Monday, April 1, 2013

Our Disney Babymoon

     Once we found out our wonderful friends were planning a baby shower for us in Southern California, Calvin and I decided to make a trip out of it. After doing some research, this would probably be the last time I will be able to travel comfortably before Liam gets here. Thus began the start of our Disney Babymoon!

     We headed down to Anaheim on Thursday night around 6 pm. It's about a 5 1/2 hr drive without traffic. Our hope was to leave later to avoid traffic when getting into Los Angeles. Fortunately, we didn't hit any traffic and actually made decent timing! We stopped for dinner at Sonics and stopped twice so I could stretch and use the restroom and made it to the hotel a little before 1 am.

    Although we made good time, it was extremely uncomfortable being a few days shy of 6 months pregnant. From the very beginning of our planning, I was dreading the car ride because I knew I would probably feel extremely uncomfortable, but we weren't willing to spend close to 500 dollars on airline tickets when we could use that money towards Liam! I started the trip sitting in the front passenger seat and two hours into the drive, my legs started to cramp up and I needed to use the potty. I also researched how pregnant women are more prone to blood clots and I needed to get out and stretch at least every two hours. Being the worry wart I am, I was freaked out and made sure I listened to my body and made Cal stop if I needed. Thankfully we made it to the hotel safe and sound!

     My original plan for Friday morning was to get up at a somewhat decent time and head to Glendale to visit the Disney Baby Store, but that didn't happen. First off, Calvin was understandably exhausted from his drive and slept in. I, on the other hand, was up around 7 AM thanks to paper thin walls in our hotel. Not only was there a cheer leading competition with what felt like a million cheerleaders running up and down the halls, but it sounded like 5 people in the room next door to us where at least 3 of them were screaming children. I remember saying to Calvin "no! I'm not supposed to be woken up by a screaming child yet!". So we ended up with a late start and decided to head into Disneyland for lunch.
Lunch at our favorite place to eat in Disneyland, Plaza Inn
 After lunch we headed over to check out the new Fantasy Faire!
So pretty!

I love Figaro!
 Then we decided to go and ride Winnie the Pooh. As we're walking over, I started to feel crappy. It was hot and crowded. At that moment I knew we wouldn't be able to do much after Winnie the Pooh. Disneyland is a totally different experience pregnant. I want to be able to push on and do things, but I get exhausted so quickly. 
Liam and mommy's first ride of the trip.
 Before heading back to the hotel to get a break from the heat and crowds, I had to stop at Haagen Daz for my "Work of Art" frozen yogurt. I don't know why, but I've only found this at the Haagen Daz in Downtown Disney.
Basically my only craving of this pregnancy: Frozen Yogurt

     After getting some rest and relaxation in our room, well as much as the cheerleaders and our lovely neighbors would allow us, we were ready for our evening in Disney. We wanted to do something a little special for our babymoon and decided to book the dessert package for Fantasmic! The dessert package is 60 dollars per person and you get VIP seating as well as a box of desserts. The price is a little steep, but it beats having to sit and wait up to an hour before the show to save a good spot and having to sit on the ground with your bottom and back killing you. Plus, who doesn't like Disney dessserts?! I don't mind paying for convenience!
Waiting patiently in line to pick our seats!
     After we picked our awesome seats, I wanted to head over to DCA for the Mad T Party because our favorite DJ was the White Rabbit! Our amazing wedding DJ is also the White Rabbit DJ for the Mad T Party. We rushed over there to say a quick "hello" and made it just in time as he was coming back on. 
The last time we saw him as the White Rabbit, he asked if we had any children yet. This time we brought him one in the making! How cool are his ears?!

     Before heading back to Disneyland to view my all time favorite Disney park show, I wanted to get a few pics in Cars Land since its so pretty at night. 

     Now off to Disneyland! 
Our awesome seats right in the center!


An assortment of cheeses, crackers, truffles, grapes, sugar cook with fruit filling, chocolate, cheesecake, coconut macaroon, lemon tart, and hot chocolate.
     Fantasmic at Disneyland is such an awesome show! If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest you do. It always makes me teary eyed no matter how many times I've seen it. When Mickey Mouse comes out in the beginning and does his little performance, I just want to give him a great big hug. Sometimes, if Cal's lucky, I will reenact Mickey's moves. He always gets a good laugh at it. The best part of this show was not only having great seats, being with my love, eating yummy desserts, or watching my favorite show. The best part was right when Mickey popped out on that stage and the music began, Liam was kicking non stop! My little Disney baby is catching on fast. The entire show he would move around and kick. The funny thing is the only time he was quiet and still was when the villain's part was happening. But right when Mickey came back out, Liam was back to kicking. I just kept my hand on my stomach rubbing back and forth and I kept telling him I couldn't wait until he could actually see the show!

