Friday, May 14, 2010

Mother's Day in Disneyland!

Well I just got back from a family trip to Disneyland for Mother's Day. Because there's no place my mother would rather be than Disneyland. As a family we make the 7 hour drive about 2-4 times a year to the happiest place on earth and never get sick of the place. This time was no exception. From lounging by a pirate ship pool, to the food and wine festival, shopping and eating; it's far more than kiddie rides to us. The main purpose of our trip was to experience the Disney Mother's Day buffet. As far as buffets go, it's pretty decadent. Piles of crab, shrimp, berries, cheesecake, crepes, cheeses, cured meats, mimosas, piano players, chandeliers ands 15ft floral arrangements at every turn:

We got fairly sick from eating too much and I managed to escape the penance of my gluttony by taking a 3 hour nap.  We were due to travel home the next day, so after we managed to recover a bit we headed out for our last night in the parks.
All in all, it was a wonderful Disney trip. I even managed to learn that Disney has it's own breed of rose.  We saw them in the park and they were absolutely Gorgeous! Take a peek for yourself:

So in honor of my Mother and her love for Disney, we used the Disney rose as inspiration for the present we bought her from the parks:

Isn't it just perfect?! And she loved it!
So my book for the trip has been Gone With the Wind. I am enraptured with Scarlett O'Hara. She absolutely fascinates me. I can't help but love her brand of common sense at the pointlessness of tradition and how she is going to knock the world on its rear with her own success and independence. It will definitely go on my top ten book list, which I will definitely be sharing. One particular snippet from the book just made me laugh outright. It takes place after Scarlett married the mild and pliable Frank Kennedy during the reconstruction period of Atlanta post-Civil war. Scarlett isn't entirely honest with Frank about her ambitions to become financially independent after the Civil war. She plays into his expectation for a sweet, docile, air-headed wife until he puts a ring on it. Then Scarlett immediately begins to take hold of Frank's business interests. Frank is reluctant to think that Scarlett has any sort of mental or physical capability to deal with his business. But Margaret Mitchell writes "Now he saw that she understood entirely too well and he felt the usual indignation at the duplicity of women. Added to it was the usual masculine disillusionment at discovering that a woman has a brain." Classic! What a pesky thing is a woman's brain to a man.