Sunday, January 31, 2016

The beach

We also visited the rocky beach and tide pools, per mom's insistence. We found hermit crabs, urchins and anemones, plus we explored the shores and hiked the cliff path. Liam was mildly freaking out about crabs biting his toes, and all the kids got soaking wet down to their undies. Good times!

Disneyland 2016

Last-minute YOLO vacation to Disneyland! Short and sweet: 2 days at Disneyland with low crowds and mild weather, plus a day at California Adventure. Liam always wanted to "drive" (aka sit in the front). Bria was brave for most fast rides but she wouldn't ride Space Mountain. Cali was tickled to be able to ride by herself as a 7 yr old. She says her favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean. Bria's favorite was Alice in wonderland and Peter Pan, and Liam's was the Cars ride. They were terrified to death of Tower of Terror, Liam squeezing my hand so hard it hurt, then yelling at the ride conductor at the end: "you should never do that ride again!!" Almost on the verge of tears. The kids wore their Mickey ears every day, played and explored Toon Town (and all the lands) with wonder, sang along to Small World, loved the colorful parades, ate cotton candy every day, and waved to all the characters princesses. We had so much fun being together and snuggling on rides. It was magical. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas!

We enjoyed a lovely low-key Christmas, the first in our new home. Some highlights of the season included trimming the tree, decorating graham cracker houses, studying the nativity, delivering and receiving goodies, class parties, festive music and Christmas 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thanksgiving in Utah!

The kids flew BY THEMSELVES all the way to Utah since mom was very sick. There they were warmly welcomed and cared for my Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Brady and Aunt Morgan, Uncle Christian and Aunt McCall, and other loving family members! 

The kids said the highlights included: SNOW!, melting snowmen in the hotel firepit, swimming, seeing a movie, riding the Polar Express Christmas Train, the Thanksgiving play (Cali was the Indian Princess) and a family feast, going to Rodizios and seeing the musical Beauty and the Beast at BYU. What a great time they had!