Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Unfortunately I did not get a lot of pictures in this year. After going to bed at 2am and being woke up at 5am I was just too dang tired. The girls had a great haul and are busily playing with their new things today. My dad drove out from Utah to join us and we had our traditional Honeybaked Ham for dinner. Quite the mess to clean up. Our decorations have been up since before our Disneyland trip at Thanksgiving so I am anxious to take them down New Years Day and get back to normal.

 
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Kansas Fall

Though I think all huge fully grown trees in Kansas are really neat and offer a lot of shade. I am sure glad that this is all the leaves our two little trees in the front yard shed that need to be raked up.

 
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Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 1

I have wanted to see Disneyland all dolled up for the holidays. So we decided to use Thanksgiving week to do that so the girls would only miss 2 days of school instead of 4 during Labor Day when we usually go. We picked up the rental car and headed down to San Diego. I could live out the rest of my life in that city. We of course had to drive by the San Diego temple. I think it is the prettiest the church has ever built. Then it was on to Coronado Island. Man I love that place. This place is my favorite to roam around. A bit rainy today so it was pretty quiet and not a lot going on. Our hotel was cute. It was a resort type place with a couple of pools, fitness area, and a really good restaurant. Rooms weren't that luxurious but it was a fun place all the same. And oh all the palm trees! Wish they would grow in Kansas. Ate downtown at Old Spaghetti Factory and it did not disappoint. Looking forward to a fun week.

 
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Day 2

Sea World. It was rainy and cold! I'm certainly glad we didn't bring shorts on this trip. I've been in California (high desert) in the fall/winter and that gets cold, but I didn't think San Diego would be this way. Needless to say there were not a lot of people there that day. I made the mistake of going on Atlantis and just couldn't get warm after that.

 
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Day 3

First day at Disneyland! It was busy. Come to find out that all of California schools are out for the entire week. Guess we should have checked on this before planning the trip. The park was decorated to the nines. It was spectacular. Our family block had been cleaned up and looked better than it did last year. The parade was really neat and the castle lights at night were amazing.

 
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Day 4

Knotts Berry Farm. Since we didn't want to hassle with a car we used the awesome OCTA transportation system. Just one bus change and we were there. Pretty slick. Even took the bus up to Fullerton to eat at Old Spaghetti Factory. Today was pretty crowded too. It was a bit chilly so we didn't even attempt the water rides. Had a great dinner at Mrs Knotts Chicken then went back to our hotel.

 
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Day 6

Today we spent most of the day in California Adventure. I thought Worlds of Color was pretty cool but it would be nice if they had everyone sit down. Us shorter adults couldn't even see the whole thing so I can't imagine was a kick in the pants it is for the kids.

 
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Day 7

Today we finished up what we wanted to do again. It is also the day after Thanksgiving. The freaking place was PACKED! We will never go to Disneyland on a holiday again. By this time I was pretty much pictured out so we got some of the Christmas Parade in the evening.

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