Saturday, January 12, 2013

Journey: Disneyland and the beach!

We loved the beach area in San Diego! Way to cold to go and play and very rocky but also beautiful!! One of my favorite things was seeing all the seals in La Jolla.
There was a storm blowing in and it was fabulous to see the waves crashing against the rocks of the shore.
Can you see the seals on the rock behind us? How did they manage to get up there???
We went on a whale watching tour! It was great (though very chilly) to go out on the water! We only saw one whale and I didn't get a good picture but it was still cool to see and follow the big guy around. We did find a pod of dolphins who were ready to play! The captain thought there must have been over 1000! If you know me well, you know I love dolphins!!

 We spent two days at Disneyland in Anaheim including New Years Eve.
Our first day was at California adventure. We really enjoyed it and our favorite part was the new Cars Land. Disney did an amazing job with it! I felt like I was in the actual movie though we were not cartoons.

It's a Small World- in lights!
Our second day was spent at Disneyland, the original park. It was New Years Eve and their busiest day of the year!! It was PACKED but we still had a fantastic time. The park was open till 2am and we stayed late! We spent the last minutes of 2012 in front of It's A Small World with a DJ and lots of Disney characters- it was a blast and a fantastic way to ring in 2013. There were fabulous fireworks to end our evening.

After 2 hours of sleep we packed up the car and drove north to Pasadena to see the famous Rose Bowl Parade. We were exhausted but we figured it would be a "once in a lifetime" experience. We planned ahead and got seats in the grandstands~ thank goodness! Seeing the floats was awesome!! The detail on each float was truly unbelievable. One thing that made me laugh was after all the floats went by there was a parade of tow trucks! The float below is one on which a couple got married during the parade.
The wedding float!
And the moment you really care about~ our boy!! My favorite thing about this picture (besides his handsome face) is that he is holding the book I made with our pictures. I made a board book with pictures our family. It is awesome to know he is seeing our picture as we are seeing his.

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