4th of July 2016 Disneyland

4th of July 2016


  Well, our world wind weekend has come to an end.  I have to say.  It was a lot of fun.  Yesterday at Disneyland was so relaxing for hubby and I.  There was no one at Disneyland at all compared to any of the million and one times we have gone in the past.  So much so that Baby Girl ditched us before we even got to the gate just after passing through security.
     She checked the Disney app and saw the wait times and she was like, “WHAT?”  Then looks at us and she says, “Can I go? I can get on faster by myself the wait lines are way slow right now?  Not to mention as single rider I can get on way faster than if we are together.”  She had a blast going on everything she wanted to.  Hubby and I walked around took pictures of a few things we read about and low and behold they were true.  So we took pics of those things and then we found a nice shady spot and read from our readers and people watched.

     Then every so often our Baby Girl came and graced us with her presence and told us what was happening out in the land of Disney and then she was off again.  The high light of her afternoon was finally being able to secure after three visits to the park a BB8 drinking cup.  SCORE!!!  That just warmed her Disney Heart.   We got to see the Disney employees go through their cleaning chores and also be amazed at the low numbers in the park for the day.  I think they were just as amazed as we were.  We did way too much shopping while we were there so knowing it is so worth the passes just for the discounts you get with them.  We have the premium so we get 20% so yeah good deal and food 15% score. 
     We did for the first time go to lunch at the Carnation CafĂ©.  What a nice experience that was for Baby Girl especially with her allergies to certain foods and others that are starting to give her more discomfort.  The chef came out to our table to talk with her and went over the menu. They went over what would be the best choice for her and her taste buds.  He was so nice and accommodating it made her feel special instead of an odd duck.  Thanks for that Chef. 

     Hubby went to take pics of the Lilly Belle Mrs. Disney’s Train even though she is not moving she can still be seen and you can take pics of her.  Hubby says the pics don’t do it justice.  So if you get a chance go see it for yourself.  I was having a melt down at the time.  Truly having a meltdown.  It was hot and with the thyroid gone my temp. had reached boiling so I was in the shade drinking cold water watching Mickey & Minnie & Friends do their 4th of July dance.

     Then, we went to find the golden apple for Snow White and it was working it spoke.  We also found the Wicked Queen in the window.  You will have to see if you can see her too.  It was fun because you start looking up and she only stays out for so many second and puff she is gone. Then when people look up they can’t figure out what you are looking at.  Freak them out when you go too.  Stay and capture the fun on film see if your kids can see her or not also. 

     The highlight of the evening was having dinner with my crazy family at The Plaza having the Chicken dinner.  You get so much that Baby Girl and I always share a meal.  We ask for two plates with two rolls, two helpings of mashed potatoes, the normal portion of chicken and two drinks.  Sometimes we share a salad and for sure we all three share a dessert.  This night it was a mouthwatering strawberry shortcake.  We got there around 7:30 and drug dinner out until 9:30 until the beautiful fireworks show went off.  I have to say much better than the New Year’s Eve fireworks since they were off time zones here.  Yay!!!

Some of these shots are from our outing on Saturday evening at California Adventure.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them.  We enjoy the time we spend at the park together.  Or the time we spend just hanging out like this time relaxing.  
Bye for now,

Char J




Faith Mendes needs to get her life in order and get a job--yesterday. Thankfully, the live-in house-keeper position at the King brothers' ranch is up for grabs. Problem is, she'd be working with her old childhood crush, Nate King. He's sexy, wealthy, and his Texas-sized charms are legendary...and, clearly, impossible to resist.

Nate never thought twice about his best friend's little sister. Back then, Faith was off-limits. But now that she's all grown up, Nate's whole world has turned upside-down. Razor-sharp, down-to-earth, and hotter-than-heck, Faith is everything Nate has ever dreamed of in a woman...and maybe even in a wife. But Faith has loved and lost enough already to risk it all on another known bad-boy. How can Nate convince her that he is the real deal--and that he's ready to rein it in and never look back?


     What I enjoyed most about this book was this wasn’t your typical cold feet relationship.  This was one told from the POV of the man, Nate King.  Two, it was not him that gets cold feet.  You see this relationship if you asked Sam Mendes his best friend was not supposed to happen.  Because when they were teens he swore Nate off his baby sister, Faith, when she was so gorgeous and he couldn’t keep his eyes off her.
     Although he trusted his friend more than anything especially since Nate, his brothers and grandparents had always been there for him when he needed a place to stay since kindergarten.  You see Faith’s mom on day just walked away from them when she knew she Faith could speak up for herself as a teen.  Their dad was an alcoholic and an abuser.  Sam was always her protector.  Once warned then Nate too became her protector too.
     As time moved on Faith learned she had to create her own dreams and protect her heart from guys she dated.  When she actually got to date the ones her brother didn’t scare away.  He did warn her about her boss at the bar she was working at.  Sam really didn’t like him.  Telling her he was nothing but trouble.  She chose to move in with Cooper anyway.  That is her one and only mistake.
     It sure did not warrant any reason for her to have a black and blue mark on her stomach from his fist that is for sure.  So when she showed up on Nate’s doorstep asking for shelter and he was so ready to say NO due to his promise to her brother and his best friend.  She had to use all that she had to get him to let her stay.  She said she wanted to take the housekeeping job so she could pay her way and earn enough to finish her master’s program and get a place to live.  When he was still saying NO then is when she showed what Cooper had done to her.  She explained she left after he hit her once.  That after what she grew up with that is all it took.  She had learned from her past.
     Nate was angry to say the least.  He wanted to know exactly what happened letting her know it would never happen again and that Cooper would pay for what he did.  He told her they would have to Sam.  But she said she needed time which he understood.  So he went to get dinner and to visit his granddad who was dying.
     You see Nate, Ryder, and Chase were raised by Clay King and their grandma too, when his mom died.  They stepped in when they saw that their son-in-law was neglecting their grandsons.  So he too is one with holes in his heart.  He has decided never to get married or have children of his own.  But once Faith is under his roof all bets are off she is a woman now not a girl.
     Loving Nate is all she ever wanted as a girl but she could never get him to look at her.  But she’s a woman now and girl just wants to have fun.  This family saga was filled with funny brotherly joking around, touchy brotherly love, and anger, painful heartache, and touchy social subject.  Most of all loving of the best kind and family and couple love.  I give this 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 
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