For Christmas, my parents treated us to a day at Disneyland! :D Going to Disneyland used to be no big deal for me growing up-- it was right down the street-- but now that I'm states and states away, it was certainly a major source of excitement!
And if you know anything about my family, We Know Disneyland. We know the ins, the outs, the employees, the artists, the shortcuts, the best order of rides, the time/place/order to get Fast Passes, the times of all the shows, the locations of which food carts, the hidden Mickeys, the locations of the characters...BAM. If there's any Disneyland question, we know it. I even managed to do a biographical report in elementary school on Walt Disney, and where did I do my research? That's right, within the Disneyland park itself.
In fact, we are so smooth at working it at Disneyland, that even though the day we went the park was CRAMMED with people to literally its maximum capacity (they closed the gates before NOON!) we all still got on EVERY major ride, saw Fantasmic!, and ate at the Blue Bayou [which is so awesome because its INSIDE the Pirates of the Caribbean ride!] without having to wait in line!!! Boo ya.
And if you know anything else about my family, you know that We Love Star Wars. From Yoda cookie cutters, to R2D2 cookie jars, original T-shirts, billions of pins, virtually every version of the films ever sold, and on and on. And let's not forget that my brother Mike's first phrase as a baby was a line from Star Wars, "What a piece of junk!"
And therefore the happiest place on earth gets a little happier for the Price family each time they add more Star Wars elements. For example, the Jedi Training Academy- basically the cutest thing in the galaxy. And they also just re-vamped the ride Star Tours, so now on each flight is a secret rebel spy- and who was that spy when the Price family rode? You guessed it- ME! I'M THE REBEL SPY! The ride operators surely saw me coming from a mile away and said, "There she is! Our biggest fan!"
In short, it was AN AWESOME trip home, with not just a great Disney day, but swimming at Belmont Plaza where the LA Olympics were held, eating at the world famous Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, seeing the fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits, shopping at The Grove in LA, going to the Griffith Observatory, running around the Hollywood Walk of Fame (and of course seeing the Star Wars feet prints outside Grauman's Chinese Theater), eating Crumbs cupcakes(!), going kayaking, Corona Del Mar tide pools, jogging with the dog, performing some salsa dancing for the family, family blow dart war, the Newport Beach Temple + lunch & shopping at Fashion Island with Mom and Chelsie, etc., etc.
And the weather was beautiful.
Yep, basically the best vacation ever.