We got to go to dinner at my aunt Nancy’s house with Nancy, my other cousin Mallory, and her fiance, Mike.
Our first stop on our California Adventure was Huntington Beach to visit with my cousins and aunt. We are so lucky that we have such fun, generous, funny, and wonderful family in such a beautiful town. We got in pretty late on Friday, and my cousin Michael, his wife Michelle, and their daughter Avalon had pizza and salad waiting for us. It was nice to have such a sweet welcome after our day of travel.
Alma got right to work playing in Avalon’s amazing playroom. I think she felt right at home, and Avalon did an amazing job sharing all her toys and helping Alma figure out how to use them. It was great to see the second-cousins getting along right away. They are almost exactly a year apart.
The next morning we went down to the pier to have smoothies and bagels. The kids got to run around in the grass, then we walked to the end of the pier. It was a cloudy, warm, humid day. There were lots of surfers to watch from the pier.
Before we went to California, we had grand plans of going to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo and a baseball game. We ended up just hanging around and playing and it was amazing. We got to relax, catch up, and play.
I am finally getting around to working on, and posting all the photographs from our trip to California a couple weeks back.
We have been so busy these past couple weeks that the photos have just sat on the computer being sadly ignored. This week I plan on sharing all the stories and some of the photos of our great trip down south.
First up is how we got to take both girls on their first plane rides!
Unfortunately, our first flight was at about 3:00, which wasn’t the best timing for naps. Harriet usually goes down around 1, so we tried to push her until we were on the plane. This just made her into a rage filled non napper.
When we found our seats, a poor 20-something man was in the seat next to me and my huge, rage-baby. I felt really bad for him. Luckily, the travel gods were smiling on us (and especially him), and he was moved to the front row – no baby, and more leg room – lucky guy!
Jesse and Alma had a great flight sharing goldfish crackers, ginger ale, reading new books, playing with new toys, watching Frozen and playing Daniel Tiger with fun new headphones! She loved the whole thing. When we landed she said, “Fly again?!”
Hattie took a little bit more work. She would scream, and fall asleep briefly, then wake up in a rage, and fall back asleep. I ended up holding her in a very uncomfortable position for quite some time. Then, near the end, I was able to move her onto my chest where I could let gravity help me out.
It was a short flight, and once we landed, everything was perfect. We got our bags and car seats within minutes, got right on our rental car shuttle, got our car, and were on the road. Pretty smooth!
And we were in beautiful Southern California!