We made it to Long Beach...
4,000 MILES! Hampton Beach to Long Beach!
To mark the occasion Eliot became terribly car sick about 5 minutes before our arrival at Molly's! Poor thing was great the whole way across the country but on our shortest trip of our journey- only about a 4 hour drive- he just couldn't keep things down :( The great thing about Eliot is he tries to talk himself through it, so almost immediately after he's telling himself "it's not that bad" and "I got a lot of it into the water bottle I was aiming for". Luckily we were around the corner from Molly's and she was ready and waiting for us with cleaning supplies and a beer.
After a good nights sleep and a clean car- we headed out and were to Disney by 10am. Molly and Olivia joined us for what we all hoped would be a full day of fun-- and it didn't disappoint-- it was the best day any of us could have imagined. The weather was amazing, the kids were all so GREAT-- and it warmed my heart so much to share it all with my friend of about 28 years. I am so thankful to have her in my life and she helped make our day absolutely spectacular.
We tried to cram as much in from the California Adventure side and the Disney Land side as possible. The last time we came to Disney (when I was 6 months pregnant with Eliot) Molly took us to a building that held the blueprints and future pictures of the layout and plan for Cars Land. Molly is an Imagineer at Disney Land- she went to RIT for Industrial Engineering and now does exactly that at Disney! It was amazing to see Cars Land and hear about the details that she helped design! The kids (and Jimmy and I) learned so much from her about the little things that go into a ride, such as Radiator Springs Racers...which is by far my Favorite ride ever!
I was pretty sentimental the whole day and especially that night when we got to watch the Paint the Night Parade. To see Olivia, Skylar and Eliot dance and sing and run around as if they were all the same age...the age of being a kid...they were so happy and so were we :)
Here are the highlights of Jimmy, Skylar and Eliot-
Jimmy: Screemin Rollercoaster and Racers and Parade!
Skylar: Screamin Rollercoaster, Racers, Parade, Churros!
Eliot: Racers and the Ferris Wheel, Parade, and Ice Cream!