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Anaheim Garden Walk lunar light show

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wearing: blue and silver earrings / black twist tee / black sweatshirt worn draped over my shoulders / black belt / black handbag / spring nail polish / classic cut jeans / platform sneakers /

On the last day of the cheer competition, we relaxed by the pool at the hotel, visited The Bowery Museum in Santa Ana, and then enjoyed dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s at the Anaheim Garden Walk. This ultra cute shopping and dining area is roughly one block from the Anaheim Convention Center, and Disneyland. It was an easy walk from the hotel, and a hidden gem we hadn’t been to before.

The Anaheim Garden Walk had a ton of local shops-not chains-and it also included a large number of restaurants. After dinner, we walked around and discovered a beautiful LED light show throughout Anaheim Garden Walk. It was a light garden which was a special display for lunar new year. We felt so lucky to have stumbled upon it!

The lights were beautiful and glowed in the night sky. My camera does not do all the vibrant colors justice. It was magical and pretty. We kept stopping along the way to snap pictures in front of the various displays. Many of the light fixtures were set-up for Instagram moments, so there were plenty of people trying to get the right shot for Instagram. We were not as careful as other people, as we got giddy over each fixture, and tried to quickly snap photos so we could go on the next installation.

We also enjoyed the locally owned shops and my daughter found a few beauty items at one of them. If you visit Disneyland, or are in the Anaheim area, I highly recommend checking out the Anaheim Garden Walk. It is a really nice shopping and dining area! It looks like the lunar new year display will be up until the end of February. So if you can get there before the end of the month-do it!

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XOXO
Cathy

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Cheering on my cheerleader

wearing: blue and silver earrings / lipstick / red 3/4 sleeve tee / tan scarf / black belt / Chloe bag / classic cut jeans / spring nail polish / platform sneakers /

OK, you might be wondering why I am sharing an outfit I wore to my daughter’s Cheer Nationals competition without showing a picture of my daughter. Well, all the photos I took of her include other girls from her cheer team. I don’t feel comfortable posting other people’s kids on the Internet, so sadly, there is not a photo of my daughter in this post. You will have to imagine a teenage girl wearing red, blue, and white, with a high ponytail. That’s my daughter!

I cannot begin to tell you how amazing Cheer Nationals was! The event was held in three arenas inside of the Anaheim Convention Center. There were schools from all over the country, and they included JV teams, Varsity teams, co-ed teams, novice teams, advanced teams, small teams, large teams, and everything in-between. It was huge, amazing, and nothing like my daughter has seen before; nor I!

The girls were nervous, but extremely well-prepared. They had stiff competition from across the country, but they were able to perform a flawless routine. While they didn’t finish in the top three, they did finish in the top ten nationwide. That is a huge accomplishment! I am so proud of my daughter and her cheer team. They worked so hard, and they really shined at the competition. The crowd clapped along with their music, cheered with them, and ooohh-ed and aaaahhh-ed at their splits, jumps, and stunts. They really wowed the crowd! It was so much fun! They had a new coach this year, and she really put a lot of passion and love into the cheer team. It showed! They did really well and had so much fun. All of us parents are super proud of the team, and we love the cheer coach! She’s amazing!

When I was in high  school, I was a cheerleader too. That being said, we were never as fabulous as my daughter’s cheer team. We only did local cheer competitions. We never made it to nationals, or even thought we would ever have a chance. It’s so amazing to see my daughter go to nationals and perform so well. Have I told you yet how proud I am? haha, I am a proud mama!

I think a goal for next year is to get tee-shirts made for all of us fan-parents! Since we don’t have parent tee’s, we all wore the team colors which are red, blue, and white. I wore blue earrings, a red tee, and my shoes were white. This outfit was really comfortable and worked well for walking around the arena and sitting in the bleachers. It was a comfortable and festive look. The scarf served me well outside where it was a bit chilly. Inside, the arena was on the warm side. This outfit was perfect for the changing temperatures.

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Have you been to a cheer competition on this scale before? If so, how was it?

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XOXO
Cathy

 


Disneyland California Adventure Park with the family

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wearing: blue/silver earrings / blue pattern scarf / aqua 3/4 sleeve tee / black handbag / black belt / spring nail polish / cropped skinny jeans (hot for spring!) / Gucci sneakers / adidas sneakers worn by my daughter /

On the first day of cheer nationals, our daughter was busy warming-up, and practicing for their first event. They had a call time in the late evening, so during the day, we had free time. Why not walk across the street to Disneyland?!

When we got to the Disney gates at 7:30am, the lines to get into the original Disneyland Park were so long, they backed up into the gates of California Adventure Park, and snaked back around. We had never seen the lines so long! The new Star Wars section is definitely bringing in a lot of crowds! We decided to wait, and go to California Adventure Park instead. Star Wars will be there awhile, so we can always come back on another trip. We knew we only had one day to go to Disneyland, so we wanted to make sure we could go on a lot of rides.

California Adventure Park was light that day. The lines were short, and we were able to go on a ton of rides. We went on a few rides we had never done before. The Ferris Wheel, roller coaster, and Inside-Out ride were first-timers for us, and we loved them. They were so much fun! We have been missing out by not going on them! We also went on all of our tried and true favorites, which include Mater, the Cars ride, Toy Story, and the classic Merry-Go-Round.

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For lunch, we ate at Pasta N’ Pizza. This was our first time eating there, and it was so good! I enjoyed the chicken pasta, and a tiramisu dessert. Yummy! My son enjoyed his pizza too. We will definitely go back to eat there next time!

Since there is a lot of walking involved at Disneyland, I wore my comfy Gucci sneakers so I could be comfortable, and fabulous, at the same time. 😉 haha They were the perfect shoes! My daughter rocked her classic adidas Superstar’s; after all, they are the IT shoe in our town for middle school, and high school girls. She’s always so fabulous 🙂

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What are your favorite rides, and places to eat, at California Adventure Park?

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XOXO
Cathy

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