California Adventure

My son and I loved our time at Disneyland but we also had tons of fun visiting Disney’s California Adventure!! We were so blessed to be given this amazing trip! I absolutely  love traveling to Disney with my special needs child. Everyone is always so understanding and kind to my son…

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California Adventures, Disney

California Adventures, Disney

We had so much fun exploring this wonderful theme park together! With Magic Morning access, we blissfully entered the park long before the park actually opened to the public. We walked right onto several rides with absolutely no waiting!

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Monsters Inc is one of Boo’s favorite movies and we rode it twice in a row!

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After that we wandered into A Bug’s Land and rode our fave Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train. After happily exploring this land we headed over to Cars Land to search for my little boy’s favorite race car everLightning McQueen!!!

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Boo was grinning ear to ear after we rode The Cars Ride and we laughed and giggled when we saw Mater drive by! We were having so much fun exploring Cars Land, when Boo grabbed my hand and pulled me toward…. Lightning Mcqueen himself!!! “Mama!”, he squealed as he propelled me towards the gleaming red car. I know from past trips, McQueen is not always out to meet people so this was an absolutely amazing Christmas gift for us!

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Afer all that excitement it was time for a snack so we headed over to the wharf to visit Cannery RowHonestly this is my favorite part of this theme park because it has that wonderful peaceful feeling of being in Monterey …. Boo LOVED sampling fresh homemade sourdough bread and enjoying chocolates from Ghirardelli’s.

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After our snack we headed over to ride The Little Mermaid and Boo was excited to meet Elena of Avalor!!  Then we headed over to my favorite ride– Soarin’! Boo loves this ride too and it’s one that we never miss when we come to Disney!

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We must have had some magical Pixie Dust come our way because all of the sudden who was crossing our path but Mickey Mouse!!! Boo was thrilled! Our day could not be more perfect….

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My loyal readers will know that my family and I love all things superhero! So we were super excited to meet some of the Guardians of the Galaxy!!!

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We had a fantastic time having a dance off with Star-Lord and Gamora!! In fact, this was my fave part of the whole trip LOL! I thought to myself that this was just about perfect when all of the sudden we heard something behind us…. “I. Am. Groot.” OMG OMG OMG!!!!! I looked over at my little boy and his jaw had dropped! Groot has to be our all time fave character from the GOTG movies!! This was a perfect end to a perfect day!

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I hope you enjoyed the last installment of my Disney Series and as I think about my next adventure with my little boy, I’d love to hear from my readers– What family friendly adventure do you recommend?

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  1. I think that’s great you got in before the crowd. I would love to go here with my family and check it out. My son would love to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

    1. Thanks Rose! It was so fun getting in early!

  2. Marjie Mare

    I don’t think I can ever lose my sense of wonder with Disney. I always enjoy seeing the amazement in my daughters’ eyes.

    1. Hi Marjie! I feel the same way! 🙂

      1. Marjie Mare

        Also, I could see the joy on your son’s face. I am certain you both have lifetime memories from that trip.

        1. Thank you so very much Marjie! 🙂

      2. Man, Disney has changed so much since I was there last! Looking at your pics really makes me excited for the days when my son (now 7 months) will be old enough to appreciate it.

  3. I’ve been to California adventures but it was years ago. I haven’t heard of any of the rides you mention. Definitely me excited to go again! Glad you had a good time!

    1. Thanks Angela!! 🙂

  4. Oh this looks so bright and fun. My 3 year old really wants to go to “Mickey Park,” but we keep on telling her she might be too little. What do you think? Do they have enough activities for little ones or should we wait longet?

    1. Hi Nino! I took my oldest for the first time when he turned 3 and he absolutely loved it… however, we brought a stroller for little feet can get tired walking all day long like that and we stayed at a hotel within walking distance so that during the day we could easily go back to it and have a quick rest and relax before heading back to the park…

  5. California looks amazing. It’s aomewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. I want to ride the Little Mermaid and see Mickey Mouse!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! We had such an amazing time!:)

  6. I have fondly read your all stories of Disney series. You are such a wonderful mother and a loving family and you narrate all in your posts emotionally.

