Tuesday, April 10, 2012


So after our fun trip to St. George for the Air Show, we headed down to Cali to spend a few days at Disneyland! The best part is, the kids had no idea! They thought we were just driving home from St. George. It was SO hard to keep the secret. I was so excited the whole time we were driving.

I do have a video of them finding out, but I'm having a hard time getting it to work on my computer. So I'll post it later. :)

We had planned the trip a couple of months before with some friends from our ward. They kept it a secret from their kids as well. ;) We booked through GetAwayToday Vacations, stayed at the Clarion Hotel, and got the 3-day park hopper tickets.

The first day, we were having so much fun that I just kept forgetting to get the camera out. I only have a couple of shots to share from Day 1:

Day 2: Here we are enjoying one of our daily free breakfast buffets at the hotel. We walked to and from Disney each day so we didn't have to pay for parking. It was just under a mile each way. I also didn't take many pictures on Day 2. Oops.

We watched World of Color that night. It was unreal, and amazing!

Day 3: We took a break from the Disney crowds and went to a nice secluded beach! It was the perfect place to hang out for the day. The water was freezing, but that didn't keep the kids out of it. There were tide pools to explore, and the weather was in the 70's. Perfect!

This is a view of the beach we went to. The tide pools are the dark rock-looking areas on the far side of the beach.

I fell in love with this house, which was along the street that led down to the beach. I love that driveway!

The flowers were gorgeous!

I finally remembered to take plenty of pictures...

I don't think I've ever seen so many starfish in one place!

Teeny tiny crab...

This starfish was on higher ground, looking like it was drying out in the sun. So we moved it back to the water. I know you're not supposed to touch them, but we probably saved his little life, right?

A couple more views of the street that led down to the beach. Each house was gorgeous.

After the beach, we cleaned up, headed to Red Robin for dinner, then explored Downtown Disney.

Lego store:

Day 4: We used our "Magic Morning" where we could get into Disneyland at 7:00am, an hour earlier than the general public. We took advantage of the extra time and hurried to Fantasyland, where the lines are usually pretty long, and it gets extra crowded with young children. We were able to fit in a lot of rides in that extra hour!

It was a foggy morning, but the fog eventually lifted.

After hanging out in Disneyland for a while, we headed over to California Adventure when it opened at 10:00, so we could ride Woody's Round-up, which usually has a long line. We waited about 40 minutes, which was our longest line the whole trip. But we had fun even when we were standing in line. :) It was during that wait that we discovered Beckham's first tooth had come in!

It was a fabulous trip, and we had a wonderful time!


Frank, Heidi and Family said...

Wahoo! Love the memories. You captured a lot of the fun candid moments. It was such a fun trip.

Kelly and Megan said...

Yes, great pics! It was a great time and I wish we could just live there! : ) The picture of Ryker getting lip gloss cracked me up! Katelyn said "he wanted lip gloss too!" Ryker is a funny kid!

Amy said...

Love the pictures! So funny. I love Frank's face on the ride. Too funny.What great memories to have with each other. :0) Too awesome!

Angie said...

Looks like a blast! Glad Beckham got to ride some rides too! :)