Last weekend we took a road trip to Disneyland. It was the girls' second time going and our third time going together. Mike and I went a few weeks ago by ourselves so that we could get some quality time and be able to go on rides. We had a lot of fun, but I couldn't wait to take the girls. Disneyland is such a magical place, and it's not quite the same without seeing your kid's face light up. The last time we went Maia was only about 6 months so I was excited for her to be able to experience more of the fun this time around. We waited to tell Ava until the night before. I wasn't sure if she was going to really understand what we meant and be excited, but once Mike told her she wouldn't stop talking about seeing Minnie and the castle. Once we got close to So Cal, she thought literally every building we drove past was the castle. It was so cute.
The drive wasn't that bad considering it was about 6 hours and we had two young kids with us. The only down side was that we left early in the morning and Ava stayed up the. entire. time. So by the time we got there and wanted to spend a few hours at the park both girls were exhausted. After relaxing for a few hours in the hotel, we stopped by a vegan restaurant called Healthy Junk that we had went to when it was just me and Mike. If you're vegan and ever go to Anaheim, you have to check this place out. They have these amazing "chicken" burgers and their fries with ranch are to die for! The place also has a really cool vibe and we walked around after just enjoying all the cute little shops nearby. Then we decided to stop by the park to catch a glimpse of the fireworks. It was a mission because we were walking from our hotel, which was about a mile away. Then for some reason the firework show never happened. But we still had fun stuffing our faces with churros.
We spent the entire next day going back and forth between Disneyland and California Adventure. One of my favorite vacations as a kid was going to Disneyland when I was five, my dad had recorded a lot of the trip so I would always watch it growing up. One of the things I remember most vividly was visiting toon town- my brother being afraid of all of the characters, me crying because I thought I was stuck in the jail. So I was looking forward to taking the girls there. Me and Ava waited for what felt like forever to see Minnie Mouse. Once we got to see her, Ava was so shy even though she had been asking to see Minnie all morning. Her little meek face in the picture just kills me because if you know Ava, she's normally not like that at all. We went on a few rides and made sure to get all of the Disneyland treats. A stop at California Adventure to get beer was a must. Then we had dinner at Café Orleans. If you're not vegan, you haaave to try their monte cristo sandwich- there's nothing like it. I'm not gonna lie, I did get the one that just has cheese. It's just too good. Sorry vegan gods. At that point we were tired and then headed back home. We survived the long drive and are now missing the happiest place on earth already. I feel so blessed that we were able to take this trip and make these memories as a family. It will probably be a while before we can afford to go again, but until then these pictures will tide me over. I hope you guys enjoy!