    1. Thank you so very much Indu! Your kind words bring me such joy this morning! Thank you so much for being a loyal reader!! 🙂

  7. OMG i love cars land it look so legit in the pictures! absolutely awesome looking place. thanks for sharing how much fun you had!

    1. Thanks so much Amy!! 🙂

  8. I’m going in March for the first time and I must say, your post has got me so excited! I’ve been to Disneyland Paris more times than you can count and WDW twice – excited to see a whole other park!

    1. Hi Jazmin! I’m so excited for you that you get a trip to the California Park! You will absolutely love it! My wish is to someday travel to France and be able to go to the Paris Location 🙂

  9. Aww thanks so much Zoey! I love that you enjoy reading my blog!! I’d love to visit Canada someday! I’ve always been intrigued to head north and explore your beautiful country!! 🙂

  10. Zoe

    You take terrific pictures! This looks like such a fun trip– boy moms have the most fun 🙂

    1. Aww… thanks so much Zoe!! 🙂

  11. It looks you had a ball! I can’t believe how many characters you saw. Your son must of had an amazing time.

    1. Thanks Lucy! He was super excited to meet all those characters! 🙂

  12. I’m so glad you guys got to go on another trip and that you’ve shared them with us, I love seeing you both so happy on your adventures! I hadn’t heard of California Adventure before but it looks just as amazing as Disney Land!

    1. Thanks so much Ithfifi! 🙂

  13. Oh my gosh, sounds like an absolutely perfect day! Lightning McQueen and Mickey and Starlord and Groot! I’ve never been to the California park, but have a feeling we may go someday because my boys love Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Your boys would totally love Cars Land!!! 🙂

      1. My oldest son always says he wants to go to California (because my mom and I went for a convention last summer), so we will have to take them one day.

        1. Hi Stephanie! He will be so thrilled when you get to go… 🙂

  14. Wow it looks like you guys had a great fun trip to California! We are planning a vacation there and I would love it to be this successful! So many places to check out! Some that weren’t even on our list!

    1. Hi Katriza! I hope you have a wonderful time on the Disney trip you are planning!! 🙂

  15. That looks loads of fun one day I visit all those places! By the way I recommend that’s family-friendly is Gatlinburg, TN and you have to go Dollywood if you take a vacation there!

    1. Hi Shadlyn! I’d love to go to Dollywood one day! 🙂

  16. I’ve never been to California Adventures but it looks like a great time for people of all ages! I didn’t know that! So much fun.

    1. Hi Chantal! Disney is great for everyone to enjoy! 🙂

  17. I have never been to California but it looks like a ton of fun. Loving your pictures too.

    1. Aww thanks so much Sue! 🙂

  18. Looks like your son had a great time! He got to see so many characters! I would’ve loved to have seen the Guardians of the Galaxy characters and my daughter would’ve gone nuts over Elena!

    1. Thanks Gabbie!! 🙂

  19. What a great trip that was! Such a blessing. I’m glad you got such special treatment. And what a nice surprise to get to see Lightning McQueen!

    1. Thanks Penney! 🙂

  20. I can’t wait to take the family to Disney! Maybe after baby number 3 comes. I’ve been several times but my husband has never been and he’s a giant kid!

    1. Hi Emily! Congrats on baby number 3! 🙂

  21. My kids would love it here! And the weather looked great too. I would love to check this out sometime, it would make for a fun adventure to the west coast for us.

    1. Hi Marysa! I hope you get a trip out west! There is so much to do in California! 🙂

  22. looks like you guys had fun! I’m thinking next year my kid will be old end laugh to enjoy it

    1. Thanks Jasmine! There’s nothing I love more than a Disney trip with my kiddos! 🙂

  23. That is just awesome that you got in before the crowd. There is always a great advantage when doing so and a different experience. Wish we went to California Adventure before we moved away from San Diego.

