Thursday, March 7, 2013

Last Day at Disney, New Years Eve

We spent the last day at Disney CA Adventures. Dylan seemed to like this better than Disneyland since it brought movies he had watched to life. Here he is at Casa Della tire shop,
 Hanging with Flick
 Linda and Dylan on the big spinning swing, I hate these rides as they make me motion sick, though roller coasters do not, weird.
 Watching the parade as Sully goes by,
 And the Incredibles,
 Dylan and Linda watching to see what is next,
 Toy Story
 We got dinner at the buffet at the Paradise Pier, a Disney Hotel, so naturally the characters came through for a meet and greet. Minny
 Mickey
 Daisy
 Goofey
 An upside down shot of Kailee, who chose to ride with Linda and I, and Dylan with my parents
 Being New Years Eve, celebratory hats were passed out,
 I found a Mike Wazowski hat that then Dylan wanted and Linda wanted to see us matching so I went back and got him one as well, needless to say he was pretty psyched.
 A very tired little one on the walk back to the hotel.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Disneyland Day 2

Day 2 at Disneyland started with a shorter walk to "Downtown" Disney and a ride on the monorail,
 After going on a Finding Nemo submarine ride Dylan got picked to participate in a Padowan training "class" to learn the Jedi arts.
 At some point one of the children up on stage had a breakdown and Dylan was move up, front and center,
After they were done with some training they each had to face off against Darth Vader, this is pretty hilarious as Dylan's lightsaber fails,
video
Next we headed for lunch in Mickey's Toontown where there are a bunch of playground like areas for the kids, 
 And of course a city hall since it is a "Town"
Eventually Pluto emerged from City Hall to greet his fans, most notably, Uncle Chris.
 The rain kicked up again in the afternoon and we spent some time cowering under an overhang around a food booth before all the "Big Kids" got to leave the little ones and go on the Star Tours "ride". Ride being generous in that it is more of a moving room that does not go anywhere and a big 3D screen. R2D2 was there,
 as was C3P0,
and us "Big Kids"
 It was pretty cool. Amazing how something that barely moves can feel so real.

Eventually the rain subsided and 
we headed to Disney California Adventure and headed to Radiator Springs. Really looks just like in the movie,
 There were some "stars" out to take pictures with,
And Mater has his own ride with Dylan and my parents enjoyed.




Sunday, January 27, 2013

Not so Terribly Late Christmas 2012 Post

For Christmas we headed to California to visit with my family. Amazingly, after 23.5 months my parents had finally moved back into their home, though it still needed some finishing touches and many things were still on boxes of in storage. I've made several post about my parents home and the changes it has gone through.

In other news, we got to meet Jack, the son of my cousin Chad and his wife Melanie. Not sure what his super power is but Jak Jak Attacks, everything goes in his mouth, naturally and he looks good with the turtle shell hat.
 We had a chance to visit with Jing and her family. Dylan really had a good time hanging out with Theo who is 8 and also loves LEGO. Jing and Scott being the extreme outdoor surgeons they are introduced us to URBAN SMORS, who needs a camp fire and cold to have a delicious squishy dessert?
 Dylan and Kailee thrilled to have the Christmas tree up.
 Christmas day, riding uncle Chris or is it Auntie Joy (Dylan used to call Chris and Joy Auntie Joy)
 After Christmas my mom used the grandkids as an excuse for her to go to Disneyland. So we ALL headed down south, my parents, Joy, Chris and Kailee, Chris's parents and us. Naturally the kids were thrilled, that includes Linda who had never been before. Dylan and Linda getting ready to get  on their first Disney ride.....It's a Small World.
 Marketing and sponsorship at its finest, Sylvania must have provided all the lighting.
 The small world boat ride was probably a good choice since it started raining, here Dylan and Linda trek past the Matterhorn,
We headed back to the hotel because the rain was getting to us. Then across the street for some lunch at Coco's, they had a guy making some pretty intricate balloon things, though all Dylan wanted was a sword,
 Linda and Dylan headed back in during the afternoon while everyone else napped and had a blast. Then the rest of us went back in for the night shift. It really is a different place at night,
and every night there are fireworks, we managed to watch them from between the two locations they were launching from, Kailee was a little spooked.
 More night time scenery,
 Well that was day one at Disney.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Very Late Thanksgiving Post, Now With WORDS

Photos from our Thanksgiving travels.

After arriving in Austin we headed with the whole family to San Antonio, apparently in TX the kids get the whole week off. On Sunday night James (bro in-law), Brian (nephew) and I headed to the Spurs game against the Clippers. It was a good game with a lot of star power, CP3, Blake Griffin and The Big Fundamental.

Griffin pretty much does something amazing in every game and he did not disappoint, with several big dunks including one that had TD just stepping out of the way instead of getting plowed through. 
The next morning after breakfast we headed out and strolled along the River Walk.
Mandatory family shot along the river,
The River Walk is pretty cool, with businesses opening right onto the walk on either side and some pretty cool modern architecture and lots of bridges and such.
After walk we headed to Sea World Park. Dylan has gotten in the habit of striking silly posses when his picture is being taken,
Though, here he looks a bit shocked and confused, measuring in for what rides he can go on. He made the yellow, 42" line.
While we did go on several roller coaster the whole point is the animal shows. So we made the dolphin show which was really cool with a lot of human acrobatics as well.
This was incredible. From what I could tell there was no safety line, the lady came out on the hoop and used the piece of fabric to do all sorts of stuff like this over the water,
Here is Dylan with some of the performers after the show was over,
While Linda and I rode all the bigger coasters, the kids had the most fun on the Shamu Express. Here Dylan and Cady ride in the front.
Linda bought a chocolate ice cream cone for the family to share that Dylan would not let go of with out major coaxing.
Later in the day we headed to the orca show with Shamu, at this point Dylan was getting pretty tired.
It is so impressive seeing what the huge animals can do.
Here, after the show, one of the trainers is working with an animal. It is blurred in this shot but she is holding a stuffed whale and using it to show the orca what she wants them to do, pretty cool. Of course, since the accident with Shamu, the trainers did not get in the water with the animals.
Big Snake
Candy cane trees with all the cousins, Dylan and Cady showing off their penguins.
Another family shot with Shamu Santa, a little weird really,
Christmas Mariachi??? These guys were at it all day, impressive.
The entrance at night.
After a long day we made the drive home to Austin with tired children and quiet cars.