California 2009

We had a wonderful time in California! It's good to be home and back into a routine though!
No airplane jitters, even though James looks a bit freaked in this photo!

The ocean was NOT as big as a hit as I thought it would be.
The waves were huge (as you can see there were TONS of surfers out and those not in the water were calling their friends to come out). James was afraid of the waves and quickly became protective of the whole family and would cry if any of us went in the water.

That's as far in as he got... once. Miles on the other hand got knocked down and tumbled around, so his fun ended there. But playing the sand was fun.

And James especially liked to eat the sand! He found a shell and used it to spoon LARGE quantities of it in his mouth. And after 3-4 mouthfuls, which he swallowed, he became angry because I wouldn't take my eyes off him. What is lacking in his diet??

Later that night we took a walk downtown Huntington Beach. Miles was wired!

This was along the beach.

The next day we went to Disneyland!!!!!!!!

Here's the guys in the O of California...

And we quickly ran into Mickey Mouse! James couldn't take his eyes off the characters!

It was Halloween at Disney, and again James couldn't stop staring at Goofy!

We all went to a 3D show. It was a little too scary for the boys so they had their eyes covered for a lot of it.

Great Grandpa and Miles just weren't strong enough to lift these weights!

Seriously, that look is way too guilty!

Finally, he pried his eyes away!

We spent a good chunk of the day in Toon Town.The boys were so excited to go to Pixie Hollow and meet Tinkerbell, but we missed her by 30 minutes! Oh Man!

James eventually was overloaded and crashed in the stroller.

The next day we "relaxed" with a ride on this bike! It was a lot of work and as you can see the boys beat on each other!

Sunday we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Funny to find a bird house there, but we were able to feed them nectar.

The boys were getting pretty wild at this point and James was overdue for a nap so I told them the birds didn't like loud noises and if they screamed they might bite them. Hee hee!

The guys were able to touch manta rays, sting rays, sharks, starfish, sea anemones, and all sort of other little creatures. James frequently touched these things then stuck his fingers in his mouth. Why bother with the wash stations! I'm curious if those poor sea animals caught anything from him!

Outside James there were pigeons everywhere! And James liked to suck on the rails they stood on! Great! So far he hasn't come down with any strange illness. Who knows whats festering though!

Oh and the highlight!! NEMO and DORY!!!

And Monday we went to the La Brea tar pits. They are amazing!

A little over Miles and James' heads, but they seemed to like it... even though Miles is yawning.

All in all we had a fun!
Did I mention we came back to 45 degree weather! Brrrr!
And before our drive home from the airport, James picked a french fry up off the Eden Prairie Center floor and ate it! So, if he can survive this flu year, I think we'll be okay!


  1. oh my goodness...looks like you had a blast!! love all the photos!! super fun memories i bet!!

  2. Hey, that looks just like our trip! Just missed you by a day. Looks like you had a great time, and what a cute family you have!