Wednesday, May 29, 2013

California Vacation

Earlier this month, (the weekend after our camping trip) we headed out to our much anticipated California vacation. Addie was super excited to be going to Disneyland- and we all had fun things about this trip that we were looking forward to. The kids did surprisingly awesome in the car -much appreciated- and we drove until we got to the hotel in Anaheim.  I think that was the best hotel we've ever stayed in. Not that it was glamorous or anything, but location-wise, it was perfect! My sister drove out to stay the night with us so she would be ready to come along with us bright and early Monday morning to spend the day at Disneyland. 
Monday morning watching, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Unfortunately, we woke up to rain. Not just, "Oh it rained a little" more like, "The streets had lakes and we were drenched from the minute it took to walk and get our continental breakfast.". NOT they type of weather ideal for spending a day waiting in lines and walking to the next wet ride. Fortunately, the rain stopped hammering by the time Disneyland opened, and we were back on track at the happiest day on earth!

We went two more days after that initial day(three days total), and our friends and family came to visit us there, which was really nice and fun to be with them. Adelyn and Dallin did really well with sleeping in a new place (*sigh of relief*) and the kids enjoyed all the rides. Addie did get a little scared from some of the "darker ones" like Pirates, but did well once we pointed out all the cool things throughout the ride. She did flat out refuse to go on Haunted Mansion...which we were completely fine with (if it scared me when I was 10, I decided it may not be the ride for her just yet!). Dallin was a trooper on whatever we took him on, but the Nemo was his favorite- and will not hesitate to tell you if you ask him. Which is somewhat ironic since neither Jared or I particularly love that ride. 

Dallin did have a difficult time with having basically three options: 1.) stay in the stroller 2.) wait in line patiently or 3.) sit on the ride and enjoy yourself. This kid is just too wiggly. I decided that Disneyland was not made for kids his age and's just too hard for him to not have any options of exploration. Jared thought hitting up Toon Town would help (a genius idea) and that helped so he could just play but there is only so long you can stay there chasing around a crazy 20 month old, so eventually we moved on. If Dallin had any choice in the matter, I'm sure he would have stayed there infinitively. 

After our Disneyland days,we had basically planned nothing in hopes of having a customary vacation of actually "relaxing". Jared was tempted to go back to Disneyland another day and take advantage of our season passes we'd just bought. But I was craving a more basic and somewhat typical day. So my kind and accommodating husband decided that wasn't a bad idea and we headed off to the beach. IT. WAS. PERFECT. I loved everything about that day. It was the perfect location, perfect beach (no crowds, no difficult parking, no dirty sand) and the kids just LOVED it. Which always makes this mama happy whenever her kids are loving life. They thought the freezing cold water was the greatest, and after Jared and I got sick of trying to keep them from drowning altogether in it, we made sand castles, looked for big shells, and soaked up the sun. After that we headed back to the cutest park that was next to our parking spot. See, how perfect is that?? Dallin passed out in the car in a matter of seconds, and the rest of the day was great when we chilled and had dinner with our friends later that night. It was honestly my favorite thing about our trip- which is pathetic since it cost us nothing....I'll have to keep that in mind next time.

Addie doing a little yoga on the beach lol

Among other things, we drove out to see my sister and her husband, went to the hotel pool, and drove around the town, including our former beach and hang out spot, which was before we started having kids. It was a good trip and we are so relieved our kids are doing better at being on vacations and traveling- now we know what it's like for the rest of the world! :)
Jared was trying to take a nap. ha! Addie thought this was the perfect opportunity to dump all her belongings on top of him. Wish I wouldn't have brushed them off before taking the picture!


Erica said...

When are you vacationing to Idaho?? :)

Chelsea said...

What a blast! Cute pics and you've really made me want to go to the beach and Disneyland! So glad everything went well and you enjoyed your trip.