Happy New Year’s Eve! I have taken the past week off from blogging to enjoy the holidays with my family down in Napa Valley. Though I fought off a bit of a cold, I didn’t let a runny nose get in the way of my fabulous vacation! My Aunt and Uncle are the best hosts around. My Aunt never lets anyone else cook or touch the dishes, she glows happily as she hosts family and friends for holidays, dinner parties, etc. A couple of days after Christmas we hopped out of bed at 5:00am to catch our flight to Los Angeles on a private plane. It was a very surreal experience to hop aboard a flight without the hassle of TSA with only my family by my side. Best Christmas present ever am I right? I don’t think my ten year old little brother Dylan and four year old baby sister, Gigi, even realized how cool it was to fly on a private plane. My little sister’s favorite song is Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and I swear it played in my mind as she and I climbed the stairs aboard the plane.
Since we had a large group heading down to Disney we split up for a large chunk of the day. Jordan and I took Gigi to Fantasyland and Toontown while the rest of the group enjoyed the adult rides. It was really cute to experience Disneyland with Gigi. She was terrified of the Snow White ride but loved Dumbo and It’s a Small World. Our favorite part of the day was Gigi’s Princess Experience! Gigi picked out a princess dress from the Bippity Boppity Boutique and had two “fairy godmothers in training” do her hair and makeup. The Disney cast was so professional, they really made the experience special and fun for a wiggly four year old who can usually barely sit still for me to brush her hair.
Gigi’s eyes lit up when she emerged from the salon in her Sleeping Beauty attire. She was smiling so big, I swear my heart grew a few sizes right then! After her makeover she had a princess photo shoot (which I totally did not think she would care about nor have the patience for) but she smile, posed, tilted her head and pointed her toes just like a Disney princess would. Finally, Gigi and I were escorted to meet three of the princesses, Cinderella, Ariel and Snow White. Gigi was the perfect age for the experience because she was so excited to talk with the princesses, totally unaware that the characters weren’t real. When she saw Snow White she ran over to her emphatically and proclaimed “I like animals too!”, it was the sweetest moment to witness.
One of my favorite parts of the day was watching Gigi interact with Jordan, she is SO in love with him, and of course has him wrapped around her dainty little fingers. There were a few times I could tell Gigi wanted me to get lost so she could coerce Jordan into buying her all of the ice cream cones and princess costumes her little heart desired, unfortunately I was having too much fun forcing her to drink water and eat vegetables. What can I say? My reputation proceeds me…I really am the meanest and the strictest babysitter out there. Still, I couldn’t help but smile watching Gigi with Jord, I am so happy she loves him so much and so grateful to have boyfriend that gives my baby siblings so much love!
We ended the day with the rest of the group at California Adventure before catching our flight back to Napa Valley. It was a VERY full day but oh-so-much fun! I absolutely love being a big sister to two MUCH younger siblings. The relationship I share with my twenty-one year old brother is entirely different from the relationship I share with Dylan and Gigi. All three relationships are so special in their own way, but after wishing for a sister for basically my entire life I finally got one when I was least expecting it (at age twenty-one)! It was one of my 101 in 1001 goals to go to Disney with my younger brothers and sister, I am so grateful to my Aunt and Uncle for making my dream come true this Christmas season. It was SO special to treat my little sister like a princess for a day (though she’s always our princess of course), I know I will remember this trip happily for the rest of my life <3
Now it’s time for me to head off to my very own Princess makeover for the New Year’s Eve celebration tonight. New Year’s Eve has become one of my favorite holidays over the years and I am so excited to dress up and drink champagne with a few of my favorite people. 2017 has been so good to me, I can only hope 2018 is full of as much love and happiness!