Sunday, June 13, 2010

California Dreaming

We had a wonderful trip to Los Angeles, California.....It was the first time that our children had ever flown before; so to say I was a little nervous was an understatement :)! Thankfully all 3 children were fine on the airplane coming and going, so we look forward to more journey's of that nature in the future!

On Thursday we checked into the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown L.A.
headed out to Santa Monica Pier where we ate at Bubba Gumps fishhouse and walked along the beach...

Friday we headed for Disneyland...This was our very first experience at a Disney park so we were super excited...When we pulled up to the park Hayden began saying "ewww ook it dat ickey mou" He and the girls went non stop for 12 hours in the park and we still didn't get to see everything we wanted....We loved Disneyland!

Saturday we headed out for Long Beach, California and went to the Aquarium of the Pacific and took a 2 1/2 hour Whale watching tour....It was so much fun minus me getting sea sick :)!

Sunday morning we drove around L.A. checking out the downtown markets, China town and the neat tree's called Jacianada's

Then we hit the Dodger's game...Our first baseball game ever as a family and I must say I like it better California style :)! It's cooler there :)!

Monday we checked into the Holiday Inn resort hotel in Irvine, California because Shane had meetings he had to attend... I decided to brave the L.A. interstates :) and take the kids to Laguna Beach..This was the closest and most beautiful beach around! We had so much fun playing on the rocks/boulders, running and splashing in the cold pacific ocean and being stalked by a seagull/dinosaur bird LOL! We also enjoyed shopping at the lifestyle centers in Irvine...These are basically outside malls...I would love to have a mall like that here in Greenville...It was so fun!

Tuesday...Shane decided to hangout with us at Laguna Beach after his meetings...We ended up eating lunch at Dana Point which is gorgeous and spent most of our time playing on the beach at Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach....We loved the beach there, it was so beautiful! Then we headed to check in at the Beverly Hills Hilton and grabbed a bite to eat at Johnny Rockets in downtown Hollywood....

Wednesday...We decided to take a swim in the famous pool at our hotel the "Beverly Hills Hilton"...It was FREEZING because again it is not hot there like it is here....We got dressed and headed out to Rodeo Dr, ate lunch and didn't buy anything LOL :)! Then we took the girls and Hayden to the "American Girl" Store which is located at yet another Lifestyle Center...Again, I love those places...The Girls had a blast...They both got something for their dolls and their dolls got to have their hair fixed at the American Girl Salon :)! LOL...Hannah's doll got her ears pierced :) HEHEHEHEHE! After the American Girl fun...We headed back to Hollywood Blvd. and enjoyed a yummy dinner and desert at the Disney Soda Shop....We also took in a couple of fun museum's....
Thursday we packed up and had a great flight back home, but all in all we loved the west coast and we can't wait to go back to visit!

This was Hayden in the American Girl Store :) TEEHEEHEE!

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