Sorry for the delay in posting.-, it has been a little bit of a mad house around here. The "other" news first. For those who had been following our journey, I wanted to let you know that we won the Whole Foods local producer grant! If you are in the Northern California Whole Foods region, shop at your local store on June 10th to support me and other great companies that won this grant. 5% of all purchases that day will go toward supporting local food in your region. Thanks Whole Foods and thanks to all who voted!
Pursuing this grant had been taking up so much of my time, I could focus on little else. And as soon as that was over we went on a much needed vacation to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate Disneyland's 60th Birthday. Boy, do they know how to celebrate a birthday with style!
It is the first time I have gone on vacation without my husband since we got married. I had two very active kids with just me and my mom for 8 days. We had planned to go down early and stay across the street from Disneyland the first night and then check into our regular Disney digs and hit the parks for a week, then hit the ocean for a few days on our way home.
We went down the first day and the hotel we stayed at the first night left a lot to be desired, along with all of the random hairs around the room, in the bed, and all over the bathroom. I discovered I left some very important things out while packing so we got up and spent a few hours shopping then checked into Disney Paradise Pier. We headed into the parks after a rather late go of it in the morning only to be greeted by less than stellar Disney service. Clearly the 24 hour day had exhausted most of the staff. And it only snowballed as the day went on. It got so bad, we ended up leaving the park for the day after a long discussion with guest relations. Then I could not get my children to go to sleep (because you know if you are 4 and 2 you have no concept of the value of sleep). On top of what had become a very bad day I started feeling really really bad, lots of ear pain and a sore throat. I thought (as all moms do when they get sick) that I would sleep it off and feel better the next day.
After waking up the next morning it quickly became clear that I was not going to be feeling better- I was going to be feeling worse, and I had grown a third tonsil, so swallowing was out of the question. I decided to see if a little time would help me feel better. It did not. As our day in the happiest place on earth wore on,I was feeling worse with every passing minute. Around 6pm I decided I should go to the emergency room since I could no longer swallow water. I went to get in my car to drive to the ER only to discover that it was blocked in. Disney, thankfully, called a cab and whisked me to the ER promptly. I left my children with my mom and went to the ER alone and waded though a nurse telling me that I clearly just had a runny nose and I should go home, to finally get to the doctor who took one look in my throat and ears and said "oh yeah you have a pretty bad infection there, that isn't a third tonsil that is a swollen lymph node". I got some medication, called the cab and made it home and was in bed before 2am.
Thankfully, my children found some value in sleep the next morning and slept in until 9am. I had taken an antibiotic and was starting to feel better. The third tonsil was much smaller and I was able to swallow with pain medication. And our vacation started to turn around. We started experiencing the Disney service we know and love again. We have grown to love the Paradise Pier over the years for one key reason: the staff. Disney staff is notoriously great but here they are even better. They are incredibly accommodating and take my enjoyment of my vacation seriously.
From this point on it was a lovely vacation we got to see the new parade twice, the new fireworks, all of the lovely decor for the big Disney 60th. I even got the distinct pleasure riding the Grizzly River water ride with my oldest son 4 times back to back on our last night in the park. We got to experience the great interactions with our kids and the cast members. And we felt a part of the big Disney family we have grown to love. This vacation could have and should have been remembered as awful. But all we can remember were the great times we had! Disney really fought for our vacation, and I am so thankful for that. Thank you to all of the staff at the Paradise Pier, you were amazing as always. You always make our trips to the magic kingdom truly special. And thank you from Max, he is in love with his "big" Mickey. That one gesture made his vacation.
My take away tips: Stay at the Paradise Pier (if you can stay in a concierge level room all the better),
Filter Free Zone
Everything is put through a filter before it gets to us these days. This will be a space where photos will be unfiltered, simple projects will be showcased and more difficult ones will not be portrayed as things that only took a few minutes. This will be a place where I show in photos and short posts some of the things that inspire my family and business. I hope that you will be inspired to try something different!