Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Big Boy Turns 4!

On Wednesday we went to Disneyland to celebrate Micah's birthday. He had been eagerly awaiting this day for months. We had always said (before we had kids) that we'd never take young children to D-land (under age 5) because it seemed to us that the kids we had seen were always cranky, tired, and their parents couldn't go on any rides anyway. (I still don't understand the concept of taking a newborn or baby there, but to each his own). Well, once Micah saw the commercial on TV for Disneyland (at age 3), it was all over. He couldn't stop talking about it. So we planned in advance for the big day.  

We had learned awhile back that if you buy a pass ON your birthday, you can get the lowest level pass for only $65. Since all of our birthdays are within 6 weeks of each other, and we only live 30 minutes away from there, we have each been making a trek to get our pass on each of our birthdays. Because of that, we had to wait in a few lines, and it took us almost two hours to get into the park from the time we parked the car to the time we entered. But for our boy, that was just what he needed.  (While we were waiting in line at guest relations, he looked in the window and asked me "mommy, is my birthday in there?") :)

Micah is not like a lot of other kids. He takes awhile to adjust to his surroundings, and really needs to "take it all in" before he has fun. The two hour wait ended up being a blessing in disguise, because it allowed him time to get comfortable and loosen up a bit. It was so cute watching his face as he saw the first character - Fox from "Fox and the Hound" (is that his name?). Micah had NO interest in actually meeting any of the characters, except for Mickey, who we didn't actually meet because the line was too long.

He had LOTS of questions for us throughout the day like: "Does the princess live in the castle? Why? What does she do in there? Why does Snow White sing in the well? Is she inside the well? Why is she in there? (Hey, I would be confused too) Does the Little Mermaid live inside that waterfall? Can we go in there? What does she do in the waterfall? Why did Mickey's dog eat a hole in that big shoe? Why did he do that?!" It was so cute. To him, all the characters were REAL and it was so fun seeing everything through his eyes. Today he recounted riding "The Jungle Cruise" and referred to the islanders wearing masks as "the mean aliens. They were NOT NICE, mommy." He has a shirt with a Tiki on it, and keeps referring to the picture on the shirt as the "aliens we saw at Disneyland." :) His favorite ride by far was the Monorail, which to him was a "rocket spaceship." He also enjoyed "It's a Small World" and the train ride. He did NOT like the Winnie-the-Pooh ride, where he plugged his ears with his fingers the whole time. Unfortunately that was our very first ride and it scared him a bit. The day was made more special by the fact that my BFF Heather watched Jaden for us so that we could have one-on-one time with Micah. At around 4:00, Martin went and picked Jaden up and brought him back, and the boys ran around Toon Town for awhile before we ate dinner and went home. It was also my mom's birthday, so she was with us the whole time, which made the day even more special. Overall the day was PERFECT! We are really looking forward to going back in the near future, and all through the next year. I'm sure this was a birthday Micah will never forget.


  1. what a fun day! And I LOVE that picture of Martin and Micah from behind. Sweet!

  2. How great to live so close to the happiest place on earth and be able to get such great deals for the family! My little 3 yr. old also takes awhile to get used to places, at the park it's usually time to leave by the time he's ready to have fun. :)

  3. So glad you had a fun day with Micah! Love your pics :)