Our first day we spent at the beach with weather in the 80's. We thought this was great coming from snow and wind. It was so great that most everyone got sunburned! Our cousins are Claire, Madison, and Anna.
Claire Bear is such the poser! These 2 girls had fun together. I only heard Valerie run from Claire once or twice saying, "she is going to pull my hair!"
After the beach we met up with Todd. He had special keys to some property they own from work. We had 3 big pools and a hot tub mostly to ourselves. We couldn't resist grillin up some dogs for dinner.
Disneyland was the favorite of the little kids while Cade and Ashley loved California Adventure. We had perfect weather and our own personal guide, Jenn & Madison. Madison was able to give us a play by play on all the rides.
Valerie's favorite ride was the tea cups. She also loves Tinkerbell and was so excited to see her flying over the castle at the night firework show. I don't know what it is about Disneyland but you sure leave there feeling magical!
Valerie was so excited to see Mickey Mouse. She kept talking about how she loved him and kept asking everybody, "where is Micky Mouse?" So of course we had to stay in line forever to see him. When we got up to see him she got scared and started pulling back in my arms.
Breaking for treats. Who doesn't love cotton candy and frozen lemonade? Even for 5 bucks a piece.
Jenn was quite the woman handling the baby crew while we all went on rides. We were all glad to see her sister Michelle come later in the day. One more pair of hands!
The Aladdin Show. We had to work hard to fight the crowds to make it to this one! We even ditched our strollers and started running. Thankfully no one got lost in the commotion.
Cade and Ashley loved the tower of terror ride and talked me into going on it all day long. I don't like heights so they had me pretty worked up. It was actually better than I thought. They also loved the roller coasters. Hailey loved the soarin ride. She was able to provide me with all the details on that ride. Mikayla was such a good sport and would go anywhere.
Eating dinner at Bad to the Bone. It was very tasty. Cade enjoyed his own rack of ribs. He is starting to eat more which we can feel in the pocketbook.
Our kids love Clair Bear. They must have taken 40 pics of just her. Anything from eating crackers to sleeping.
The drive home was not as exciting as the drive down. We did break it up and sleep in Las Vegas on the way home. We returned home through a snowstorm and ended up where we started. Snow on the ground and wind all around!
Cade's red eyes explain it all. Lots of play and little sleep! Actually this was one of the most relaxing, non stressing vacations we have had. Maybe because it wasn't planned? We can't forget the great hosts we had either! Thanks Todd and Jenn and family. We had a blast.