Because of Emily's beautiful sister law, pictured here on the left, Macey and I got to go to Disneyland again!!
Macey made us stop at The World's Tallest Thermometer, since apparently it's a tradition now.
I got to spend 11 hours in a car with this girl. We listened to our roadtrip playlists, Matilda, and got lots of talking in. Made up for the crazy LA traffic in the rain.
We thought last year was pretty perfect. Turns out this year was actual perfection.
And the matching fanny packs and shirts were an amazing edition.
but seriously, the fanny pack. Life changing.
There were no lines. Like, no lines. I guess that is what happens when it's suppose to rain, but actually doesn't.
We rode the Gadget Coaster 6 times in a row, without getting off.
Pure joy on these girls faces.
And we got soaked on Splash Mountain, even with our ponchos.
The girls only wanted to do the big rides this year and multiple times at that. Macey's favorite Disneyland ride was Thunder Mountain (I think we rode it 4x's) and her favorite Californian adventure ride was Screamin' (4x's on this one too).
We were pretty much constantly running from ride to ride, which means Emily and I might have each inhaled a corndog in a matter of 3 minutes.
This was Macey's 4th trip to Disneyland and the first time we have ever seen her favorite princess. Perfection I tell you.
Next day was spent bumming around and getting to play with Emily's girls that I don't get to see as often as I would like.
Even though it was raining we still went to the beach.
And then Macey and I headed back to reality and the snow.
Emily is one of those people that always leaves you feeling better about yourself than you did before you were in her presence. I forgot how much I love that about her.
Spending time with my bff at the happiest place on earth was good for my soul.
A few weeks ago I got a text from Emily saying, " Jake has a great idea- You, me, Macey, AV, Disneyland." She got 4 free day passes from her amazing sister in law Meghan.
Even though Emily was just here for Thanksgiving, it had left this small hole in my heart. Because, while we got together a few times, it was always crazy and we never really got to hang out and talk. So, I missed her more after that than I did before she came.
I hesitated for a moment going over the logistics of it all in my head. Snowy roads, what do I do with the other 3 kids, and the fact that I had never driven alone for more than 2 hours made me a little nervous. But, after about 10 seconds there was nothing I could do but accept her invitation!
Best decision ever.
It was good practice for me to do a long drive with just one kid and show myself that I could drive 10 consecutive hours no problem (it obviously would of been much longer with all 4 kids).
Macey and I had a blast on the way down singing, dancing, eating, and listening to City of Ember. Macey was an awesome co-pilot and got all my snacks ready. Even with throwing up 3 times.
We hit Downtown Disney up while we waited for Emily and AV to get to the hotel.
Then it was lights out to get all rested up for our big day.
It was seriously a dream.
Perfect weather, perfect company, no diapers, no whining kids, no kids to carry, and an amazing guide in Meghan who made all the decisions for us.
It was a dream come true watching Macey and AV together.
We got to ride most all the rides we wanted. And really only had to wait in line for Peter Pan.
Macey didn't like Indiana Jones, luckily a Dole Whip did the trick and she was ready for Splash Mountain after that.
The girls did NOT want to ride Tower of Terror, but it is of course our favorite. So, we did what any good parent would do, we made them wait in line with us twice and then handed them over to a disney worker while we screamed and laughed as much as possible.
They were a little annoyed with us for taking up about an hour of their disney time, so we hit up bugs land and got a churro to help them forgive us.
We ended the day with Radiator Springs Racer and then ran back to Disneyland to catch their amazing night parade.
BEST DAY EVER.
The next day was spent recovering from our Disney hangover.
We ate good food, drove down the Pacific Coast Highway to play on this huge sand dune, dipped our toes in the ocean, and finished off the day by taking a dip in an outdoor pool.
Then it was back to the snow for us Utah girls. Luckily the high lasted me through some stressful and slippery road conditions.
And this pic right here, this is what Emily and I dreamed our lives as moms would be like.
So, while we don't get to raise our kids across the street from each other like we had always hoped, I'm glad we still get to have adventures together, 15 years later.
moved to California and I've been dying to get out there all
Since Paul has been working pretty much 90 hours a week and it was suppose to snow here and be 80 degrees there, I figured it was a good time for a break.
The weather did not disappoint, and the company of course didn't either.
We made a few visits to the beach to soak up some Vitamin D. Macey even came home with a swim suit tan line.
Macey and Amaryllis were the bf's we'd always hoped they would be.
Miles and Kensington's relationship though involved a bit more screaming and pushing, but in the end I think I saw a few sparks flying. :)
Another highlight of our trip was stopping by the World's Tallest Thermometer in Baker, CA.
Took us back to our dating days, when we stopped here on our way to 6 Flags to meet Emily and Jake. You know, when we looked like this:
So glad The Bartlett's chose to live somewhere closer and with pretty much perfect weather. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of them then we used to!