Friday, April 30, 2010

Past Times: A Disneyland Twofer, October 2009

I haven't done Past Times in a while so I thought I'd blog about when we went to Disneyland two weekends in a row! Yeah, I know, crazy. Here's what happened. Last summer, while visiting Dad, he blurted out that we should all go to Disneyland together the next time they went, most likely in the fall. We, Sarah and I, thought that sounded awesome, but didn't hold much hope that it would actually happen. A few months later, in September, our friends Paula and Evan said that we should go to Disneyland together while visiting a friend in Anaheim. We started planning that trip and had the weekend picked out, when I got an email from my dad inviting us to go with his family. They were going the weekend before we were to go with the Paula and Evan. After much discussion, Brady and I decided to go ahead and do both weekends. We bought a 5 day pass to Disneyland and to make our hotel costs cheaper we decided to camp at an RV park. Sounds insane, but it was really quite nice. So here are pictures of our time at Disneyland. It's a lot of pictures so I'll try to keep the words to a minimum.

We planned on camping so we bought a tent. Here's Brady practicing putting it together.

Arrived at the RV park in the morning.

Waiting for Autotopia

Dad, Valerie, Doug, Stacey, Sarah, Me, Brady, Maverick, Quincy

To embarrass Sarah

I've never taken my picture by the "N" because I think that's a lame thing to do. But Sarah and Brady told me that I had to.

Sarah and Dad were both carrying backpacks full of snacks and would hold them like this to get to the food.

Here's a character, Sully, the only picture of one that I got.

California Adventure was under major construction. The lake looked like this.

Walls everywhere!

The morning of our 2nd day.

Toy Story Mania is awesome!

We did not plan this picture.

Some random kids. We thought it was really funny.

These guys were delightful. The short guy on the end was practically performing exclusively for Brady and me. It was cute. When they were done, and we were about to walk away, he called out to us that we were great. I love Disneyland.
We waited for Fantasmic for 5 hours!

Awww...Quincy's ridiculous blue eyes. Contacts.

The new Fantasmic dragon was awesome!

I love the Steamboat Willie Mickey

It's a Small World!

We (or at least, Brady), got soaked!

Week 2 with Paula and Evan

Brady had just gotten his new glasses and looked hot!

What was this? I can't remember.

The only way The Haunted Mansion should be.

In memory of Packer Floppyhead

Brady had never been on the Alice in Wonderland ride. I thought it was time for him to go, so I took him. It was a lot of fun.

Paula and me

Evan's best friend, Shaun, worked at Disneyland performing the "Turtle Talk with Crush". So we went to the show while he performed. It was cute and he called on Brady and nicknamed him "Biscuit shreddin Brady". Don't know why.

Waiting to get into the Blue Bayou restaurant.

We had heard that the best thing to get at the Blue Bayou was the Monte Cristo, so we all got it. Big mistake. None of us were really impressed. I get nauseous looking at this picture. But hey, if that's your cup of tea, by all means, try it.

I hate, hate, It's Tough to be a Bug show. However, Brady had never seen it, Paula loves it and thought it would be fun to go, and see me freak out. So we went and I did freak out, even screaming at the spiders. *shudder*

Dole pineapple ice cream is delicious.


There was more to both trips, (sicknesses, explosion of fireworks while sleeping), but I thought I shouldn't make this post really long.

Brady's Documentary

Brady's 2nd to last semester is finally coming to a close. Only one week left, and one semester until graduation. YAY! He took a documentary class this semester and he made a doc about his mom's story of how she was adopted and how she found her biological family. It's called "For Want of a Mother". It's really good. Please take 14 minutes and take a look at it. I learned a lot about his mom, I personally didn't know all of this information. He did a great job. I'm so proud of my talented hubby.

For Want of a Mother from Brady Gillman on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Our story: I say yes!

Hey! Remember when I was writing our story? Life got busy and I never finished. But I thought today was a perfect day to get it up here.


After getting the “go ahead” from my mom. Brady talked to his family and then the anticipation began; when will he ask? Every time I would talk to my mom, the first thing she would ask is, “Did he ask yet?”. The answer would be “no” for almost 2 weeks.


On Friday, April 11, 2008 (see good day to post this). Brady text me at work. He asked me if I was excited for our date that night (clue 1). I said that I was, and he told me that it going to be great! (clue 2). I asked what we were doing, and he said that it was a surprise. (clue 3). That night at about 6:30, I go over to Brady’s place. He opens that door and announces that we were going to have an Italian Night. We started by watching the movie “Casino Royale”. I had never seen it, but it was one of Brady’s favorites, and I really liked it. Next we went out to dinner to Oreganos, one of our favorites, for pizza and wings. When we were about done eating, Brady asked me what we were going to do next. I said “I don’t know,” and Brady said “I do!” I was a little nervous, but actually started doubting that tonight was “the night”. I don’t know why, probably because I’m a girl.

We leave Oreganos and start driving toward Scottsdale. We don’t talk too much on the drive. We were obviously both really nervous. The drive seemed to last forever, but we finally arrived at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. I didn’t know why we came here and Brady wouldn’t tell me. We walked in through the lobby and out to the pools. The pools were beautiful. They were all lit up, and nobody was out there at all. It was like we had the whole place to ourselves. I then saw that this hotel had gondola rides. Brady asked me if I wanted to ride one. I actually said “no”. It was kind of cold outside and I just wasn’t feeling like it at the moment. We walked around a little more and took pictures.

Then Brady walks up the person taking names for gondola rides and put our name in. They said it would be 10 minutes so we go sit down on some pools chairs a little ways away from the few people sitting around there.


Brady tells me that he loves me and says he has something for me, and starts pulling something out of his pocket. Oh my! I start tearing up right away. Brady pulls me downs some stairs next to us for some privacy since I was about to make a scene with my bawling. He sits me down and than kneels in front of me, opening the ring box. He asks if I’ll marry him and of course I say yes, I was bawling. Happy tears. He puts the ring on my finger and he even got a little weepy. It was a great moment. I’ll never forget it. Just when I had pulled myself together, the lady called our name and said our gondola was ready. We go over and get on with big smiles on our face. The gondolier takes us out and one of the first things he asks us is, “What brings you to Scottsdale?” In my excitement to finally tell someone, I yell, “We just got ENGAGED!” He was excited for us and as we passed another gondola, he yelled to them, “I have the newest engaged couple here with me.” They cheer for us. It was awesome. He sings us a pretty Italian song and then our ride ends. Just as we stepped off, everyone that was on the dock started cheering and applauding for us. The other gondola riders had told everyone that we were engaged. It was awesome. It was kind of fun having these fancy rich women come up to me and ask to see my ring. We sadly didn’t get any pictures of us there.


We left the hotel and I call my mom. It was close to midnight, but she didn’t mind. She was in Mesa at Sarah’s house so they found out together. We drive to my house and we tell my roommates who were very excited and took more pictures for us. It was a fantastic night that I’ll never forget.