It started in July 2013. At that time, our goal and mission was to bring fun and creativity into the world through designing and screen printing clothing. Over the last few years, we realized our passion wasn't clothing, but rather a deeper desire to help people reach their personal dreams and take their business to the next level.
Well, my feet are killing me, my throat is sore from screaming on rides, and my babies are passed out in their car seats. I begin writing this as our day at Disney's California Adventure comes to a close.
First and foremost, I MUST thank Eric and Casey McBride for giving us their double stroller. It was a life saver having a space for the kids to not only sit, but fully stretch out and nap.
We started our Disney Parks adventure at Disney's California Adventure by arriving at 11:30 with Ashlen having just woken up from a nap. After changing one diaper and one pull-up, we we're on our way.
Starting with Mater's Junkyard Jamboree gave us a great example of how the rest of our day would go. Ashlen was in love! She would chime, "Again?" Over and over.
It was then that I realized how amazing Disney is to families with babies. We took advantage of their Rider Switch program more than once. I even got to sneak away at the end of the night and experience the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride that has now replaced Tower of Terror.
I want to brag about my incredible babies. I got to watch my almost two year old jump up and down in excitement when she met the characters she loves. It was at multiple times that either Jay or I started to tear up at the beauty that is watching our exhausted little girl dance, wave hello and shout at the top of her lungs, "Hi princess!"
Having two under two at Disneyland Parks can be challenging. There were times that Oliver would fuss because of the sensory overload with the lights and sounds. Then there was the struggle of keeping Ashlen in line, waiting patiently, and not brushing up against the people ahead of her (oh the concept of boundaries!). But nothing was better than the smiles Oliver would give to people walking by! We were stopped constantly just because passersby fell in love with his personality.
Ashlen's absolute favorite Disney Princess is Cinderella. Her love started with a tiny duplo character in a blue dress who she quickly named, "Ella." With Halloween approaching, I searched high and low for a Cinderella dress, knowing she could don it at Disneyland. After a Value Village discovery, some sewing help from the ever-creative Nana, and the sparkliest shoes, we had a mini "Ella" in our midst.
Our day at Disneyland started much earlier. There was so much to do! Our number one goal was to see Ashlen's reaction when she met her favorite princess in person. We woke the kids up at 6:30, got Ashlen dressed in the parking lot and sought out some princesses.
Ashlen got to meet Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White all while wearing her special dress. Cinderella, in particular, was very amused at meeting herself.
The day at Disneyland unfolded in the most ideal way. Ashlen loved It's a Small World and said, "Hi baby!" to every single animatronic doll we floated by. She also had a blast in Minnie Mouse's house and got to meet Mickey!
Oliver seemed in awe of It's a Small World too and definitely didn't mind the dips on Pirates of the Caribbean. Most of all, I keep going back to the joy on his face as he smiled to everyone exiting Autopia.
What a wonderful trip it was. Many have thought us crazy for attempting such an adventure. Our kids may be a bit of work, but finding the fun amidst the fussing makes it all worth it.
Jay & Indya Oakes
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