Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hawaii 2018 - Day 5

Day 5 and I'm excited to do something I've never done before! Scuba! I've done plenty of snorkeling, but scuba is something new.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hawaii 2018 - Day 3 and 4

Day 3 in Hawaii started as many of our days ended up starting. Getting to the pool before anyone else and enjoying having it all to ourselves. Ian worked on swimming without him float vest and Alli enjoyed splashing around.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hawaii 2018 - Day 1 and 2

It's spring break! This year, like last year, we're headed to Hawaii with Theresa's family. I know I'm way late getting some past Trip Reports finished, but this is still fresh in my memory and hopefully easier to write.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Practicing for the 2018 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The Pasadena Chalk Festival is only a couple months away and Ruston and I always like to get in at least one practice day. Each year we rotate who gets to pick, and this year it's Ruston's choice. We're doing the original Love Bug himself, Herbie!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort

This weekend kicks off Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort! It runs all the way until Sept 3rd, 2018, so we've got plenty of time to see it all. The first PIXAR themed hats we're wearing are from Monsters Inc.! Sulley is from Tokyo Disneyland, Mike is from Disneyland, the Monster University hat from a halloween costume, and hardhat from Disney On Ice.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Exploring the Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

Last Friday, Theresa, the kids, and I all headed to the Disneyland Resort to meet up with the Wazny family and celebrate Matt's 40th birthday! They've come to Disneyland to celebrate and to top off a great week at the park, they're staying in the amazing Adventureland Suite inside the Disneyland Hotel! And they invited us to come join them for a birthday celebration!

What better hats to wear than our Disney Jungle Cruise helmets. There's Pooh, Mickey, and Tigger. And I didn't know when I'd be able to get my Giraffe hat out, but this seems like a good time. It's an official Disney hat from the Animal Kingdom.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 Disneyland Egg-stravaganza

Howdy Partner! Time to finish out this here egg scavenger hunt around Disneyland. Let's go!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 Downtown Disney Egg-stravaganza

After finding all the eggs hidden in Disney's California Adventure, it was time to continue our search in Downtown Disney. Maps were available at the Disney Store at Register 1.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Disney's California Adventure Egg-stravaganza and St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! All of us made sure to wear green, and as a special treat, Theresa brought us all green donuts from Krispy Kreme!

Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 Minnie's Moonlit Madness Medal Ceremony at Disney Studios

After having our best showing yet at Minnie's Moonlit Madness, Ruston invited us up to the Disney Studios in Burbank to accept our first place medals.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival - Visit with Gram

It's the weekend and it's time for our regular trip to Disneyland. But today we've got a special guest with us. Gram! It also happens to be the 2018 Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure. We made sure to dress appropriately.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 Minnie's Moonlit Madness Results

After having a really fun time participating in Minnie's Moonlit Madness 2018 #minnies2018 everyone was really excited to find out our score. This year, we had a really good run. We attempted all 10 hard clues, answered all the bonus clues possible, and did pretty good on trivia! On Thursday February 22nd, the results were in! They were posted on the internal Disney Backlot page first, so Ruston was the first to find out.

Ruston called Jacob, Theresa, and myself all on a conference call and asked if we wanted to hear the good news or the bad news. We opted to hear the bad news first.
"Well" Ruston said, "The bad news is that you're going to have to take some time off work to come up to the Disney Studios. Because the good news is that we won first place and they're going to take our picture and present the team with our medals!"

We won!
Woo hoo! Congratulations team! Everyone was really excited!

And boy was it a tight race. According to the scores above, our score was 1794. If you remember in my write-up, as the winners of the CHOC auction, we received a bonus clue worth an unspecified number of points. Apparently that clue was worth 50 points. I was happy to have the points, but that's not how I wanted to win. Thankfully even without those 50 points, we still would have had 1744 points which was still enough for a first place finish!

So what's the breakdown?

144 points from trivia - 50 questions worth 3 points each. We missed 7 questions, but got the double or nothing for the last 5 questions.
100 points from Clue A - We solved the scatter clue
1250 points from 10 hard clues - Each clue was worth 125 points and we solved them with 3 minutes to spare
100 points from the Newsies Bonus clue - Ruston and I worked on this clue while Jacob and Theresa walked us through the park to solve other clues
100 points from turning in our rope before time ran out
50 points for taking the bonus Snapchat photo with our team number visible
1744 points Total!

And in the end, it all came down to trivia. The top 3 teams solved all hard clues and earned all the bonuses possible. First place missed 7 trivia questions, 2nd place missed 13 trivia questions, and 3rd place missed 14 trivia questions. Whew! Tight race!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Minnie's Moonlit Madness - An After Hours Scavenger Hunt around Disneyland

Once again, February has rolled around and it's time for Minnie's Moonlit Madness. An after hours scavenger hunt for Disney Employees and their friends, and a chance for top teams to put their knowledge of Disney trivia to the test.

Ruston, Jacob, Theresa and I all had a blast competing together as a team, all the way up until 2015 when the event got so popular that instead of requiring only 1 Disney Cast Member per team, they started requiring 2 Disney Cast Members per team. Our party of 4 only has one cast member, and with that, all our hopes for competing together again were gone.

Since then, I've had a blast being a volunteer for the event, seeing some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting on an event like this. But there's nothing quite like competing...

Fortunately every once in a while, a little Disney Magic can happen.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Celebrating Valentines and the Lunar New Year at Disneyland

It's the weekend and we're celebrating at Disneyland. There's two holidays coming up this week, so we've themed our hats to match.
Alli and Theresa are sporting pink and red princess hats with hearts all over for Valentine's Day coming up on the 14th. Ian and I (and later Ruston) are wearing Pluto hats because on the 16th it's the Lunar New Year and this year is the year of the dog.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

14th Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival

Every summer we make it a point to visit the Belmont Shore for the Stroll and Savor. Right before Valentines Day, the same area of Long Beach has a chocolate festival! This is the 14th year to celebrate chocolate here.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

WDW Saturday Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom - 11/18/17

I'm still catching up on some older trips. This is from our visit to Disney World in November.
Happy Saturday! Today we're spending our morning at Disney's Animal Kingdom. After getting into the park, our very first ride was the most excellent Kilimanjaro Safari.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Erie Apple Orchard 2017 - 10/22/2017

It's time to catch up on some old trips.
Back in October while we were in Michigan, we visited the Erie Apple Orchard.