Thursday, September 24, 2009


Thanks for your patience as I return to the regular Circus Act of juggling bowling balls, otherwise known as my Real Life. Bowling balls that are ON FIRE.

We had The Best Trip EVAH to Disneyland-which was practically empty because all the kids with Responsible Parents were in school. Miss Thystle will probably be bragging about her jaunt to the Bahamas on her blog--but I'll bet SHE didn't get Buzz Lightyear's autograph or eat a waffle that was shaped like a mouse. Good times, Chickens, good times.

There are some who scoff at the wonder that is Walt's World. They use big words like "consumerism" and "fakety fake fake." Not I. I LOVE THE KINGDOM. I buy into the whole Disney Mystique-I mean, according to my credit card receipts, I REALLY buy into it.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but in addition to almond shaped eyes and large front teeth, ComplicatedBoy inherited his Anxiety Disorder from me. Our first day at the Magic Kingdom, he was a bundle of nerves-vowing he would not go NEAR a ride that moved any faster than Cinderella's Merry Go Round. He expressed a fear of drowning on IT'S A SMALL WORLD, and of catching rabies after getting a hug from Chip and Dale. The kid was a nervous wreck.


We walked by THE SWORD IN THE STONE--which was a bronze statue of a sword in a stone, with the appropriate plaque about being true of heart and brave of spirit and yada yada. CBoy pulled at it. Nothing happened. The Banana pulled and pulled. Nothing happened. Sexyhusbandomine grunted and sweated and that sword stayed in that stone. And just as we were all set to leave and head towards Adventureland, CBoy took a deep breath and made one final attempt and MY GAWD THE SWORD RAISED RIGHT UP OUT OF THAT STONE! All chrystal and shining and amazing and jeepers cripes honey hand me the freeking camera and then before we could catch a second breath, the sword sunk back into that stone.

And so we spent the next half an hour and two subsequent returns trying to get that dern sword to rise from the stone again-which it Never Did. We searched for hidden buttons, secret cameras, sneaky Disney employees--we still Do Not Know How in The Heck CBoy pulled that sword out.

But CBoy knew.

" It was because I found my Courage inside" I SWEAR TO GAWD he actually said, cue violins, cue misty eyes.

O Walt Disney i wish i could kiss you on your cryogenically frozen lips.

And then my friends, CBoy lead us to Pirates of the Caribbean and even THE HAUNTED MANSION. Never in the past eight years did I think we would end up spinning through a cemetery together, laughing happily at fears that were now laid to rest.

It was was magic.


jodi said...

Don't you just love when these type of things happen at just the right moment to the kid who needs it most. We had a "sword in the stone" type moment this past weekend and it was just what the whole family needed.

Welcome back to juggling world.

Blue said...

and that, my friend, is what i refer to as a Tender Mercy of the Lord. Amen. ♥

Lo said...

What a lovely and blessed occurrence.

Bj in Dallas said...

please send this story straight down to the 'Kingdom' PR dept.

That is classic.

I too, LURVE the 'spell' that occurs when you enter the gates.
Sadly, I've been to both parks sans M2 and that is on our must do list.

However, I attended a marketing conference one time and met some of the Disney girls and talk about them writing the book on how to get us to spend our money,
like piping the smell of popcorn out onto main street so you start looking for it and you have to go past the $1000 sweatshirts to find it.......

I found it. :)
Great Post.

Mrs. B. Roth said...

That was SO awesome!! I want to go to Disneyland (big pouty face). I've never even been to California (it's westish, right??).

I'll get the kids to save their pennies ...

Glad you has such a miraculous time.

Rachael said...

Very cool with the sword! I wonder if it's on a timer? And, he was just in the right place at the right time? That, or it's MAGIC. Hmmm.

We've been to Disney before in October and it was AWESOME. No lines, no crowds. Just great. We last went in March, and not so great. Will not make that mistake again!

Jen said...
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Jen said...

Ohhh...CBoy just broked my heart right in two. He's such a sweetheart.

Bj in Dallas said...

ps. you look really good in that dress.

and tall.

KLS said...

How wonderful!

Krëg said...

That's awesome. It would never pull loose for me. Must be a pure of heart thing.

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

aww. now we'll have to take our kids to that place where they take all your money. . .darn. : )

Miss Thystle said...

that's so awesome! i hope the "relaxed" sticks with him because that would be a freakin' awesome story to tell.

"And then, like magic, I became brave and I never freaked out about the possibility of a serial killer hiding in the holding tank of the port-a-john again. The end"

Anonymous said...

I wish you health and happiness every day!
Ich wunsche Ihnen Gluck und Gesundheit jeden Tag!
Je vous souhaite sante et bonheur chaque jour!


Anonymous said...

I wish you health and happiness every day!
Ich wunsche Ihnen Gluck und Gesundheit jeden Tag!
Je vous souhaite sante et bonheur chaque jour!


Blue said...

did you know that we have adopted the "Michael Jackson" thing at our house for all kinds of stuff now, because of this blog.

wrong number or prank call? "Michael Jackson"

someone driving by yelling out their car window: "Michael Jackson"

mis-delivered mail: "Michael Jackson"

mumbling children: "Michael Jackson"

we say it all the time now, whenever it fits. Surprising how often that occurs, too.

PS: Who did your color in the photo?

Anonymous said...

I wish you health and happiness every day!
Ich wunsche Ihnen Gluck und Gesundheit jeden Tag!
Je vous souhaite sante et bonheur chaque jour!


kwr221 said...


and Lorrie? You look SO CUTE all dressed up as Cinderella! :-)

Nadine Hightower said...

woo hoo That Rocks!!!

Lin said...

Glad you & the family had a great time! The husband & I just got home from Disneyland, we made it a whole 3 hrs there & we're so so tired now.

I tried getting that sword outta the stone luck :(

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Well done! Hope you all had a good time.

ZDub said...


I'm glad you had a good time, your kids are freaking adorable.

Jane! said...

The real fear with 'Small World' is that you'll get stuck in there and the music will make you IN. SANE.

Love the D-land, consumerism and ALL. Glad you had fun.

lisianblue said...

That is so cool! I loved DisneyLand many many years ago - would love to go back again!

kwr221 said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!

Anonymous said...

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Fe said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for today Lorrie!