    1. Hi Kristyn! Maybe you will get to go back one day… 🙂

  24. sonal

    Such a fun post. It reminded me of our family visits to Disney World and Disney Land. We could never have enough of it. Every single time you go, it gives you a child like adrenalin rush. I am glad you had a great time with your son.

    1. Thanks Sonal!! 🙂

  25. Jessica Bradshaw

    This looks so fun! I have always wanted to visit Disney. I just love your photos.

    1. Thanks so much Jessica!! 🙂

  26. Sophie

    Looks like you guys had a ton of fun! I really want to visit here and now I have a list of things I must do. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Sophie! 🙂

  27. Oh my! Meeting Groot must’ve been amazing, my husband would love this! Brought back some memories reading this of when we visited Monterey and Ghiradelli’s in SF – we’re from the UK. Gorgeous post! I’m so glad you both had a good time.

    1. Thanks so much Helen! I love Monterey and SF too!! SF is one of my fave places ever 🙂

  28. California has always been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit. Everything I see and hear about is just amazing. I think it’s great for families too, children seem to love it

    1. Hi Chelsea! I adore California… I grew up there on the Central Coast 🙂

  29. Shubhada Bhide

    It looks like you really had a wonderful adventure there in California. California is one of my bucket lists to travel this 2018. ad your son had a fun time there.

    1. Hi Shubhada! I hope you get to visit California! There is so much to do there! 🙂

  30. Elizabeth O

    Wow, it looks like you had a totally awesome day. Your photos are stunning and you all look so happy! I have not heard of California Adventure but it really looks fun for all the family 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Elizabeth!! 🙂

  31. your pictures are so nice and bright! california sounds so so lovely! i would love to go there!

    1. Thanks so much Corinne!! 🙂

  32. I have never been there, but your post makes it look amazing. And if you got in before the crowd then that must be even better! Looks like a really fun trip!

    1. Thanks so much Jakub!

  33. This looks like such a fun day! What a great adventure for you 🙂 I’m glad you never lost your sense of wonder 😉 xx

    1. Aww thanks so much Megan!:)

  34. You have great pictures of your trip and adventures. I cant believe how many different themes there are to go and visit! Everything for every age and interest to enjoy.

    1. Hi Jen! Disney is so much fun for all ages! 🙂

  35. It’s like impossible to not being a child when you go to Disenyland. Pictures are amazing, and but the quotes on them is a brilliant, it gives another dimension.

    1. Thanks so very much Marcela! I’m glad you enjoyed the quotes! 🙂

  36. Loved the post and fun quotes. The trip looks amazing and you seem to be having the best time. It looks like Disney has been updating their rides and exhibits for the new generations.

    1. Thanks so much Melissa!

  37. Oh my gosh! This blog post has got me so excited. Looks like you had an AMAZING TIME. Great that you got to meet some of the Guardians of the Glaxay

    1. Thanks Rachel!! 🙂

  38. So jealous that you got to meet Groot 😉 Looks like a wonderful time!

    1. Hi Ray! We were super excited about that!! 🙂

  39. I have never been to Disneyland but have always wanted to visit the parks there. We’ve gone a few times to Disney World and my hubby and I will be going there again in less than 2 weeks to celebrate our 25th anniversary and this post has boosted my excitement!!! I’m sort of jelly that we won’t be able to see the Guardian’s of the Galaxy area/ride though as it’s not in Florida and I love the movies!

    1. Hi Cori!! Congrats on 25 years!!!! I hope you have a lovely anniversary!!! 🙂

  40. Looks like you had an absolutely amazing time and that they really put the effort into the park. I am glad to hear that it is friendly for those with special needs as my boys really want to go. It was hard at Disneyland Paris because not all the characters had supervision and people just kept pushing in front and my boy with sensory processing disorder just couldn’t cope with it in order to see his favourite character.

    1. Years and years ago when I went to Disneyland as a child sometimes it was like that too but now they all seem to have their own security and they are good about having people wait patiently for their turn….

  41. This sounds so wonderful, love all your pictures. I am planning a trip to California and your Disneyland posts are already in my bookmarks, I am going to bookmark this one too. I am glad you had so much fun.

