Sophie: Cutest Boxer Ever Steal-er of HeartsAllow me to take a short break from my wedding planning...
Today is Sophie's third birthday! It's kinda hard to believe that three years ago today, as I had just gone into escrow on my new home, an adorable little Boxer puppy was entering this world who would change my life forever just three months later.
|Sophie at 3 months; look at those eyes!!|
Long story short, Juan drove her up from Mexicali where she was born so we could meet, and the rest is history.
|I can't believe she was so LITTLE!|
Those of you who know me well know how much I love this dog. She's my baby girl and I will do anything to protect her. She is absolutely the sweetest (and cutest!) Boxer ever and quickly finds her way into the heart of everyone she meets. Her favorite game is chase and she will do anything for chicken. I am so thankful God brought her into my life, and I pray that we continue to enjoy each other for many more years. And she's VERY excited that she gets to keep Mr. Matthew, who is now known as Daddy.
A Date with my Fiance and a Mouse at the Happiest Place on Earth
As I was going along planning our wedding, I discovered that the 100,000+ Hilton points I thought I had were no longer on my account. This quickly sent me into a tiny panic attack because we were planning on using those points for our wedding night at our favorite San Diego hotel. A call to customer service resulted in planning a trip to Disneyland! They agreed to reinstate my points if I "stayed 'n paid" for one night within the next 6 months...DONE!
The day after Labor Day is historically the BEST day to go to any amusement park in California (especially my FAVORITE place!) because all the kids have gone back to school by then. So Matthew and I drove up the night before (on that Monday), stayed at the Hilton Anaheim, and got upgraded to a top-of-the-building Disney View room!! (possibly because I noted in the reservation that we were recently engaged - hee hee). The World of Color show had just started as we got to the room. It was very cool to watch it from above! The next morning, I was excited to see Space Mountain from the floor-to-ceiling window! Awesome!!
Our day was filled with fun and laughter, and a little bit of running around...despite the unusual heat and humidity of the day. It was so hot, in fact, that we rode Splash Mountain well before noon so we could cool off:
Breaking with tradition, we rode Star Tours first, and afterwards Matthew had some fun building his own light saber:
Because we are planning to come back during our mini honeymoon in November, we bought Annual Passes - it was only $5 more when you combined our ticket prices for this time and next time, so why not?!
The highlight of our trip had to be Cars Land at CA Adventure. Matthew & I love the Cars movie, and entering the park was like walking right into the film! The longest line we waited in all day was for the Radiator Springs Racers, and it was actually worth it!
Here's a panoramic shot of the ride that Matthew took while we ate lunch nearby:
We also had fun walking through Luigi's Casa della Tires:
After another water ride (the Grizzly Run), and some frolicking around a "forest" sponsored by the Wilderness Explorers troop of which Russell is a member (hee hee), we headed back to Disneyland for a couple of rides and some shopping before the park closed. OF COURSE we had to end the day on the best ride ever:
After all of the fun we had, we dragged our tired bodies back to the car and drove home... ugh! For all future trips, we will definitely stay overnight and drive home the next day, like we've done before. Having to work the next day was also a tough one. The good news: I got my Hilton points back!!