Feb. 25 through March 3rd we got to take the family along with Grandma and Grandpa Averett down to Disneyland. Since we were driving we spent the first night in St. George at the condo since we couldn't get out of town until after Ryan's work. Tues we spent most the day driving but by the time we got to our Hotel the kids were ready to get out and swim. And boy was the weather perfect. We had high 70's to 80's the whole time we were in Disneyland along with no rain or clouds. When we came back to Utah it was cloudy and raining and Treven asked if it was night even though it was only 2 in the afternoon we had gotten us to the bright sun and warm weather! So we unpacked and let the kids swim for a while and then got cleaned up and went to Downtown disney to look around. The shops were fun to look in and of course Halle found her some sparkly pink mouse ears, Emery found a beautiful princess PJ's and Tyler found himself a shirt about moustaches being lucky, he is hoping since he has some peach fuzz on his upper lip! Treven was waiting to spend money at the Lego store but he couldn't find the Lego he wanted but he did love all the Lego displays. Hallel loved her ears so much she even slept with them on.
Weds came and it was time for day one of Disney fun. We spent the first half of the day at Disneyland hitting all our favorites like Indian Jones, which Treven got to do for his first time and I think he had a love had thing with it. It scared him but he loved the ride! Emery found her new favorite ride which we ended up going on a couple of times for her, Pirates of the Carribean. At first she hated to dark tunnels but then she kept asking to go on the dark tunnel ride. We did scare her on the Haunted Mansion and it took a little bit to get her to go on a ride that was inside since she thought there would be more ghosts. Grandma and Grandpa took Emery on a train ride while we took the other kids on Nemo's ride and the Emery found another favorite ride, The carosal which she got to ride with Grandpa. The highlight of Emery's day was going to Minnie Mouses house and meeting Minnie! The best part was we were about to meet Minnie Mouse but it was a break time for her so Emery kept telling everyone that she had to leave because Minnie had to go potty's. But it was a short Potty break and Minnie was back and Emery got to give Minnie and hug and she got a kiss back from Minnie. Halle loved it too!
After getting in some more rides in Disneyland we went over to California Adventure to try and get on the Cars Land ride but of course after we stood in line for about 30 mins the ride broke down, so we left cars land and went to explore more of the park. But we did get to meet Tomater and Lightning Mcqueen.
Halle's favorite ride was the Tower of Terror and Halle couldn't wait to ride it again. Treven and found the California Screamer rollercoaster and along with Tyler they rode that thing plenty of times. Night time came and it was time to get our seats for the show the World of Color but first the kids needed to spend more money and get some light up toys for the show. Treven walked away with a light up sword, hat , and necklace. Emery got a hat from Grandpa but was having more meltdowns than fun with it since it didn't quite fit her head like she wanted it to. Grandma and Grandpa were doing a good job of spoiling the kids and they were loving every minute of it! They boys also earned some swords due to a bet with Ryan. All they had to do was keep their hands in the air the whole time on the Matterhorn and Ryan would buy them swords. Well they won the bet and more swords were coming home to the Strong household. It was Halle's first time on the Matterhorn, she didn't want to do it at first but then she walked away asking if we could do that ride again!
Thursday we started our day out at California Adventure and hit Toy Story Mania first after the boys did soarin over california. Emery loved Toy Story Mania and we even got Grandma Roses to go on the ride. Then of course it was back over to the rollar coaster for Treven and then came our longest wait next to Cars land, the Ferris Wheel. This was one of Tyler's favorite and since it moved so slow it was a long wait, but worth it. Emery loved it and of course we were in the swining ones and Ryan did his best to try and make it swing and I mean really swing.
While the kids and Ryan were in line again for the Cars ride Emery and I had a fun hour riding all the little kid rides in Bugsland and spending some time together!
The boys were done with rides so the went back to the hotel with Grandma and Grandpa to go swimming while Ryan, I and the girls went and meet Tinkerbell, rode Monster's Inc, and Peter Pan.
That night Grandpa and Tyler came back an met us to go on a couple more rides
Emery kept wanting to go in the Castle and so she kept knocking on all the castle doors to go in. We finally found the castle walk through with Auora's story and she was on happy girl to finally get to go inside the big Castle!
Friday we started to day out with our Breakfast with the Princesses and the girls loved every minute! Of the boys of course ate as fast as they could and took off to the rollarcoaster and some other rides.
Along our journey's we found a Minnie show and Emery loved seeing Minnie again! While Ryan and the kids went to do Indiana Jones again and Splash Mountain Emery and I went over to Mickey's house to do some exploring.
We spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and then went out to Bubby Gump Shrimp. Run Forest Run!
We ended our Disney fun watching the fireworks show and then going back over to Carsland and riding the Cars ride one more time. It was a great way to top off our fun trip and call it a night.
No better way to spend your 34th birthday than at the beach! On Saturday we went down to Huntington Beach and spent a couple hours playing at the beach and catching some sun. And boy did we catch sun. We all came home fried! Our friends the Harwards were also down there at the same time and we ended up meeting them at the beach. The girls and Treven had fun playing in the sand, finding seashells, and running away from the cold Pacific Ocean. Ryan and Tyler braved the cold waters and did some boogey boarding.
We ate some food at the beach and then drove 6 hours to St. George. We stayed the night at the condo and then it was time to say goodbye to vacation and hello to real life again. It was also another year older for mom and a great birthday spent relaxing in the sun with her family. Grandma and Grandpa had taken off early on sat and we missed having them at the beach, but we were so lucky that they came with us to Disneyland!