    1. Aww thanks so much Preet! I hope you have a lovely trip!! 🙂

  42. I loved the cars land. It was so real and lifelike. I also saw a parade through there when we visited!

    1. Hi Liz! Disney Parades are so amazing!! 🙂

  43. It is great that you enjoyed several rides without any waiting. These pictures are proof that you had so much fun at Disney.

    1. Thanks Vasundhra 🙂

  44. We’ve only been to Walt Disney World in Florida, I totally thought the parts would be the same. Disneyland looks completely different. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

  45. Hunter

    Looks like a lot of fun for all!

    1. Thanks Hunter! 🙂

  46. You have a great quality time with your son! You look so happy together.

    1. Thanks Maria! 🙂

  47. Beola Lawal

    I am hoping I can visit with my son this year, I read this post with him and all he saw was the cars. He will be willing to go solely for the cars, lol… Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing them and your experience.

    1. Thank you so much Beola! 🙂

  48. Ananda

    we live near disney and haven’t been in there! =P so much to do in SoCal though! =)

    1. Hi Ananda! There are so many fun activities in California !! 🙂

  49. What an incredibly magical day you had with your son! Truly…every place you turned, there was a new adventure! Well done, mom!

    1. Aww thanks so much Dorothy!

  50. True, one should never lose their sense of wonder , more so if they are in magical place like Disneyland. Loved each one of your photos and they I just wondered my toddler to grow up so that we can also have such fun.

    1. Thanks so very much Jhilmil! I’m so glad you loved my photos! 🙂

  51. I would definitely want to visit and see Mickey Mouse. This is like in my bucket list for so long but I never had a chance to visit. But yes I will do super soon and all your pictures are lovely and full of fun xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Sayanti! I hope you get to go soon 🙂

  52. It sounds like you had a really incredible time!

    1. Thanks Nicola! 🙂

  53. I really want to go to Disneyland – your pics look great! You look like you had an amazing time!

    1. Thanks Victoria!

  54. I love Disney Land posts.. I so wanna take my daughter to disneyland soon. Glad to see your son enjoyed so much seeing so many characters.

    1. Thanks Kapila! 🙂

  55. It looks so much fun! i’ve never been to California but always wanted to visit it. Hope it will become true soon enough!

    1. Hi Lyosha! I hope you get a visit out to California someday 🙂

  56. This post just reminded me that I need to visit Cali more. So many beautiful things to do there. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Your very welcome! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  57. What a perfect day to do some adventure. I am jealous of the weather in CA.

  58. Awww! I think that I’d love to see Cars Land. That looks so cute and super fun. I have definitely got to get there someday.

    1. Hi Stephanie! I hope you get to go… it’s so adorable. 🙂

  59. It looks like you had another great day of exploring and meeting characters. I bet it was amazing being in the park before the crowds arrived, no queuing is a massive plus!

    1. Hi Emily! Magic morning was absolutely a life saver! 🙂

  60. My hope is to make it to the west coast with my kids this year. California Adventure and Disney are the first on the list if we do!


    1. Hi April! I hope you get a trip out to California! 🙂

  61. That’s so awesome you had such a great time with your child. I love Disneyland and California is great as well. I imagine how amazing it must have been over the holidays. It is so beautiful and it really does feel like you are transported to another world.

    1. Thanks so much David! 🙂

  62. The magic morning pass looks great. Your pics look so amazing. I am sure the park would have been a wonderful experience without the crowds. I’d love to visit the Monsters Inc scare door too

    1. Thank you Nayantara! 🙂

  63. you are making me remember how much I miss Disneyland and the warm weather!

    1. Hi Kimberly! Los Angeles weather sure is amazing this time of year! 🙂

  64. Believe it or not, I’ve never been to Disney! My parents took us on many vacations, but they were never fond of the idea of taking us there for some reason. I’m currently pregnant with our first and definitely plan to take him there when he’s a bit older!

