Vacations are the best.  We just got back from the best time in California.  The beach, Disneyland and family…it does not get any better than that!

We split up the drive on the way down.  The kids of course loved the hotel.  They were overjoyed that we had this oversized jetted tub.  On Friday morning they wanted to get in the pool before we drove the rest of the way to CA.  We compromised and had a nice hot bath in the jetted tub.

We spent a few days in the Btown with my parents.  We went on walks, played at the park and in the backyard, ate at our favorite sandwich shop, and played with Grandma’s games and toys.  It was a great time.  The weather was so nice and we enjoyed the sunshine!

On Monday we went down to Huntington Beach.  It was a long drive with a lot of traffic but the kids help up alright.  And once we were there I don’t think Jack ever stopped chasing the waves.  He did it for hours.  I love kids at the beach.  They love it so much despite the water being freezing.  Luke was a little stressed out about the sand.  He would cry every time he fell in it.  That was cracking us up.  By the end of the day he seemed to be warming up to it a little more.  Luke fell asleep within 2 minutes of being in the car afterwards.  Something about the beach totally wipes kids out.

The next day we started our Disney adventure!  We spent 3 days there and it was awesome.  The kids were so good and we had the best time with them.  Jack and Sophie rode every ride they could.  They were a little scared before Tower of Terror and Space Mountain.  But they did it and for the most part loved them.  Jack did Tower of Terror again.  Sophie chose not to.  But I was so proud of them and it really made the whole trip fun that we didn’t have to spend energy on trying the convince them to try new rides.  They were just ready and willing participants.  I think Thunder Mountain was their favorite.  Luke had a blast too.  He loved meeting the characters and riding the rides.  His favorite was Pirates.  He calls it the “Yo ho slides.”  He had a rough time everyday after he woke up from his 30 minute nap in the stroller.  We could just count on about 30 minutes of attitude and crying afterwards.  We stayed until close every night and loved the firework show at Disneyland so much this trip.  Such a fun, fun place.  We love it!

The last few days of our trip with stayed with Mike and Tiffany.  We enjoyed more time at the beach (we saw the biggest waves ever..10 foot swells…it was awesome!), explored the tide pools at Dana Point, ate Pedro’s tacos for lunch, watched lots of movies and just enjoyed the So Cal weather.  It is always a treat to be with them.

5 Replies to “California”

  1. Great great pictures. What a fabulously perfect time! So proud of your kids for tackling their fears. They are so so cute!

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