Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Spring Dapper Day weekend - Saturday

It's day 2 of our Dapper Day weekend at the Disneyland Resort. Luckily we had a room at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, so instead of driving from home every day, all we had to do was walk out the door of our room. Past overnight trips have always been hit and miss whether Ian sleeps through the night. Apart from a noisy neighbor who kept knocking on the adjoining door at 10pm before I asked them to stop, the night was a hit and Ian slept through the night.

Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 Spring Dapper Day weekend - Friday

Sunday is the spring Dapper Day event at the Disneyland Resort. We're getting to the resort a couple days early and making it a whole Dapper weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Minnie's Moonlit Madness - An After Hours Scavenger Hunt around Disneyland

Ruston, Jacob, Theresa and I have participated in the last 4 Minnie's Moonlit Madness events and we always have an absolute blast! Back in November the four of us started talking about our strategies and started making plans for MMM 2015. Last year the email went out in early January so as it drew nearer we were all anxious to receive it.

Finally on January 7th, the email came! Ruston sent it on to us as soon as he received it.

Wait... what's that part at the bottom...

Oh no!

Two cast members on the team?!? Either Jacob, Theresa or myself are going to have to quit our jobs and become Disney cast members quickly or we're not going to be able to participate.

I was unsuccessful convincing either of them, so I'm sad to say, we won't be competing this year.

Another wrinkle that teams will be facing this year is a staggered sign-up. Cast members working at the Disneyland Resort will get to sign up on January 15th, while cast members who work at Disney Studios or in Glendale can't register until January 16th.

I can understand why they made the change. In 2014, registration for 350 teams to Minnie's Moonlit Madness sold out in 7 minutes. Since it was so popular, it only made sense that they figure out a way to let more employees participate. This year, they also opened it to 400 teams, allowing ever more people the opportunity to play.

January 15th arrived and luckily for those working at Disney Studios, it didn't sell out on the first day. It was possible we could have found our way on team, but we didn't really want to break up our awesome team. And with that, I thought our story of this year's Moonlit Madness was over. 

... but, that's not quite the end of the story.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Celebrating Valentines Day and getting a visit from Rita, Aubrey and Ethan

We were lucky enough to have Theresa's sister and her kids come visit us from freezing cold Michigan. I think it was below 0 degrees up there. Here in Southern California, the sun is shining and it's in the 70s!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A warm sunny day in Redondo Beach

Is this really February? It's still winter right? It's beautiful here in Southern California and we're going to make the most of our morning!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival. Belmont Shore. Are we in, Jacob asked?

Monday, February 2, 2015