    1. Hi Abby! Congrats on your new little one who will soon be here!! 🙂

  65. What a perfect day to spend with your kid and seemed like you saw or met lots of Disney characters which added more the fun. My son would love to check the Guardians of the Galaxy!

    1. Thanks Calleigh! 🙂

  66. Disneyland looks like so much fun!! We absolutely love Disneyworld but I think I need to plan a trip to DisneyLAND soon!

    1. Hi Tiffany! We love Disneyland so much but we had a blast at Disneyworld last spring 🙂

  67. That looks like so much fun. I haven’t been to Disney in ten years, I need to go soon. A family activity that I would recommend is a trip to Graceland. You learn about American pop culture.

    1. Hi Luci! I’ve always wanted to go to Graceland!

  68. Disney will never get old! And beating the crowd is a must! Glad you were able to and that you guys had a great time.

    1. Thanks Monique! 🙂

  69. Hello. What a lovely post! I`m glad you and your son had a blast at Disneyland. I`ve never been to one, the closest Disneyland to me is in Hong Kong. I hope I can go there one day. By the way, the quote you posted in the last photo was actually below my yearbook photo for my senior year. Even though I didn`t put it there, it still stuck with me. It is a great quote.

    1. Aww thanks so much Grace!:)

  70. You guys got to meet so many cool characters while on your journey. I mean Groot, you got to meet Groot. Fangirling over here…lol

    1. Hi Cia! I was totally fangirling over Star Lord LOL then when Groot came out I was like OMG!!!!!

  71. Ada

    This looks like such a fun time! They did a great job with Groot’s costume haha.

    1. Hi Ada! They totally did didn’t they!! 🙂

  72. Sounds like you and your son had another fun adventure. What great memories you are creating with him.

    1. Thank you Cindy! 🙂

  73. I live in California near Cali Adventure and went to visit DisneyWorld for the first time not too long ago! Love the Disney resorts–they are so magical!

    1. Hi! Disney resorts are so magical!! 🙂

  74. Blair villanueva

    Wow this is an awesome treat! Disney land is indeed the happiest place on Earth, for all ages.

    1. Hi Blair! It absolutely is!!! 🙂

  75. Wow, looks like such a fun trip. My son is only 2, and I can’t wait for him to grow so that we can go to all these fun adventurous places together and make great memories. You two look so happy 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Tamara!! 🙂

  76. The wharf really is the best. They used to have the tortilla factory right there, and it was AMAZING to go through it and get a free flour tortilla at the end. Soooo yummy.

    1. Hi Jordan! I totally miss the Tortilla factory!! That was the best! 🙂

  77. It looks like you had the best time! I’ve always wanted to go to Disney during the holidays!

    1. Hi Chelsea! It was so fun going during the holidays and seeing it all decorated! 🙂

  78. The photos are so beautiful and looks like you had a lot of fun with your son..Groot looks so adorable and all the other characters too!

    1. Thank you Mily!! 🙂

  79. sadhna shanker

    Hey such nice pictures. Disneyland is a wonderful place. I visited with my daughter the one near Tokyo nearly two decades ago, and she still remembers. Glad that your son enjoyed.

    1. Thank you so much Sadhna!:)

  80. I just showed my son the photo of Groot and he is super jealous! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

    1. Thanks Jenni! It was such a blast! 🙂

  81. oh it looks and sounds as if you had an amazing time I am very jealous

    1. Thanks Emma! We had so much fun! 🙂

  82. Wow looks like such a fun-filled adventure. One could instantly sense it from your face.

    1. Aww… thanks so much! 🙂

  83. Disney Parks are so magical! I hope you had a great time!

    1. Thanks Emily! 🙂

  84. I have to say that Guardian’s of the Galaxy is the main thing that caught my eye. My kids would go wild to get a pic with Groot!

    1. Hi Mira! We are huge GOTG fans so this was so awesome for us! 🙂

  85. Looks like you guys had a lot fun, its always a great to make memories like this with your child! It was good to see some of what the other Disney has to offer, since most people share about Disney World. I would love to visit California some day.

