WARNING: LONGEST POST EVER :-)
Last Sunday we got back from a week long vacation with Jake's family to Southern California. We had a blast! Based on this experience I have decided that going on a vacation with a little one make's the trip 100X more exhausting, but 10000X more worth it.
Day 1 Sunday: Flew to the Orange County airport, picked up our rental vans, drove to Marriott's Newport Coast Villas and tried to check in at 2 but our rooms weren't ready so we went to lunch at this cute little deli, finally checked in at 4pm, went to our AMAZING rooms with an ocean view, ate pizza, walked around the grounds, and vegged the day away :-)
View from our room
Another gorgeous view from our room
Day 2 Monday: Drove to San Diego and went to Sea World. It was a blast! We went on almost every ride, watched a bunch of fun show's including Shamu, Sea Lion's Live, Pet's Rule, and a 4-D Sesame Street movie. If you are wondering how a 4-D show works it is a 3-D movie that has special effects (water squirts out at you, the wind blows, bubbles fall from the ceiling) worked into the theater itself and interactive seats. It was way fun. Hannah kept her glasses on the whole time and loved it. The funnest ride we went on was Atlantis. It is a roller coaster/water slide. Pictured below:
We got to the park at about noon and stayed until closing. We got back to the hotel at about 8pm and went swimming before heading to bead.
Looking at the Flamingo's with Uncle B's help
Hannah drenched her shorts in apple juice so she walked around bear legged while they dried. Only someone this cute could pull this style off.
Playing with her hat
Watching Pet's Rule
After the Pet's Rule show
Riding Elmo's Flying Fish
Enjoying the Sea Star Spin
Yet still having fun
The crew coming down the big dip on Atlantis
Thanks to our pancho's we didn't get that wet
Day 3 Tuesday: 1st day at Disneyland! We got to the Park before it even opened, although there were a TON of other people there for their "Magical Morning" as well. The first thing we did was go to Fantasy Land and ride Peter Pan, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and Snow Whites Scary Adventure. Those rides were mainly for little kids so I haven't ridden them in about 15 years. Having a little one gives us an excuse to be kids again. After those first few rides we got to be grown ups again an ride Matterhorn. The ride is a lot more jerky than I remembered. But way fun.
We then headed over to Tomorrowland where our nephew Trey lived out Jake's dream of being a Jedi. They have this cool Jedi Training Academy where over a hundred children are in the audience trying to get picked. Trey made a sign that said "Idaho needs more Jedi's" and he was lucky enough to get picked. He even got to battle Darth Vader while other kids battled Darth Maul. Way cool for Star War's fans. We also did Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, and Autotopia (which Hannah fell asleep on, so cute).
After lunch we rode Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Splash Mountain, and the Winnie the Pooh ride. Hannah LOVES Winnie the Pooh, so you can guess which ride was her favorite. Jake took her on it at least 4 times. We are troopers and stayed until closing, quite the feat with 4 kids 5 and under.
Mimi and Hannah in line for Peter Pan
Trey battling Darth Vader
Scary Darth Maul
Asleep while riding Autotopia with Jake and I
Splash Mountain was a ton of fun
On The Buzz Lightyear ride. Jake beat my score, but on a similar ride I come out on top :-)
The cousins on the honey pots at Critter Country. Mimi bought the girls those cute little matching disney outfits.
Macy can't get enough of Hannah. Here she is kissing Hannah's head. I think I know where her sister Katelyn gets the affection from :-)
They are stroller buddies
Day 4 Wednesday: We slept in and took it easy by the pool until around 2pm. Our original plan was to drive to Universal Studios to spend the evening there but we found out it closed at 5pm that day (thanks Cindo de Mayo) while we were driving there. So we turned around and headed back to the hotel. We decided to go to Laguna Beach and play around in the sun. That was hampered by the clouds that moved in making it kinda chilly. So we took our party indoors to Las Brisas, a very nice Mexican Restaurant.
The boys playing frisbee at Laguna Beach
Snuggles on the beach with mama
Day 5 Thursday: Disneyland Round 2! We started the morning off at California Adventure. I had never been to this new area of Disneyland so I thoroughly enjoyed it. We went on Soarin' Over California like 3 times (SO FUN), Grizzly River Run (a whitewater rafting adventure, Jumping Jellyfish, Maliboomer (it shoots you straight up 18 stories in 4 seconds and drops you back down and up...you get the picture), rode California Screamin twice in a row, and rode Toy Story. After having a bunch of fun for the older kids we took the children over to Bugs Land to ride some kid friendly rides. California Adventure was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. We then walked over to Disneyland to eat some grub and ride Space Mountain. Jake had never been on it before, so it was fun to see how much he enjoyed it.
Hannah and Katelyn waiting patiently for the majority of the big kids to get off a ride
They are so cute together
On a ride at Bugs Land
Playing with the water at Bugs Land
Day 6 Friday: Disneyland Round 3 + Jake's Birthday! We slept in and hung out by the pool. We celebrated Jake's birthday with a late lunch at the Bluewater Grill. Wow. Best Mahi ever. We headed over to Disneyland in the afternoon. We went to California Adventure first to catch the last showing of Aladdin (Awesome) and ride the Tower of Terror. Loved both. After Tower of Terror we walked over to Disneyland to ride some more rides before the fire works. We took Hannah to Fantasy Land and rode Storybook Land Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Train. Then we met up with Jake's family to eat dinner and watch the fireworks. It was an amazing display. I loved how Tinkerbell was involved in the show flying around over the castle. Hannah slept through the whole show, which I'll never understand because it was LOUD. It was fun to celebrate Jake's 28th birthday at Disneyland. What a great day, and guy :-)
Mama and Hannah getting some pool time
Katelyn is such a love to Hannah. She is constantly giving her hugs and kisses. In this picture they are holding hands.
Day 7 Saturday: Universal Studios. Jake took his parents to the airport that morning and afterwards the rest of us drove to Universal Studios. The first thing we did was the Studio Tours which was incredible. The only thing that was lacking is the King Kong part of it which opens up in July. Yup, we missed the fun by 2 months. Oh well, it was still awesome. Then we saw Shrek in 4-D which was way cool. Based on this trip I've decided that 4-D shows are awesome. They should make all movies 4-D :-) Then we rode Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy twice. I Loved the Mummy ride. It really takes you by surprise. We were all pretty exhausted by this point and decided to eat some dinner before heading back to the hotel. We ate at Tony Roma's and Hannah fell asleep while we were waiting for a table. She was playing with Uncle Brandon's hat and the next thing we knew she was asleep with the hat over her face. Soooo adorable.
Katelyn snuggling Hannah while waiting for in line for Studio Tours
Hannah smiling at Daddy and Uncle B as they were finishing up the Jurassic Park Ride
Family picture with a beautiful background
Hannah asleep with Uncle B's hat
Day 8 Sunday: Flew back to Utah. Sad. I loved the trip to California. We had a blast. Thank you Aubrey and Mike for the fantastic accommodations and thank you Lanette and Jerry for the plane and park tickets! We couldn't have had a better time.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
WARNING: LONGEST POST EVER :-)
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