Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beach, beach and more beach please.

We left on the last flight out so it was going to make for a long night.
Avery was great and is getting so independent. It's nice to not have to help her with every single thing anymore. She liked pushing her bin with her backpack through the security check.

Avery actually fell asleep on the plane pretty quickly and was out the entire flight, Mckenna on the other hand was the one that was up the whole time. I think we have a night owl on our hands.
We got in and had to grab a shuttle to the car rental location. LAX is a huge airport so it took a bit to get there. When we arrived we had to wait in line for our car rental, ugh, it was about 11:30 Utah time.  Luckily the girls weren't too cranky as a "interesting" man had his service dog with him that was barking and kept the girls entertained.
it's about a 50 min drive to Uncle Mikes. The girls fell asleep so Brit and I decided to make a quick pit stop at In-N-Out burger for a little midnight snacky.
We arrived and hit the hay.

Then next morning we had planned to go to Disneyland. We arrived around 10 AM and paid the spectacular price of $17 for parking.
We visited California Adventure. The weather was nice and the crowds weren't too hectic. We did quite a few kid rides. We did a fair amount of adult rides too with single rider lines and Stroller Passes. Alyssa ended up joining us that evening with a friend so Brit and I were both able to go on a ride or two with them.

Kennas loved the Carousel and would cry every time the ride was over and had to get off.

Averys favorite ride. Dumbo!

Welcome to Disneyland!

Why Bother....

Aves giving Eeyore bones.

Both Eeyore and Tigger were great with the girls.

Flo's diner for dinner.

The Disney Jr show is always a hit

             Kennas and Cougs!

Mommy and Aves

Boo Ya, Toy Story Mania

We were all tuckered out by the end of the day and we hit the road to head back to Mikes in Ladera Ranch.
Friday we relaxed a little and hit up Montage Beach. It was awesome and we had a fun time. Ricardo ended up joining us and it was really fun playing in the sand, playing in the tide pools (Averys favorite) and throwing sand at Seagulls so they wouldn't get into our bags.

Tide Pools

My Favorite Photo

That night it was Brit and mine Anniversary so we went out for a dinner.

Saturday Mike and I played some Tennis at his local community park. It was a lot of fun and I enjoy playing tennis with him. Plus I smoked him 10 games to 3 :)
His community also has a great pool area with a splash area and dump bucket. Avery didn't like them very much but Kennas.....She couldn't get enough. She wanted to walk around and up and down. I love her. But my back didn't that day.....

Sunday evening we all drove to downtown LA to the Garment Distirct (Santee Alleys) to look around. We didn't have a ton of time and wish we could have spent more time browsing around.
We drove to a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurante to meet up with some family. We all ate and while there it took my back to my mission days in Guadalajara Mexico eating their Tacos al Pastor and Agua de Tamarindo.
Brit really liked it and Avery was loving the Chips and "Dip".

We parted ways and I headed to the BYU vs. UCLA Footbal game with the Grossen family. The game was awesome and I am glad I got to the famed Rose Bowl. BYU played hard and was up the entire game until the last 3 minutes. They ended up loosing by 1 point. Bummer! Still a fun night.

Sunday we a relaxing day and we assisted their ward and had a family dinner/Mrs Pac Man showdown. Josh dominated everyone but Brit and I slowly got better. It was fun.
Avery liked picking the fruits from the trees in Mikes yard, She loved making lemonade and was a great helper juicing the lemons.

Monday it was back to Disneyland. The crowds were ut in full force but we managed to go on some fund rides together. Avery and Kennas even got to meet Tigger and Eeyore "Why bother".

Tuesday we headed back to Montage Beach and we had a lot of fun. Avery and I spent some time walking around the tide pools. She liked exploring and watching the ocean come in and out. Mckennas was hooked on the ocean as well and wanted to walk and be in the water non-stop. She is such a busy body.

Here is a little video I made real quick of our family trip to So. Cal and Disneyland. We had a great time and I loved spending time at an awesome beach with the kiddos.

We are so lucky we got to go on this trip and are grateful for the chance. We know we are lucky.
Big Thanks to Mike and Tiffany for letting us stay at their place.