Year of A Million Broken Dreams

Don’t let him fool you—Poor Kyle was faking this grin.  He was actually totally embarrassed to be riding on the teacups with me; to have his picture taken was the ultimate humiliation.

All throughout my teenage years, I fantasised what it would be like to go to Disneyland with a boy [one who actually liked me enough to hold my hand on rides like Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean].  Being in band and orchestra all my high school career afforded me a total of six trips to Disneyland each spring.  The general theme of Cali trips in high school was, “So-and-so hooked up with so-and-so in a log on Splash Mountain,” or in other words, DRAMA.

Drama that I always secretly wished for a piece of, but never actually got.

Enter Poor Kyle.  Poor, poor Poor Kyle.  He puts up with so much from me.  After years of my overly-romanticised notions of the way it should be to visit the Happiest Place on Earth with a boy, is it any wonder that Poor Kyle failed in practically every aspect?

I never imagined I’d marry a man who would roll his eyes at the teacups.  I felt so immature for being giddy about the whole thing…

It wasn’t even remotely his fault, either; he was doomed before he met me…

First of all, Poor Kyle is not a Disneyland virgin—he’d already gone with an ex-girlfriend back in high school [who, at the time, tagged along for a family vacation, which for some reason hurt my broken heart even more].  Being that I had never before Disneyed with a significant other, it was kind of awkward for me.  I mean…did he cuddle with her on Small World?  Did she hold his hand waiting in line for Indiana Jones?  Did they sneak a kiss in between bites of gumbo from New Orleans Square? Such were the torturous thoughts I couldn’t seem to remove from my petty mind.  Let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: Disneyland abstinence is the only way to go.  Save your first romantic trip to Disneyland for someone you really love; your long-term partner will thank you later.

On top of all my foolish insecurities about not being Poor Kyle’s first, our debut trip to Disneyland together was accompanied by two other girls—children—who are adorable and sweet in every way.

Adorable and sweet in every way I am not, that is.  They stole my thunder, and I can’t even be grumpy about it because, well, look at them:

Sweetness #1

Sweetness #2

I know, I know…you’ve never heard me talk so nicely about children before.  That’s because these children are above average on all levels: friendliness, cuteness, personable-ness.  Fetching little things, these two.

Anyway, they were so sweet and excited to be at Disneyland, their enthusiasm became contagious and the most fun we had ended up being when we were hanging out with them.  The downside to that was Poor Kyle became so enamored with his nieces, he completely forgot he already had a wife [and a clingy one at that], instead becoming the protector, defender, and best best buddy of these two winsome little girls.

And, okay, I know it’s ridiculous that I might feel a little threatened by Sweetness #2.  She’s three years old, for Heaven’s sake…

…but whatever. She’s totally cuter than me.

They fought over him on rides (fights in which I could barely hold my own.  I mean, they have dimples; I have a butt-chin. They call him “Uncle Ky-ole,” I call him “Snookums.”  [I don’t really call him “Snookums.]  They were a shoe-in to win over me), they showered him with kisses, and they cowered into his shoulder on the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Basically, they got all the sweet action with their uncle, and I got to bond with my in-laws [who are splendid, by the way.  Thanks guys, for a great trip!].

Papa and Sweetness #1, sharing a precious moment together in a giant blue elephant.  Only in Walt’s world...

Gamma and Sweetness #2, looking chipper despite the chill in the nighttime air.

But I’m not bitter, because I decided early on in the day that Walt wouldn’t want any grouchy-pants people in his Land; and anyway, it was no big deal—I was at Disneyland, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Even—especially—seeing how fun it was for the kids.

And it helped me learn that Disneyland is still Disneyland, even without a ride on Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Small World, the Matterhorn or Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

It was certainly different from the other times I’ve walked the streets of the magical place, but every bit as fun.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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30 Responses to Year of A Million Broken Dreams

  1. Geneva says:

    Sweet! I’m the first comment. I’m not sure that has ever happened here at AOOL. I’m glad that you had a fun time. I’ve been feeling old because disneyland doesn’t have that much appeal to me anymore. And that fact made me sad. Everyone told me that it would change when I had kids, that it would be fun again. And now I believe them. If little girl magic worked on you, then it will totally work on anyone :)

  2. Holly Decker says:

    oh my GOSH.

    this is, seriously my FAVORITE blog entry of yours.

    i think i am going to read it 10 more times for my enjoyment.

    you are HILARIOUS.

    so hilarious.

  3. raygon says:

    Oh, Pirates of the Carribean is my favorite! I have not been to Disneyland in too long. Maybe over 15 years. I should go again. Maybe I will start bugging Andy about it. Fun post!

  4. jami says:

    I understand being a clingy wife!
    I am glad you had fun. Disneyland is my favorite.
    Grace has been watching a lot of disney movies lately, and I have been have a craving

  5. Lauren says:

    Disneyland with a significant other is the best, and agree…you MUST hold out for your husband…or husband to be or whatnot. I am so glad I didn’t taint my blessed Disneyland with thoughts of holding hands with other past boyfriends. Eww to the max!
    Ted went with my family to Disneyland twice before his mission…so my Disneyland-with-a-boyfriend virginity was taken then. Good thing I ended up marrying the man!

  6. HeatherPride says:

    Looks like a blast! Sweetness #2 and her Gamma look just alike!

  7. DeAnna Wry says:

    That does look like fun, even if PK had to fake a smile. I’m sure the day I take my hubby to Disneyland for the first time, he’ll probably be giving me one of those fake, not so happy to be here smiles.
    I went in High School for a choir trip and LOVED it, even if there was all that drama that happened. And I cannot wait to take my kidlets.

