S: San Diego, CA, April 2010 and Disneyworld, Orlando, FL, November 2010
FC: San Diego, California April 24, 2010 through April 27, 2010 | Disneyworld November 6, 2010 through November 13, 2010
1: Published in 2011 | Made for Addyson and Mikaela with Love. - Mom -
2: It was Mikaela's first plane ride. She did such a great job. | April 24, 2010 Nana and Papa took our family to San Diego.
3: We stayed at a Residence Inn, Marriott. It had two bedrooms and a little kitchenette. It also sported an amazing view. | Addyson was so excited to be off the plane. | Our room had a balcony, which the girls loved. | Peek-a-boo Dad
4: That evening, we went to Seaport Village | April 24, 2010 | Seaport Village
5: We of course had to stop at the carousel.
6: Birds April 24, 2010 | The girls got to hold the birds in Seaport Village.
7: Our Rental Car The vehicle we rented that week was a Toyota Sienna mini van. The license plate said it was from Georgia and had the word Henry at the bottom. Right from the beginning, we called our car Henry.
8: U.S.S. Midway
9: Dad and Papa got to use a flight simulator. | Mikaela was exhausted. | April 25, 2010
10: The Beach & Little Italy April 25, 2010
11: Addyson and Mikaela had a fantastic time looking for shells, putting their feet in the water, and playing in the sand. Although it was a chilly day, we still had a great time. We ended up walking from the Marriott to Little Italy for dinner.
12: So many fun animals to see. | We started our day with a bus tour. | San Diego Zoo April 26, 2010
14: Our family's favorite animals to see were the koala bears. The San Diego Zoo also had a pretty fun petting zoo. | April 26, 2010
16: Another Evening at Seaport Village April 26, 2010 We headed back to Seaport Village in the evening for dinner and to enjoy the sights.
18: Sea World April 27, 2010 We saw some fantastic animals, Shamu, we were attacked by flamingos, and witnessed some amazing animal feats at the shows.
19: It has become a ritual for Addyson to look for penny machines while we are vacationing. She found some pretty neat ones this trip.
22: Shark Encounter Sea World April 27, 2010
23: Time for some ice cream served from a neat Shamu shaped bowl...
24: This was by far Addyson and Mikaela's favorite show. | Pets Rule Show Sea World
25: By the time the trip was over we were all thoroughly exhausted. But we had a fantastic time.
26: Disneyworld November 6, 2010 We arrived via Disney's Magical Express with Grandma and Grandpa.
27: Wilderness Lodge Resort Located in the Magic Kingdom, it was a quick bus or boat ride from any park.
28: After getting settled into our rooms, we headed over to the Magic Kingdom via boat for Mikaela's first view of Cinderella Castle. November 6, 2010
30: It's a Small World November 6, 2010 | Both girls LOVED this ride.
31: Trying on Mickey Ears November 6, 2010 | Addyson settled on the ears above. | Mikaela LOVED going to the hat store.
32: When we got back to our hotel room the first night, Mickey Mouse had left a little surprise for the girls. | Look What Mickey Left | November 6, 2010
33: Animal Kingdom November 7, 2010 We spent our first full day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
34: First Princess Sighting November 7, 2010 Animal Kingdom On our way to see the Lion King show, we spotted our first Disney princess...Pocahontas.
35: Lilo & Stitch Grandpa had to have his picture taken with Stitch, because he kept calling him Snitch.
36: More Characters | November 7, 2010 Animal Kingdom
37: Yak & Yeti's for Dinner | We had dinner that evening at Yak & Yeti's restaurant in Animal Kingdom.
38: Gems from Animal Kingdom
39: November 7, 2010
40: Disney's Hollywood Studios | November 8, 2010
41: When we arrived, we saw Minnie Mouse. Mikaela was SO excited to meet her. | She can't believe who she sees. | Big Hugs | Mikaela did NOT want to let go.
42: The girls then waited to meet Donald and Daisy. | November 8, 2010 | Something about these ducks...the girls love them.
43: Mikaela strapped to a rocket. | Addyson packed in a suitcase. | Boxed up with the Prospector. | Buzz and Woody were TALL. | Toy Story Meet-n-Greet
44: More TALL Characters November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios Mike and Sully didn't offer autographs, but standing next to them was pretty fun. Look how Sully swallows Addyson up with his giant furry arms.
45: Lunch Time Sci-Fi Dine In Theater November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios At this restaurant, we got to eat in a 'car' and watch old movies. Mikaela was exhausted and slept all through lunch.
