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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Once Upon A Dream-Our Disneyland Adventure Part Four (Final Instalment)

If you logged on to read part four of my Disneyland instalments, you probably deserve a medal for perseverance! They have been kind of long-winded haven't they? :-) I appreciate your commitment to the blog and to Elin. At least it stops me from keeping you waiting for half an hour next time you see me as I go through everything we experienced and you glaze over and start losing the will to live, wondering why you ever asked the question 'How was your holiday?'. This way I can be totally trendy (actually I think teenage speak now is 'on point') so.. I can be totally on-point and say 'Read my blog darling!' OH how very modern and technological of me!
Where were we? That's right, I left you at the Spring Parade. Since that was our last day, I think I have actually covered most of what I wanted to tell you (you can all breathe a sigh of relief) I am still dreaming Disney (literally) and still buzzing although mercifully no longer speaking English with a French accent -which, note to self, is deffo NOT the same as speaking actual French apparently (just ask Cailtin about me asking for ice creams at the park. In my head I was Edith Piaf, in reality I was Del Boy " No Magnerms? Zen I will 'av ze Tangelle Twisterrrrrr!!!!"). It's actually a really difficult habit to break- Zut alors!  ( sorry).
Anyway I guess this post should be something of a summary, except it's fairly obvious which way my summary is headed. We had the best holiday EVER. The irony is not lost on me that I feel like Jack on the front of the Titanic ('I'm king of the world!!!') just because I got my daughter to Disneyland and back with no major disasters. I realise that actually perhaps this is quite sad in a way, but I don't feel sad about it. Regular readers of this blog since I started it in 2009 will understand that we have come to accept life with Elin will always be about celebrating the small stuff, things that 'ordinary' families would simply take for granted. This is no exception. But let me tell you having a child like Elin not only makes the lows much lower than any other family can comprehend, it makes the highs much more appreciated, celebrated, lauded, remembered and significant than any parent out there with fully healthy children can ever imagine in their wildest dreams. And that's what Elin does to us, brings to us and makes us realise on a continual basis. So do pardon me, for my rambling posts about our trip, my endless photographs and my tears when I spied a croissant in the Supermarket on Sunday after we came home. It's all been kind of a big deal to us, and we know only too well how it all could have been so very different. We remain eternally grateful to the gods of Disney that it wasn't and we will never forget our holiday of a lifetime as long as we live. Worth every penny, every stress, every meticulously planned detail. Worth it a million times over.
In particular, aside from all the magic of Disney, I think what I loved was the quality family time we got together. That's why holidays are special really isn't it? You're all cramped together for a full week and there's nobody to talk to but each other. There's no distractions, no work, no nothing, only family time. It's a cliche of course but the reason cliche's ever came about is because at some point everybody realised they were true. There really isn't a lot better than a good bit of time with one another is there? With Caitlin turning 18 next year I'm not sure how much longer she will be coming on family holidays (especially not in a caravan in Porth Madog which we will be returning to next year!!!) so maybe the holiday was even more special than the reasons we initially thought about. I will treasure it forever.
To finish, a few of my favourite photo's that I may not have already included. Excuse any repetitions, I can't remember part one now any better than you can (LOL). Thanks for getting this far, thanks for taking an interest in our girl and thanks for reading my blog.

Are you KIDDING? I'm not gong to sleep! We're at Disneyland!!

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are 
Anything your heart desires..
Will come to you...

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do...

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly, it comes to you
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.





  1. What a gorgeous whole family shot with the magical castle :-) Thank you, these entries have been an absolute pleasure to read. You're still a talented writer (Where's David?) and are so brave and open, and 'on point' but I'll still be coming round to visit for more details soon. Xxx

  2. Ruth I have really enjoyed reading about Elin's adventures and was fine until that last 'When you wish upon a star ..'. Now I'm a blubbering wreck! Thanks for sharing such a magical experience with us. Xxxx


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