Saturday, April 10, 2010

California Adventure - Day 3

The previous day at the Disneyland park was soo exciting that we stayed till the park closed. So needless to say we all slept in....all 6 of us. :o) Amber wanted to give Allee a good nap in the early afternoon before hitting the California Adventure park. We got to Disney's California Adventure Park around 3pm. We didn't have much time in the park because we had to meet our cousin Chad, his girlfriend Siobhan and her girls back at the hotel for dinner and an evening together. So unfortunately there isn't much to tell or talk about except that we had an awesome time with our cousin Chad and his family.


See you next blog.
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The best part of day 3 was getting to spend the evening with Chad, Siobhan, Fiona and Aislinn.
The worst part of day 3 was only getting to spend 3-4 hours at the park but worth it because of what the evening was bringing to us (see above).
What we learned on day 3 was staying up late the night before means getting to the park the next day is a little difficult.
The weather on day 3 was 75 and Sunny

Friday, April 9, 2010

Disneyland Park - Day 2

The day started out relatively early...or so we thought. It was around 11am when we got to the Disneyland theme park. Getting into the park was a breeze since we had already purchased our tickets via the virtual world called the Internet. Haha. We made our way over to Mickey's Toontown where we rode the Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. The line was ridiculously long but the girls were really good for the most part during the wait. Kyra & Allee however were getting restless toward the end of the walk to the last leg to getting on the ride. Since we were in line so long for the Roger Rabbit ride after we got out Amber didn't think that Allee could take much longer to stand in yet another line to meet Mickey. So Auntie Amber & baby Allee roamed around within toontwn.

While Amber & Allee were waiting for us we took the girls to Mickey's House and meet Mickey. We walked through the whole house in about an hour and a half. As we got closer and closer the girls got pretty excited, well it was more like I got excited. As you can see from this photo they didn't look none too happy. I think they were a bit scared of Mickey so Jake and I jumped in the photo too to comfort them a bit (yeah right, we were happy to do it). Kyra didn't want to sit near Mickey so she landed on my lap. The photo came out good even though they weren't smiling. But hopefully next time they see Mickey they'll be grinning from ear to ear.

While we were walking through the park we spotted Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. Both girls ran right up to her and gave her hugs. It was so cute.

After seeing her we made our way over to the Tiki Bird house and watched the show there. What a great show.

Since Allee is younger than our girls Amber decided to take her back to the hotel for a nap and she would meet up with us later back in the park to make our dinner reservations at the Blue Bayou restaurant. If you ever want to visit this restaurant while you are in Disneyland we highly recommend making reservations way in advance.

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All in all it was a great day. We stayed late at the park until it closed. We figured, heck we're on vacation why sleep!!! See you next blog.

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The best part of day 2 was the girls meeting Mickey Mouse.
The worst part of day 2 was Amber & Allee not being able to meet Mickey Mouse.
What we learned on day 2 was although the Blue Bayou is nice it's not one of the best dining experiences in the park.
The weather on day 2 was 70 Sunny and warm.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Day 1

Let me just start by saying thanks to our friend Stephanie for telling me about Southwest having an awesome deal on airfare for $39 each way. We purchased tickets for me, Jake & Aiden. Kyra will sit in our laps, well we were hoping anyway. Instead of driving to LA, we opted to fly. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 1:45pm. Getting to the airport with all our luggage in tow, plus the stroller, plus the girls was a chore in itself. But we made it none-the-less.

PLANES to Burbank
The day started like any other...oh wait, no it didn't cuz "We're going to
DISNEYLAND". WOO HOO!!! We are so lucky that our cousin Amber and her little daughter Allee are going with us. Amber is making the 3+ hour drive and meet us there. We got up bright and early to get our day started. Girls were up by 8:00am as were we. Did the usual routine, breakfast, bath, dressing...the usual. I'm super proud of us, we were actually out the door by 11:15 (goal was 11am) which is a feet for us as we are ALWAYS late. Anyone who knows us, knows this to be true. ;o) Got to the airport, checked our bags and were in the air in no time. The girls were really good @ the airport and in the plane. I'm so glad we took our double stroller. That makes for easier mobility in a busy airport. I think we'll be traveling Southwest more often because the rows of seats were soo spacious. We were pleasantly surprise by the amount of leg room we had. Kyra had enough room to walk around and not get bored. Although the magic box played Bolt.

