This past weekend, WE TOTALLY BECAME THOSE PARENTS.
Eric and I decided to take a spur of the moment (planned two weeks in advance) trip to the happiest place on earth. Only, we didn't tell Pearl anything about our plan.
Due to a scheduling arrangement we had previously made with her mom, Pearl knew she would be missing school on this particular day. We told her we'd be spending the day doing something really awful and boring. As far as she knew, we'd be spending three hours in the car so that we could give a gift to our friend, Paul.
This is how she discovered we were going to Disneyland.
I'm so glad she never got upset at the prospect of spending the day doing boring stuff because it would have totally backfired to be like "Keep it up and we'll turn this car around!" Eric and I may or may not have been looking forward to it even more than Pearl, and the build up of secretive anticipation was almost enough to make us keel over.
Here are some highlights from our day.
Outside the main gates
Blending in with the natives
The view from the Finding Nemo submarine
In line at It's a Small World
Laying in Pluto's bed, pretending to be a dog
Toon Town (my least favorite land, in case you were wondering)
Jessie has a bit of a neck problem (maybe thyroid...?)
Churro: The best edible item in the park
Waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise:
She was doing some weird Fonzie thing with her thumb. I like it.
The gun shots on the Jungle Cruise made someone a little nervous
I didn't even tell her to make a face. Apparently, this is her impersonation of a Brit.
I think it's spot on.
It's a Small World lit up at night
The whole day was a success! No meltdowns or complaints, except for maybe me when we were at the front gate getting ready to leave and I realized we'd have to walk all the way back down Main St. USA to look at the professional photos that we ended up not even ordering.
We grabbed dinner at La Brea Bakery, located at Downtown Disney. Our table was outside, under heat lamps, which was perfect because it not only kept us warm, but also allowed us to catch the fireworks.
As you can see, Pearl was delirious by this point.
It was a great day.