Tuesday, July 22, 2008

California! Days 2,3,4

Days 2, 3, and 4 in California were spent at the Disneyland and California Adventure parks. It was a blast! The girls were all so funny. They each reacted differently to everything. Aubrey was braver than we expected and went on things we didn't think she would- like Haunted Mansion and Thunder Mountain Railroad(her first "fast" coaster). But she was still Aubrey and always had this "deep thinking" look on her face:) She was always on the lookout for something hiding or about to jump out at her. But she loved everything and after every ride she was beaming and proud that she went on it. She says her favorite ride was Star Tours(go figure!). Ella reacted the same way she did when we took her as a baby. She hid, closed her eyes, and plugged her ears for all of the dark rides in Fantasy Land(Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, etc.). We now know she really doesn't like darkness or loud sounds, but really what 4 year old does? So her favorite rides were Dumbo, tea cups, and the whole Bugs Life Land. Cali "oood" and "ahhhd" every ride. She loved it ALL! She wasn't afraid of anything(except when the characters got too close to her, she shook her head "no" at them:) Her favorite ride was Pirates of the Carribbean, which I think was Aubrey and Ella's least favorite. We hadn't told them there were a couple of small drops on the ride until right before the drops, so they both looked at us in a panic and I wondered how Cali would do. Aubrey and Ella closed their eyes and Cali looked straight ahead. At the bottom of the first drop, Cali was clapping her hands! We all laughed so hard. Well, Joey and I anyways:) It actually helped to loosen up Aubrey and Ella, seeing their one-year-old sister as happy as she was. All 3 of them had a great time, despite a few slightly fearful moments:) They keep telling me they want to live in California, so we can go there all the time! I wish we could go more often. It is such a magical place.

Well, we took over 200 pictures, I kid you not. So, I've decided to post several of my favorites and then put about a hundred into a slideshow for those of you that actually care to see more(all two of you out there.) So, here it is, Disneyland 2008!
Our family

Aubrey wearing the Minnie ears she picked out
One of Ella's favorite rides, Dumbo

Cali stripping down in Toon Town

Cali and Ella in a teacupPull harder girls!

Daddy and his girls in front of Sleeping Beauty castleThe parade music started and Cali made the funniest faceWe found Mickey Mouse this year-yea! We didn't get a picture with him when we went to Disneyland last time, so we were excited.This is one of the funniest pictures. It was taken on the Jungle Cruise. The girls weren't too sure what to expect. . .

Me and my girls in front of the famous Walt Disney & Mickey statue

Carousel time!3 little mice named Cali, Aubrey & Ella
Minnie and the girls(minus Ella who wouldn't get near the characters)

Our family riding a giant bug

On one of the Bugs Life rides. They have such beautiful smiles, don't they?


In front of the Sun Dial at California Adventure

14 comments:

Jan said...

Oh, I"m ready to go back already! Loved it --and loved seeing your family there too.

Champion Family said...

FUN! FUN! FUN! I love it ALL!

Emily said...

I love Disneyland! It looks like you had a great time. My kids thought the Jungle Cruise was the SCARRIEST ride of all. So funny, and your pictures are so cute!

Tara D said...

Cali has no shame! lol I love Ella's face as she's trying to pull the sword out of the stone; I'm so proud of Aubrey for taking pictures with all of those characters. Way to go!!!

Patty said...

I love... the pictures. You got some really cute ones! I especially like seeing the pictures of Aubrey with the characters this time and am glad she has overcome that fear. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

Mom

-Melissa- said...

cute pictures! those pictures make me want to go to Disneyland! Disneyland is such a fun place.

Patty said...

Good Times!!!

Tara D said...

Yes mother, good times, indeed! lol

Erica and Orlando said...

cute pictures

Wendy said...

I am so glad that you had a great time at Disneyland. It makes me sad that we had such a horrible experience, but you give me hope. I would love to try it again, it looks like an amazing trip.

Kristi said...

Holy Moly, your girls are soooo pretty and look so cute at Disneyland! And hooray for seeing Minnie Mouse! Live it up girl!!!

Cindy said...

I love your pictures. Looks like you guys had a great time. I especially like the "Cali stripping" picture :-)

Sarah said...

so fun! and TOTALLY cute pictures! we so have to go there! (neither dave or i or the kids have ever been to either...so deprived!) you guys can totally come and stay with us and go to disneyland any time you want, when we're out there! we won't be very far. i'm so serious!

Mindi said...

those kids look so content. why does the magic kingdom have such hold over us for years and years?


love them!