Two days after Addy and company landed in So. Cal., we headed down to Disneyland. Yep, on a Sunday. During Christmas week.
Hubby and I thought it was going to be a crowded disaster; that we'd be lucky to get on a couple of rides in 8 hours. But the holiday gods were smiling on us - or the weather gods were frowning, I'm not sure which. It was cloudy and drizzly - with patches of lovely sunshine - all day . . . which meant no crowds!
I've never minded a bit of weather at Disneyland. You're already dressed for the outdoors, so it doesn't take much to ward off a bit of rain. Fortunately, most people see "rain" in the forecast and stay home. Hooray!
We did the biggies first - Pirates, Haunted House and Splash Mountain - and then Rachel and I took the girls to Fantasyland while the others headed to the roller-coastery rides.
cutest photo bomb ever
We did both parks, hitting California Adventure in the evening, but the highlight of the day for me - and for Addy and Leia, I think - was the surprise appointment I'd made for them at Studio 365, the Rock Star alternative to princess-themed Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
They were primped
and made-up to their heart's content.
Both were thrilled with the attention - and, as Rachel had predicted - it was a welcome break for two very tired little girls.
They both almost fell asleep in their chairs, despite the yanking, braiding and pinning involved in their fancy hair-styles.
And what do Rock Stars do, once they have their second wind? They smile for the paparazzi,
toast their friends,
and party into the night.