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Friday, May 13, 2022

time for a little magic

it'd been awhile since we'd made our way out to disneyland, and the old lady and i were going through withdrawals.  we scored a reservation for a sunday, but the bean wasn't feeling it and opted out.

and so it turned into a rare mommy & me day for me and my firstborn.  

even better?  after months of having to trudge the half-mile (each way!), the trams to take us from the parking structure to the main gates were finally up and running again.  woohoo!

and in honor of women's history month, for the first time ever the floral display at the entrance to disneyland was arranged in the shape of minnie mouse.

here's a pro tip - if you're looking for a super delicious coffee drink, skip the starbucks and place a mobile order at the docking bay back in galaxy's edge.  this is cold brew topped with sweet cream and a handful of cocoa puffs, and it's SO GOOD.

we also decided to split an order of beignets from the mint julep bar, and the seasonal flavor was cookie butter, with a cup of actual cookie butter to dip them in.  yum. my.

my little girl isn't a bride anymore, but an actual wife.  whoa...

we still had tabs to use up from our sip & savor pass for the food & wine festival, so we headed over to the kiosks to make our selections.  from the d*lish booth, we grabbed the cubano slider and black & tan beef potato puffs.  both were super tasty.


next up was something from the "nuts about cheese" kiosk.  this is the peanut butter & jelly mac with brown sugar streusel and strawberry pop rocks on top.  now, hear me out - while it sounds weird and probably kinda gross, i found myself going back for another bite.  and another, and another, until it was all gone.  the old lady, a major peanut butter fan, didn't love it.  but it was so odd that it was just...really fun to eat.

the next item came from the california craft beers booth - the IPA sausage dog with cheddar sauce, peppers and onions, jalapeƱo crunch topping on a pretzel roll.  i'm a total wimp when it comes to any level of spice, so this one was all for her.

from "peppers cali-ente," this was the spicy yellow chile creamed chicken over jasmine rice with olive tapenade.  she got this one all to herself too.

for dessert, we passed up the very popular mickey-shaped snickers macaron and opted for the chocolate hazelnut crunch instead.  this was basically like a giant piece of ferrero rocher - a chocolate ball filled with chocolate hazelnut mousse, topped with chocolate hazelnut glaze and a piece of gold leaf.  it was delicious, and something we knew the bean would have really liked.


we decided to head over to avengers campus to see if we could score single rider seats on the webslingers ride, and on our way there we passed the newly-installed plaque that paid tribute to the father of all things marvel - stan lee.


we were, indeed, in luck that day and not only did we find the single rider line open for the ride, but when it was our turn to board we were able to ride together instead of having to split up into two different ride vehicles.  it was a great way to cap off our day, and after picking up a couple of take-home treats we skedaddled outta there and went home.

ah, the perks of being magic keyholders.  the reservation system's kind of a pain in the ass, but it sure is nice to go to the parks for a few hours to soak up some magic, eat some tasty treats and go home. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

blue bows in full effect

once we got home from our fabulous hawaii trip, life was back to normal and we were off and running from the very next morning.  the hub and the bridal couple were all back to work and the bean off to school and cheer and everything else in our normal routines.

and a couple of weeks later, she had a cheer competition that was local for once - right here in downtown l.a., at the convention center.  we got her dressed and ready and headed out in the rain to meet up with the team.  the competition was running pretty far behind schedule, and so we had a lot of time to sit around and wait.

a couple of hours later, it was finally time for them to head to warmups and get themselves ready to hit the mat.


i swiped this from the team's instagram account - the bean is right there in the middle of the photo.

they nailed their routine, with all of the parents gathered right in front of the stage screaming our heads off to cheer on our girls.



and then with even more time to kill and nothing but vending machines available to us, the hub made a phone call and took a brisk walk out to the palm restaurant to pick up the best waiting-for-cheer-competition-awards dinner that ever was.

i know i'm way behind on recapping, but if i remember correctly the bean's team took second place at this competition.  it was another great way for them to prep for the rest of the comps on their schedule, and they still had florida coming up.  and with this truly being the bean's final year of competitive cheer, i was just enjoying watching the performances and taking it all in.

so many things are changing...i'm not sure i'm ready.  eek.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

from newborn to married

 in honor of the old lady's 27th birthday, here's 27 pictures of her:



























ah, my little girl.  where did the time go?  literally in the blink of an eye...

parents: enjoy every moment.  because before you know it, your little ones are fully grown and married and stuff.  sigh.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

and that's a wrap

and then it was time to go home.  WOMP WOMP.  and adding insult to injury, we woke up to one hell of a gorgeous morning.

we got our stuff all packed up and ready to go and soaked in every last minute of paradise.

as we made our way back towards the airport, we made one last stop...at liliha bakery, for a final delicious meal.  funny, last time we were in hawaii we started our trip off this way.

it's all about the toasted buttery rolls and insanely yummy jelly, plus the coco puffs and of course...spam and eggs.  mmmmmm.




with the rental car refueled and safely returned, we dropped off our luggage, made our way through security and dragged our asses to the gate.

sigh.


just like our flight out, we were greeted warmly by the flight attendants and offered a beverage before takeoff.  i perused the menu to see what our choices were for lunch:




bye again, o'ahu...for now.

as per her usual, the bean was passed out before we reached cruising altitude - just barely waking up to eat when lunch was served.


i spent the flight alternating between watching stuff i'd downloaded and dozing off, and then a few short hours later we were home.

such a wonderful trip, so full of love and laughter.  it had gone by so fast, but the memories we made together will last forever.  words cannot adequately describe how amazing those five days were, and although we're back to life, back to reality...the magic of my firstborn's wedding weekend lives on.

time for a little magic

it'd been awhile since we'd made our way out to disneyland, and the old lady and i were going through withdrawals.  we scored a rese...