A Look Back at 2017
Like many of you, I’m spending today reflecting back on 2017. At this time last year, our family was trying to balance a newborn and toddler while settling into our new home. We also were nervous for our first family trip. To say that it was a stressful time would be an understatement!
Family Travel with Little Kids
As 2017 is coming to a close, I’ve started to look back on this year. That’s what people do this time of year, right? We spent our first full year at our new home and have established great friendships with many of our neighbors. My oldest started preschool this fall. My youngest transitioned from a newborn to a young toddler. But what stands out the most in 2017 involves our family travel.
My family loves Disney! We don’t have annual passes to the Parks or go every weekend, but we are Disney-enthusiasts!
We just got back from our second trip to Disneyland Resort with our baby and preschooler. Disneyland with a 3 year old was a very different experience than Disneyland with a toddler last year!
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Last month, my Mom went to Disneyland for the first time! She joined us on our family trip. My 3.5-year-old had a blast riding the teacups and Dumbo with her. I can still hear their laughter and see their grinning faces as they just enjoyed the whole Disney experience. If you’d like to hear how I prepped both of them for Disneyland, you can read about it here.
Now that we’re home from our fun-filled adventure, I wanted to do something to thank my Mom for all her help. My Mom taught me the importance of writing thank you cards when I was little, so I knew that was my first step. I’ve always had good luck with American Greetings cards. I’m not always good about saying thanks in person, but I know that a few simple words in a card can have a long-lasting impact.
Best Hotels Near Disneyland
After our first trip to Disneyland with toddlers, I realized how important it is to stay near the parks. Street blocks in Anaheim are HUGE.
So if a hotel claims to be 2 blocks away from Disneyland, it may take you 30 minutes to walk there.
Bringing a baby and a preschooler to the Disneyland Resort may sound overwhelming to some people. However it doesn’t have to be.
Thorough planning ahead of time has been the key to my family enjoying a relaxing day at the park. And knowing what to take to Disneyland.
Disneyland Character Dining
On our first trip to Disneyland Resort, we had the fortune to get reservations for three character dining experiences. We went with a cast member and his family who had discounts on dining. The food, service and experience varied greatly between them.
Overall, I’m glad we did them but next trip we will schedule our character meals a bit differently.