*Warning: Too many pictures below.
We are back home after a few days of short sleeve shirts and eating frozen treats outside (rather than eating those inside with my space heater and hot chocolate one foot away from me).
I think a trip like this is necessary every January (and Knox is in Mexico right now enjoying even more sunshine).
Andrew’s older sister put together this trip. Brooke loved spending time with her cousin that is just one year younger than her. It was really fun to get to know them all even better. They are all about trying as many of the treats and eats as possible which made it really fun too.
We started off at California Adventure and rode as many rides as possible.
I think Skye was so incredibly confused in the beginning with all of the crowds and weird rides we were going on.
We went on Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time and it was terrifying. I love roller coasters but the up and down drops are a little too much for me..
I just had to close my eyes and go to my happy place.
I got to meet Michelle while we were there, I love getting to meet you guys around! My favorite part from California Adventure was the Frozen live show—> I don’t think Brooke blinked the entire hour.
Skye did better than expected while were there. She took just one short nap each day in her stroller and then she was pretty happy the rest of the day. She was beyond busy and active (to be expected) but happy so that was a win.
She also had zero desire to be held or in her stroller when she was awake so she stood a lot while in line or waiting for the kids to go on rides. She hasn’t taken a step yet but these little legs must be extra strong after this trip.
We stayed at a Holiday Inn on Manchester (it was cheap and had good reviews = works for us) and took the shuttle back and forth to the park.
Disney happened next.
California Adventure is really fun but I just have a special place in my heart for Disneyland (my parents’ first date ((and their first kiss;) was there and we grew up going there often as a family because a lot of my relatives lived in the area).
In 9 years Brooke will be in the driver’s seat and I’ll be driving 100 hours with her as I teach her how to drive, ha. My dad had each of us drive 100 hours (no joke, 100) with him before we could get our driver’s license… I remember telling myself at that time that I would NEVER force something so crazy on my future children but now that I have them, I will be doing the same thing, haha.
While we were there I ran into a friend of mine from ten years ago. We worked together at a sushi restaurant and she came to my spin classes a lot. It was so fun to meet each other’s kids and catch up.
Pirates ended up being everyone’s favorite ride from the trip. We all felt something similar to post-race blues when we were leaving back to Utah.
Oh and of course I have to show you some of our favorite food from the trip.
Churros and the Mickey beignets were at the top of the list.
Followed closely by the Dole Whip.
The cone on the pier at California Adventure made for the perfect soft-serve.
On instagram someone told me to try this. It was my first time and it was delicious.
And you can never go wrong with the Ghirardelli sundae.
As far as food goes we didn’t have the yummiest meals (sit down places aren’t a great option with Skye so we mainly just grabbed random things for food) but this breakfast burrito in the area by the submarine topped Andrew’s and my list.
And last but not least, 10 more random things from our trip:
*We ran into our neighbors while we were there (we didn’t know they were going then too). It’s always funny to see people somewhere different than your normal spots.
*They let you do a baby switch off for rides which was really nice. If Skye couldn’t go on a ride then Andrew and Brooke would go first and then once they got off they would let me take Brooke right to the front of the line to go. Also, Andrew’s sister took Skye a few times for us to go on a roller coaster together.
*My feet and body were MORE SORE after a few days at Disney with kids than after my back to back long runs. Either my body only has muscles for running or Disneyland is just really taxing on the body, ha. Also, one night my IT band felt a little off which never happens with running anymore but I think all of the stroller pushing made it act up.
*Brooke got to have some time with her dad’s mom (Grammy) that lives down in S. California. She took her to lunch at Downtown Disney and to shop. Brooke had the time of her life getting spoiled.
*Max Pass (a Disneyland app for fast passes) was so worth the extra $10 per person… We waited 5-15 minutes for all of the rides (besides the rides that didn’t have the fast pass option). GET THAT if you go.
*We were so excited for Magic Hour (getting to go in an hour before the park opens) and thought we would get to just walk onto rides but that was the busiest time of the entire trip… most of Disney is closed except for one area during that time and there were a ton of people so we were in more lines then than at any other time.
*One morning Andrew and I were both hangry and we got in a fight… keeping it real:) Once we ate we had to laugh about it. Rarely are we both hangry at the same time so let’s hope that never happens again;)
*On our last day during the Pirates of the Caribbean Skye put her arms UP right at the right spot on the ride when the boat drops… I think we have a roller coaster fanatic on our hands.
*I think I’m still a little sick after Guardians of the Galaxy… that ride is no joke.
*I didn’t even bring any running gear on our trip. I knew my body needed a few days off from training after my highest weekly mileage ever the week before. It was really nice to just focus on family time for a few days without doing anything else. I’m very ready to get back to the miles today along with some vegetables ha.
Have any trips planned for this year?
When was the last time you took a few days off from exercise?
Growing up did your family have certain trips that you guys loved doing? Nature, beach, Disney, ski, lakes, other?
I feel like I’ve missed out on your life the last few days… fill me in on what has been happening? How is your running? How is everything else? Eaten anything delicious I should know about?