Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ava's 4th Disney Dance Party

We did not throw a birthday party for Ava this year. We thought when she turns 5 next year that is when we will have another special milestone celebration for her with a group of friends. This year we decided to take her just Disney California Adventure for a little bit.
 Her morning started off by getting out of bed to find a living room table full of presents and balloons
Of course she wanted to start opening her presents up right away
Every time she would open one she would say OH WOW!! THANK YOU!! I have some pretty funny video of it. She got a lot of Minnie Mouse stuff ...SHE LOVES Minnie Mouse! She also Loves Mickey Mouse is her Favorite show! After presents Gabe made us Mickey Mouse Pancakes than it was off to the park.
 We always park at the Toy Story lot when we go to Disneyland. On the shuttle everyone sang Happy Birthday to I really wish I would have video taped that..the look on her face was priceless!
 As soon as we got in we got her a very special Birthday Button to wear. She is so funny too...she could not leave the house with out her clutch and wanted to wear her new Minnie Mouse Heels. She actually wore them all day too!
 After a few rides we took her for a Birthday Banana Split at Ghiradelli!

 Parker Had the Chocolate Shake
 Then we did MORE rides until it was time for "her" Dance Party

 We also did the Bug's Life movie
 Ava Actually wore her 3D glasses for the first time and watched the movie which FREAKED her out on some scenes...she was on my lap and hiding her face in my shoulders..just for a couple parts and than she was laughing and enjoying the show..afterwards she said WOW That was FUN...but when I asked her want to see it again she swiftly responded a firm NO!
 Afterwards we headed to the Disney Dance Party Where Ava danced and danced with several Disney is basically a dance club for kids...she was in PURE heaven..

 We told her it was her Birthday Dance Party!

I could tell after a while she was ready for a nap and Gabe had to go to work anyway so off home we went. Where I made her a special dinner and we watched tv and called it a early night since the park worn us out. All in All a fun day for her and Us!
A couple days later my gal friend Thelma and Toni came over for some wine and surprised Ava by coming in with a lit ice cream birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday to her. She was so surprised and excited. Thelma also brought her a pretty nice gift bag full of adorable clothes! That cake too by the way was pretty damn delicious!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tiki O ..Sat Night...Till next year..

Saturday started off pretty great at Tiki O
 A group of us headed over to the waffle House and had a nice breakfast to start the day
 Once we got back  we mixed up some drinks in the room and headed right back to the pool..people were already putting their seats up for the afternoon entertainment
 We had a much bugger crowd of friends on Saturday joining us in the pool and drank LOTS

 This guy was walking around all weekend with a stack of boxes that read death laser parts ...he was asking everyone if they knew where Dr. X was......
 My cell photo of the stage from our room
 There was also a car show and this year they had scooters!
 Get Smart!
 On our way back to the room to get ready for Dinner Thee Swank Bastards were playing

 Smokin Tiki...they have a new one every year!
 Off to dinner which I did not get photos of but we went to a old style Steak House called Albies. It was equipped with Piano bar and we got to hang out with the lounge lizards for a bit. We drank lots of wine and sang some Sinatra and Tom was pretty funny actually ..really wish I had my camera
 We did manage to miss out on the Elevator bar though ...
 LOL Josh made these and hung them all through the elevator of our friend eating a hamburger while drunk the previous was pretty funny
 Gabe and I out and About. I had a wonderful cape and dress but it ripped at dinner...I guess I ate too much...:(
Kinda looks like Gabe
 We watched the burlesque show as well. I did not care for the dancers to much on Saturday night and it was all crammed into one tiny room and you could not even see...They need to go back on a larger stage or at least make everyone sit
WHAT?!?! How did Gabe get backstage?? I swear he gets backstage everywhere
Double fisting
After the show a lot of people were hanging outside getting more drinks
and inside dancing to fun 60's tunes!
Then it was to more room parties with Bands and Burlesque dancers.
This particular burlesque dancer decided to step in a bucket and pour champagne all over herself...the nasty part was people were drinking the champagne afterwards out of the bucket...blechh..I was outta there
Talk to some friends along the way as we headed to more room parties

Oh I almost forgot..The Untouchables played earlier in the evening!!
We met up with our pals in the TIKI HELL room. It is pitch black dark with nothing but a Disco ball and red lights and hot as hell blaring 80's music! Last years Disco ball was blow fish ..this year it was a bomb
While we did lots of drinking and dancing and sweatin
Others were out at the pool...fully clothed....drinking lots of rum will do that to ya...
After Tiki Hell we headed back for a very casual quiet moment in Thee Swank Bastards room..Hiram had a little Jam session

Late late later on we headed to Kelly's room for a night cap..He is the bartender at Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel so you know the drinks were good!

Lots of drunken shenanigans going was finally time to bid everyone adieu and hit the sack since we were leaving the next day.

Sunday Morning Gabe and I could not pack up and leave until we had some private hot tub time. It was a nice time just the two of us reflecting on the weekend and sipping on a whole pitcher of bloody Mary's which we drank it all. I had a awesome buzz for the ride home which I took several naps.

I just love Tiki Oasis and I can not believe how quickly it went by. 4 days felt like 2 and it will feel like a lifetime until next year.
Aloha Tiki Oasis ...see you next year!!!