46: Meeting Belle November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios There was no line, so Addyson and Mikaela spent a lot of time with her. They spun their dresses, told stories, and Belle gave Mikaela a magical kiss.
47: Lots-o-Huggin, Mary Poppins & the Penguins, and Mulan November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios Lots-o-Huggin actually smelled like strawberries and Addyson got to tell Mary Poppins the magic word...
48: Meeting the Big Cheese November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios | You can't have a trip to Disneyworld without meeting Mickey Mouse. And, of course, we had to see Minnie again, too.
49: Magic in Agrabah | The girls LOVED meeting Jasmine and the Genie
50: Other Meet-n-Greets November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios While there, Addyson and Mikaela also met the Incredibles, the Queen of Hearts, and Chip and Dale.
51: Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios One word...AMAZING.
52: Toy Story Midway Mania November 8, 2010 Hollywood Studios | We got fast passes and waited around all day to try this fun ride. Addyson did great shooting all of the targets. Even Mikaela participated.
53: More Hollywood Studios
54: Electrical Parade November 8, 2010 | Our resort offered us the chance to see this parade on the water every evening. How magical.
55: Epcot | November 9, 2010
57: Grandpa and Dad wanted to try riding Segways | November 9, 2010
58: Meeting Alice November 9, 2010 Epcot | Mikaela was Alice for Halloween and Addyson was the Queen of Hearts. They both were really excited to meet her.
59: Chillin' in Mexico November 9, 2010 Epcot | We ate dinner at the San Angel Inn in Mexico. Once again, Mikaela was so tired that she slept through the meal.
60: Flavors From Around the World...And Other Epcot Adventures | November 9, 2010 From tasting flavors of Coke to riding the rides to seeing the group Hanson, it was a very eventful day at Epcot.
62: Under the Sea and Down in New Orleans November 10, 2010 Magic Kingdom Addyson and Mikaela got to meet many different princesses at the Magic Kingdom. Ariel, Tiana, and Prince Naveen were only the beginning.
63: This was Addyson's favorite meet-n-greet of the entire trip.
64: Riding Dumbo and the Magic Carpets
66: The Barnstormer November 10, 2010 Magic Kingdom | Addyson was just shy of meeting the height requirement of the larger coasters, so she rode this one about 10 times.
67: Cinderella's Royal Table November 10, 2010 | We got to eat inside of Cinderella's castle at the Magic Kingdom...
68: First Stop: Meeting Cinderella November 10, 2010 Addyson had been looking forward to this all week...the point in which we got to meet with Cinderella. Both girls were so excited.
69: After meeting Cinderella, we all went upstairs to our table. Our waiter made a fun napkin hat for Addyson to wear and gave both girls magical wands to wave when the time was right.
70: Princess Time | November 10, 2010 | Once dinner was served, all of the princesses started making an appearance. We saw Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, and Belle.
71: After we left dinner, we went outside to view the Christmas lights on Cinderella castle. | It looked like a finely frosted cake. It was just gorgeous.
72: Chef Mickey's Character Breakfast November 11, 2010 Contemporary Resort
73: We got to have breakfast with all of the characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald. Breakfast was a fantastic buffet and even included brownies for dessert.
74: Another Day at the Magic Kingdom November 11, 2010
75: Astro Orbiter November 11, 2010 Magic Kingdom Mikaela did not like this ride so much, but Addyson LOVED it. Look at her arms in the air with Dad's.
76: When we had originally come by earlier in the week, Mad Tea Party was closed for renovations. Fortunately for us, it opened by the week's end. | Mad Tea Party November 11, 2010 Magic Kingdom
77: Riding the Train Around the Park November 11, 2010 Magic Kingdom You can't make a stop at the Magic Kingdom without riding the train.
78: Miscellaneous Magic Kingdom Fun From more rides on Dumbo, to shows at Cinderella castle, to riding the monorail, to sleeping in the strollers, we had a great week.
80: Downtown Disney November 12, 2010 The day we spent at Downtown Disney was also the day of the Festival of the Arts. There were plenty of choir groups, bands, and chalk artists all around. It was really neat to see.
81: We began the day by doing a little shopping. Mikaela picked out an Ariel doll and Addyson picked out a Cinderella jewelry box. Then we ate lunch with the dinosaurs at T-Rex Cafe. Of course, Mikaela was so exhausted that she once again fell asleep at the table.
82: Highlights from the Week November 6th through November 12th, 2010
83: On our last day, we all went back to the Magic Kingdom by boat. We rode It's a Small World again, and then had ice cream for dinner overlooking the castle.
84: We had a great time, but we were exhausted on the way home. | November 13, 2010 | Heading Home