TRAIN
When I booked the flights I didn't realize that Burbank was about an hour+ drive to Anaheim. And since Aiden's been wanting to ride a train we decided to book train tickets. Jake booked us 3 tickets on Amtrak to Anaheim (Kyra's free - perk of having an under 3 kid). We didn't tell Aiden about the train because we wanted it to be a surprise. I took a video of Aiden when we told her she was going on a train and ya know what? She didn't even seem very excited. BOO. I think she was just tired.

Waiting for our train to arrive was about an hour and a half hour wait in the Burbank Train Station. Now you would think that since it was a train station it would be an actual station, right? Wrong. It was just a platform with tracks in the middle and covered benches to sit on and wait for the train. Let me tell you, that was the longest hour and a half of our lives. We had to keep both girls in the stroller so that they wouldn't divebomb onto the train tracks. It was super crazy this station. I don't think I would necessarily call it a train station. Oy-ya-yoy!!!

Kyra was extremely cranky on the train. It was about an hour train ride and we finally got the idea to play Bolt on my laptop...or as we affectionately call it for the girls 'The Magic Box'. LOL.


AUTOMOBILE
Once we got into the train station in Anaheim, we took a cab (best darn $7 we ever spent) to our hotel. Granite, there was only a 6-7 minute walk but we were all so very tired and worn out and just done from the days traveling. We are staying at the
TownePlace Suites Anaheim. It's a pretty nice hotel and the room is really great. Not bad for $80 a night. We have a suite with 2 bedrooms with Queen beds, a kitchenette and living room. Not too long after we arrived to our hotel we put the girls down for a nap. Mind you, the nap was much needed. Amber & Allee arrived not too long after that which was cool. After the girls woke up, we had some dinner in our room and then we all changed our clothes to take advantage of the pool & spa. The pool was kind of chilly so we opted to hop in the spa. Luckily the water in the spa was lukewarm. Just perfect for the little ones. Kyra was such a daredevil in the spa. She stood on the edge and jumped to Jake. We have a feeling Kyra is going to be our waterbug...just like me. Aiden didn't seem to enjoy it as much as Kyra & Allee. It was a bit cold outside but I dared the cold and got out to take a few pics of everyone.


We are soo excited about going to the park tomorrow. We're going to Disneyland park tomorrow, Saturday we're going to California Adventure and then going to Disneyland on Sunday.

See you next blog.


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The best part of day 1 was watching the girls interact together and playing in the spa and learning that Kyra LOVES it and is a natural born waterbug.
The worst part of day 1 was
waiting for the train and getting on the train and riding on the train with a cranky 23 month old
What we learned on day 1 was DO NOT fly into Burbank if you are going to DISNEYLAND
The weather on day 1 was
70 Sunny but a little windy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Pics & Disney prep

Easter has come and gone so quickly. So has the 1st 3 months of this year. WOW, it's amazing that it's already April. We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Day with your family & friends.

We took the girls to the Galleria Mall the day before Easter to get their pictures taken with the Easter bunny. The girls looked so cute in their Easter outfits. They did pretty good with the bunny...Kyra at first, then she got kind of scared and started to cry on his lap. We at least got 1 pretty decent picture out of the many they tried to take. Here is the results.



As of today, we have 1 day till we leave for Disneyland. It will be the girls 1st trip to Disneyland. Aiden seems excited for the most part. We fly in on Thursday afternoon. The cool thing is Aiden's been saying for months that she wants to go on a train everytime she sees one when we're driving somewhere. Well now here's her chance. When I booked our airfare on Southwest a few months back I didn't realize how far Burbank actually was from Anaheim. It's at least over an hour and a half or so. So luckily Jake was able to find that the Amtrak goes from Burbank into Anaheim right near our hotel. YAY!!! From the hotel we can take a shuttle to Downtown Disney or Disneyland itself. That being said we will have literally rode a Plain, Train & Automobile all in one day. Hopefully our journey isn't anything like the box office movie. Ha-ha. 8)

We are going to have so much fun. It's great that our cousin Amber and her little daughter Allee are meeting us at our hotel and going to Disneyland with us. We are all super excited. We can't wait to see the expressions of the girls the first time they see a character in real life as opposed to on TV & books. Aiden's especially excited to see the Princesses. I don't think she particularly cares which one she sees as long as she sees one. LOL

Disney offers autograph books that you can buy for your kids in the park but I opted to make each of the girls one. I used the Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge. I put holes in the bottom and put rings on them so that they could flip like a binding book. Inside there are blank white paper for the characters they see to sign the books. The cool thing about the books, they can use them year after year instead of having to buy a new book. Pretty cool, huh?



I will be taking our laptop so I'll be blogging about our trip and adventures. So be on the lookout for new blog emails. Have a great weekend everyone! See you next blog.