Here they are. The 48 instragrams from our trip last week. And I've cut these down from like 60. Yeah. I take a lot of pictures on my iPhone. It's just very easy to do. And when you've got your hands full of babies it's difficult to carry around and operate a DSLR. Maybe I'll post some of those pictures later on. But for now... here we go. Hang in there! I've got quite a few.
Our plane left at 7 am on Monday morning. That means we got the babies up at 5 am. That was fun. Actually, they were pretty good sports about the whole thing. We arrived in Anaheim and drove to Disneyland. We had some amazing coconut shrimp at Bubba Gumps'. And then it was time to hit the park! It was raining pretty hard, so we got the babies in some rain gear. If you go back to the top of the pictures and check out Olivia's getup, you'll notice that her legs are tucked inside a plastic bag to keep her blankie dry. Yep. We're classy like that.
Despite the rain, Disneyland was beautiful. It was my first time seeing everything and I was just enthralled with all the details and thought that went into every aspect of the park. I could seriously go again and just explore, without even caring about the rides. Although those were pretty fun, too! (Peter Pan was my favorite. I know it's old school, but I think it is just so beautiful and magical. What's yours?)
We took Ellie to meet Mickey. She was scared at first, but eventually she warmed up and even blew him a kiss goodbye. On day two of Disneyland we went to the Aladdin show in California Adventures. Ellie was fake laughing throughout the whole thing. I don't even know why - at first she was doing it when the audience cracked up (the genie had a pretty comedic act), but before long she was fake laughing at every pause in dialogue. Everyone around us was cracking up at her. It was pretty funny.
I think my favorite part with the girls was going to the parade on the second night. By that time, they had gotten pretty comfortable with being waved at and adored constantly, so they waved and kissed and said hi to all the parade characters. Even Olivia waved with both hands and loved all the colorful costumes. Despite how loud it was I could hear Ellie calling, "Hi Princess" to all the girls in the parade. It was the best. <3
We drove down to La Jolla, where Steve was staying, that night. Around 11:30 we showed up to the hotel only to realize that Steve's mom had accidentally booked a different hotel and we were at the wrong one. Once we figured out what hotel we were actually supposed to be in and got the babies settled, everyone passed out.
Wednesday was spent strolling around La Jolla. It's such an incredibly beautiful place. I wish I lived there so I could walk along the beach every day. I saw moms doing that with their strollers full of babies and was pretty jealous.
On Thursday we went to SeaWorld. It was very fun to see the dolphins doing tricks and to see seals doing hip hop. Ellie liked the penguin exhibit and the polar bears. But I think she was probably most excited to see Elmo in 3-D (and who wouldn't be?).
Friday was our last day and we enjoyed an incredible breakfast at Aroma, a little cafe on the corner between ours and Steve's parents' hotel. They were voted best desserts and comfort foods in 2011, and there is no doubt as to why. We spent the day shopping and exploring until it was time to go to the airport and head home.
I'm thinking we should make this an annual trip. If for no other reason than to have crepes at Aroma again. That was pretty fantastic. And to just hang out at Disneyland and admire the incredible creativity that goes into that place. And to walk on the beach. Ok... the whole thing was fantastic. It was a much needed and very enjoyed vacation. It was the perfect combination of exciting and relaxing. And warm. I may have prematurely stocked up on some summer clothes... only to return to rain and cold in Portland. O well. I guess I'll be headed south again very soon!