disney crazy

so tuesday morning… pretty normal… i am working on the holiday recovery thing…
and i have one of those ‘pregnancy-psycosis’ moments…
you know,
the ones that reality starts to set in, and you start to realize that life is about to change drastically… especially for things like, say, going to disneyland.  i got to realizing that none of my kids are in strollers, diapers, sippy cups or need naps mid-day!!!! and that is all about to END! i couldn’t let the opportunity pass by…

so i convince eric that i’m not getting any smaller, and our kids are at the perfect age to go and have FUN at disneyland… and why not just jump in the car and head over for 2 days! it’s a 6 hour drive… so we told the kids about 2pm and were on the road about 5pm. (i had secretly wanted to do this for about a week, but just didn’t think that timing and responsiblitites would allow… )

it had been a couple of years, and we had never done the calif. adventure park… so we were so excited! we had the best time! it was so awesome. we have never gone to calif. just specifically to do disney… it was so fun to stay right by the park, spend all day there for 2 days… and not miss anything.  quincy is 42" so she really got to go on most everything (they let little ones that size on SPACE MOUNTAIN! and the TOWER OF TERROR).. there were only a few things that she couldn’t do… and surprisingly enough, my preg. body did pretty well!  the main issue was that i was SO THIRSTY… which led to LOTS of bathroom stops. i know where every bathroom is… and i must say, i am so impressed with how clean and nice they ALL are! (lol)

Califadv
my boys were pretty fixated on the fast and furious rides… and waiting in lines is pretty annoying!  but, wow…. that is an amazing place…
i had to include this photo of us on splash mountain!  you know, lots of those rides have a place somewhere in the middle of the ride that captures you ‘enjoying’ the ride the most…
when we saw this one, we had to  LAUGH!   it’s histerical! i think i really was as freaked out as i look… and so was quincy…
notice there is no one sitting in the front? well, that is actually where colton was sitting, he was ducking to prevent from getting wet!  so funny!

i decided not to take my big SLR camera… i figured i’d be doing good to haul myself around the park. so i bought a disposable camera.  i can’t wait to see the caliber of photos i got! i was thinking, it might be an interesting experiment to shoot with a regular film camera once in awhile… just so you really have to work at getting good photos! so i am going to have to get them developed tomorrow. and i can’t print any out on my R1800! 

well,
it’s midnight.
i am so so tired.
Splashmtn

here’s wishing eric all the best… much love and luck coming at him from down here as he runs the marathon in SLC!
wish we could all be there to cheer you on!
we love you.

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  1. lisa 3 June, 2006 at 12:26 am - Reply

    that splash mountain pic is killer! I think everyone’s pictures look like that. glad you had fun!

  2. Sarah Mulder 3 June, 2006 at 1:10 am - Reply

    oh WOW!
    SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! I SO WISH DISNEYLAND WAS A DRIVE FOR US, PITY IT IS A 24 HOUR FLIGHT FROM AUSTRALIA..lol
    GLAD YOU HAD A BALL!!
    BFN
    SARAH

  3. Kelly Rodgers 3 June, 2006 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Wow Heidi –
    Bet you had a ball. That’s sooooo cool that you just decided to go.
    Have a great weekend –
    Love Kel XXX

  4. Jana Perenchio 3 June, 2006 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Oh my, that 2nd photo of you guys is hilarious!! How awesome that you were able to do this before the baby comes. You gotta love spontaneity like that!!

  5. may 3 June, 2006 at 7:06 am - Reply

    SO funny!!! LOVE that you took off to D-land. =) Looks like really fun times.

  6. Vee 3 June, 2006 at 8:04 am - Reply

    so glad you had fun in Cali
    i love the water ride pic.
    have an awesome w/e
    vee

  7. Vee 3 June, 2006 at 8:14 am - Reply

    so glad you had fun in Cali
    i love the water ride pic.
    have an awesome w/e
    vee

  8. Heather Bailey 3 June, 2006 at 8:26 am - Reply

    We need to take one of those spontaneous trips to Disney! My husband’s been trying to get us to go for six or seven years. How great that you just hopped in the car and got outta town!

