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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In which I Go to Disneyland

I keep thinking about my blog and how much I want to update it. I keep doing 10 projects in steps and rotating them in such a way that I never finish one project. Ever. I have some really cool things to show you. Probably one or two more cycles through my rotation and I'll be exploding with things to show you.

In the meantime, we went on a trip to Disneyland last week or so. It was my kids' first trip. We didn't tell them we were going--which was so fun! We picked up the older two from school and left. It was literally snowing huge snowflakes as we left. In MAY! I was never so glad to leave.

I had a huge bag of activities for the kids to do in the car. Every 30 minutes (I brought a timer), they got something new out of the bag. I'll do a post with a list soon. It worked amazingly well. Almost no whining.

We decided to only go to Las Vegas the first day and stay overnight there (about a six hour drive). We drove with the kids down the strip and let them see all the cool hotels. We saw the volcano going and the fountains in front of the Bellagio. Nice timing.

Then, we woke up and drove the rest of the way to California. We went with my parents and my youngest brother, Ty, and we all rented a house. It was a great vacation--you know, all the regular vacation cliches. Which is why the rest of this post is going to be photos with a tiny bit of commentary.

Maxton waiting to leave the Las Vegas hotel.


 

The kids getting a bit restless now. We did eventually leave.


Griffin lying on the bed of nails at the Discovery Science Center.



Maxton. That thing did not feel good. It's got a plastic sheet that can be raised and lowered. You lie down on it and then they slowly lower it to reveal the nails. It's pokey.



The tornado simulator:


Hooper's General Store. They liked this the most at the Discovery Science Center.




The Dino Quest outside. You had to try to find all the different dino bones and wave this wand at it which would recognize that you found it. The older boys loved it. The wands were really annoying and didn't work very well.


There's this huge dinosaur and this is its poop. It's part of the little playground where Aubrey liked to be.


Disneyland the first day! My dad, my brother and my mom.


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride:


Aubrey fell asleep every afternoon at Disneyland in the stroller.


Coming home after a long day at Disneyland.


2nd day at Disney, with Goofy! Griffin ended up loving Goofy.


On the carousel. This was Aubrey's favorite ride by far (although she did all the rides she was tall enough for, even Space Mountain and the Tower of Terror, not sure that was the best idea, but she seemed ok with it, except she really did not like Space Mountain). She rode this one 3 times and the one in California Adventure 2 times. This is Xander.


Maxton


Griffin


Awww, Aubrey! She really doesn't like her picture to be taken very much, so she ends up looking dour in most of them, but she really, really loves the carousel. She calls it the "miracle go round."


Ty with Goofy.


Aubrey at the beach.


David at the beach. :)


Griffin checking out the waves.


Xander.


Griffin, Xander, David, Maxton and my dad


Maxton and my dad


Maxton running for shore


Aubrey preferred to play with the sand. It was not exactly warm and the wind was blowing. We finally left after we'd had enough of being sandblasted.


Ty and David burying Maxton.


Aubriana and her grandma building a sandcastle.


Xander doing some primitive dancing


Maxton as a worm.


Xander as a turtle


Griffin as an octopus


Ty as a beautiful mermaid.


Last day at Disney and California Adventure. Meeting Mickey.


I love Aubrey's face in this photo.



On the ferris wheel. Xander and Ty.


Griffin on the ferris wheel (Griffin and Aubrey called it the steering wheel).


Ty outside the Tower of Terror.


At Grauman's Chinese Theater


David


Xander's hand fits Rita Hayworth's


Maxton and Donald Duck's square


My dad and Harrison Ford's star. He gets told he looks like him sometimes.


So, that's basically our vacation in pictures.
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