Monday, February 1, 2010

a Disneyland date

Sometimes, a husband and a wife just need to have a day. Away from children. Away from home and work. Away from normal life and all its busy-ness and stresses.

Jeremy and I were feeling it... we were most definitely at that point where we needed each other all to ourselves. And so, this past Friday, Jeremy's oh-so-sweet mom came over at 7 in the morning to watch our darling daughters until Saturday... and away we went.

Where did we go? why, only to the happiest place on earth. (some say that slogan may be a bit extreme... YOU try not grinning from ear to ear like a little kid the minute you set foot on Main Street USA in Disneyland. One can't help it. Happiness abounds.)

The weather was perfect and beautiful, the park was not overly crowded, and the whole day lay before us, shiny and sparkling with carefree fun, hand-holding and smooching, rides and good food, sunshine and cheery sights. All to be enjoyed together. Oh, it was perfect. It was just what we needed, just what we had been craving. God is so good to give us just what we need, right when we need it most. It was a true blessing, in so many ways.

Some random pictures and snippets from our day:

As we sat here in New Orleans square and ate our gumbo, we watched a couple of birds building a nest up in the eaves of one of the "houses". This led to a conversation about how if we were birds we would totally want to live in Disneyland too, and some speculation about where the best spot might be to build one's nest. Random topics like these are my favorite. And I love that I have a husband who doesn't mind delving into and discussing such things with me. :)
Also: YUM.
I've decided I really want one of these bikes. Think of the possibilities! Doubles dates with other bike-riding couples! Family-style bike rides! Our very own traveling barbershop quartet!
Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious! We saw Mary Poppins and Bert. I adore this outfit of hers in the movie... so fresh and pretty.
Sigh. Happy. Content. Sigh again.
For the first time ever, we rode the Storybook Land canal boats. I must say, I just adored the petite villages, they were so quaint and cute. This setting was one of my favorites. I'd move in if I could! Oh, wait, here's a thought! This would be a GREAT place to build a nest. Birds of Disneyland, take note.
Waiting in line (something we didn't really have to do a lot of, thankfully).

There are no words. Only laughter.
I love the castle all lit up at night.
waiting for the fireworks show to begin. He was playing games on his cell phone, so I paid him back by taking lots of ridiculous pictures. (we were bored.)
Oh, Disney, you really do know how to put on a show. The fireworks were AMAZING. One of my favorite things all day.

One last picture before we left the park and headed off to our hotel to rest our tired feet and fall fast asleep knowing we would not be woken up by children in the morning. If you are a parent, you no doubt know that when a rare occasion like this comes along it leaves you quite giddy. If you are not yet a parent, please refrain from telling me about how you sleep in till 9 or 10 every Saturday. Thank you. (hehe, just kidding)

please pardon my end-of-day theme-park hair in these pictures. Some people manage to look cute and perfectly put together no matter if they just stepped out of the salon or spent an entire day being whipped to and fro. I am not one of those people. Obviously.

So, to sum up: we had a wonderful time. Yes, Disneyland is a great place to be and we so enjoyed every bit of it from the rides and the atmosphere to the ice cream and goodies we ate while soaking up the afternoon sun on Main Street... but for me, all those things were just an added bonus to the day. The real thrill of the day, the real happiness and joy was simply in being with my husband, realizing all over again just why he's my best friend and the man I love with all my heart.



alyssa said...

Aww you guys are so cute and funny!! I want to have a Disneyland date. CHRIS HAS NEVER BEEN! We tried to go once, drove there, and they were "sold out" of just Disneyland day passes, but would sell us a 2fer??? What?! Well, we didn't feel like spending the extra whatever amount of bucks for that, so we left :(

Lisa said...

I love it. And I'm just a tad jealous.

Also random thing I thought of because of your pictures... One time when we went to Disneyland I didn't realize that we had come very close to seeing Mary Poppins until I saw her in the background of one of our pictures when we got home.

i'm lindsey. said...

where do i start!!?!?!??!!!
I love that you want one of those four seater bikes.......totally rad.
I love that you basked in the enjoyment of being able to sleep in (I take my saturday mornings for granted)
I love your comment about the birds....
and I love your end of the day theme park hair.
oh yeah, and I love that you love your jeremy :) so refreshing and inspiring........

ps. i have never been to a disney world/disney know the ribbens' clan, we stuck to the black hills and ocassionally colorda if we were feeling adventurous :) i am living vicariously through your disneyland adventures :)

molly june. said...

YOU are so funny. i seriously lol'd & cried by the end (did i really just say lol'd? why yes. yes i did.) what a perfect date :) so deserved. i get a full date day with the hubby on thur!!!!! SO excited!

Band of Brothers said...

you are the 2 cutest love birds ever. cracking up over your bird-building-nest conversations.

and your scarf is waaay cute.

and yes, totally giggling uncontrollably at your whipped to and fro comment regarding your hair. I love it and I love you. you are a comedian of the the romantic and whimsical sort. if such thing exists.

I feel so warm and fuzzy and cheery after reading this MOST delightful post.

and did you know how to spell 'Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious" all by yourself? i was bragging to Finn the other day that I could spell it...and then halfway through i totally crumbled into a puddle on the floor.

Lauryn said...

Your Disney date sounds just wonderful! I'm sure that as parents you had an amazing time not having to worry about taking care of anyone else but yourselves for a little while!

I've only been to Disney World, but I'd imagine the experience is about the same. I absolutely love it there!

Kyla Roma said...

So cute! Mister's sister works at Disneyworld and it's always so exciting to head down and visit her, and to hit main street USA. Maybe we'll have to diversify and hit the other coast!

Glad you had a great time!

Lydia said...

here I am finally commenting!!! I know it took me super long. Don't hate me. =)
This was an absolutely delightful post! It makes me long for a trip to Disneyland. Let's take one mmmk??

It looks like the two of you had a glorious day and I'm oh so happy for you.
Cute pictures taly aly!
-Your Brattina

Mommy Diffee said...

AK how cute! You guys got some REALLY cute pictures Talia! It sounds like you had a blast with you Hubby, I am so happy for you guys. Isn't it just amazing to get away, just the two of you, get to hold hands, sigh ... it is needed some times!

Sunny said...

How fun! I'm totally jealous! I'd love to go back to Disneyland again someday. One day is just not enough, especially considering how close we live to it! I'm glad you two had a wonderful time and got to spend alone time together.

Cheri said...

Oh Talia...I'm the queen of end-of-the-day-at-Disneyland-ugly. blerg. sometime around 11 am i start to wonder why i bothered to wash, let alone flat iron, my hair! you, however, managed to remain quite lovely!! :)

*CPA* Su said...

you guys are just simply adorable!!! you fit together SO well! I love all of these pictures and reading about your perfect day. you guys really deserved it!

.jimaie.marie. said...

you guys are so precious, this day looked FILLED with delight!! I couldn't help but smile and smile and smile as I read through and saw all the darling pictures of you & Jeremy, SUCH A CUTE COUPLE!!
Even tho we just went to Disneyland for 3 days in November (& swore I was not going to ready to go back for yrs) this post made me wanna go back! lol!
Oh Disneyland, you are filled with such magic. :)