How could I pass up the chance to blog about my favorite place on earth: Disneyland! Honestly, it truly is the happiest place on earth. That phrase is more than a slogan to me. Ricky, Grace, and I were able to go to Disneyland with the whole Irion clan last week. Yup, all 22 of us walked around Disneyland and lived in Fantasyland until we thought we deserved a room there. There were nine grandkiddos and 13 adults. That is quite a crowd. I loved the look on the Disney worker's face when she asked how many in our group and we responded "22." Yup, we practically had the entire Casey Junior Train to ourselves. It was a blast.
I honestly can say that Disneyland is my all-time favorite vacation spot. Pooh, pooh to beaches and relaxing. My idea of fun to getting to Disneyland before it opens, running to Splash Mountain, walking on most rides, eating a churro while watching Fantasmic or the fireworks, staying until the park closes and then getting up and doing it all again the next day. Ahh, bliss.
Now, this trip was a little different because we brought baby Grace. (We actually only had Grace and Duncan stayed home and had a party with Grandpa Hutch and Nana Deb.)
Yup, first time with kiddos changes the pace a little. I will be honest, when we walked in the park and Gracie saw Minnie Mouse for the first time I actually teared up a bit. No joke. Ricky started laughing at me. I think Graced loved Disneyland. I say "think" because we had to cover her ears for most rides for her to enjoy herself She is a little scaredy-cat and found the loud noises a little too much. She did love Dumbo, the Teacups, and the new Toy Story ride. She also loved to ride Casey Junior and the train around Disneyland. She loved seeing the characters and even though she would never look at the camera when she needed to, she still had a great time.
Thank you so much Rich and Gloria and fam. It was a blast! Ahh, I can't wait to go again. Oh wait, I'm leaving again on Tuesday to go with the Hutchison clan. This is my kind of month. Duncan
Just wanted to remind everyone that we do have two children. Duncan didn't make it to Disneyland but he still had a blast. He got to hang out with Nana and Grandpa and was the hit of every party. According to my dad, Duncan is the "light of his life." He and my mom just fell in love with this chunky little guy. In fact, here is a conversation I had with my dad when I got home:
Dad: "Katie, I think you're very mean."
Katie: (completely shocked) "WHY?"
Dad: "Because your mom can't have children anymore and you can so you should leave Duncan here with us and go back to Wisconsin and have more babies of your own."
Katie: ??? What???
So, Duncan is a hit with anyone he meets. I mean, who could deny this face! Russell's D-Day
One other reason the kiddos and I came back to Utah was to see Ricky's brother Russell before he left on his mission to Hamburg, Germany. We had a great time with him in California and loved spending all our time with him. He is one amazing kid and will be an incredible missionary. We are so proud of him and so grateful for his example to our kiddos. Just a shout out of love to this wonderful missionary!