Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Happiest Place on Earth!

This summer we took Piper to Disneyland in CA. I've been wanting to take her there since she was born but realized I had to wait till she was big enough to appreciate it. And appreciate it she did! We had so much fun! She wasn't a big fan of the storybook rides, and definitely not a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy (old Tower of Terror) ride, as they were all too dark, but she loved the Small World and the carnival type rides. And meeting all of the princesses was a dream come true!

 Disney California Adventure!

 Riding King Triton's merry go round

We got lucky and were about 10th in line to meet Olaf, Kristoff, and Anna and Elsa. Piper was a little nervous at first, but she was so excited to meet them all. She even told us that Elsa's hands were cold, which makes sense since that is where she makes all her ice magic.

We also got to meet Mickey and all of his friends, and Piper had them all sign her autograph book!

 Daisy was my favorite, she and Piper went for a little stroll!

It was my first time to California Adventure (it opened after I left CA) and it has some great rides! The Cars land was very well done and Radiator Springs Racers was one of the best rides there I thought. 

California Adventure had a night time show "World of Color", which uses water, lights, fire, and pieces of the different disney cartoons. It was very neat!

 On the submarine in Nemo's underwater adventure

The second day we were at the Magic Kingdom and had the chance to meet Cinderella, Ariel, and Snow White at the Royal Palace. Piper was prepared and wore her Cinderella outfit to match.

 She loved watching all the shows - Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, and even Frozen!

 Aurora's castle with Papa and Gramma

 Meeting Captain Hook and Peter Pan with Papa

 Meeting Suzy the mouse with daddy

 Watching Mickey's Parade

 We watched Rapunzel and then Piper got to meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider!

 Meeting Jasmine and Aladdin

 We were invited by Mickey and Minnie to have breakfast with him and his friends on the third morning!

 Piper loved the Mickey shaped waffles, muffins, and pancakes

 Got to spend time with Daisy and Minnie!

 Even Papa and Gramma got a picture with Minnie!

 Disney goes all out when decorating for holidays! They had just started putting up all the Halloween decorations, it was really neat!

 Alice's Tea Cups with Gramma

 On the storybook land boat ride

 Piper's favorite ride - It's a Small World

 Driving Pluto's car!

 Donald Duck!!

 Papa and Piper in Mickey Mouse's house!

 Me and my girl!

 In Pixie Hollow to meet...

 ...Tinkerbell (who was my favorite! She is really not a fan of Wendy)

 And Piper was so excited to finally meet Aurora by her wishing well

Tomorrowland at night

It was such a magical visit to Disneyland! Maybe in 4 more years we'll try Disneyworld! :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

San Diego Dreaming!

I have been bugging Paul for years to go to San Diego for a holiday, so this year I made it happen! We spent two fantastic weeks in a little beach bungalow on Mission Bay. It was just as awesome as I expected. Our patio opened right onto the beach with only a bike/walking path to cross. Piper could come and go as she pleased, we could sit and watch her play in the sand while drinking beer and watching the US Open. A short two block walk away we could be at Mission Beach and the ocean, where we did ample boogie boarding and even surfing! We rented bikes for the two weeks and rode along the coast, rode to morning tennis lessons, and even to the RV park on the other side of the bay where my parents were staying.

Piper's happy place!

 The view from right out front of our bungalow

 We walked to Belmont Park and Piper was in love with the vertical plunge ride!

 We visited the Children's museum

 I loved the amazing messages at the Children's Museum

 Hiked in Torrey Pines

 And took Piper to her future school - UC San Diego (where I'm going to be her roommate)

 La Jolla

 Up close and personal with some sea lions!

 Gramma and Papa arrived and we checked out some sand sculptures at the harbor

 Did I mention family surf lessons?! So much fun!

 Whale watching - these are Risso's dolphins (pretty rare!)

 Train ride in Balboa Park

 Like mother, like daughter

 We spent a day exploring the USS Midway

 Top Gun!

 Captain Papa

 Sending coded messages

 Piper got herself thrown in jail again!

 Probably because she tried to steal a fighter jet

 How do I not live here?!?!

 The sharks at Birch Aquarium are hungry!

 Back at Belmont Park, this time Gramma gets to ride with Piper

 Our awesome tag-along bike

 me and my girl 

Gramma and her girl!

Oh San Diego, I heart you!!!