  9. Jolene George 3 June, 2006 at 10:06 am - Reply

    LOL! I’m totally cracking up at the ride picture. I love how it captured the feelings of the moment…so fun! I think it’s wonderful to just head out for a last minute trip like this. I’m glad you got the chance to do it since it will be a long while till you get to go again. http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  10. vicki 3 June, 2006 at 10:22 am - Reply

    you go girl! what a very pleasant surprise for the swapp family. wonderful photos. i have to say the second is the prize. what awesome facial expressions. goodluck to eric on his marathon. hope he surpasses his goal. how about 2.5 hours. i figure with the altitude and no humidity. he can do it. LOL! not at him though!

  11. Renee Richins 3 June, 2006 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    That is funny because when I was pregnant I so wanted to go to Disneyland but we never did. I also wanted to go down a waterslide while I was pregnant but never did that either.

  12. valerie 3 June, 2006 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    so totally cool!! i LOVE spur-o-de-moment trips like that! it’s one of those memories you & the kids will hold on to forever! so glad you had a great time!

  13. Alisha 3 June, 2006 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Fun, fun! We are headed to Dland in 3 weeks. So neat that you just picked up and went. Looks like you had a great time!

  14. Melissa 3 June, 2006 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I love last minute trips to Disney. We have headed to Disney here in Florida a couple of times. It’s always so much fun!!! We don’t do that now b/c Tanner is still in diapers, with a sippy cup and needs a nap!

  15. sue Mahaffie 3 June, 2006 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Heidi- how lucky you are to be able to go to that fantastic place in just 6 hours. We went with my husbands family last Sept ( 15 of us) and had a blast- didnt quite take 6 hours fron Australia!!!!. Would love to see your LO of this last trip!!!!- to give me inspiration.
    have a great day
    sue

  16. Rebecca F 4 June, 2006 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Heidi, I’m primarily digital, but sometimes just want to grab a disposable camera and have fun with the family (especially at the beach, where I don’t want to watch my bag for theft instead of playing in the water). I use http://www.yorkphoto.com to develop my film because they’re quick, cheap, good, and you can get a CD with digital images from the film for next to nothing. My favorite part, though, is that I just shove an envelope full of disposable camera (shipping prepaid) into the outgoing mail (actually, it won’t fit in my outgoing, so I shove the envelope in my in box with a huge note that says “Outgoing Mail”, and then it just magically disappears and reappears a few days later as film and CD. Who wouldn’t love that? 4 x 6 prints, plus the ability to immediately print out enlargements on my photo printer. Just thought you might like the link.

  17. Sarah 4 June, 2006 at 3:14 am - Reply

    our family has a picture like that – I look like someone is shiving a live snake in my face, I’m so scared. And I was in front, spent the rest of the day in damp khakis. Oh, the joy of it!
    Hos cool to be able to make a sneak vacation happen…to go spur of the moment like that. Lucky you alls.

  18. Monique 4 June, 2006 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Oh MY GOODNESS. You know that I am a total Disney Freak, and I was soooooo jealous when you told me your were going…looks like you had fun, and that is way too cool that you just went out of the middle of nowhere. I LOVE that! Alrighty….hope you have a wonderful day today 🙂

  19. emfalconbridge 4 June, 2006 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    i wish i had bumped into you there – i went on wednesday with my dad & ivy, and met up with rhonna farrer too! too bad 50 million other people decided to go that day as well 😉

  20. stephanie215 4 June, 2006 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    disney world has super clean bathrooms too! sounds like you had a wonderful time!!
    those disposable camera work great!

