Monday, May 12, 2008

Disneyland Remix

Ahhhhhhhhh Disneyland. Full of fun, magic, candy, food, and THROW UP (or Blow Up).

Nobody blew up on Tuesday night so Peter and I shook the kids out of bed at 4:00 a.m. to hop a 6:00 a.m. flight Wednesday morning. Everyone was cheery and we were all happy to be heading to Disneyland! We arrive a 1/2 hour earlier than anticipated and actually made it to our 10:00 a.m. reservation at the Character Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen! Goofy did the Macarenaand Captain Hook gave Jaxon a High Five.. The kids ate a great $20 per plate meal and just a quick 20 minutes later, Jaxon looked like this.And then promptly blew up his $20 meal.

My SUPER HERO (Peter) Swept him into the Bathroom, ditched the shoes, sweatshirt, and washed him off as best he could while Abby rode the rides by herself with random granny. (I was on Wade detail)
A short while later, Jaxon and Peter emerged victoriously (and with a lighter wallet) from the gift store which had a Jedi Academy Sweatshirt, Buzz light year Shoes, AND Buzz Lightyear SOCKS! (I guess other people blow up on their shoes in Disneyland too)
Jaxon hung out in his stroller for most of the day, and we did get to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in D-land. We thought MOST CERTAINLY Jaxon would be over Blowing Up by THURSDAY! I mean, he has been blowing up since MONDAY! Abby blew up on Tuesday, and she was TOTALLY FINE by Wednesday. SURELY IT COULD NOT LAST ANOTHER DAY.... (famous last words) Here is Jaxon shortly after blowing up on Thursday after holding down breakfast AND lunch. Oh well.

Peter (once again) saved the day on Blow Up duty, but was unfortunately joining the blow up gang that night in the hotel room. BUT... Not all was LOST! Peter joined us by 4:00 p.m. the next day and we enjoyed our last two days in Disneyland with what we now refer to as the "Jaxon Pass".

Having a son with Autism is stressful, challenging, and sometimes frustrating. Overall, for the most part, it STINKS. That is right, I said it... I don't REALLY enjoy having a son with Autism. It is hard. HOWEVER, it DOESN'T stink when you are at Disneyland because when your son is not blowing up... he has a pass that can get your on EVERY SINGLE RIDE without so much at a 10 minute wait. As a matter of fact, some rides you walk right into the exit and hop on the ride before they load anyone else on....... aaahhhhh, I knew at some point Jaxon's Autism would be an advantage for us... Well, it sure is at Disneyland. Huzzah...

17 comments:

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

Amen sista. I think it's hilarious that it is now "blowing up." I think I might take that as my own too. Though I hope we won't be joining in on the blowing up.
I am amazed that you guys went, that you had such a great attitude despite the blowing up. I would've been a wreck....
I'm super bummed that we didn't somehow connect (though not really since you guys were all blowing up). I'm about an hour from D-land and we have passes!!!! Next time.
And I am SOOO with you on the autism and passes. We are the coveted Disneyland tour guides for all visitors since we have the front of the line pass. Disneyland and CA Adventure are now my favorite places (I like it growing up, but not as much as I do now)- sure it's a lot of work to get it all set up to go, walking around all day isn't necessarily my idea of fun. BUT we are "normal" at Disneyland. My J LOVES it. And it makes me soooo happy. For some reason all the chaos, crowds, etc don't bother him (may have to do with the fact that we don't have to wait in lines??). When he was younger and we went people would get so angry that we would go to the front of the line because our J "appears normal." The cute boy that he is (if I do say so myself)...hid the fact that he had autism. As he is older it's more obvious. But people still get miffed at us. I would be a bit angry if I waited for 3 hours for Finding Nemo myself. But I feel like walking up to people and saying, "Hey- do you want to trade me places? Cuz I'd gladly stand in line with my son being able to handle it." People just have no clue. Oh well. You get used to it....
So anyway- glad you had fun. Oh and that pic of Jaxon in the stroller looks just like my J when he was younger (other than he wasn't pukey like that). I love those strollers.
And remember- let's meet up next time. We can be front liners together!

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

WHOA- long comment. Sorry!

Bridget said...

Oh you poor thing! Dealing with vomit and all. Yeah for you for having a good attitude

Shally said...

Oh boy... You all are smiling in the picture at the end... Hopefully you will remember THAT part later. :)

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Anne said...

First of all, Peter is dreamy. Jon is similarly dreamy, so YEAH us for choosing sooo well! I have a brother who is missing limbs, so we also got the benefits of no lines. Fantastic! Come on, for all the hard work you do EVERYDAY, you deserve some perks! Glad your vacation was finally redeemed!

Kara said...

So sorry that the flu joined you on your vacation. Loved the photo documentation though.

aric & jess said...

Great summary...hearing it in person was even better!

Thanks for last night...I had so much fun (ew that sounded kinda sleezy) Anyway even though I am still trying to process the fact that he didn't choose Chelsea...I had so much fun gabbing and making fun of Shayne!

abbyandcompany said...

definitely a different experience of going to the happiest place on earth!

Jeanelle said...

Love the picture of Jaxon's long legs sticking out of the stroller! (BTW, we have a Jaxen in our family.) Glad you're home safe and sound, and ready to hassle me about my Bachelor obsession! Are you on board for the Bachelorette next week? I totally am!

Jessica said...

Way to go and add a lot more excitement, to a place that really doesn't need any more excitement.

Penny said...

I am still cracking up that he calls it "blowing up". It really is quite accurate! My niece has Down Syndrome and went on a ride and "blew up", my sister went into a store to buy her a shirt and they gave it to her for free. Yet another perk, I guess. I'm glad that you at least got a few blowing up free days, and the picture at the end is so cute.

Thanks so much for the little "Bachelor" party last night! Ok, now that sounded wierd too! Anyways, I really had a blast and by the way, your salsa ROCKS!! Thanks again! ;)

i'm kelly said...

oh! what a bummer. that's no fun that every one was sick on your trip. disneyland is the greatest. i love your positive attitude towards the whole experience, so many people would have had an entirely different take on the situation.

gab said...

Love the way you look on the bright side! I will totally get the special passes next time...my family will be thrilled!

Ilene said...

Oh, I KNOW that bug that has been running through your family. Way to be such a trooper. I'm thinking Jaxon worked his wiles to get some new shoes and sweatshirt. Smart kid. I won't tell my Jackson about this tactic.

I have always dreamed about front of the line passes. I'm glad you guys enjoyed it!

Hillary and Trevor said...

That picture of Abby with random g-ma made my night. I was crackin' up! Love it...Glad you survived.

Amber said...

Wow, what an adventure! I can't show my daughter these pictures because she will whine, "See, they took their baby to Disneyland!"

It's my only defense to not go for another few years....

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