We're Back

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Well, we are back and I wish I could say, "It's good to be back" But, really I LOVED CALIFORNIA and I didn't want to come home. It was gorgeous and warm the entire time we were there and the last day it was 72 degrees. We did Disneyland/California Adventures for 2-days, SeaWorld for 1-day, and the Ocean and Coronado Island another day.

The only problem was, was that I WAS SICK THE ENTIRE TIME! I totally jinxed myself by saying I maybe I wasn't going to be sick this time. It has been awful. I left a little "souvenir" of the insides of my stomach at probably every where we went. I even threw up out the car window while we were driving. I tried everything: Vitamin B, unisom, saltines, ginger pills...even some phinagrin. And, it wasn't just morning or night sickness...it is ALL DAY sickness. Anyways, I will stop complaining now because I think I found something (Thanks KariAnn) that is helping a little. It is called Zofran and the Dr. gave it to me yesterday. And it really has helped a little. Sure, I still have thrown up a few times, and still fill nauseous all day, BUT it is MUCH better than before. Ok-enough about barfing & being miserable:)

Here are some pictures and videos from the trip. We got a new video camera with our tax return too. It is tiny and fits in the palm of your hand. it's Call a HD Minoflip. We just need to learn how to hold it more steady, but I am excited to take video of my kids now. I actually didn't take too many pictures cause I was so sick, but here are some - be happy I didn't put them all on here...I TRIED to narrow them down :) hehe.

THE DRIVE THERE
It was a long drive for the kids and towards the end a little cranky. Ky cracks me up when she is onery though and is so dang cute. It is funny to argue with a 2-year old. hehe.




DISNEYLAND/CALIFORNIA ADVENTURES

I love this picture of Mckay and his Daddy! Everyone was just so happy and excited to be there.Mini mouse was one of the characters that Ky really wanted to meet because she has some mini ears at home that she always wears.

Of course Mckay and his Cars

This is one of my favorite pictures of Mckay on the "Golden Zepher" because he is so happy. It broke my heart sometimes because he was SO brave this year and wanted to go on all the big rides with his daddy and he would always run up to the measuring sign to see if he was tall enough and stand on his tippy toes-Most the time he wasn't and he would just cry the most heartbreaking cry and come run to me so I could hold him. I was so proud of my big boy being so brave.

Ky and Tinkerbell...she loves Tink! She better cause this line took us 45 minutes to get to see her.

The kids loved this carousel. We went a couple times while Craig rode the big roller coaster. This was one of the only rides I could go on and it still made me super sick :)

Ky and her silly "smile"

We went and saw "Playhouse Disney" with the little Einsteins and the Muppet 3D show.

Roger Rabbit Ride. Mckays favorite ride was the "shooter buzz ride" and "monsters Inc." for Ky.Finally meeting Mickey at the very end. I think they were most excited to meet him.

The Castle at night. Gosh-that place really is the happiest on earth. We had such a great time!

CORANADO ISLAND & BEACH
After 2-days in Anaheim we header for San Deigo. There is a little Island called Coronado that we stayed for a couple days. It is just a beautiful small little town. We walked down main street and all the shops then headed for the beach. Check out poor little Mckay in this video. He was being SO brave, so I was sad it had to end this way :)

ps. YES-I look really fat in ALL these videos we took. It seems like ever since my body figured out it was pregnant it knew what to do and is ballooning out! I am already showing a little and can't bottom up my normal pants. Has anyone else had this happen to them so fast? Is it just because this is my third kid? I didn't show with Mckay till forever. ANYWAYS...just had to throw that in there. Sorry.







The kids had such a great time playing in the sand. It was so fun to watch especially Ky who couldn't remember the last time we were here, so it was all new for her.

Even after Mckay fell in the Ocean it was warm enough for a while that he still played. He was such a trooper. I wish we had been more prepared with an extra change of clothes. Then we could have stayed longer.
Kylin LOVED the beach. She just ran and ran through the sand and water. We couldn't keep up with her. It was so great to see her just free to run and be as wild as she wanted. Seemed like she was getting out month of being cooped up in that one hour.

She loved playing in the water too, splashing with her daddy.

Craig drew her name in the sand and Ky though it was so great and danced around it for about 5-minutes laughing.

SEAWORLD
I LOVE seaworld, it was probably my favorite day and the warmest.

Good ol' Shamu




The Ar tic Cave with the polar bears. This was at the end of the day and Ky was all wet from standing by the Atlantis ride and I think they are pretty pooped! GREAT GREAT day though.