  8. Camille says:

    Geneva– I know; I’m pretty hard to convince, so if I enjoyed myself, you will, too.

    Holly Decker– You always make me feel good about myself!

    raygon– Did you hear that they changed it a little bit? They added captain Jack Sparrow in a couple of places, which I thought they did a good job of…but then they added a hologram of the creepy guy with eels on his face (I forget his name), and I thought that was a bit too cheesy. Oh well–ya win some, ya lose some.

    Jami– I hadn’t been in FOUR YEARS, which was a long time for me, after going so much in high school. I’d been having a major craving, too—even walking into Bass Pro made me miss Disneyland. I’m glad I’ve been back, but I still want to go with just PK before we have kids of our own.

    Lauren– I’m really glad you married Ted, too, because it would be hellacious for some other husband to try and enjoy it with you there, after you’d already made your memories with someone else. Good thinking.

    HeatherPride– You think so? I never noticed…

    DeAnna Wry– I forget that Canadians have a long way to go for a trip to Disneyland. Poor Kyle went a million times growing up because his dad was in California every week, so he’s an exception to the rule. Mesa’s only 6 hours away, so I went a fair amount, but still not as much as Poor Kyle.

  9. anonymous says:

    I know i shouldn’t pick favorites before i’ve even met my adorable grandnieces, but something about Cece’s eyes, they seem to dance around the camera, then look right through it. Very engaging little girl. Maybe sometime this year i’ll be able to meet them, if Mother agrees to fly south avec moi. She thinks she’s still a driver, wanted to drive to Cali, but L.R. took the level- head this time. She knows the rigours of the road, i said to Mother, so, like she had said, i said, “We suggest (insist) you fly.
    To the new paradise in Cali.

  10. lindsay says:

    cherubic fairies who eat rainbows and poop glitter dont even stand a chance against those girls. seriously, too cute.

  11. anonymous says:

    “Disneyland abstinence is the only way to go.” LOLOL. you are hilarious! those neices of yours are too cute.

  12. NobodyNose says:

    Happiest Place on Earth my behind!!! The memories I have of that place are far from happy……………….

  13. Amy says:

    Such a cute post. Sweetness #1 and #2 sure are cute I must say. When they got home they couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had with their Auntie Camille.
    It was so fun seeing you. Hopefully we get to see you guys again much sooner than later.

  14. kristi says:

    How DARE he not be everything you’d hoped for in the teacups?! ;)

  15. anonymous says:

    Kyle must have loved sharing with his adorable nieces the wonders of magic land. Considering how many times he’s seen it, i can understand how he would be a pro.

  16. Cristin says:

    Wow – 6 trips to Disneyland in ONE spring?? That’s crazy when you’re driving from Arizona, no?

  17. anonymous says:

    NobodyNose the troubles i’ve seen, NobodyNose my sorrows.

  18. Rhonda says:

    Oh the Disneyland trips! Good time! You have to admit that they were even though they sucked sometimes! Remember when we got stuck on Priates for like and hour and half. It wasn’t even in a cool part! Just goes to show my luck.

  19. anon10 says:

    I LOVE Disneyland, and since I have not been there with a husband, I sadly, cannot share my experience with him. But, from your review I guess I doesn’t sound so bad…

  20. Allison says:

    Sweetness #1 & #2 are too cute! I am told I once went to Disneyland as a child. There are even pictures to prove it. Sadly, I don’t remember one bit of it. I need to return.

  21. Anonymous says:


    There’s hope for you yet!!! I feel a little invigorated after reading this post. Will you come to D-land with me and my little man now? He’s pretty cute, too. I must say, though, that Addie and Cece get cuter every single time I see them.

  22. anonymous says:

    You said it anonymous. But your Preston is at least as adorable as the girls. And if i’m counting right, they’re second cousins,.. in-law?, not sure, check with Camille, she’s good at these accountings.
    Can you imagine when She and PK make kids? I’m thinking, super-adorable.

  23. anonymous says:

    I don’t really KNOW, but I would be inclined to say they are not related at all. They are nieces in law, once removed, to Camille, (children of her sister-in-law in other words), but I don’t see any lawful relationship to either Adell or her child.————————————————————————Said today by someone in a lodge.

    Still looks like one big happy family to me.

  24. As a former Cast Member, I have to say, it’s completely impossible to hook up on Splash Mountain. The logs are single seaters front to back. That would be some interesting gymnastics there..
    Looks like a wonderful time! He is obviously a wonderful uncle!

  25. anonymous says:

    Sprite’s Keeper, are you a new Camille fan? If or if not, Welcome Welcome. I so enjoyed reading your most recent post. You are very good with the English.

  26. anonymous says:

    Regarding what the lady in the lodge reportedly said earlier, that’s one of the things i find less real about official defined relatedness, all the in law stuff.
    To my view, Camilles children will be cousins to Adells, and cousins to Amy’s girls. I’m sure they’ll be photo’d together.
    To heck with this in law thing. We all know that’s not what families are about.

  27. great post, glad you had fun at Disneyland. My husband refuses to go, but I am sure we will go at least once with our Scooby doo once she is old enough to demand the trip. I am excited for that day, as I have never gone with a significant other (only with choir in the 8th grade :)) Poor Kyle looks so cute in these pictures, and I have to say you look very thin. I figured I should share that thought instead of keeping it to myself. sorry it took me a few days to get back to your blog, but I am still here.

  28. Those teacups make me think of Joni Hilton’s account…

    “You got a mouse in your pocket? The way he was spinning that thing he could have had a gorilla in his pocket!”

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