|Watching the sunrise over the planes|
On Monday, July 3, we woke up at 4 am and took a taxi to the airport in the dark. The kids were talking as if they had never been outside of the house before ("What is a motel?"), and were so excited. We had a connection in Chicago, thinking we would get out and stretch our legs. Fortunately everything went smoothly, but we probably didn't need the connection. The kids were all great on the plane, with the exception of their use of chewing gum. Benjamin took his gum and stuck it on the seat, and Charlotte let hers fall out of her mouth and then sat in it.
|With our friends in Santa Monica|
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Smile! It's our 11th anniversary!|
We were still mostly on East Coast time in the morning and awake before 6 am. I went out for a jog (I am much faster in cool, less humid air and on streets that are completely flat) and then we got ready to go to Legoland. Since it was the 4th of July, we thought we would stay for the fireworks at 8:30, but who were we kidding- it was hot and we were exhausted.
|Welcome to Legoland!|
For our first day at Disneyland, we went to Disney California Adventure. Top of our list was Guardians of the Galaxy, which is just a fancy new name for "Tower of Terror." The height minimum was 40", and Charlotte is now 42", so it seemed like a great idea to take her on it. Ha! She screamed, and screamed, and yelled, "When is this going to end?!? Get me outta here!" When we walked off the ride she was hysterical, crying that she hated it. She spent the rest of the day saying things like, "I don't think anyone should go on Guardians of the Galaxy, ever. That ride is a terrible nightmare!" Aside from that disaster, we had a great time. Asher and I rode the California Screamin' rollercoaster 2 times, we saw a great performance of Frozen, and went as a family on the Radiator Springs Racers. Benjamin was cautious and didn't want any rides that went too fast or who were too scary. Asher, on the other hand, thought the scarier the better.
|Charlotte can't even look at the sign, she is so scared|
|The boys in Radiator Springs|
|The ferris wheel- everyone enjoyed it, no one was scared|
|Eric wanted a picture with the stick-guy behind him but didn't want to wait in line|
|Charlotte is speechless at meeting Minnie|
|Overjoyed to be with Minne|
|Outside Space Mountain|
|Charlotte is screaming in fear on Space Mountain|
|Despite those muscles, Asher was unable to remove the sword from the stone|
|Lunchtime indulgence: gigantic turkey leg|
|Benjamin adores Tigger|
There is more to say, but I want to get this posted, and then I will get to work on Part 2 of our trip: Northern California and the wedding.