Just some quick ramblings this morning. Yesterday I spent the day at the Scrapbook Expo. I took a class on the Latest & Greatest from CHA and got some very cool things in the class materials. I also purchased the newest boy lines from My Minds Eye & Echo Park. I'm looking forward to more scrapping of Baby Geek's cuteness with these supplies! There weren't any must haves at the show, although it is always a great place to get adhesive refills.
The one thing that stood out for me was a store with tons of Disneyland page kits. They were incredible!It got me to thinking that I need to play some more with my Sure Cuts A Lot software and some coloring pages I have from on-line and as well as a coloring book I got in Disneyland a few years back. I'm now in search of a more recent coloring book from the revamped California Adventure.The images from the coloring pages make great templates for cutting files.
It is no secret, I love all things Disney. I display it proudly with the this decal on my car, along with the three stick figure people of Dr. Geek, Baby Geek & myself. (Although they are starting to chip away, I've told Dr. Geek that we must go to Disneyland to get more decals, he told me we could buy them on-line, I told him that was crazy talk, why purchase something on-line when you could go to Disneyland instead?!)
One thing that has set me apart is my iPhone case. I saw a company at MacWold in 2010 and immediaely placed an order when I got home that night! Uncommon makes awesome phone cases. They have a gallery you can choose from or you can upload your own image. I searched my iPhoto gallery and selected this image of the castle for my iPhone 3G.
It was a hit, even a cast member at the Character Breakfast a the Plaza Inn was impressed with the case.
When we upgraded to the 4S last year I ordered a new case with a different image.
I didn't love it as much as my original case. The sky turned out to be much too dark for my taste, but it is still an awesome case.
Last year I completed a survey for Uncommon and was given a $10 off coupon. I decided to create a new case. I got a little bit fancy. I used a collage program from the Apple App store to create an image with a total of 10 pictures from various trips we've taken. I scanned the park map as a back ground that you can see peaking through a few areas. I really love how this case turned out. The one bummer is that I was constantly tweaking the image to make sure it fit the dimension of the case -- making sure heads weren't cut off etc-- that I forgot to include one of my most favorite pix of Dr. Geek & Baby Geek in Toontown. Oh well I'm sure we'll be upgrading our phones at some point in the future so I'll have another opportunity to create a new case.
I've recently discovered the Capturing Magic site. It is full of awesome resources for just about all things Disney -- the parks, how to get the most out of your stay and how to record the memories once you return. After listening to their podcasts and catching up on some posts, I decided to recap my favorite Disneyland experiences.
Dr. Geek & I go to Disneyland for the first time together. This was also the 50th Anniversary year. Dr. Geek grew up on the opposite side of the country and had only gone to Disneyland once when he was about 9 years old. The telling moment in our trip planning was when he asked "do they still have ticket books?" We had a great trip highlighted by adding gold ear hats to our growing collection.
I had a training conference at the Disneyland Hotel (I know rough ) that coincided with our anniversary. Since Dr. Geek is a major foodie, I booked us reservations at the Napa Rose. We sat at the chef's table which made for a very fun evening.
That same trip we made reservations for preferred seating for Fantasmic. That year they closed the balcony on the Disney Gallery and created the Dream Suite so the preferred seating was in front of the Haunted Mansion. After having to wait nearly two hours for Fantasmic the first time, Dr. Geek declared that preferred seating was the only way to go! On this trip we added the blue & silver light up ears to the collection.
I once again attended the training conference and it was the same week as our anniversary again. Earlier in the year I had a conversation with someone about Disneyland and favorite trivia etc. During the conversation the topic of Club 33 came up. Through this conversation we were able to secure reservations to the Club for our anniversary dinner. It.was.AWESOME! It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that I still can't believe we had. Luckily we have the Mickey Ears with the logo to prove it, along with a few pictures as well.
We spent the week of spring break at Disneyland. I always like to go into the park for a few hours on our last day. I tell Dr. Geek that it helps with that Post Disney Depression you feel when you leave the resort and you see other people excitedly heading towards the park. It also helps to go to the park for a few hours to wait out the Rush Hour traffic in Orange County & Los Angeles. On this occasion we decided to try the California Adventure Sequway tour. It was an awesome tour. We got to ride sequeways through out the park in the 3 hours prior to the park opening.
This year the big promotion was "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" if you gave a day of volunteer service at a select organization you got a free ticket to one of the parks. Dr. Geek & I, along with some of our close friends all gave a volunteer day so we went to the park together. This was an interesting trip for us. I was about 30+ weeks pregnant at the time. Thankfully it was overcast for most of the day so I was spared the blazing July heat. The friends we went with had a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. The 3-year-old and I were ride buddies since we has he same ride restrictions. It was a great trip, until Dr. Geek came down with the stomach flu. We purchased Baby Geek his first Mickey Doll. It has a sweat shirt covered in their 2010 logo, we felt that was an appropriate choice since he was born in 2010.
I've been telling Dr. Geek that I wanted to be on a Disney Cruise for my 40th Birthday, but since I've been at home with Baby Geek that wasn't in our budget. Our splurge was the Grand Californian. It is a beautiful property and you can't beat being able to walk right on into the park, but I have to say that the Disneyland Hotel is still my favorite of the propery hotels. It was so much fun to bring Baby Geek to the park. We got Baby Geek his first set of ears and I got the Happy Birthday set.
We don't have another trip on the books just yet, but it's just a matter of time. I can't wait to make more memories with Dr. Geek & Baby Geek!