Saturday, September 24, 2005

Disneyland 2005 (Jillian's Birthday)

Dear Lauren,

A few weeks ago, we went down to Disneyland for your friend Jillian’s birthday. I think that we’ve been there a few times already. I picked you up at school on Friday and we went to the airport. We flew down to LA, and Jillian and her mom, Pam, picked us up and we drove down to the hotel we were staying at. On the way down, we played a game where I would say the name of an animal and what it looked like, but I would get it wrong. I’d say “A cat lives in the ocean, and has eight legs”. And then you’d say, “No, that’s an octopus.” And, I’d say “No, an octopus lives on a farm and gives milk.” And, you’d say “No, that’s a cow.” And, I’d say “You don’t know your animals very well. A cow says ‘quack’, and lives on a pond.”

The next morning, we got up pretty early, had breakfast at Denny’s and walked over to the park. The first ride we went on was the Teacups. All four of us went in the same teacup, and spun around a lot. It was really fun. Next, we went over to It’s a Small World, which was your current favorite ride. We rode Small World about 5 times over the two days we were at Disneyland. This year, there was a topiary of a moose. :-) There were other bushes shaped like animals, and we played the animal game again.

Pam’s boyfriend, Eric, came along and brought his daughter Riley. Riley was a pretty good sport about hanging out with us, and going on the rides.

We hung out in ToonTown, where we went on the Roger Rabbit ride, which was a favorite from your last trip there. There was a roller coaster in ToonTown that we went on. We also went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which used to scare you a little bit when the boat went over the little waterfall, but now you say it’s your favorite.

I took your picture with Pluto.

Saturday afternoon, we went back to the hotel and took naps, so we could go back to Disneyland at night for more rides and the fireworks. The fireworks were amazing. There were smiley faces, and hearts, and Tinkerbelle was flying around over the park with her wand.

You were a really fun person to go to Disneyland with. Sometime, I’d just look at you and feel so overwhelmed with how much I love you. I loved swimming in the pool at the hotel. I liked having lunch at the Italian restaurant. I liked how we talked about getting a big lollypop, and I liked that you’re just a lot of fun to travel with.

I Love you,



Blogger Amanda said...

Hi Michael,

I was Lauren's nurse at El Camino, almost seven years ago now, and a friend of Rebecca's. My daughter, Phoebe, is about two weeks younger than Lauren. I haven't been in touch with Rebecca in a while, and wondered how you all were faring, and I found this weblog (I also noticed that you've been spammed on it! Weird).

Just wanted to say hello, so that you know who's been poking around in here.

- Amanda

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