The weekend before last we had the opportunity to get away as a family and head to California for a few days. We haven't been on a trip like this since last summer so it was desperately needed and absolutely worth it. My best friend who is also Wesley's godmother, sent us a letter a couple months ago with a note and tickets for a day at Disneyland. When I read it my eyes filled with tears because I knew she had no idea how much I was needing something like this at that time. Not Disneyland in particular, but just time with my boys away from real life. It meant so much to us that she recognized we might want to get away one last time together before the baby comes and that Disneyland would be a huge treat for Wesley. I'll never ever forget the way she's treated my son as her own and been such an incredible friend to me.
So we went to Disneyland that first day and it was incredible. I don't have words to describe how it felt to take him to a place I spent so much of my childhood at. Going on all the rides I used to go on with my dad was completely surreal. He loved Pirates of the Carribean and It's A Small World and would have gone on those two again and again. I keep him pretty sheltered from tv so he didn't know a majority of the characters we saw, but it didn't matter, he was so excited the whole day. I kept waiting for him to get tired or be over all the walking, but he was still dancing and smiling up until we left that night. Me on the other hand, I was so sore from walking about an hour in. Walking around a theme park all day while 6 months pregnant is no joke! I also forgot my camera battery at the house and then my phone died early in the day, so we don't really have any good photos of the experience, but I will never forget the moments and memories we shared that day.
The rest of the weekend was filled with trips to the beach, a bridal shower and dinner with friends. We were able to see our friends who've recently moved to California and watch our kids play at the beach, which was sort of an out of body experience. I feel like it was just yesterday I was the little girl frolicking on California beaches without a care in the world. Wesley is always giddy to see Nora and I definitely loved having the chance to connect with the people who know me best again.
As we drove home I felt like I do every time we leave from vacation... a little sad to go back to real life. Wesley was just so happy and fun the whole weekend, we got Darren to ourselves for three whole days and California still feels like home to me. It was such a fun trip though, and I can't help but be grateful that we had such a fun opportunity like this.