Saturday, December 26, 2015

After bidding farewell to Jerry's family we headed to Anaheim for a week.  The first few days we spent at Disneyland and California Adventure.  I sure wish my Fitbit was working as I would love to know how far we walked in the four days we spent in the parks!!  It is truly an amazing place.  Everything is done and decorated to perfection.  Being able to visit at Christmas time was amazing.  The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and even though it was crowded the week before Christmas they managed the crowds expertly and we were amazed at how fast lines moved.  I could post 100's of pictures we shot there but I won't do that to you.
Walt Disney truly created the Happiest Place on Earth.
Disneyland's 60th year!

 My late husband and I took our boys to Disney World many years ago and we so enjoyed It's A Small World I had to do it again - it was fun but more fun when you witness the excitement and awe in your children's faces.

The night parade was magical!

Jerry's daughter's nickname is Rose so took this shot for her!

And the day parade was lively and full of Christmas cheer.

After two days at Disneyland our feet needed a break so Jerry's sister Deena and niece Ali drove from Camarillo to join us to visit Jerry's mothers cousin and her husband - Retta and Wally.  We had a wonderful visit and were sent home with lots of tangerines right off the tree.
Retta & Jerry
Retta, Deena, Jerry and Ali

And then it was back to Disneyland for 2 more days
 A Bugs Land
Cars Land
We stumbled across a Felis Navidad Parade that was fabulous.  There is so much going on in the park you could never have it all planned out.

And you run into Mickey everywhere in lots of different ways!
Mickey Bread Dough

Mickey photo bombing our picture

The World of Color show at California Adventure was the most outstanding night show we say.  They even had a Christmas sing-along and they magically projected the words to each song into the water.

A story about Aladdin in Disney Adventure.  This was day 4 and we were both getting pretty tired.  We decided to leave the park, go back to the motorhome, walk Teddy, rest, have dinner and then go back for the World of Color Show.  As we were leaving we walked by this marquee.  We didn't know anything about it so I asked one of the ladies working there if it was a good show for seniors.  She said it was a fabulous Hollywood production that  been running for 13 years and is ending in January and that particular production will never be seen again anywhere.  So that peeked our interest - It was about noon and there was a 12:20 show so we thought perfect - not so perfect that show was sold out.  So I simply asked if there was anyone she could get us in as the next show wasn't until 1:30.  She told us to stay where we were and she came back about 5 minutes later and told us to follow her - she got us into the show in the VIP section!!  They were fabulous seats.  We gave her a big hug and thanked her profusely.  I guess looking old and tired can be advantageous at times!!

We thought about our family and friends a lot as Christmas approached. 
Especially our grandchildren: Calvin, Jeana and Adrian 
Even though we were missing our loved ones we had an enjoyable Christmas.  Christmas Eve we had a great chili dinner here at the park and attended an inspiring candlelight service.
Teddy was all ready to celebrate Christmas morning 
And in the afternoon we enjoyed a wonderful potluck at the park we are in.
The people were so friendly and really made us feel welcome Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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