Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Joshua!

Today you are 6, Joshua! Where does the time go??? We love your joy, your crazy sense of humor and your gentle, sensitive spirit.

Yesterday we spent a wonderful day at Disneyland. It really IS the happiest place on earth, I'm convinced of it. We were there before the gates opened, rode a ton of rides, went back to the hotel for a couple of hours in the afternoon to swim and nap, and then spent the evening back at Disney. Disney really bends over backwards to accomodate those with special needs. We were able to get a GAC (guest assistance card) to allow us to use Noah's stroller as a wheelchair, and with this, bypass most of the lines. What a tremendous help this was! Brad said he felt kind of bad when we'd wait a few minutes while everyone else was often waiting an hour or more. But I think we've put in our waiting time many times over and I certainly didn't feel guilty using the system that was put in place for children like Noah.
Noah was entranced with everything, especially the characters (Tigger in particular...must be the bright orange)! Many of them paid special attention to him, even during the parade, which touched my heart!

This morning, we celebrated Joshua's birthday with a special character brunch at Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. The kids had a blast and were able to interact with a bunch of characters. They especially enjoyed dancing and banging pots/pans with Goofy...oh, yes, and eating dirt cake with worms for breakfast!
Then we headed to Downtown Disney to Build A Bear Workshop. The kids have been saving their money, so they each were able to make a bear.
Then it was off to San Diego. We spent a bit of time at the ocean and the tidal pools in La Jolla on our way. Noah was thrilled with the sand!! What a huge mess trying to keep it out of his tubes and pumps!
We are now settled in the Marriot, and looking forward to the conference tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

wow, awesome pictures! I agree, don't feel guilty about getting through the lines quicker....
And have a good time at the conference.

Anonymous said...

Absoloutely awesome. You deserve every bit of the attention. We love you. have a great

Kim said...

So glad to hear that you are having a good time - your family deserves this time together. And yes, don't feel guilty about getting to the front of the have waited too much in Noah's short live that you deserve to be waited on hand and foot. You all look SO happy and relaxed...keep enjoying it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great pictures - it's so good to see you all having such a great time! We're so glad for you!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that Disneyland doesn't forget how important it is for little folks like Noah to be pampered! Praise God you had the opportunity to benifit from this!
Noah and family are such troopers!

Christie Tuttosi said...

GOD IS SO GOOD!!! Your pictures make my heart sing! That picture of Noah with Tigger is priceless.

Verna said...

Happy Birthday to Joshua, what a great place to celebrate!! Sounds like the perfect vacation! Will keep on praying that all goes well!

Anonymous said...

it is so great to see your kids enjoying life without worries for a day! i'm so glad that they all have this opportunity to go out there and just be kids!

have a great trip,
friend of erin's :)

Anonymous said...

The pictures are great. I'm so glad that Noah is doing well and that you guys are having sooo much fun!

Happy birthday to Joshua! You have an amazingly beautiful family!