of songs related to random words while we worked on the (incredibly hard) puzzle. Maggie loved puzzles so much as a three year old, glad to see it still in there. And it’s a great opportunity to chat with her and spend time together.

Like a Bridge: I bought the Trolls soundtrack, and the kids are obsessed with the version of The Sound of Silence that has creepy monsters in the background (“hello!”). Anyway, it got me wanting to hear the real thing so I bought a Simon and Garfunkel album. Then I became obsessed with Bridge Over Troubled Water. Such a great song about always being there for your friend, and you can hear the passion and determination in his voice as he sings.

I was reminded of a story my mom told of when she would ride the bus out in the country and the bus driver would stop to go to the bathroom in the middle of nowhere and the kids would hang out of the bus windows and sing the song to him. Then I looked up the release date and it was in 1970, the year mom turned 18 (and graduated high school?). It seems unlikely she was a high schooler doing this, plus I didn’t think the Northern California area where she finished high school was so rural. Further research reveals the song was released in January of that year, so it is possible. Mom, why did you exaggerate so much that I have to find proof that your stories are true?

Together Alone: We have a super busy Saturday, but at the moment, John is at Disneyland with Arthur, Maggie is at a birthday party, and Sienna and Dalton are enjoying their time without people bugging them by playing board games together.

Dancing Boys and Beagles: One of my 2018 goals is to play through the hymn book. The other day, one of those days I was watching a variety of kids at my house, I was playing a couple hymns and when I stopped, Arthur and his friend came in demanding more. So I got out Snoopy Dancing song and played it and they danced, and clapped and begged for more. We did that for another 15 minutes, filled with giggles and expending energy, until it was time to pick up the big sisters from school. It was nice to be appreciated.

Snoopy Dancing* - this is Minuet in B flat major by J S Bach. Snoopy dances with Marcy and Peppermint Patty in the Easter Beagle show to this song and I started playing it for four year old Maggie to dance to. All the kids still love dancing to it.

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