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I hope you get a trip to California someday! 🙂

  86. Wow you have so many great photos. This looks like a really great adventure. Definitely going to tell others about this.

    1. Thanks Brandi! 🙂

  87. Sounds like a great fun trip. I love the pictures.

  88. We love California Adventure and visit often. Our daughters have grown up with many visits to the park and have many favorite attractions. Your son’s solar system shirt is awesome and it looks like you had a magical visit.

  89. Disney never fail to impress me. This park looks wonderful and it is so good to hear they gave their time so beautifully to your son. His smile tells me he had a magical time too. Another one on my ‘must visit’ list!

  90. This looks so much fun! I totally want to take my kids there now. What a great trip!

  91. Elizabeth O

    What a great place, and how lucky to be given the opportunity to gain access ahead of the crowds. A magical experience for all!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! 🙂

  92. What an amazing adventure! I was born in California and this post made me so nostalgic!

  93. I love the smiles and joy that is so apparent! I’m so glad that you both had a fun time there. And that he was able to enjoy it to the fullest with you.

  94. This looks like such a wonderful trip! What a great experience for you and your son! I really love that you included quotes and comments on your pictures. It really made for a great read!!

  95. Looks like a blast! I am dying to go to ANY Disney park, but my husband wants to wait until our daughter is a little older.

  96. I just love following along in the adventures of you and your sweet son! I can tell you two have a very precious bond!

    1. Aww thanks so much Caitlin! 🙂

  97. This melts my heart! i love the idea of taking my kids to Disney, but my daughter is on the autism spectrum and still think it would be overwhelming for her. Love that you got to explore the park early! <3

  98. How wonderful! I’ve been to Disney a bunch of times, never to CA Adventure. Thanks for taking us along. It looks like a fantastic place to enjoy the day.

  99. You guys are just too cute. I love that you spend time like this and have fun. I love our family trips. Always such a good time had with each other.

  100. RaNesha

    Last year was my first trip to Disneyland I had an amazing 3 days of nonstop fun and excitement. I hope to take my husband soon.

  101. Meagan

    This trip looks like it was a magical bonding experience for you and boo!

  102. This looks like such a fun trip. I haven’t been but now I want a picture with Groot!

  103. OHMYGOD!! There is groot and Micey! What more could I – an adult…err I mean my son who is a child want? 😀
    This is really awesome! And I love your posts mama, because of the big smiles I see in your pics of your boy!
    Much love!

    1. Aww thanks so much Dilraz!!! I was just as excited as my son to meet Groot LOL! We had such a fun time together!! 🙂

  104. Drake Conan

    What a fun and great experience you had. I always wanted to visit California. Looks like I am going to go there soon. truly a bucket lists material.

  105. It’s so nice to see you guys having an amazing time there. Disney will always be fun for the kids and I love that you have that Magic Morning Access! It makes everything easier for parents.

  106. Definitely enjoyed reading your Disney adventures! Love all the photos, too! 🙂

  107. Kelsie Sabers

    This looks like so much fun! I haven’t been in so long!

  108. I’ll have to make it to the west coast so I can try out Disneyland. I’ve been to Disney World several times being a native Floridian.

    1. Hi Aitza! We love both Disney locations but living closer to California we go there more often…

  109. I loved reading about your latest adventure, and it seems that you had just as much fun now as previously in Disneyland. In my European mind, California is associated with sunshine and happiness, and that’s exactly what I see on the pics, and on your son’s face, too!

  110. I have always wanted to visit California. It looks like a wonderful place because i heard beautiful things in here.

  111. We love Disney! It truly has magic for everyone. We are going to WDW next month and could not be more excited to experience it once again.

    1. Hi Elisha! Have fun on your Disney try next month!! 🙂

  112. This looks like such a fun trip and I love the photos. What a great way to recount your trip and remember it in the future.

    1. Thank you Sarah!! 🙂

  113. It looks like you both had an incredible time! I’m glad everyone was so kind to you both. Disney is such a fun world for children and adults alike. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. Thanks so much Melinda! 🙂

  114. Thanks so much Jen!! 🙂

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