Then we hit the road. Sadly, before this trip Brad had never ever cried in the car. Like as soon as we got in the car he was always as happy as can be. Luckily he still was pretty good but I think the 10 hour road trip kind of changed his mind about cars a little bit. But I figured this 10 day trip was a perfect trial run for Europe. I kept track of how much Brad ate, how many diapers he used, how many outfits he went through so I can have a better idea of what to take to Europe. I have to say that Brad was such a champion the entire trip that I am even more excited for Europe!
Anyway, on to the main event! There were two reason why we came to California. Number 1 was Jason's little brother's wedding. He and Ali got married in the San Diego temple and then had an evening reception in parents backyard.
|Perfect San Diego Day.|
Jason got the great idea to get Brad in the pool....
Renee took some family pictures for us. So so so nice of her.
After Renee's amazing editing skills!
The next few days were spent relaxing, taking the newly completed train to Old Town Pasadena, and just enjoying California.
|Grumpa babysitting... (Grandpa rarely holds baby so we had to take a picture!)|
The key to being able to do that with such a larger group is for everyone to have the same game plan. And luckily for us, we did. We started with two trips down Splash Mt (even the 3 year old twins got to go!) Indiana Jones, Pirates, Jungle Cruise, and the Haunted Mansion. And this was all within the first 2 hours! We then did Space Mountain (which is AWESOME with the Star Wars music), Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, and Big Thunder Mountain. For lunch I took the crew over to my new favorite spot The Village Haus in Fantasyland. We had a whole corner of the restaurant to ourselves. It was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Sara's family spend this time doing Jedi training which of course they loved.
After lunch the group went on Matterhorn while Raine and I babysat the sleeping kids. We did some Fantasyland rides like the Tea Cups (My second favorite) Small World, and Pinocio. If you haven't caught on yet... I'll tell you, it was crazy! We got to do every single thing we wanted to do and more!
Half of us bailed at 8:30 (a solid 12 hour day) but we couldn't complain was we watched the fireworks going off as we were leaving. As we were leaving Jeanine (who comes to Disneyland almost as much as I do) said, "This was one of if not the best trip to Disneyland ever." It was amazing!
The next day was spent at Corona Del Mar beach. It started in your typical June gloom style but ended up being such a wonderful warm sunny day!
After we got home Brad went for his first swim ever. I don't think he knew what to think about it but he certainly didn't cry!
That night we had a birthday dinner for Grumpa with our traditional tri tip dinner and a superman cake.
Of course the night ended with our favorite tradition.... singing our family anthem "Big Rock Candy mountain."
Honestly, I don't know how we can ever top this reunion. It was all of our favorite things. It was possibly one of the best trips to California ever!