Arg Matey! Disneyland …again

So, we went to Disneyland yesterday…yes again… to enjoy the Halloween theme.  Halloween means dressing up, so we dressed Haru up in the pirate costume that my mother sent us.  It was really cute, but the hat got to be really annoying to us because it kept flying off every time Haru ran or jumped (which was all the time).  We invited Haru’s second cousins, Taku and Shyuu and their parents to join us and everyone seemed to have had a really good time.  Overall, it was a really good trip.  Despite it being a bit crowded for a weekday, we were able to ride most of the attractions.  And despite Haru’s 5cm growth spurt over the summer, she still came up 1cm short of being able to ride Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  She was a bit puzzled, bit wasn’t too disappointed.  We assured her that the next time we go to Disneyland, she would be able to ride them for sure.

The biggest win for me was to be able to eat dinner at the Blue Bayou restaurant, which has always been my dream.  I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for a restaurant in Disneyland, its got the best food.  But the reason why I wanted to go there the most, is because its right next to my favorite ride, The Pirates of the Caribbean, and actually a part if the ride itself.  You can see the boats from the restaurant which I think makes it the best themed restaurant in the park.

Although a bit pricey (averaging $30 ~ $40 per plate) and the portions being very small (even by Japanese standards), but the food is really good.  I had lobster tail which was really nice, but to be honest, it wasn’t really filling.

We wound up staying to closing which was 10pm.  Haru was extremely exhausted but in good spirits.  She fell asleep in the car even before we even got out of the parking lot.  Luckily, we brought her pajamas with us and got her out of her pirate costume before she fell asleep.

Overall it was a good day.  Not much crying or whining by anyone, and a lot of fun.  A win for everyone.




Track and Field Day

Yesterday was Haru’s first track and field day (運動会).  It was my first track and field day as well, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  I knew that the kids would be putting on some kind of show, and competing different field events, but that was the extent of my knowledge.  For me, it was just a very long day. I was expecting that it’d be 3 or 4 hours long, but in reality it went on for about 6 hours and it was exhausting even just to watch.

There were literally hundreds if not thousands of friends and family members there just to watch their kid(s).  Some kids even had an entourage of upwards of 20 to 30 of people consisting of parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, bothers and sisters.  It was ridiculous!  I can understand immediate family members attending, but when people start bringing caravans of people, it really gets to be too much.  But what really irritated me the most was the fact that most of these acquaintances really didn’t care or want to be there, and often seen huddling in little groups doing their own thing and not watching the kids at all.  Ugh!

Anyways, enough of the rant.  Other the the irritating factor, the day went well.  The kids were broken up into two groups, the red group and the white group.  Haru was in the red group, so she wore a red cap.   The two groups would compete against each other in various events, like the 25 meter dash, obstacle courses, breaking pinatas (although the pinata had nothing in it except confetti), and ball tossing contests.  Since Haru is pretty athletic, I thought she’d do well, but she okay at best.  But in her defense, the events weren’t really “sporty”, but more like shows, so there wasn’t anything to be competitive in.

All in all, it was okay…just really exhausting.  I’m just glad these things are only once a year.



Pirates and Princesses

It’s finally October and Halloween is approaching fast.  For those who have been following this blog, you’d know that Halloween is one of Haru’s favorite days of the year (second to only her birthday and X-mas).  She had been looking forward to it since the beginning of the year, and asked, is it Halloween yet? almost everyday for a while.   I’m still not quite sure why she likes Halloween so much, since she has never been trick or treating or attended a Halloween party.  She does love to get dressed up and wear different outfits so perhaps she is looking forward to doing that.As mentioned previously, this year we plan to take her to Disneyland, because Disneyland puts on a Halloween theme this time of year.  Personally, I prefer Disneyland’s X-mas theme more, but since we’ve done the X-mas theme so many times already, I guess we can try the Halloween theme this year.

Originally, I was going to buy Haru a Tinkerbell or Disney Princess costume so that she could wear it to Disneyland, but for some reason, she has lost complete interest in being a princess and prefers pirates now.  For the last week or two, she’s been talking a lot about Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean and how she wants to be like him.  Coincidentally, my mother had sent Haru a 17th century female pirate costume.  Before the costume arrived, I asked Haru if she’d like to be a pirate when she goes to Disneyland, and she’d responded, I’m a girl so I can’t be a pirate!  I want to Tinkerbell or Belle! (from Beauty and the Beast).  But when her pirate costume arrived last Sunday, she absolutely loved it and now wants to go to Disneyland as a pirate.  As a matter of fact, she loved it so much that she refused to take it off, and insisted on wearing the costume while watching Pirates of the Caribbean on TV.

Usually girls around Haru’s age like to get dressed up in princess costumes, put glitter and sparkles in their hair, and wear a little bit of make up when they go to Disneyland.  Fortunately, Tokyo Disneyland has banned adults from wearing full costumes otherwise we’d see much older women girls (some much much older) dressed up as princesses too… even when its not Halloween.  But adults are allowed to where some costume accessories like a pirate hat,or Mickey Mouse ears, etc.   I thought it might be fun to really dress Haru up and make her look really nice when we go.  So along with her costume, I am looking to buy her a pair of black boots with pink stitches and maybe even allow her to wear a little bit of make up and glitter.   Hopefully she’ll enjoy them.