Sunday, September 19, 2010

A very magical place....California!

In August we took a trip to California with my family.  We were very sad that Adam ended up not being able to come.  He was off working very hard packing up our place in New Hampshire and then starting orientation at his new school George Washington.  It really wasn't the same without him,
we missed him A LOT!  We had such a memorable time though.
My family helped an incredible amount after I had a few breakdowns of not knowing if I could play
single mom anymore.  It all hit when we stopped for lunch at In 'n Out burger.  Caroline was starving, Olive was starving...(thinking: ok I just have to have to nurse Olive in this tiny seat while I get Caroline's food set out)....then Caroline had to go potty...(thinking: ok I can take her to go potty and nurse Olive in the stall GROSS!)....then Olive has a messy diaper (I left the wipes in the car....the tears start coming).  Well, you get the idea.  It all got better from there :)  Um, after the 16 hour car ride there.

I LOVE Disneyland and I loved seeing Caroline so excited to meet the characters.  Her mouth dropped and then she clasped her little hands up and smiled when she saw all the princesses.  

Olive would wiggle with excitement when she saw the fuzzy characters.  She was almost as excited as Caroline.

The beach was dreamy.  I could probably go to the beach everyday and just let Caroline dance around and run to the water looking for seashells.  We walked along the pier and the boardwalk, Olive napped in the stroller and ate lots of sand with a big grin on her face, and we also ate on the pier and had the best ocean view!
It's a little bit shocking when a big, cold wave hits you by surprise.  Our girls are two little fish, they love the water.
Sea World was incredible and I had not been since I was Olive's age.  We were able to hold live starfish, watch trainers ride on the dolphins, watch flip after flip from whales and dolphins, and walk in an underwater glass tunnel to see sharks.  

And yes, miracles do happen.  This is the one time they both fell asleep in the stoller the entire week.  They were tuckered out and I loved seeing them so content as I walked around Sea World and talked to Adam on the phone.


Nate and Di said...

ok, you seriously have 2 of the cutest little girls I have ever seen! Is it weird that I looked very similar to Caroline when I went to Disneyland for the 1st time after Nate & I got married? I love Disneyland!!!
We're so happy for you guys on your new adventure, but it just feels a little empty knowing you're not a short hours drive away now. If you feel like coming up for a visit, we're always ready for you!!

Sarah Z said...

Looks like so much fun! It really is too bad Adam had to miss out. I wonder if Kendra (& Tucker for that matter) will be as excited as Caroline is to meet all the characters? That picture is priceless...

Here And Happy! said...

Disneyland is such a magical place! My very first visit there, I was getting a baby sister. She wasn't nearly as exciting as the teacups!
Oh, and that's a cute swimsuit Mary!

Katie Bell said...

Looks like you had a blast! we need to come and see you before it gets to cold. Miss you guys...oh and that picture of Caroline meeting the princesses is the cutest thing ever!

Mary said...

It was THE BEST wathing Caroline see the characters and especially the princesses. That picture is priceless. It was a magical trip and I don't think that there was a favorite thing to do because it was all so fun. We really had a great summer didn't we?!

Dan and Jen said...

Oh, Disneyland... it is so magical there! Truly one of my favorite places. Caroline's face is classic! I love it! And the one of Olive looking at Chip? Too cute! I'm sorry that you had to play single mom while you were there. I've had breakdowns like that and it makes me so very grateful for Dan.

I hope you guys are enjoying DC and the Adam is enjoying George Washington.

Brandon and Brittany said...

I have been waiting so patiently for these fun pictures!!!!! I LOVE California!!!! I hope that you are feeling settled and that all is well! lOVE YA!

Erica Huff said...

Those pictures are priceless! You were able to capture the moment beautifully! What cute girls. Oh..the meltdowns. How I have had many myself!
Your girls are beautiful. We admire all of your many adventures and your ability to do all you do with Adam gone so much. You guys are amazing!