For Mason's 1st and 2nd birthdays, we had parties. We had joint parties with my niece, Addison, because her birthday is 2 days after Mason's (technically 2 years before and 2 days later which I guess is really 1 year and 363 days before, if you're being technical) and it just made sense. (In case you're interested, for Mason's 1st birthday, we had a Muppet themed party and for his 2nd birthday, we had a Pirate/Princess themed party). But this year, I just wasn't feeling the party. Parties cost a lot and let's be honest, he's only 3 and probably won't even remember. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not against parties by any means (I LOVE a good party!), but I was thinking I wanted to do something more for him, something where even if he didn't remember the day, I would remember how much fun he had, so, I decided we were going to Disneyland.
I didn't want his birthday to go completely unnoticed and I still wanted to celebrate with our family, so we had a small, family only, BBQ dinner/party on his actual birthday (that I recapped yesterday) and then... we went to Disneyland on Sunday!
Now with the threat of rain all weekend (and with it actually raining on Saturday), the smart thing to do would have been to postpone, but I was dead set on going for Mason's birthday so we still went. Thankfully it didn't rain until around 4:30/5 but it was HOT and HUMID and I pretty much looked like a sweaty mess all day. AND because I was sweaty, when I re-applied sunscreen to my chest and back, apparently it did nothing and I now have a sweet tan to commemorate the occasion :) BUT regardless, we had the best time and I'm still trying to get Seth to agree to annual passes (please?).
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Warning! There's A LOT...
Casey Jr. train
It's a Small World
I LOVE Disneyland churros and this was my churro... and someone wanted one...two...three bites...the whole thing! Good thing he's cute!
My FAVORITE thing at Disneyland (really in California Adventure) is Carsland.
Looks IDENTICAL to the movie!
He's not looking but... his face! He was SO excited to meet Lightning McQueen! Plus he was wearing a Lightning shirt so that made it extra special!
Heimlich's choo choo
King Tritan's Carousel
We had the BEST BEST BEST day. Mason refused to nap because he was having so much fun but it worked out well because we got to go on so many rides and really enjoy ourselves. We picked up a little Matterhorn macaron cookie on the way out and the birthday boy licked all the chocolate right off that thing.
And then the second we got into the car, he fell right asleep. We stopped to get dinner and he slept. We got home and got him out of the car, he slept on the couch. Finally at 7pm, we decided to put him to bed since he probably wasn't going to wake up, and lo and behold, he slept straight through until 5:45am on Monday morning. Guess someone had a little too much fun at Disneyland :)
And Seth and I? We pretty much fell asleep shortly after putting him to bed, but not before I checked my Health app on my phone which told me...
... that I walked 16,600 steps and over 7 miles! WHOA. Who knew exercising could be so fun?! Think I could use that in my favor when trying to convince Seth we need Disneyland passes? =P
Needless to say, we had the best time celebrating our birthday boy turning THREE and can't wait until our next trip back. I didn't miss the birthday party celebration one bit and think maybe we could turn this into a tradition and as he gets older, he can invite a friend along?
But that's too far in the future to even think about! For now, I'm just so happy my boy had a great birthday!
Happy THREE my sweet boy! xoxoxo