     We saw the later show at 10:30 pm and the park closed at 11. So once the show was over, we headed right back to our hotel. It was a nice, quiet, relaxing, and romantic end to the first full day of our babymoon. 

     The next day, we started it off with Liam's Monster's Inc Baby Shower! If you haven't checked it out, I did a recap of it in the previous entry. 

     After the shower, we headed back to our hotel to do a quick costume change! I loved my mint maxi dress I wore for the shower, but I knew it would be extremely uncomfortable to be walking around the parks in. Plus, I had this cutie patootie shirt that I've been dying to wear!
I bought this WAY before Calvin and I were anywhere near getting pregnant, but fell in love with the shirt and knew one day I would have the opportunity to wear it. I'm so glad I made the decision to buy and save it!

How cute is Mickey give little Liam a big hug!
     Unfornately I don't have many pictures from the rest of the day, but we headed back into the parks and hung out with some of my favorite ladies and their hubbies. We went to check out Fantasy Faire again and took some pictures with the princesses. Aurora, Ariel, and Cinderella to be exact! The rest of the night we rode a couple rides, had a delicious dinner, and spent quality time together!
Thank you for hanging out with us ladies!
The next day was our last and final day. Boo! We had to make the most of it and we definitely were going to go out with a bang!

     Calvin and I started our day with lunch with our friends at Uva bar. I had the pork flatbread which was alright. I love the flatbread at Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel and this one, in my opinion, did not compare. Calvin got the Uva burger and it was better than my flatbread. Luckily my husband is a sweetie pie and could see I didn't really like my entree so he switched with me.

     After lunch we headed over to DCA to do the Easter Egg hunt they had going on. It was pretty fun. You pay 4.95 and are given a map and stickers of the eggs you're suppose to find. So we walked around the parks finding each egg and attaching the corresponding sticker in its place. Once you have completed your map, you take it back to Elias & Co and redeem your Vinylmation prize! We got Simba!
Our completed map!
During our little hunt, we decided to take a few pictures!
Posing in our wedding reception venue! Who knew a common venue would help us find each other and would lead to a wonderful friendship?!
Love! I may or may not be hiding one of those adorable Easter eggs under my shirt. hehe.
      So Calvin and I were SUPPOSED to be leaving tonight and we had extended our hotel check-out to 4 pm. Before I continue, I love this feature that our hotel had! We stayed at Portofino Inn and for 35 dollars, we were able to extend our check-out time to 4 p.m. I'm not sure what other hotels do this, but it's awesome. Especially if you have a late flight to catch or are like me, a preggo, and need some extra time to rest before driving back home. Now back to the story, it was quickly approaching 3 pm and we needed to go back to the hotel and change for our awesome night we had planned and to officially check out. We said "see you in a bit" to our friends and started our walk to our hotel. While heading over there, I literally begged Calvin if we could stay the night. We had some special dinner reservations, you will find out where very soon, and I wasn't looking forward to another late night drive after a full day in the parks. After some begging, pouting, and a little bit of preggo monster angry eyes, Calvin agreed to spending the night and leaving early the next morning. Woohoo! Now before anyone says anything about how I approached Calvin about staying another night, let me tell you that being pregnant causes me to be easily aggravated, emotional, and uncomfortable. I was determined to stay another night because I knew my body and I knew it was not going to be a fun ride home. Plus, after dinner, Calvin said these exact words to me "Good thing we're staying another night. I don't know if I could drive all the way home". Wifey always knows best!

      Anyways, like I said earlier, we were ending our Disney babymoon with a bang! Thanks to our amazing friends, PB&J, and their friend, we were able to live one of our Disney dreams. 
Club 33 has been on our Bucket List and we thought we would never be able to check it off
And now we finally can check it off!!!
     I cannot believe we were able to dine at the famous and exclusive Club 33. On our anniversary trip this past January, we did the Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour which only allowed us inside the lobby and elevator of club 33, but we never got to experience the dinning room or food. We took a similar picture like the one above during that tour, but this time the doors closed with us inside and up we went! AHH!!

Calvin, Liam, and I enjoying the beautiful balcony!

