Monday, May 21, 2012

The Day We Almost Went To Disneyland...

...but then Elise barfed. AFTER we paid a total of $30 for parking, of course. But, after clearing the contents of her stomach, she decided she felt better, so we continued on because our vacation was planned 'just so' in order to cram everything we wanted to do in such a short amount of time. Kind of like how I crammed it all in that last sentence.

Anyway, this was the only day that worked for the ENTIRE family to be there. My dad was off, and my older (but still younger than me) sister, Laura, was planning on meeting up with us, too. Unfortunately, Elise started feeling yucky again while we were in line to get our tickets, and when a kids says they'd rather go to Disneyland on a different day, you know they really don't feel well. So, we took a group shot (except for Laura), and strolled around Downtown Disney instead. By that point, Elise had perked up again, but we stuck with the decision to come back when we would have a whole day with no barf. At least we still had an enjoyable afternoon.

Well, for the most part, anyway. This also was one of my scariest days as a parent. Ranks right up there with almost losing Trevor to asthma complications a couple years ago. But I'll get to that in a sec.

Now, look closely between the next two pictures. See anyone missing?

After we rode the tram back to the parking structure, after we rode the escalator all the way to the top, and after we walked all the way back to our cars and started loading up, my mom asks, "Do you have Abby?" My heart stopped.

No, I didn't.

Abby had already been alone for  at least10 minutes at that point. I threw my camera to my sister, telling her to look at the tram pictures to see if Abby even made it to the tram. She didn't.

Long, traumatic story short, after what felt like an eternity (but was probably only 20 minutes from the moment we realized she was missing until actually finding her; so around a half an hour for poor Abby), we found her. She had stopped to fix her shoe, but nobody saw her and we all kept walking. When she looked up, we were out of sight. I have no idea why I didn't do a head count before getting on the tram, and if I let myself 'go there,' I can really beat myself up about it. I had to learn how to truly take every thought captive, as the absolute worst was raging through my mind then, and the what-ifs try to eek their way in whenever I think about it. It really was horrible. I am so very, very grateful we were given a happy ending.

On a side note, that day was also the day my not-so-little brother turned into my big brother. He hopped on that tram with me and was such a comfort to my panicked soul during that ride. Thanks, Steven. ♥

If nothing else, we learned some really great tips on how to prepare the younger kids in the event of separation!

I feel like that is such an abrupt ending to this post, but that is all I can remember from that day. That, and getting my Jamba Juice before that whole fiasco.

Thank you, local Walmart, for carrying frozen Jamba smoothie mixes. I have a couple in the freezer, so maybe I'll go make one.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Long Time, No See!

Turns out my last post was mid-January. Oops. Life happened. :)

I recently added the slideshow gadget to my desktop, and saw our California pictures. Kinda gave me a renewed motivation to get on with posting the pics from our trip.
So, when I left off, I posted pictures from Christmas day. December 26th I took no pictures. All day. Must have forgotten the camera or something. I can't remember anymore what we did the day after Christmas.

BUT, on the 27th and 28th, we were on the go! We met up with an old (and by old, I do not mean age) friend and her family at a really nice park in Dana Point. We talked, played, picnicked, and painted nails. Carol is serious about her nail polish! I have four girls and our nail polish can't even hold a light to her stash! Thank you, Carol, for your tip on applying the shatter/crackle polish. Works like a charm! :)

Kimber & Elise on a fun 'ride.'

Carol & Scott making the 'ride' fun.

Painting nails.

Kimber & her Daddy.

Elise showing her cartwheel.

The whole gang... and Eva, the Gingerbread Girl.
After the park, we headed over to visit Robert's dad. He was still in rehab from his broken hip. He really liked the food there. :)

We came back to celebrate Christmas with him the next day. Robert's grandma & Aunt Joanne stopped by with presents for the kids, too. It was so good to spend some time with them.

Made me laugh :)

We all enjoyed some yummy fruit!

I love this. This is their relationship in a nutshell. :)

Elise enjoying her gifts.

Elise & Pa-Pa.

Robert's grandma. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday!

We had a really nice afternoon with everyone & so grateful for the time spent together.

After we left, we stopped by a park to see our former pastor's family. The sun was quickly setting, but the kids managed to get some good playing in. It was a quick hello, but great to see them & ooh and ahh about how much kids have grown.

Yes, that's Eva in my mouth.

After the park, my dad had his favorite Ruby's to take us to.

Hard to see way up there, but there's a Diet Choke, I mean, Diet Coke car on the train. Which is why this particular Ruby's is Dad's favorite. ;)

This Ruby's is also the new home to one of my lens caps. Bummer.

I hope it won't take me another four months to add more pictures! I started this blah'g as a way to journal about our family since I didn't have time to be a scrapper. Turns out I haven't had time to type, either. :P


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