Sunday, July 25, 2010

California vacation

We just got back from a week in 100+ weather in Palm Desert, California. We went with my side of the family. We had a fun time as long as we were in a pool or inside with the ac on!!

The view from our patio.

These weren't put on in correct order so to speak, but here's a look at what we did.

We checked out the pool at a neighboring Marriott one day since we heard they had a more "kid friendly" pool. It was really fun! They had a splash pad area, a water slide and of course a huge pool (and hot tubs, but who is interested in that in 100 degree weather?).

Molly and daddy getting each other wet with the gun

Grandma and Ali

Ali was getting some beauty rest while we played

The water slide was a big hit!

We made the drive to Disneyland on Wednesday just for one day. The night before we had a little "un-birthday" party for my niece and Ryan and Becky bought all of the kids a present for their birthdays this year since they live away.

So perfect...they bought all the kids Disney pjs!! The kids loved them and put them right on and wore them to bed the night before the big day! Molly got a sleeping beauty nightgown. She is obsessed with her pink nightgown so it's nice to have another one so we don't have to wash hers every day! I am not kidding. She wants to wear it ALL the time!! She would wear it all day every day if we let her.

Ali checking hers out. These are Aristocat jammies. So cute!

All of the kiddos in their jammies.

Ali making a squealing noise she likes to make.

Emily, what's with the creepy look?!! Just teasing. This is the first ride of the day we went on...the Jungle Cruise. Our guide was HILARIOUS!! She was so funny. She had the driest humor and everyone was laughing; well at least the adults were who understood!

We were lucky and saw lots of characters! Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Princess Tiana, Princess Aurora, Pinocchio, Jepetto, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Mickey.

Fantasy land was really crowded. The rest of the park wasn't too bad really. It was overcast the day we were there and around 70 degrees...perfect! And so refreshing for us after being in 100 plus degrees! Molly really wanted to ride "the pink elephant" and we luckily got one :)

We went to story time at the Princess Pavilion and lucky us, it was Princess Aurora! Molly was very into her after getting her nightgown the previous night!

We got to sit on the ground and were right by her! The kids had a fun time listening to her story. And she even danced with the prince!

Our little princess.

Molly wasn't interested in being in the picture with us obviously, but here is the great castle!

Molly got in a nap on grandpa's shoulder for a bit as we went to California Adventure.

We waited in line for the toy story ride. I had never been. It's a shooting game with targets and stuff. It was actually pretty fun!

The kids went on the carousel a bunch of times and Molly always had to ride the pink dolphin.

And then there was the sucker. I bought this for Molly after lunch to try to keep the happiness going! She loved it.
And so did her cousins!!! Major and Molly may have shared their first kisses :) ha ha! It was so funny watching them!

Justin of course got in some golf

This is PGA West. He went by himself to this course and played in the heat.

Look how good, he even did some self portraits using the timer!

The boys also golfed another day at the course at our hotel and enjoyed that. But it was the morning after Disneyland and I think they were pretty tired! Their tee time was 6:30 am and we all got back around midnight the night before!

Children's Museum

We went to the COOLEST kid's museum that was really close to us. All of the kids had a really great time. It allowed younger and older kids to participate and everything was hands on.

Molly and Lexie playing with the magnet/tin wall.

Molly acting as an archaeologist

The kids could paint this VW bug! They really liked this one!

Molly and Lexie were really enjoying themselves here.

Then there was grandma's attic with all kinds of dress ups!

Molly and Lexie posing for us. Molly loved this hat she was wearing. Lexie couldn't get enough of all the fun dress ups!

There was also a grocery store packed with all kinds of different food, carts, and a check out counter.

And at the end you could make and bake your own pizza! They had a little oven and a cash register. I think we were there 2 hours but you could have stayed all day long!

Thanks to my parents and family for all of the fun!! We had a blast.


erinmalia said...

welcome home. looks like a fun time!

emily said...

wow, looks like an amazing time. so fun! the pictures are great.

i'm glad you guys all got to go!

Meg and Colby said...

how fun!

The Blakes said...

That looks totally fun! Can't wait to see you guys on Friday!

Laura said...

Looks like a blast!

Christine said...

Arg! I am so jealous. You know my love of all things disney. I am dying to take Claire to disney world. I am hoping next year.

Looks so fun!

Kati said...

Looks like a ton of fun! I am glad that you got molly all figured out:) Good Luck with the car