Bay Area Beauties <3
     Today also marked that I was officially 6 months pregnant! To commemorate another month, I wanted to do an extra special bump tracker picture on the balcony at Club 33.
I'm absolutely in love with this candid shot my beautiful friend Jenn took of us! Thank you!
Once we were done taking a bunch of pictures on the balcony and enjoying the view, it was time to head inside and get ready for some delicious dinner. 
Gorgeous place setting that you actually don't get to eat off of, but it was pretty to look at!
First, we were served a delicious Caesar salad

For our entrees, Calvin ordered the chicken

I had the Filet Mignon, well done
     We were with a party of 27 and because our party was very big, our choices on food was limited because we had to be on a contract. We were told by my friends that there is a menu with many different choices to choose from and she kept apologizing that we weren't able to have more of a variety. I kept assuring her that it was no problem at all. Just being there was more than enough for us! Plus, the entrees that we ordered were superb. We were given the choice of salmon, chicken, or the filet. Calvin and I decided to both get something different because we wanted to try as much as we can because who knew if we would ever get the privilege of dining here again. I was a little hesitant to get the Filet Mignon because since I'm preggo, I needed to have the meat cooked well done. I normally like it medium rare and was worried it may be too dry or tough. Let me tell you, oh my goodness that Filet was seriously the best Filet I had ever had. Same goes with Calvin's chicken. It was chicken breast and I'm more of a thigh or drumstick kind of girl. I had the same worry that it would be dry. Again, best chicken breast ever! Calvin and I both finished all our food on our plate. It was definitely well worth it. 

     Then we started to notice that the other guests in our party started getting little glowing Tinks and Pirates. Of course Jenn and I wanted one! 
Mommy's Tink and water. Daddy's Pirate and wine.
     The staff was so kind and took our "order" on how many glow clips they needed to bring out. Soon we were all having a glow party! Yay! 

     Then not long after, it was time for dessert. We had a choice between the chocolate bomb and the cheesecake. Calvin and I both got the chocolate bomb because we both weren't really fans of cheesecake. What are my thoughts on the chocolate bomb? One bite, and that was pretty much all I could take. It was super dense and rich. I think I ended up taking a total of maybe 4 or 5 bites and that was it for me. Calvin completely demolished his into pieces. I asked what happened and he told me that he felt like there had to be more. He thought there might be something in the center so he kept digging. All he found was more and more chocolate!
The chocolate bomb
Before we left, we had to get a picture with the animatronic vulture! He was designed with the intention to communicate with the guests during dinner. How awesome! An actor or Walt would be in the sound room and would listen into conversations the guests were having through mics that were hidden in the lamp fixtures. The mics no longer work, nor does the vulture communicate with guests. Now he just sits comfortably in the corner keeping an eye on the Trophy Room. 
C&C hella loves PB&J. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!
 Soon it was time for us to go, but not without one last shot!
Told you we'd end our Disney babymoon with a BANG!
     It was the perfect way to end such a wonderful babymoon. We had an amazing time from our Fantasmic dessert package, to our gorgeous baby shower, all the way to our once in a lifetime dinning experience at Club 33. We are very blessed to have had such an opportunity to revisit our happy place with some of our favorite people doing some incredible things! 

     The next morning as we headed back home, I started to cry. It was a mix of happy and sad tears. A very bittersweet moment. I had finally come to the realization that this would be the last time with just Calvin and I for a very long time. We did a lot of things we won't be able to do for awhile once Liam arrives and any future children. But then the happy part was Liam and our future children. We will now get to experience Disneyland in a totally different and new point of view, through the eyes of our children. I'm excited, anxious, and nervous for when we can finally bring Liam to Disneyland to see the magic fill his little eyes and warm his little heart. Thoughts just kept rolling in my head about how his first ride experience will be or how he will react to meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time. Although we had done a lot of "lasts" this trip, the next trip will be a ton of "firsts"! We seriously can't wait to share the Disney magic with our little Liam! It was comforting to know that the next time we'll be at Disney, we will officially be a family of three!


  1. Liam is your son if he was reacting that much to Mickey in Fantasmic! ;) They changed that dessert box a lot since the last time we did it. It seems that they added more, but just took out the chocolate covered strawberry. We may have to give it another try. It was so fun hanging out with you guys and I'm glad we got to see you before your officially become parents. I also think it's wonderful that you got to do Club 33 on this trip. It really was the perfect end to a perfect "babymoon". :)

    1. Haha! You are so right. Liam is definitely my son. I would have loved some yummy chocolate covered strawberries! You and your hubby should definitely try it again! It's so delicious.

      I'm so happy we got to see you and hang out before Liam gets here. It was definitely bittersweet saying goodbye to you guys since we knew the next time we'd see you, we'd have little Liam with us!

  2. We once stood behind a guy who reenacted Mickey's Fantasmic moves throughout the whole show...kinda distracting, but funny, LOL

    So glad you were able to go to Club 33! :)

    1. Omg, how hilarious! I would be irritated and laughing at the same time hehe.

      We were ecstatic to finally dine at Club 33!