Sunday, September 6, 2009

Summer Vacation in Southern California

This year for our summer vacation we decided to spend some time in California. We went to SanDiego first to stay with our good friends, George, Julann, Skylar and Aidan. We went to the beach, Scripps Aquarium and basically hung out and relaxed. The weather was beautiful and it was a fun time.

Julann and I with our giant Margaritas

Fun in the sun at the beach.


The line at Hodad's. If you haven't been there, you gotta go! They have the BEST hamburgers in town. Totally worth the wait. Ocean Beach.

After saying good bye to San Diego we drove up to LA and Knott's Berry Farm. Who knew that there was so much history there and that it actually started out as a little berry farm? Not me.... So, we went into Knott's Berry Farm amusement park to ride the rides. It was pretty fun, especially when all the school kids left for the day. Knott's Berry farm is also known for it's Fried Chicken Restaurant. It was really good.

Snoopy at Camp Snoopy, Knott's Berry Farm.

Daddy and Cassi on the Pony Express. What a fun ride. We even got Calvin to try it. You sit on an actual horse and go really fast!




Then we went to Soak City at Knott's Berry Farm for the day. It was really nice to hang out together as a family at the water park. I had gotten really really sun burned down in San Diego so we rented a cabana for the day. It was money well spent. We had a place to keep all our stuff, our own table and chairs and lounge chairs under the shade of the tent. Our cabana boy was really nice too bringing us yummy food and drinks.

Cami just loved this tree and wanted me to take a picture of it.

Waiting for the waves to come.

Where's Calvin?

Cassi was brave and went down this slide a couple times.

On Friday we took the day off to rest and relax. We hit Down Town Disney and then went over to Santa Monica to meet with Jill, Paul, Brooke and Audrey at Paul's parents house.

We went down to the Santa Monica Pier with the LaRosk family.

The LaRosk's we so nice to get a birthday cake for Brian.

They hosted us for a delicious BBQ dinner.

The next day we were off to Disneyland for the day. This year you get in free on your birthday, so we went on Brian's birthday. We were thinking that it would be packed on a summer weekend day and we warned the kids that we may not be able to ride many rides. Boy were we wrong. We went on 32 rides that day. We were first in line when the park opened at 8am and stayed 'til 1pm. Then we went back to the hotel to swim and rest. About 6pm we went back to the hotel so we could watch the parade and fireworks. We closed the park down at midnight and then got ice cream on Main Street since they are open for another hour. Very fun!

Aren't these caramel apples too cute?

On the Teacups

Toone Town

It's a Small World

Flowers, flowers everywhere.

One of my favorites, The Haunted Mansion.


We had a great time.

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