Sunday, October 16, 2011

Disneyland and California Adventure Park Day 2

 Thursday turned out to be a beautiful day!  The girls wore pink and the boys wore their Tron Shirts in gray.  We saw mickey when we arrived and had to take a picture with him.  Anden was very curious about Mickey and didn't want to look at the camera.
 Disneyland is decorated up for the fall.  It was so fun to have my parents there with us for the day.
 We headed to California Adventure park when it opened to get fast passes for the world of Color show that night.  Then we did the coolest ride called Soaring over California.  We had to do a ride swap and I sat out first but then 3 oldest got to go again with me.  It was a really cool experience you really feel like you are flying over parts of California.

 Here is the picture of the picture of Splash Mountain.  Alana got pretty wet sitting in front!  It was an hour wait so I did the Winnie the Pooh ride with Alydia and Anden a few times while we were waiting.
 This was a picture moment, Allden is actually holding hands with Alydia and being so nice to her!
 It's a small world.  I think this was Anden's favorite ride.  He loved looking around at all the lights and colors.  I think we had that song in our head for the rest of the day but it's still a fun ride.

 This is at Mickey's Toon Town we got stuck in the dog pound.
Cool glasses to see the new Star Tours Ride.  Everyone loved it except made me sick!
 This was the astro blaster ride with Alydia and Ingeborg at Disneyland
 California Adventure Park.  The huge roller coaster was closed for repairs.
 This was the 4D glasses we got to wear for the new Toy Story ride at California Adventure Park. We had to wait a long time but it was worth the wait. We had a blast! We got to shoot lots of stuff!

 This was the coolest show called the World of Color!  It was a huge water show with lights, music and they projected different movie characters showing scenes from Disney Movies.  They even had fireballs at the end it was amazing!
Everyone was exhausted!  I coudn't resist this picture seeing Daddy snuggled up with 2 kids snuggling with him!  What a great day!!!!

Los Angeles Temple

 Wednesday morning we woke up to the rain.  We had to check out of our hotel that morning and pack the car in the rain!  We then drove to the next hotel and dropped off our baggage and headed out for the adventure of the day.  The forecast called for rain all day so no Disneyland or beach but even better we found the Los Angeles Temple.  Ingeborg's friend met up with us for the day and we first found a place to eat lunch called the soupplantation it's like our Sweet Tomatoes at home.  Anyways buffets are always a trick with 5 young children but we made it through the line and sat down to enjoy our lunch.  Suddenly we were mobbed by a group of 15 or so foreigners all taking pictures with the kids and kissing them on the cheeks!  We found out they were from Turkey but didn't speak much English they thought our kids were beautiful....Anden didn't like it and started screaming but the rest of the kids put up with the pictures and attention.  I wish I had a picture of the event. I felt like we were famous people or something.

 The Los Angeles temple is huge and beautiful!  It's the 2nd largest in the world.  They have a great visitors center.  The kids are playing at this table that they could draw or color pictures and then they were displayed on the big screen.
 The Christus room was beautiful.  We listened to the presentation which always brings the spirit.  Then we watched a new movie about John Taylor.  We had the theatre to ourselves and it was a neat experience.
 Finally the sun came out and we walked around the temple grounds and took some pictures.
 I love to go to the temple and hope all my kids will get married there someday!
The spire is really tall with the angel Moroni on top.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Disneyland and California Adventure Park

The kids are out of school for Fall break so we headed to California!  The first ride of the day was the tram from the parking structure to the entrance of the park.  We got there bright and early! We got 2 day park hopper tickets so we could enjoy both parks.  We had never been to California Adventure Park and were excited to explore.  Tuesday morning turned out to be overcast and rained part of the morning so we did get wet but it scared away a lot of the crowds.

 Yeah!  We have arrived at Disneyland!  I made mickey mouse tie dye shirts for the family, it was quite the project but they turned out cute!
 Disneyland was all decorated for Halloween!
 Here we are waiting in line for the Matterhorn Bobsleds, even Alydia got to do this ride and she loved it!
 Look at those cuties!  I love the blue eyes!
 Here is the castle in the morning when it was raining, everyone was walking around with Disneyland ponchos but we survived without them and saved a lot of money.
 The Thunder Mountain railroad was Allden's favorite ride.  It was only a 10 minute wait so we did it a couple times.

 Here we are eating our lunch on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
 Alydia's favorite ride was the Winnie the Pooh ride I think she went on it a least 6 times!  She was excited to see the "real" winnie the Pooh and Tigger too!

 Here is the castle in the afternoon when the sun came out!  Yeah!
 Anden did so good and was happy all day!
 We didn't want to wait an hour to see Tinkerbell but we did peek through and snuck a picture anyways for Alydia.
 We walked over to California Adventure Park around 4 and the first ride we did was the Grizzly River Run!  Big Mistake!  The ride was fun but we all got completely soaked!  I didn't have dry clothes or Poncho's so we were cold for a little while.

 We got unicorn pops for everyone to keep us going a little longer.
 We went to Bugs world and saw the 3D movie "It's Tough to be a Bug" it was pretty entertaining and they had spiders coming down from the ceiling and stingers sticking out into your back and stink bugs smelling.  We had fun with our bug eye glasses!

The last ride of the day was the Tower of Terror.  We got lucky someone gave us fastpasses.  Brett, Ingeborg and Adalynn went first while I waited out with the other kids then Ingeborg went again with me.  It was the most intense ride and it felt like your stomach went to your head.  It was quite the rush!  What an amazing and fun day! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More September Pictures

 Allden passed his level at Swim Kids USA!  He had to swim the length of the pool by himself with his clothes on!  Good job Allden!  His teacher is Chris and he really likes him and is doing really well.  He is learning the freestyle stroke now.
 The activity Day girls had a mother daughter party in which the girls got to dress like mom and the mom's dressed like the girls.  So I put french braids in my hair and put a bump it in Alana's hair and let her wear some of my make-up.  We had costa Vida burritos for dinner, a hula hoop contest in which I won out of the moms!  Alana did pretty good too with the girls.  We took pictures and laughed and had fun!

 We set up a little baby pool for Anden in the backyard we finally have some grass yeah!
 Allden's preschool class got to take a tour of the firestation in Gilbert, of course Alana and Addy wanted to come along too.  We got to look at the firestation and see all the tools on the truck it was fun to learn about.
 They even had pink firehats, which was exciting for the girls.

Allden had his fire outfit from preschool.  What a fun time!