Last year my Dad said he wanted us to plan our next family vacation and we decided on California and Disneyland. Our girls were so excited for this because they have never been to Disneyland and I was hoping we would get to take them before they got "too old" for it. They did jobs all summer and saved up their money, Emma had $100 and Chloe $30 hahaha
Ethan went on his 1st plane ride and he did awesome! Aaron made the long drive with the girls all by himself in one day, but I wasn't even going to attempt that road trip with Ethan, Id rather pay to fly.
My dad got four condos for the family to share and they were so nice and big, so much better then staying at a hotel.
The resort had a swimming pool, hot tub, playground basketball and tennis courts and the beach was right in our backyard in walking distance.
My kids are lucky to have such a loving and fun Grandpa who got up early each morning knocking on each condo and saying "Cousin raid!" He'd gather them all up and take them down to the pool to play or to do red rover on the lawn.
Aaron and Brian just happened to dress matchy matchy and they looked like pool boys hahaha
So much fun to go on a family trip with all the cousins!
One of my favorite parts of the trip was walking out to the end of the pier and eating at Ruby's Diner. It was so cool to look out and be surrounded by the ocean while you were eating.
All the grandkids with Papa Steve and Grandma Ruthie
Ethan was such a trooper the whole trip. I was worried about he would do but he was so good!
We took a trip out to Seal beach which was so cool seeing all seals that close and lounging on the beach.
The girls loved searching and collecting sea shells
Ethan got to show off his first speedo, so cute!
Emma was in heaven at the beach. She loved running out and chasing the waves. She would have stayed out there all day if I had let her.
And then we finally got to go to California Adventure. While all the men ran over to get fast passes for the new ride Cars, us girls took all the kids to Toy Story. I haven't been to California Adventure or Disneyland since I was little so this was all new to me. This was one of Chloe's favorite rides.
I loved this picture because it showed the girls cute t-shirts they picked out for this trip.
Chloe picked two red flowers for Chip and Dale as we were waiting in line and she was so cute when she gave them to them and they held them in their hands for the pictures.
Our second day at the beach I didn't forget my swimsuit this time and had a blast riding the waves with the board my brother in law let me borrow. Once you got past how freezing the water was it was a lot of fun!
I love his cute chubby lil legs!
And then we finally got to go to Disneyland!
We finished off the day with the parade which was really cool but by that time Ethan was so overwhelmed with all the noise and sights he had enough! I was surprised it took him this long to have a melt down.
I had to snap this picture of us at the end of the day as were walking to our car to show just how much crap we had to haul around with us, Aaron was like a pack mule.
It was such a fun memorable trip, it was worth all the hassle.