So I finished writing those eight anniversary posts, and what was there left to do? Celebrate the anniversary, of course. Last year, Jeff and I "planned" quite a nice cruise we would go on, for our 25th anniversary. I actually believed we would do it too...for about a weekend. Life is just pulling in too many directions right now.
Instead of the cruise, we went to California for the weekend. When Jeff first suggested that we go to Disneyland without our kids, I wasn't sure how that would be. Isn't there some kind of rule about that? Well, we did manage to have a great time there on our honeymoon before we had kids...so we decided to be nostalgic and try that again.
We left here on Thursday afternoon, and stopped in San Diego for a temple session. It was a good way to begin our trip. Then we were off to Anaheim. I was excited to see what the hotel was like. We stayed at the Grand Californian, which is as close as you can get to Disneyland. It even has its own entrance to California Adventure.
When we arrived, we found we had a personal greeting from Mickey and Minnie!
Jeff and I each had a list in our minds of the things we wanted to do on Friday. His list had more to do with pirates than anything. He wanted to go on the regular Pirates of the Caribbean ride, eat at The Blue Bayou restaurant which is in that ride, and take a raft across the river to explore the pirate island.
We had a wonderful meal in The Blue Bayou. I was a bit distracted by a young boy at the next table who was using his spoon to scratch his behind. I said to Jeff, "I will not be okay if he eats dessert with that spoon." But that was not our problem, was it? We got to have a relaxed day. Here is Jeff, eating his pirate ship dessert:
My priority list was about getting Jeff to go with me on Space Mountain, and The Tower of Terror. These are still my favorites, and still not his. We went on Space Mountain right after breakfast, but didn't head over to California Adventure to the Tower of Terror until after all the pirate things were checked off the list. Here I am, as we are about to go into California Adventure:
We had some good luck over there. Besides the Tower of Terror, I really wanted to go on Soarin' Over California. When we got there the Fast Pass machines were not working. The wait was 80 minutes or so, and when we saw that, we turned around to leave.
We hadn't waited for anything longer than 15 or 20 minutes and we weren't going to start now! Just as we turned around, a guy walked up to Jeff and said, "I am about to make your day." He handed us two Fast Passes that were good in five minutes. We were on the ride within fifteen minutes. It was amazing! (Jeff liked The Tower of Terror more than he remembered liking it before too.)
Saturday, we didn't go back into Disneyland, but we stayed a long time at the hotel. We slept in and Jeff went swimming in what he said was the biggest pool he had ever seen. We ate at The Storyteller's Cafe. We did a little shopping...just a little. We had to go to this important store:
It was our 25th anniversary, you know. I showed Jeff lots of things I liked in case he decided to go back and get me something....which he did. Imagine that ;)
We stayed around in Anaheim because we had one more thing to do.
We went to the Honda Center for the Billy Joel Elton John concert, which is part of their latest Face 2 Face tour. It was the perfect concert for an anniversary. Totally nostalgic! These guys have been around for decades, and yet they are still incredible. Most people who were famous for their music in the 70's are now playing casinos and county fairs, if they are lucky. These guys packed the Honda Center....I don't know how many thousands of people were there. The arena is 650,000 square feet though, and it was full! The age range was huge too....young and old. The most exuberant dancer I saw, was quite gray.
You can see they don't look like they used to:
(These are not my pictures. Mine turned out awful.)
But they were full of energy and put on a fantastic show. The concentration of talent was stunning.
The stage was empty at the beginning, and then the two grand pianos came up out of the floor. What a great way to start!
They did a couple of duets, "Your Song" and "Just the Way You Are." They did an outstanding "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." Soon, Billy Joel disappeared for awhile, and Elton John played many of his classics. He ended up with "Crocodile Rock," which was a highlight. Who wouldn't want to LAAA la la la la laaaa, with Elton John and thousands of other people!?
Then Billy Joel played his set. I didn't know if the crowd would be able to sing along as well. His songs have lots of words! But when he sang, "You May Be Right," I knew the crowd would go wild with, "You may be wrong, but you may be right..." They did not disappoint!
And don't get misunderstand, the crowd was with the performers all along, not just on the easy parts. They played for three and half hours, and we would have been happy with more.
After their individual sets, the duet was back on. We knew it had to be the end when Billy Joel strapped on his harmonica and they started on "Piano Man." It was amazing watching him playing that harmonica and the piano at the same time.
The long drive home that night didn't seem so long, because we looked for these old songs on XM radio all the way home. Today I'm still singing, "Candle in the Wind," "I'm Still Standing," and "Daniel." Surely Jeff is singing, "My Life" and "Movin' Out" and "Zanzibar."
One Year Later . . .
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