Thursday, December 18, 2014

Disneyland- December 2014

Oh how we love Disneyland! What a magical little trip for our family! We had SO.MUCH.FUN!! Disneyland is so magical and that much more magical with kids. I remember taking Kate when she was just over a year…it was magical then but this time around it was EVEN better. This was Kate's second trip and Millie's FIRST time!

Like I mentioned earlier we met Tim in Anaheim after his Irvine interview and got to spend 2 days at Disneyland/California Adventure! It was so fun to see the place decorated for Christmas! And the best part was because it was early enough in December before all the holiday visitors arrive it wasn't that busy. Wait times were short! It was awesome. It did rain crazy hard our second day in the morning but that didn't keep us away and by noon it cleared up and the parks were even less busy! Awesome again!

Kate mostly wanted to see characters and princesses so that's what we did especially the first day! We were able to meet Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale, AND Elsa and Anna (which is a big deal…Tim had to go there first thing when the park opened and wait for an hour to get a pass that would give us an assigned time to come back and meet them…our time wasn't until 5:45 that evening)! It was cute to watch how excited Kate got. She'd act kind of shy when we first saw each princess but then would quickly warm up and go back to her chatty self.
Kate didn't love going on rides that went inside. She preferred rides that were out in the open. Her favorite was definitely the Teacups which we rode 3 times in a row and a few other times the first day. Good thing too because they were closed the second day because of the rain and never reopened. Kate also loved Autopia "the bumpy ride" as Kate likes to say. Millie loved it all but especially loved It's A Small World and Dumbo!

It was a total hit trip! One we will forever remember...

After our two days at Disney…and hitting it hard we were exhausted (the girls were on Iowa time so we were up at 4:30am each morning ready to go) and were excited to slow down a little bit. On Saturday we headed up to Redondo Beach to visit some of our closest friends from our time in Denver. It was so fun to see the Willis family! They were awesome hosts. We got to stroll along the pier, visit a tiny aquarium, play in the sand, check out the waves, eat delicious shrimp tacos, and enjoy some awesome company. Oh and we ended our Cali trip with a visit to a Sokol family favorite, El Cholo!

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