THE LONG DRIVE HOME-
OK- So I know this is a LONG post with TONS of pictures, but you have to hear about our drive home. We made it all in one day. Woke up at 7 and got home at 1 am. But, it was a VERY eventful day. First we stopped at the MAD GREEK place to get some Gyros. If you haven't eaten there before it is GREAT! Too bad I spent $1o on mine and could only take one bite :( But anyways, while we were sitting there Danny Davito came and sat at the booth right next to us! It was so weird cause my kids had jsut been watching "Matilada" I must have been staring at him cause he gave me the biggest smile. I was so embarrassed cause I had been sitting in the car all morning, sick, and was in my PJ bottoms. But, after we were done eating we went over and told him how much we loved Matilda and that it's the kids favorite. He was so cool and talked to us for a little bit and told us how cute our kids were. It was funny cause I was being SO SHY. I had never met anyone famous before. hehe.

So after the Mad Greek we get back in the car and have only been on the freeway 20-minutes, when 2 car lengths in front of us a car swerves, hits the side median, then crosses all lanes of traffic and started flipping down the little ravine next to us. Craig and I stop and are the first ones there. Craig called 911 while I climbed down the ravine. I did it so fast and didn't even think about what I might find. If they had all been dead I don't know what I would have done. The car was upside down and crushed, the driver had been ejected from car. He was all bloody and rolling around moaning. I tried to tell him not to move but he didn't speak any English. Soon after a little boy crawled out of the car and 2 teenagers who were all cut up but seemed to be doing ok. The mom was still stuck in the car upside down and we had to get a knife to cut her out of her seat belt. With some help she was able to crawl out and seemed fine also. Thank goodness by then a few other cars had stopped and come to down to help. One was a paramedic and the other one spoke Spanish. I was so surprised that everyone (except the driver) seemed to be ok. yes-they were crying and bloody, but they were alive. Craig stayed at the top and tried to direct freeway traffic until the police came. About 10 minutes later after the police and ambulance came and were able to get our statements and then send us on our way. But, I kept looking at that family so glad they were ok and thinking had WE been going 2 miles an hour faster or left a minute earlier we could have been down that ravine with them. I said a prayer and was grateful for being protected and watched over. The whole way home I was pretty jittery and emotional. I kept looking back at my kiddos thinking how much I loved them. I don't know what I would do if anything ever happened to them. I know it sounds dramatic, but when you come upon something like that it really hits you hard. I am just so grateful.

Sorry-long post I know. In short we had a GREAT trip and I am so glad we were able to go :) This is a video of Ky on the ride home. I can't help but totally think my kids are adorable. Listen to that little voice! :) I just wish that I had turned the camera the right way...sorry. I am just used to a normal camera I guess.

19 Say What's:

Natasha said...

Wow what a vacation, especially that last part. That's so scary, I'm glad you guys all are safe. I love all the pictures and am so jealous of you going to Disneyland. I have a suggestion for your morning sickness, try Sea-bands. I used them when I was pregnant and they helped me a lot. They look a like sweat bands on your wrist but whatever helps right? And thanks for the info on digital scrapbooking. I will let you know if I have questions which I am sure I will.

mrs. jar said...

What a great trip!!! I watched your videos and they make me laugh. What great memories you are creating for those little ones!! I

On a side note...Danny Davito and a car accident all in the same few hours?!?! Wow! I have never really met anyone famous either, so I would have been shy as well, but I bet your cute little family just totally made his day! And now to the car accident...that is so scary! I am so glad thad you guys were safe and that you were able to help that family. I bet they are very thankful for you as well!

Thanks for sharing your cute pictures! I love Disneyland...it truly is the happiest place on earth!

Amy said...

I actually read through the entire post! Yahoo! Sounds like you guys had a blast! Wish I could be back there again!

Your car ride home really was an adventure. So scary! I'm glad it wasn't you! We would love to meet up. Any Monday is good for us. Maybe next Monday (the 9th or the 16th??).

Did you just register Mckay for school, or is he actually in school now?

Hope your snow is melting as fast as ours! It's finally almost all the way gone! Wahoo! I'm sure we'll have more, but it will all melt away from this point on!

xoxo
Amy

BensonFam said...

oh oh OH that vacation looks FABULOUS! I love sea world and the beach and it has been so long since I have been to Disneyland - I am just dying to take the kids. HOpefully soon. Anyway - three cheers for zofran!!! I had to be on it with Olivia and even though I never felt great at least it kept me from throwing up every half hour all day long. I hope you start feeling better soon!!

.quietfeather. said...

Wow! What a vacation! The accident...what an ending to a vacation! Now I know why Paula is wanting to go to Disneyland! It looks fabulous :]

Suz (And Jason...sort of.)

Alison said...

So jealous of Kylin's picture with Tink! She is my favorite and I have never seen her out and about.

Your pictures at the beach are so awesome. They look like they are from a movie or something. What a cute family!

I have also had a "long" trip home from CA before but wow. What an eventful trip.

