Thursday, November 3, 2011

CaLifOrNiA!!!!!

Someone delivered a pumpkin to us.
The instructions said we needed to carve and gut the pumpkin and
we would find a surprise inside!!!

So we carved and gutted and inside we found an envelope with tickets
that said we were going to Disneyland!!!
(The whole time Skylar thought the pumpkin was from Ashtons teacher Mrs. Aagard. I was not as sneaky as I thought I was when I punched out the spider and ghost. I quickly did it one day while I was helping at the school with Skylar. I guess she had seen me and remembered we had been helping Mrs. Aagard, so she thought it was from her. Then when she realized we were going to Dinseyland she yelled "We are going to Disneyland with Mrs. Aagard!!!!!!!" It was not exactly as I pictured the moment but we were all laughing when I explained why Skylar was so confused!
We drove to St. George and stayed with Mark and Megan. It helped to break up the looonnnnggg drive! Our first park was Sea World! (One of my favorites)
We all loved the WhaleBug!
You can't go to Sea World and not feed and play with the Dolphins!
Doug and I did not sit with our kids during any of the shows because they always wanted to be in the Soak Zone and we did not!!!!! They got SOAKED everytime!
The Shark Emporium was as scary as I remembered it being. But the kids loved it!
Trick or Treating at Sea World was really fun. We thought these mini bananas were so cute!
The Dolphin and Shamu shows were the best and I think all of my kids want to work at Sea World when they grow up!
The next day we went to Universal Studios! It was transformed for Halloween and it was a really scary place, I thought my kids might not recover from all the realistic horror displays and people throughout the park.
Every street was donned with the dead, and sometimes the alive/dead, they were the scariest. You would see and hear people having encounters with them everywhere.
My kids now know who Norman Bates is and I have to keep reassuring them that if we would not have been able to get away from him, that he really would not have hurt us. That he was just an actor! Maybe Universal in October is a little too much for the 10 and under!!

The Jaws shark!!!
These Vampires were hanging out all over the park!
Finally off to the Magic Kingdom----Disneyland!!!!
It was so fun seeing the park decorated for Halloween!

We saw so many of our favorite characters!!!
Pluto is Skylars favorite!
Goofy was Davins favorite!
We all loved Donald because he signed his name with a #1 after it and let us know he is
way better than his pal Mickey!
Mickey was dressed up for trick or treating!
Soooo was Mini!
Mary Poppins was my favorite she talked to the kids for a while as was so sweet!

We did have to wait in line a little for the Toy Story Crew but they were worth it!!!
Skylar could not believe she got to dance with Phineas and Ferb!
We have some great video footage of her rock'in it! My other kids were a little to mature to go out and dance but we caught them groov'in to the beat on the sidelines!
Splash Mountain was one of our favorite rides. Although Skylar said "She almost died, because no one was holding on to her". We showed her that her big sis Ashton
was looking out for her and the proof was in the picture!
My kids thought Its A Small World was dumb, I almost left them in California. It will always be one of my favorites!
Tower of Terror!!!
We had to do a little bit of negotiating to get all the kids on this ride.
As you can clearly see in the picture most of them had their eyes
closed the whole ride.
But it only took once and then they loved it!!! We probably went on this ride the most.
Rylie set this picture up to show the terror in her eyes!
We got a little wet but the water show was amazing!
I stopped begging Davin to act normal when I was taking a picture,
thus the nice facial expression.
Skylar was thrilled to have been choosen to be a Jedi in training. Little did she know that she would have to put that training to use against Darth Vader!!!
She did great and said she was not scared even one bit!
That is the face of a true Jedi!!!
Davins favorite part of the day was picking where we would be eating.
These giant turkey legs were a big hit!
We could not have gone all the way to the west coast without seeing the ocean. So before we left we stopped to let the kids check it out!!! It was kind of cold but that did not stop them from getting drenched and sandy. A bad combination for a long drive home!!!!
(and Skylar caught a pigeon, she wanted me to make sure I mentioned that)

We all had a great time and were sad to come home but loved spending the week together!

6 comments:

Chelsi said...

what a fun time!!! I love all the pictures, the kids all look like they had a blast. But I do have to say that I would have left them in California too after hating Its a Small world...That is my favorite, we went on it 4 times when we went last year. So fun!

Vanessa said...

YOu really did do a lot! I am exhausted just thinking about it for you. I could barley walk that 3rd night on our way out of Disney. I don't know how you did two additional parks.

Remember when we went to Sea World? That was a fun time!

Jenny said...

So cool! What a fun way to surprise them! Isn't it so much better when the kids get older?!

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Panharith said...

That was a fun time!




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