"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Project 52: April 26-May 2


Sunday snapshot is a selfie of us at Target on a date night:)  We had the chance to go to dinner alone one more time before our vacation to California.  We of course spent our time after dinner buying diapers (that's what date night is for, right?!) and we scored some great deals in the dollar bins at Target for the trip.  We picked up a couple road trip activities as well as some souvenirs for the kids so we could give them something small while at Disneyland.

Getting excited...Mickey pancakes this week for breakfast!
I just LOVE this flower! It's beautiful and is always in bloom. Just love it!
We were given a treadmill from a friend.  I was walking on it this week and Declan woke from nap.  The kids aren't allowed to be near it, for obvious reasons, so he found himself a little seat.  He was so excited about the perfect little spot he made to sit and watch me. 
And then the day was finally here.....
The day we ALL had been waiting for! Wednesday the kids took down the last 'Mickey Mouse' from our countdown and we headed off to California!

**I'm only selecting some of the favorite pictures from the trip.  I have made a shutterfly book with all of the pictures and lots of details for us to keep forever**
 We took off around 2 and were able to only stop one time.  We fed the kids in the car and it was a smooth ride.  Raelynn didn't sleep at all and the others didn't sleep very long, but we were hoping that worked to our advantage considering we'd be all sharing a hotel room that evening.
 Brent found a steal of a deal on a hotel within walking from the park.  So when we arrived, we settled in and then let the kids walk to the park entrance.  We knew we couldn't expect them to go straight from car seat to bed.  A man there gave each of the kids a Disneyland first visit pin. 

eating breakfast in the hotel room bright and early!
 On Thursday we had tickets to California Adventure.  We got there extra early to be in the front of the lines so we could get fast passes to meet Elsa and Anna. 
Turns out we were there SO early (see photo below!) and had plenty of time to get to the line for the fast passes.  We waited a long time in the line to get in the park, then they open the gates before the park actually opens so you can go stand in more lines for fast passes:)  The kids were troopers, but it was a rough way to start off the day because it wasn't too exciting for them. 

We were about 3rd in line for what we thought was fast passes to see Elsa and Anna, but they instead just took us right in to meet them.  So that was nice! We got that right out of the way first thing!

it isn't every day we get to twirl with royalty!

Colt was just as excited to see Elsa as the girls were.  He can say Elsa and loves to sing Let it Go!

On our way out to lunch (we left the park to eat at an all you can eat buffet) we met the first character-Pluto!

It was so much other than we had anticipated--it was in the 90s! We had a lot of fun riding the rides and going to Frozen Fun.  We loved the sing-a-long show! The kids LOVED the parade and Raelynn has been singing the song from it for weeks after. 

While Brent got seats for World of Color water show, I took Raelynn and Declan in an area that is all ropes and climbing.  She saw this zipline and I didn't think she would be tall enough to ride, but she was.  I was so nervous she would fall off, but she did great! She zipped down so fast and held on tight! it was neat.

Thursday night Marissa and Kacia met us at the hotel room so they could join us the rest of the weekend. 
We were up bright and early to head to Disneyland on Friday. 

Disney Dollars in hand (from Grandma) and ready for day 2!

We had expected that Kyle and the kids were meeting us on Friday morning.  But we didn't know Grandma would be coming too, so that was a nice surprise.  They all drove over just for the day on Friday and it was fun to make memories with them for one day at Disney!

It was a busy day going around to all the rides and finally we watched the parade.  The kids loved this parade just as much as at California Adventure! After the parade we continued the rides and with so many adults there, we were able to take turns going on the 'big kid' rides too!

Declan fell asleep on Pirates of the Caribbean


Driving the car in Autopia

Sleeping arrangements worked very well in the hotel.  Raelynn on the top, Dec and Elliana on the bottom and Colt was in a pack and play

Saturday morning we had breakfast with Minnie and her friends! It was such a unique experience and the food was so delicious on the all you can eat buffet.  It was great to meet all the characters here because then in the park we didn't stand in the lines.

One of the highlights from the trip was Splash Mountain.  Raelynn sat in the front seat and was so brave! She put her hands up practically the entire ride.  We got soaked and it was A BLAST!!! Since then, she will sit in the recliner at home and pretend she is riding splash mountain :)

It had been so hot the past couple days, but then Saturday night there was a weather change.  It got very chilly.  Because of the weather they cancelled the fireworks show, but thankfully there were some fireworks in Fantasmic because the kids had been looking forward to them.  We ate our dinner while we waited then watched the show.

All weekend Raelynn talked about riding the monorail.  It had been having mechanical issues and the lines were very long so we kept putting it off....So finally, it was the very last thing we did!

Apparently it wasn't quite thrilling enough.....it put her to sleep:) That is what four straight days of no naps will do!

Each night we would put the kids on opposite ends of the bed with their feet toward the inside.  Brent woke up in the middle of the night and saw them like this:)  So precious.  And good job for daddy taking a picture!

Going in to the trip I was a little nervous how it would go.  We sort of planned to have the younger kids go back and nap at some point and have one of the aunts stay with them, but it worked out so well with them just sleeping here and there in the stroller.  They had great attitudes and we just had a purely wonderful time! We made some wonderful memories and cannot wait until we can go back!


1 comment:

  1. Great pictures from Disenyland!! Lots of fun! So many rides and excitement! Glad the kids did so well and had a blast! I never knew hotels had bunk beds in them...but it really is quite brilliant! Raleigh's face going down Splash Mountain is so priceless! How cute that she pretends she is riding it at home too! Glad you made a book full of memories!! What a special trip and time together with family!! Thanks for sharing so many pictures!! Loved seeing them!