Also, if you need to do anything in Ogden sometime you can drop your kids off at my house anytime.
Hope you feel better soon!

Megan said...

What a trip! Anna loved watching all the videos with me too. LOL. When McKay fell she said 'Mommy don't laugh! He's SO sad!' I couldn't help it though. And Kylin's first video made me laugh cause whenever I say stuff life that to Anna she always says 'I not ornery, I Anna Parker Dinsdale!'

I am so jealous of the sun in all of those pictures - which turned out great too! And that you got to go to Mad Greek - that place is a dive, but the food is fabulous! Sorry you are puking your guts out - that is no fun. I am reaching the stage where my back and hips ache so bad at night that I can't sleep. I loathe the 3rd trimester!

Ben and Camille said...

How fun! I love Disneyland. I can't wait to take my kids there someday, it looks so fun. I love your pics and your kids are adorable. Sorry you were sick the whole time! I love that video with Kylin walking on her heels, and then Mckay falling in the water--so cute!!

Thanks for the comments and lens tips!

my name is heather... said...

wow! What a story! I totally know what you mean, and I would be the exact same way. I am glad they all survived - still didn't sound like a pretty thing though. scary. sorry to hear you are so ill. I am so grateful my first pregnancy went so well. I hope they all do, but if they don't I am coming to you for sympathy! :0) Isn't Seaworld the best!? It's my favorite too. I love beach pictures. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I am seriously making Jon take me to San Diego this summer strictly for family beach photos. And oh my word, you do not look big! You're tiny- no worries girl, I had a baby 5 months ago and I am still huge!

Kim said...

Love all the pics as usual...esp the beach ones. ANd you have totally convinced me that we need a camcorder! I loved the first one esp when Ky said, "Im an angel". Then you asked if she was being an angel and she no with that devilish grin! LOL!!! She is so funny! And the last video was sweet - though you can totally tell how sick and tired you are. Feel better...it was fun chatting today. Anyway, glad you guys had a great trip - even with all the crazy and scary times too! Can't wait to see you scrap with some of those pics!!! Oooh! That car kit i gave you would be perfect for the cars one!!! Anyway - love ya!

Chelsie said...

ah, i heart sea world, i'm pretty sure, that is the happiest place on earth for me. your trip looked like so much fun, minus the puking. sorry about that! i love the pics at the beach and the videos...your kids are pretty stinkin cute. and you look fabulous! mmm and mad greek is oh so yummy

10zfam said...

so jealous, i've never been to disneyland-one day i will get there. you don't look fat at all in those pics but to make you feel better i was the exact same way with this pregnancy. it makes the pregnancy seem longer just to warn you. sorry you were sick the whole time, i'm glad the zofran is working though

Kristin said...

that looks so fun. I am jealous...not of the sick pregnancy part...but taking your kids to disneyland. I would love to take jax. Too bad we don't have enough moolah!!! It is definitely on my to-do list!
I can't believe your drive home. That is definitely NOT what you needed after being sick all week.

Leah said...

Wow, quite the trip! How exciting! Your little kids are SO adorable. I know I have said it a million times, but they really are. Im sorry you are so sick and had to be on your trip, but Im sure it was fun ...and you took some amazing photos! Youre so talented.
hey, we are coming out in March...14-22nd. I want to see you if you have time for me!
-Leah

Peter Lee Family said...

I am so jealous. Looks like you had a great time. Sorry you are so sick-Tia also takes Zofran.

The Razzle Dazzle Family said...

I am so sorry that you were sick on your vacation. That is never fun. I know exactly how you feel with "all" day sickness. I hope it gets better for you. Other than being sick it sounds like you guys had SO much fun on your trip. We are going to be going to Disneyland in April and we can't wait. Your kids are so cute!!
That is so scary about your drive home. It makes you truely count your blessings. I know how it is to drive up on something like that we have done it twice and one of them a young girl died. It is so hard to drive up on those car accidents but grateful at the sametime that you were not going any faster and that you were blessed. Glad to hear they were all okay, I am sure they were so grateful for you guys for stopping and helping.

Jenny said...

What a great family vacation. Your pictures are amazing! I just love them! Hopefully the pregnancy junk will get better with time.

Brooke said...

That would be so scary! But, the rest of it makes me sooo excited, our friends just invited us last night to go there with them! I can't wait because I haven't been there since Jr High! I LOVE those pictures of you guys on the beach!

Kami said...

Hey,
So I just happened to click on your link from my friend Erin... You are way cute :) So I have a question for you. I have been debating and debating on the Mino HD, but didn't know if the video quality was good enough to watch on the television? I really want to buy one today, but thought I would ask to see if you had watched it on your TV. I just want to make sure that the video is good enough for more than the web! Thanks in advance~!

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