  21. Gloria 4 June, 2006 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    that’s SOO COOL! I live 40 mins from disney and it’s still a blast to go every time! It’s soooo cool that you guys just picked up and left! I haven’t done that for a couple years… maybe it’s time for another very spontaneous trip =)

  22. Jodii 4 June, 2006 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    glad you and your family had a great time, hopefully me and my son will make it to disneyland one day as from Australia it is a pretty expensive trip

  23. pasteelady 4 June, 2006 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Love that you did the last min. trip. I am sure you will be so happy you did when you are much bigger in a few weeks. Looks like you had a good time.

  24. Jennifer Kirk 5 June, 2006 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I am so impressed that you went on Splash Mountain at all!! Something about flume rides scares the scrap out of me!
    And that picture is so cute! Those pictures always look awful of me because I’m either covering my face or hiding with my head in my lap *eyeroll* I’m such a wimp!

  25. brianna 5 June, 2006 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Looks like a fun time, Heidi.

  26. betsy sammarco 5 June, 2006 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Spur of the moment trips are the best, aren’t they?!!! You were very smart to do this because, yes, Disney will be a whole different experience with a little one in tow!

  27. Renee Ascasibar 5 June, 2006 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Glad you had a great time Heidi. You are so right about timing. Great you could get a way before the baby and have fun!
    Can’t wait to go back to Disneyland myself.

  28. Amanda 6 June, 2006 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Looks like you all had a great time!

  29. Kathleen P 7 June, 2006 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    How fun! Can’t wait to take my hubby and boys to Disney…have such great memories from when I was a kid! Hope Eric did well in the marathon…I live right on the course and was asked to spray water for the runners, so if he got sprayed at mile 21, it was most likely me spraying!

  30. Amber (awendybird) 9 June, 2006 at 11:31 am - Reply

    It looks like you guys had a blast! We had a 7 yr gap between our youngest and middle child. It was like being first time parents all over again!

  31. Chrissy 9 June, 2006 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I am visiting AZ for the 1st time ever and I just gotta say…I am so so sorry that you have to be pregnant right now-the thermometer in my van read 122 degrees the other day…God bless you in all of your hotness

  32. Stephanie 10 June, 2006 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Heidi these pictures are pricless! So cute! Glad you guys had fun 🙂

  33. BayouMaMa2 11 June, 2006 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Kudos to your spontaneous whim! Your family took away some great memories and you guys looked like you had lots of fun! I LOVE Disney. Made my first trip to Disney World at the age of 30 and I’m hooked. We went in February this year (during Mardi Gras) and the weather was cool and the lines were short…and the food was awesome! But then, when you don’t have to cook for a week, most food is awesome. *chuckle* We, however, are still dealing with diapers and naps and strollers…but all in all, it wasn’t so bad.

  34. LenaS 12 June, 2006 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Picture Perfect Family! and just think, the newest one will be all ready to hit the pavement running when born (rollercoaster speed pre-training)–he/she will have to be fast to keep up with you! So happy for you. Great age for your kids to go. Oh, when I get my film developed I just add a CD onto the order and you can use that for digi prints. Osco/Wal-Mart does these. It’s also safe backup(extras)just in case. I sent a Disney brochure to hubby months ago but he never got the message. You’re blessed to have a husband that listens. Predictable is sometimes sooooo boring. Good for you for being spontaneous.

  35. Amy 13 June, 2006 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Your face on the log ride is PRICELESS!

  36. sharon 16 June, 2006 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Heidi,
    so awesome with the spur-0f-moment trip…love it…makes life exciting….the pixs crack me up i so want to go to D-land and take the neices & nephews….you look fabulous girlfriend…..looking foward to creative escape….that is my vacation
    even though it is in town…i will PAMPER myself
    hugs and blessings
    sharin1

  37. ana 28 June, 2006 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    j’adorae vous photos!!! bien sur que fond vous page aussi jolie !!!!! vous avez un tres jolie style!!! on attend votre prochain libre

  38. Jenny U 6 July, 2006 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Heidi,
    Just want to say what an inspiration you are to me. I love what you do and how you do it. Coming from Australia unfortunately trying to do the Disney thing is a bit impossible I will just have to settle for Dreamworld lol.Thanks again for being you

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