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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Oh so thankful...

You might be wondering where I've been. I've been fighting an epic battle and I'm happy to say that I've won. I won't bore you with all the details but in a nutshell, I almost lost my house. You all know that I lost a job that I loved back in January of 2011 and could not find work until July of 2013. While I am grateful for finding that job, it was no easy task to live on substantially less salary. It was a struggle and that's putting it mildly. I came dangerously close to losing my home and that took a toll on me emotionally. I had not the strength nor desire to blog about anything, really. Well, happily, that battle is over. I have negotiated with the bank, my mortgage has been modified and I get to KEEP MY HOME!

I went to Disneyland the other night. I sure missed it - had not been there in over a month! For me that is an eternity, LOL! Naturally, I didn't plan ahead so I didn't have my camera with me but I did take a few shots with my phone so here they are for your enjoyment.

We heard some music over in Tomorrowland so we stopped to watch and listen for a bit.

And then...we decided to walk over to Adventureland but as we passed the castle, I had to take a shot. Doesn't it look strange surrounded by scaffolding?

While my friends climbed to Tarzan's Treehouse, I waited and people watched. And then I guess you could say I building watched, LOL.

It was almost time for the fireworks to start so I made a hasty exit to ensure that I'd be in my car by the time the fireworks ended!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DCA and Disneyland Videos

As promised, here are the videos I took on Saturday. Enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed them!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Disneyland Goodness

Yes, I went back for more Disney Christmas cheer! Get comfortable folks, this is going to be a long post! I'll share all of my pics with you today and then post videos tomorrow. You're welcome!

The shooting gallery looks mighty festive, doesn't it?

The Haunted Mansion was experiencing a few problems so while I waited, I attempted to take a pictures...I am quite surprised at how well the iPhone 5 does!

I got to the Park or should I say, the area near the Park at 9:30 and the parking structure was already full! I got sent over to the Simba parkinig lot and by the time I actually walked through the gate at Disneyland, it was 10:40! Sheesh!

My friends and I had a lunch reservation at Cafe Orleans for 12:50 wo we checked in a few minutes early and sat down to admire the decorations...

After lunch which consisted of the Monte Cristo, we waddled over to Big Thunder Ranch. I had so much fun checking everything out that I didn't take many photos. Oops!

We went back to New Orleans Square to check out the shops when this caught my eye...the old entrance to Club 33 is now stroller parking?

I love this miniature Sandy Claws inside the Nightmare shop!

Oh my gosh, look at this awesome Haunted Mansion purse!

I almost didn't share this picture because somehow I got my stupid finger in the frame but then it made me laugh so what the heck, right?

This is the tree on Buena Vista Street and I love the "vintage" ornaments!

Look! Walt's Barn!

I turned this closeup into wallpaper for my iPhone.

I searched high and low for this gingerbread shingle and finally found it at the Grand Californian.

This is the gingerbread house in the lobby of the Grand Californian and the picture does not do it justice. You can't tell how BIG it really is!

Grand Californian tree.

Disneyland's tree...

And now for small world holiday! Make sure to click on this picture to get the full effect.

Two VERY tired ladies!

One last pic as we are leaving the Park. I love Pixie Hollow at night.

Come back tomorrow for VIDEOS!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mission Inn Lights

Oh so pretty!! Yesterday was the official start of the Festival of Lights. I purposely went late hoping that the crowds would be gone and I was right!

I am posting this using the blogger app...keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Parade Snippets

I told you I would keep trying and I did! No matter what I did, the videos would not upload so I put them on YouTube and guess what?
They uploaded perfectly from there!

First, I give you a glimpse of the Toy Soldiers.

Next, we see Mickey and Minnie.

Here comes Goofy and Pluto!

Next, we have Woody.

Dancing Gingerbread Men.

Gepetto and Pinocchio.

Next we have Buzz Lightyear.

 And my FAVORITES...the Reindeer!

Well guys, I hope you enjoyed these snippets!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Fantasy

I really really really do love the Parks at Christmas!! The other night I went to an Annual Passholder private party at Disneyland and took advantage of the low crowds to grab a great viewing spot for the Christmas Fantasy Parade. I had not seen this parade since 2008 so I was really excited. I found myself wishing I had a decent camera but alas, my cell phone would have to do. The reason for taking pictures and videos was to send them to my very good friend and fellow Disneyland lover who has been living in England for the past 8 years. She loved them! As I was uploading them to my cloud storage, I decided to share them with you and even though they aren't the best quality I think you'll enjoy them.

Here's a quick peak at a scene from the
new Jingle Cruise.


I've been having quite a bit of trouble uploading the rest of the videos so I'll keep trying!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mission Visit Part Two

Some people see ruins, I see the beauty that once was. Continue strolling through the grounds with me.

I am always amazed when I see buildings of this age still standing.

Inside the church, I decided to sit and just let my eyes wander.

These details are amazing to me and the fact that they are hand painted makes them take on a magical quality. I tried to imagine the artist, meticulously at work.

The hand painted details are on the ceiling as well.

Back outside and looking for a little shade.

These "berries" look like they been dusted with sugar!

I sat on a stone bench for a good 20 minutes enjoying the quiet beauty of the mission.
If you are ever in the area, please do stop.

See you soon!