Happy Holidays From Our Family Of Four

Thank you so much, everyone, for all of the wonderful emails and comments wishing us well!!! Our trip to China was wonderful and our new daughter is amazing. And yes, she’s already been to Disneyland :). It’s been a whirlwind of activity since we got home–feels like we haven’t stopped moving once. Literally. Violet is a very fast walker with tons of energy, just like her brother, except they’re always running in opposite directions. I don’t have much time to blog, but I thought I’d share a few pictures. Enjoy!

Our very first meeting on November 11th.

Meeting Violet for the very first time

The mischievous grin

The mischievous grin


Happy girl!

Happy girl!


Theo's a great big brother (most of the time)

Theo’s a great big brother (most of the time)


First trip to Disneyland!

First trip to Disneyland!


Violet LOVED Francis' Ladybug Boogie, and the tea cups

Violet LOVED Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, and the tea cups


This is a "roller coaster" we have in the back yard

This is a “roller coaster” we have in the back yard


Theo adores holding Violet while they ride

Theo adores holding Violet while they ride


The MYWTM Family Is Growing Soon!!!

Hi guys! Still recovering from major surgery so no Disney posts, but I wanted to (finally) share some news.

In 2006, Kevin and I decided to grow our family through adoption. We started the process of adopting a little girl from China. After 6 long years, our dream has come true.

Please meet the soon-to-be newest member of the My Year With The Mouse family…

Violet Yuemin Hogan

A dream is a wish your heart makes…our dream was you


On the evening of November 7th we will board a plane to China. On November 11th we will hold Violet for the first time, and on November 21st we will officially become a Forever Family.

Please gather up your Pixie Dust and Disney joy and celebrate with us!

And in anticipation of some questions I know you have, here are some joyful facts:

  • Violet will be 16 months old when we adopt her.
  • She is currently living in Yunnan Province in Southwestern China.
  • Her Chinese name is Yue Min. Violet Yuemin Hogan is the name we have chosen for her.
  • Kevin, Theo, my mom, and I are all going to China for our adoption trip. Our adoption is finalized on the 21st, and if you’re looking at the calendar, that’s the day before Thanksgiving, and also 3 days before our wedding anniversary. We have so much to be thankful for this year!
  • No, I haven’t purchased Violet’s first pair of mouse ears yet. But soon…very soon!!!

What was that you said? One more cute photo? Sure!

Violet is about 9 months old in these two pictures


(as for the future of this blog–please don’t worry, I WILL continue to blog about Disneyland! But I can’t make any promises about what and when. I always keep information current on Facebook so if you follow MYWTM on Facebook you can keep track of new posts when they arrive. You can also subscribe by clicking on the “Subscribe Me, Baby” button over there on the right. That will send an email directly to you when a new post comes up. Thank you all so much for being faithful readers and for understanding my new life circumstances. I hope you continue to read and enjoy MYWTM!)

Where have I been?

Hey MYWTM fans-missed me? Well it’s been crazy around here. Last Sunday I went to the hospital with a rather unpleasant stomach ailment and within the space of a week found myself having major emergency abdominal surgery. Oops.  Everything is good now, the surgery was on Friday and I’m having a bit of a rough recovery, but I made it home today and it’s SO good to be in my own bed with my family again. Thanks to everyone who sent good thoughts and pixie dust on Facebook! I’m sure it helped. I’ve got some pictures stored up here so keep an eye on the site (or subscribe or friend me on Facebook) and see when some entries pop up. This is the first I’ve been on a real computer (as opposed to my phone or iPad) in over a week so I’m easing back into computer life. Keep checking back! And I hope YOUR week was better than mine!!!

Custodial Donald Duck and also a Bachelorette Party

I’ve commented before on the custodial staff at Disneyland. They are amazing. Not only do they do things I would never, ever do, like dusting in between railings:

High up there on the list of things you’re not likely to see me doing in my own home

But they’re like the ninjas of cleaner-uppers. You drop something and they seemingly spontaneously grow from the ground, sweep up your popcorn or whatever, and disappear. And it’s practically instantaneous. I’d time it, but it would be pretty rude to drop something on the ground and wait around just to see how long it takes custodial to get rid of it. And I am not that rude.

Trust me though. They’re fast. The park is immaculate. I love it.

Whenever I go to the county fair I feel like I’m knee-deep in trash compared to Disneyland.

And sometimes, custodial just surprises you. Like when I came across a guy with a broom and a litter bucket full of water:

What is he doing?

Great question! He’s doing this:

Drawing with water!

I had heard other people report this but had never seen it before, so I was very pleased to catch it in person. I also happened to meet up with a blog reader, Jeri, and her bachelorette party about 2 minutes before that moment and when I was like WAIT I HAVE TO TAKE PICTURES OF THIS HERE WATCH THEO IN HIS STROLLER and went over to take some shots, they seemed a bit puzzled by my behavior. But they were all really nice about it and made sure Theo didn’t accidentally roll down Main Street while I snapped a few pictures.

It’s Donald!

The custodial cast member drew his Donald like he was picking up popcorn, like this was something he does every day. Which actually it probably is. He simply walked away when he was done.

I got stuck behind some tall people and had to hold my camera way above my head and shoot pictures, explaining the framing and photo quality of this one

Within a minute or so it started to disappear. It was super cool, being in the right place at the right time, for the right little bit of Disney magic.

And then the bachelorette party and I went over and rode on Buzz Lightyear, where Theo managed to score nearly 5,000 points by waving his blaster around and randomly pulling the trigger. He then declared the ride to be “scary” despite the fact that this is probably his 10th time on it. But it was okay because the bachelorette party went off to ride something truly scary, Space Mountain, and he and I went home.

And congratulations to blog reader Jeri on her upcoming nuptials!

Isn’t she cute?

She’s getting married on November 23rd, the day before the best day of the year to get married (which would be my own anniversary, the 24th). Help me wish Jeri a Happily Ever After!

And also Theo’s new favorite babysitters.

See? Wouldn’t you trust these women with your child? Of course you would.

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