Monday, August 20, 2007

Our Summer Vacation

Hooray! Summer vacation! Hannah & I went to two summer camps this year: SportsJam at our old Preschool church and Camp Reach for the Sky with the American Cancer Society. Mom doesn't have any photos of these camps because she wasn't there, but I assure you we had lots of fun at both!

When Daddy finally took his vacation in August we hit the beach everday! One day we even went to the Water-Rock Park (Cottonwood Creek in Encintias) one day for a change of venue.

We hit the Wild Animal Park at Dark one evening. I highly recommend that trip because we were at the Lions enclosure at sunset and the Lion King started ROARING! It was so cool! We did Nightime Zoo, too. The animals at both parks are way more active in the evening. There was lots to see.

One day we met our neighbors, Melissa & Jenna (and their mom) at the beach. Our lucky day: the lifeguards took us for a ride in their boat! (It's all about who you know...) We did doughnuts out past the waves and zipped up and down the beach. The best part of the ride was when the lifeguards let Hannah drive. She grabbed the throttle and gave it a big, quick turn! The boat took off so fast that Hannah and one of the lifeguards flew out of the back of the boat! It was crazy! Hannah found out how life vests work.

The second week of Daddy's vacation we went to Disneyland and California Adventure for FOUR DAYS! WOO-HOO! This was our first trip since Nic was born, therefore, Nicky's first time at D-Land.
Hannah made it a ritual of eating at least one bag of cotton candy each day.

Here's Hannah after cotton candy on here very first ride on a big-kid rollercoaster: California Screamin'! This is her white-knuckled at take off. She said she was a little scared at the beginning but loved it!

Nicky & Mommy rode Heimlich's Chew-Chew train,

while Hannah, Daddy & I did the bumper beetles.

Here we are hangin' out with Sully, Mike and Boo at the Monsters Inc ride.

We spent some time at the pool - it was very hot while we were there!

Nicky fell in love with the water slide and must've slide down it 100 times!

We were able to enter Disneyland early (hotel guest privledge!) and we went on about 8 rides before the park opened. No lines anywhere - oh, except the Nemo ride because that's where all the hotel guests went. We'll see about that ride next we visit.

Even the Dumbo ride had no wait!

Me, Hannah & Nicky on the Princess Carousel.Just after breakfast overlooking the Mark Twain paddlewheeler and Tom Sawyers Island.

Hannah getting a little Pixie Dust!

Bad parking job, Nicky!

Ahhh... cooling down in ToonTown with a quart of slurpee. Can't beat it!

Yeah... Radiator Springs has arrived.

That's us on the left side of the boat. Mom's in the white-t, I'm leaning forward on her right, Hannah's on her left. This ride is totally fun! We got a little wet this trip. When Dad went with us we got drenched by a geizer! It was hilarious!

Kasey Jr.'s coming down the track! Carrying popcorn and cracker jacks! My family in the monkey car!

No. I didn't go on the Matterhorn. We're in line for the Storybook Land boat ride.

It's a Small World after all! Nicky actually liked this ride!

Oh yeah - I'm driving a car at the autopia!

Here's a ride Nicky really didn't like: the Jungle Cruise. This is him freakin' out when the boat driver shot at the hippos. Hannah & I think this is a great ride.

I don't have pictures of my favorite rides: Buzz Lightyear and Star Tours. This was my first year to be able to go on Star Tours and it is wicked! We had a crazy droid driver in our star-tour bus who over shot the moon of Endor; he flew us through a comet; then somehow we ended up helping the rebels blow up the death star! Oh my gosh - I was in love from the get-go!

Today was the last day of vacation. We went to the beach with Stephanie & Ben and met more friends while we were there. It was great. But I'm glad school is starting Monday! See ya there!


Randee said...

Well, I can tell it's been a while since I've toured Disneyland--nothing looks familiar except all the smiling faces!!!! Looks like such a fun time!!!!!!! So glad you all enjoyed your special time away--together!!!!! Love ya, Annee Ranee

Anonymous said...

Max, it looks like you had a great time at Disneyland! What a great way to end the summer. I'm hoping to see you today and can't wait until Monday when we start school. We're going to have a great year!
Love, Mrs. Sturt

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a super cool vacation!
I miss you lots in Room 4, but I know you are having lots of fun with Mrs. Sturt.
I love seeing you and Luke everyday at lunch too!!
Love, Ms. Weitz