June 28, 2013

California Day 6

On our last full day in California we started out with a character breakfast at the PCH Grill at the Paradise Pier Hotel.  Marley got to dance with the characters a few times, and Mason finally didn't cry when Stitch came over to the table.  After that we went swimming and to lunch at Rainforest Cafe. Then we headed to Newport Beach to watch the sunset. We also got some milkshakes from Ruby's Diner which I am pretty sure is the restaurant shown at the end of the movie Taken 2 so that was pretty neat.

Dancing with Minnie Mouse

Marley running down the pier 

California Day 5

On our fifth day, Marley, Mike, Mason, my mom and I all headed to California Adventure. My dad went out on his own to see some military things. We immediately headed for Cars Land to get our fast passes for the Radiator Springs Racers. While my mom waited for those with Mason, Mike and I took Marley on the Tower of Terror.  She was okay with it until we got off and then she started crying.  I think we traumatized her because she keeps talking about it and it was almost a week ago. Oops! Mike had to go back to work tomorrow so he only got to spend the morning with us before he had to head off to the airport. We were sad to see him go =(

The view from the top of the ferris wheel

The Tower of Terror 

Marley got picked to dance with the street band. 

Her light up ears for the World of Color water show. 

June 27, 2013

California Day 4

On our fourth day we were up bright and early to head to Disneyland.  Up until today we had been staying at a hotel in Anaheim Hills, but today we were also checking into our Disney hotel.  We went to the park for a while and then headed to The Grand Californian Hotel to relax and wait for Mike to arrive. While we were in California for the last 4 days, he was in Arizona visiting some friends. He made the 6 hour drive to Cali and was able to head to the park with us for the rest of the night.

A Disney employee came running up to Marley saying "Oh Princess Belle, can I have your autograph?" Marley signed her name in his book and gave a big smile. I don't think she knew what to think, but it was really cute! 

My first Dole Whip. My dad stood in line for almost 30 minutes to get them for me and my mom. 

The view of California Adventure from our hotel room. 

June 26, 2013

California Day 3

On our third day of vacation we headed to Downtown Disney for a little shopping and a character dinner at Goofy's Kitchen. Marley loved the Lego Store and ended up getting three little Lego guys. The dinner was really good, but Mason cried whenever a character came over. We made it an early night because we had to get up early for DISNEYLAND!!

This and the one below are made from Legos. So cool! 

Poor Mason 

June 25, 2013

California Day 2

On day 2 of our vacation we headed to Seal Beach, CA.  I had been to Seal Beach about 15 years ago (wow I feel old) and I thought I remembered seeing seals here so that's why we went. However, upon arriving and checking online on my phone it said that since there are so many people the seals don't come around anymore =(   We still had a nice time. Marley and my parents went in the water while Mason and I just sat and played. Marley collected some shells but they didn't get to come home with us because they smelled so bad!

After we left the beach we stopped for dinner at In N Out Burger. None of us have ever been before so it was a little weird that they only had 4 things on their menu. The food was pretty delicious though. Here's Mason and Marley in their hats that all the workers wear. 

June 24, 2013

California Day 1

Our vacation started with a 4am wake up to head to the airport. Our flight left at 6am and was 4 hours long. Mason was awake the whole time! Marley slept the whole time! You win some, you lose some.  Once we landed and got our luggage and car we headed south to San Diego. My dad wanted to check out the USS Midway Museum. While we were there I deleted all the pictures on my camera on accident while I was waiting for Marley and my parents to do a tour (oops!). We were there for a few hours before heading back to Anaheim to our hotel. It was a tiring day, but we were up early on day 2 to head to the beach!

The view off the ship.

Marley earned her wings for completing the kids portion of the tour.

June 23, 2013

Recital Time

Marley has been in dance for the past couple months and it's finally recital time! She did great up on stage and had lots of fun. She did a tap routine and a ballet routine.  I'm not sure if she'll do dance again or not in the fall. I hope she does because the dance school does The Nutcracker.