S: California 2012
FC: California 2 0 1 2
1: On our way...| September 7th
2: After a lonnng day of traveling what could be better than Newport Beach??
4: After a short flight from Vancouver to Orange County we drove straight from the airport in our Chrysler 300 gangster car to Newport Beach. We splashed around and did some body surfing . After we got all sandy we drove to Palm Desert, our home away from home for the next 5 nights. Shadow Ridge by the Marriott exceeded our expectations.
5: Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert | September 8
9: We visited Soak City by Knott's Berry Farms. We were sliding all day, rubbing shoulders with the stars and having the time of our lives!
11: Palm Springs | September 9
12: Dune Buggies and Quadding
13: The boys (& Ry) went quadding and the girls went shopping!
14: THE KIDS LOVED THE WATERSLIDE. IF WE LET THEM THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ON IT ALL DAY. WHILE WE WERE IN PALM DESERT WE SPENT THE MAJORITY OF OUR TIME AT THE POOL. WE ORDERED IN P.F. CHANGS OR TRADED NIGHTS OUT AT THE YARDHOUSE OR CHEESECAKE FACTORY. IT WAS ABOVE 100F THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE. THERE WAS A FREAK STORM WHILE WE WERE THERE- THE WINDS BLEW LIKE CRAZY- | BLOWING SAND, FURNITURE AND WHATEVER ELSE GOT IN THE WAY. AFTER TALKING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED IN PALM SPRINGS FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS WE LEARNED THAT NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. WE SPENT A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME AT THE CABAZON OUTLET MALL ALTOUGH BEN PROBABLY WISHED IT WAS MORE!!
15: ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY AT THE POOL | September 11
20: Downtown Disney| September 11
22: Chase built a car at Ride Makerz in Downtown Disney. If we went home after that he would have still been happy!
25: Surf's Up Breakfast with Mickey | September 12
26: Ashtynn wasn't too thrilled with the Characters but Chase and Ryanne loved it and got lots of autographs in their books!
27: WEST KRABI COAST | November 10
29: First Stop: Cars Land
30: Our first time on all of the new Cars Land rides!!
33: California Adventure!
36: The new Little Mermaid ride and the Disney Junior show were some of the kids favorites!
38: The first day was a whirl-wind or running from ride to ride, making the most of our fast passes and catching a show or parade here and there.
39: We ended the evening with an amazing finale: World of Color!
40: First ride of the day: Peter Pan!
41: Day 2 at Disneyland| September 13
42: We used our Magic Morning Pass and headed straight for Fantasyland! We saw the Wicked Witch peer through her castle window.
43: While we are on the Winnie-the-Pooh ride it broke down. A cast member came and rescued us but escorted us off of the ride without a word or an explanation! The kids loved the Pooh characters. Chase told Pooh that he had to get his | signature for Michelle and Drew because they gave him his autograph book. Chase also rode Splash Mountain for the first time. That was a nice break for all of us as it was over 100F: a freak heat wave in Southern California.
44: The Buzz Lightyear Ride was a hit with Chase and Ashtynn! We also visited the Mad Hatter and the kids picked out a hat!
46: We also got some face-painting done- Ryanne was 'Mardis Gras' and Chase was a 'Dragon' 2 more favorite rides for Chase: Autotopia and Star Tours.
49: Gotta love Toon Town. Ashtynn loved Roger Rabbit where she had to sit by herself!
50: And Day 2 ends with a visit to Mickey and Mickey's Soundsational Parade!
52: Day 3 Disneyland and California Adventure| September 14
54: It was the first official day of Halloween at the parks on Day 3. The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain were set-up for the event and there were decorations everywhere you looked.
56: Yosh and Christie joined us. It was Yosh's first visit to Disneyland so we had to get him a hat!!! And Ryanne had a visit to the Bibbidy Bobbity Boutique to become a Princess!
58: Next was lunch with the princess at Ariel's grotto!
61: WEST KRABI COAST | November 10 | Chase was reluctant to ride the Tower of Terror but after he did he told everyone it was his favorite ride!
63: Cars Land at Night! Every time we would get close enough to get a picture with McQueen he would drive away!
65: Laguna Beach| September 15
66: Laguna Beach was so beautiful and a balmy 109F. Addyson may or may not have eaten a bucket of sand.