Saturday, August 9

Disneyland

Sorry for the silence these past few months, I forgot my password to the blog!  And trust me, it was killing me as I wanted to share our Disneyland trip with all of you.
 
We went to Disneyland during spring break and it was fun, scary, cheap, expensive, sunny, tiring, relaxing, a hot mess, and a an easy peazy time.  The details tell all!
 
We decided to travel from Ferndale, Washington to Disneyland in our RV.  We have a fifth wheel that is nearly a year old to us now.  We bought it with many of Tommy's needs in mind, as well as all four of our kids and us as parents.  We really enjoy our Forest River Vengeance 397 it sleeps 10 so next time you will just have to join us!
 
Our RV saved us the cost of hotel rooms and eating out during the trip to California.  We stayed at campgrounds and cooked all of our meals.  Every time we stopped for diesel, I got the boys out of the truck and did Tommy's diaper change, grabbed a snack or a new book and toy and ran around a bit to stretch our legs. 
 
When we got to Sutherlin Oregon, we really enjoyed a "hidden rv turnaround" at the end of Ponderosa drive at exit 136.  We slid the slideouts out and let them run around in the rv and use the potty and just in general relax before getting back in the truck.  This part of Oregon was beautiful.  Lots of green grass, rolling hills and sheep.  It reminded me of Ireland.  We stayed the night at Medford KOA in Oregon and it was easy to get in/out.  601 miles under our wheels the first day!  We won't talk about how much the gas was, some durations we only got 7-9 mpg.
 
We left Medford at 8am and crossed the California border by 9:15.  We filled up diesel in Yreka at exit 773 and it was super easy in/out.  As we continued through California we noticed lots and lots of rice fields.  I had no idea California farmers grew rice!
 
Day 3 we stayed in Santa Nella at the KOA.  I will gladly share with you that the camp manager has the hospitality of a roach.  A cockroach.  Our truck had begun a slow spiral into what we now know was a major break down.  But it was only a 'set back' in Santa Nella and Colin left the boys and I for the day so he could drive into Modesto and get truck parts.  The boys and I enjoyed adventuring around the KOA and I made lunch and started doing some chores.  I was outside of the RV getting something picked up off our picinic table and turned around to notice the RV door wide open.  And only Liam inside.  Panicking I started yelling for Tommy and racing around up and down the RV aisles.  Tommy of course isn't going to 'yell back' but by calling his name I've found it stops him or sometimes he runs toward his name, especially if he feels 'lost'.  And sure enough, about four aisles from our rv I find my toe headed tornado looking L.O.S.T. 
 
Colin fixed the truck and in the process of all the 'melting down' at this KOA including Tommy's disappearance..... Colin mistakenly hooked the RV up to 'irrigation water'.  Not the fresh clean potable water.  Five bottles of pepto bismol later, we were back on the road as a family. 
 
We pulled into the Anaheim RV resort, which I HIGHLY recommend very late at night.  We picked this RV resort because it looked clean and nice and close to the Disneyland resort.  And they had a pool!  To save money each day we took the Anaheim shuttle rather than pay for Disneyland parking.  The all day passes are $5/adult and $2/kids.  We could leave the park and come back to the RV park and eat lunch or take a nap and return to the park.  Disneyland parking is about $22/day and you can't leave.

Nate, Liam and Tommy ready for Disneyland!  We bought Tommy a 'special tomato' jogger and SO enjoyed it on this trip.  It's easy to move through crowds of people.  He felt very secure in it with his blanky and would often search his stroller out and crawl into it and buckle up!
 
To save money we packed bottle waters and chips and fruit to snack on.  I also saved money by getting the little boys Disneyland character items and an autograph book at the Dollar store ahead of time!  I didn't tell them about these treats until we were in the park.

 
At the park we enjoyed SO many rides.  I believe all but one in California Adventure.  And every open ride in Disneyland we enjoyed.  We got to the park when it opened and left when it closed at midnight! 
 
A couple helpful things when traveling with a child that has a disability.  I tried to go it 'on our own' for awhile and not get the disability pass.... but quickly I realized Tommy's sensory needs were not going to 'wait in line' with half of America.  I had prepared for the disability pass by getting a dr's note... but alas, Disneyland just asks you the parent/caregiver what you need.  I told them he needed to walk around while "waiting his turn" and I mentioned he may need some special type of help during a ride.  So they gave me a sticker for the jogger to mark as an item for a disabled person... this enabled the jogger to be pushed into lines where strollers were discouraged.  And often we got his disability pass marked with a "come back at this time" and could go walk him around while he waited to ride. 
 
Tommy chose to ride Pirates of the Carribean like 12 times 
Liam loved Space Mtn, Matterhorn and all kinds of rides


 
Liam with his Mickey ears

 
Tommy drove the autotopia car like a BOSS!

 
Tommy and his many sensory needs.....



 
We had LOTS of fun! 

Friday, June 27

The kindergarten inclusion party

I'm not sure I could have said this any better than what was written in this post:

http://pudgeandzippy.blogspot.com/2014/06/kindergarten-inclusion-party.html?m=1

I'll be posting more soon on this subject and lots of pictures from our Disneyland spring break trip!

Saturday, May 24

Saturday, March 29

Greetings from California

Drove 601 miles on a great roadtrip and loving California Shasta Valley.  Next stop Santa Nella tonight and Anaheim tomorrow.  Yes there was a 5.3 earthquake at Disneyland yesterday.  Nate was sitting in the hot tub at a hotel and felt the world shaking!  We get to see him tomorrow and will enjoy Disney Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, March 28

California or bust

Headed to California to find a mouse!  Six campgrounds in places we have never camped before and a goal to be frugal on the journey and enjoy the fun this trip brings.

Sunday, December 22

Grandparent tour




We spent a wonderful weekend visiting our parents and family.  Colin will be on standby call for the next few weeks, so this was our weekend to go visit our parents and celebrate the twins birthday and Christmas with them.

Lots of good conversations, meals made by our sweet moms, my dad reading aloud from a terrific book, and plenty of time to relax and etch the memories in my mind.

Colin and I spent the hours traveling talking about some great parts of the bible and just life in it's ordinary day to day plodding.  I love my hubby and how he cares for all six of us.  Dreams of a soon to happen house addition and a spring vacation made me happy.

This is such an amazing time of year and joy is in all the nooks and crannies of the day, in our hot morning coffee and watching the snow fall.

 Rereading Luke 2 daily and thankful for family and friends to spend time with.  Merry Christmas.


Sunday, December 15

Twin's 7th Birthday

I can't believe the dynamic duo are seven years old!

We decided to have Liam and Tommy's birthday at the children's museum again this year.  We invited both Tommy's life skills classroom plus Liam's first grade classroom.  We were so happy with all their fun friends that made their party so much fun!


 This is my spin art which I absolutely love!

Hannah and I had fun with the photo booth.


 All the kids really liked doing spin art.  I'm heading to value village soon to get a salad spinner so we can do this art again!

Tommy loves Elmo *almost* as much as Nemo

This is the spin art area before all of us really enjoyed it!

Liam loves angry birds.  We had cupcake "cakes" made which was so easy to serve.  No forks and no knife needed.  It's my new "cake" for all parties now!


Tommy loves the kids museum.








Lots of friends and fun was had!

Tommy Adventures