Every year that we have gone to Disneyland, we have gone with friends or family. Last year, we went with my twin sister, Robin, and her family. The year before, we went with our good friends, the Gouldrup family (they are actually in my very first blog post on this blog!). This year, it was once again a trip with the Gouldrups. Jen and I have been best friends since college, we were pregnant together (our oldest kids were born 3 weeks apart), we vacation together often, throw parties for one another, and are really a part of each other's families. Next week, she is moving across the country to Boston and I will miss her terribly. (Don't tell her that though, she is in denial and doesn't want to hear any sort of goodbyes. At. All.) I am going to Cape Cod for 3 weeks this summer with the kids to spend time with her there, so I will see her soon. It is NOT goodbye (is that good, Jen?). It's a small world, after all. :)
Some other friends were at Disneyland too. My good friend, Tina, from Gemini Crickets, and her twin girls (Ava's baby friends from the Good Samaritan Hospital breastfeeding support group) moved to Southern California last October and we have missed them since. She's had a new baby too (very much like our story...surprise!). They just happened to be coming to Disneyland for Father's Day, so we got to meet up with them...where else but at the It's a Small World ride! It was a short visit - too short - but at least it was something. It was great to see the girls, who have changed so much, and to meet baby Lauren. We forgot to take a picture, which I'm so bummed about. We will have to meet up again soon...
Speaking of Father's Day, we celebrated Father's Day by having a BBQ lunch at Big Thunder Ranch with Woody and Jessie. I have to say, it was really cool. The kids played with Woody the whole time, who stood right behind our table taking photos with people - he did the robot, played peek-a-boo with them and was generally a really nice guy...um, toy. Really, really good food too (Ben discovered he loves ribs...yum....). Note: a bit pricey (I think it was about $30 for each adult and $13 for each kid) and you may need reservations (we walked in around 11:30 and got in about 20 minutes later, but it got pretty packed right after that).
The last small world coincidence of the day was that Jeff's dad then ended up being in LA (surprise!), so we were lucky enough to be able to meet him for a Father's Day dinner in Downtown Disney as well. The grandkids tortured him a bit by spilling their milk on the floor of the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa lobby (oh no!!!) and making him run around after them. (I relaxed a bit while this was all happening, I have to say.)