Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving in SoCal

This Thanksgiving, we made the trek down to Southern California for the holiday.  We wanted to spend some time with the various grandparents down there, and take in a mini-vacation at the same time.  This year we decided to go to Legoland, since only Steve had ever been there before as a child.  Tickets for Legoland are surprising expensive at around $75 an adult (for Legoland AND the attached aquarium).  As we were heading towards the entrance a complete stranger with THREE extra complimentary tickets walked up to us and GAVE them to us.  That's $225 worth of tickets!  We just about fell over!  So for the price of two child tickets, we were able to get our family into the park and aquarium.  What a blessing!

I'll be honest... I wasn't overly excited about going to Legoland and figured it was going to be kind of lame.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  It was actually totally awesome and one of the best amusement parks I've ever been to (next to Disneyland of course).  They have all kinds of rides for kids young and old.  There's also several awesome play areas where we could just let the kids run wild.

They also had a Christmas area with a tree that was probably 25 feet tall that was completely made out of Lego.  Very impressive!  Here we are in front of the tree with a Lego Man!

There's also an area that has landmarks from all over the country made completely out of Lego.  It was absolutely amazing.

We also hit up the Legoland Aquarium.  This was such a great little aquarium, and they incorporated Lego in almost every tank.  Lego submarines, mermaids, surfers, animals... you name it.  It was really well done with plenty of places for the kids to explore.

We stayed a few days with Grandpa Belknap, and I made Thanksgiving dinner for everyone including Steve's cousins Don and Barbara.  It was so great to see them again and enjoy a nice visit with everyone!

Much of the rest of our time was spent hanging out at Grandpa's place and enjoying the family time.  The kids also enjoyed their share of vintage Warner Brothers cartoons and are now huge Bugs Bunny fans.

Thankfully, Grandpa lives across the street from a park, so there was plenty of opportunity to run the kids every day.

We ended the trip with a visit with Grandma and Grandpa van Riessen.  Unfortunately I forgot to get my camera out.  But the kids loved hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa and rearranging their backyard for them.  And enjoyed catching up with them both!  All in all... a fabulous Thanksgiving trip!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tooth Number Three

Today Molly lost her third tooth... one of her top teeth and a tooth that will forever change her smile.  When did my little girl grow up?