Our son, Thomas is really enjoying his internship at Disneyland.  A cast member perk is free admission to California Adventure and Disneyland.  Recently, he took me along with him!  My husband worked for Disney for many years and we have gone SEVERAL TIMES in the past.   Even so, both Thomas and I remarked that we always get a thrill in our chests upon entering Disney's colorful gates!!!

TIP ONE:  TAKE A PHOTO OF WHERE YOU PARKED.  We didn't and it took us 10 minutes to find our car at the end of the day.


TIP THREE:  WEAR ATHLETIC SHOES NO MATTER HOW DORKY THEY LOOK WITH YOUR OUT FIT.  I had on cute sandals but as Thomas said "everyone else is wearing running shoes so who cares."  So I switched to my Nike's (Thank God).

TIP FOUR:  GET THIS HANDY MOBILE APP THAT TELLS YOU WAIT TIMES IN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS…like where Characters are, restaurants, restrooms, etc.

TIP FIVE: (THOMAS SWEARS BY THIS) ALWAYS HAVE A FAST PASS.  It lets you get in the fast line and as soon as you use your Fast Pass, run and get one for the next ride you want to go on since the computer only lets you have one Fast Pass at a time.

We waited too late to get a Fast Pass for this Radiator Springs Racers ride (they were not available until later after we planned to leave).  This is in California Adventure and reminds me of the drive to Mammoth Mountain.

But while we were in California Adventure we split a micro-brewery beer…oh yeah…

TIP SIX:  THEY SERVE WINE AND BEER IN CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE (so Californian)…but no alcohol in Disneyland.

TIP SIX:  BUY A COUPLE BOTTLES OF WATER…THEN, YOU CAN REFILL THEM AT THE WATER FOUNTAINS EVERYWHERE.  I thought the "Disney Water Fountain Water" tasted good and I'm sort of picky.

THIS IS A REPEAT OF TIP FOUR:  ALWAYS GET A FAST PASS…we got one for here and sailed right on in…but look at all those warnings.  I DID IN FACT, MEET THE MINIMUM HEIGHT REQUIREMENT :)   It was really fun, but skip it if you have back problems.
 TIP SEVEN:  YOU CAN BUY THE FRIED CHICKEN A LA CARTE AT THE PLAZA INN near Main Street (instead of $16.49 for the full meal below).  Delicious.  We put Tabasco on it.

TIP EIGHT, IF YOU LIKE DILL PICKLES.  Then splurge on a crisp, icy cold one in Adventure Land.  Thomas also recommends the turkey legs.

 It's okay to be a kid at Disneyland.  Walt would want that.

Thank you, Thomas for taking yo mama to celebrate Disneyland's 60th birthday!


Blue and White Bayside Bridal Shower

Our friend, Laura's daughter, is engaged!   Brooke and Andy met as sailors on the Newport Harbor. So, it was appropriate that Debbie, Maureen, Diane and I gave Brooke a nautical shower at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

We served Champagne with peach and mint.  Knowing of Debbie's great collection of blue and white China...I suggested using it for the shower and she happily agreed.
Hey look at this photo!  It's gotten the most Likes I have ever had on My Instagram.
This was a thoughtful touch done by the floral designer and left on Brooke's place setting.

Maureen purchased the sailor themed scarves/sarongs as party favors.  The placesettings are also personalized luggage tags.

You can get all sorts of straws, including these, on Amazon.

This was a salad with grilled chicken and stacked tomato and mozzarella.
The tart (thanks Diane) had a dark chocolate filling and was simply displayed with lemon leaves.
Part of the décor was a frame with a photo of Brooke and Andy that I gave her (and another matching one that I wrapped).
Maureen created this organized list... (great idea).

Several guests took home flower arrangements. Here's how some look now in Debbie's kitchen.
What a beautiful and fun day given with love for Brooke and Laura!