We dropped Stella off at my parents' on Wednesday morning and then caught our flight to OC. We quickly dropped our stuff off at our hotel and headed to the park. I absolutely love walking into Disneyland because all of the anticipation and excitement of the great times ahead suddenly transitions to actual good times occurring. It's magical!
Our first stop was at the Town Hall to get our Happy Anniversary buttons to wear. All day both days people were wishing us Happy Anniversary. In fact, Princess Aurora even wished us a Happy Anniversary when we bumped into her on the way out of the park on the second day. We had reservations for lunch at The Blue Bayou (you know, the restaurant inside Pirates of the Caribbean) and had some amazing food. I love that place. The rides were so great, as always. Except, it would've been nice if Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had been open. Still, when riding Space Mountain is part of your anniversary celebration, it doesn't get much better than that. Oh wait, yes it does. When you meet up with a good friend on day 2 and all get to ride Space Mountain together!
And when said good friend doesn't do spinning rides and is, therefore, available to take photos of you on the Teacups!
I really like the teacup pics because I'm cranking that little wheel as fast as I can trying to get us spinning as fast as possible and Mr. Frisby is trying to focus on one point so that he doesn't get too dizzy to the point of being sick (except the one time when he stopped to wave at Amy).
Our first day there, I must admit, I was less relaxed because I was a little stressed about how Stella would do. We have never left her overnight before, so this was a big deal. I had slept horribly the night before because I was worried that I would forget something she needed or forget important instructions for my mom and that Stella would not take being left well. Plus, we had to get up early to get Stella to my parents' and get to the airport. So, I was sleep-deprived and a little stressed. But, we still had tons of fun and a few texts from my mom throughout the day assuring me that Stella was doing great eased my mind. Though we had lots of fun, we got tuckered out a little earlier than I would have liked (proof that I'm getting old. Bleh.) and headed to the hotel to relax.
With my mind at ease about Stella and having gotten more sleep, I was much more energetic on Day 2. Good friend Amy picked us up from out hotel and we headed to the park for lots of fun. It was a fabulous day! We rode rides, we ate more good food, we enjoyed not having to worry about a small child. It was awesome!
The saddest part was having to leave the park to head to the airport on Thursday night. We had such a blast and it was such a great break from Stella. We love her to death and were really excited to see her when we got back (even though it was late when we got to my parents' and we had to wake the poor girl to go home), but breaks are really nice sometimes. It was a magical anniversary celebration!
A proper way to celebrate five years, I'd say!