Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Little Bit of Sunshine

The semester had grown long and I was beginning to wonder if I was going to make it to vacation. Finally after one last final, a night shift and packing like crazy we made it! I was slow to wake up and get packed so Itai looked at me saying, "Move it Abba! I'm ready to met Mickey Mouse!"
Once everything was packed and we were finally on our way excitement gave way to miles of boredom. Itai liked his movies, but Avi was not so interested. He had to find something else to occupy his time. This ball worked for a bit, also digging in the food bag and treating himself oh and keeping his underwear dry the whole way! I can't tell you how proud I am of this little guy!Itai found his own ways of entertaining himself. Like I said, he liked the movies, but he also like using bowls as hats (dumping his food everywhere), eating, singing five little monkeys and using a remote as a cell phone. After a long drive we made it to our hotel. Both boys enjoyed running around and stretching their legs. Avi, after finally going to the bathroom, started climbing everything. They loved being out of the car. It is amazing how quickly this......becomes this.Avi was out even faster.On our way into California we topped at Calico Ghost Town. My family went there before I was born. They had a bounce house and a lot of old timey things to do there. We went for an old fashioned picture, but didn't get one. :( Heather and Tom did though. Here's Tom with the cousins. And here's our little group hanging out at the mine.
Of course, no trip to California is complete without a visit to (great) grandma's. Avi felt right at home and was ready to explore every corner of her house after giving her those bruising kisses he loves to give.Itai was not as comfortable, but he did spend some time with her. He was happy to sit on her lap without looking around the house at all.The next day was the big visit to Disneyland. Itai liked this visit much better than the last one. He liked the rides and loved seeing the characters. He really liked the stroller we got for Avi.We got to visit Goofy. Itai went straight into his arms and wouldn't let go. Avi still loves Goofy, but since there wasn't room in the hug he decided to explore his whiskers. I was lucky enough to get a huge hug and all I had to do was introduce him to my good friend...Handy Manny!Like I said, Itai loved the rides this time. One of his favorites was Casey Jr. He kept yelling, "Choo! Choo!" His face says it all.
After two days in the park we hit the beach. Avi has been saying, "Want go ocean! Water!" ever since our trip in August. He was not as excite as I thought he'd be when we first arrived, but he warmed up quickly. Itai on the other hand was as excited as could be.
He wanted to walk straight into the water without any supervision or help. Then when the cold waves hit him he just wanted to sit down and get washed away. Finally, he settled on digging in the sand.Avi loved the water too. At first the cold water was too much for him, but quickly he decided the water was great. The sand turned out to be pretty fun too. He loved digging in it and putting it in his hair.
One last trip to the park and then back on the road. Avi was kind enough to supply the paparazzi with this smile before we left.

Now it's back to regular life. Yay!


Valerie said...

So glad you guys got to go and have fun! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Tiff :o) said...

I love all the smiles in those pictures! Looks like you had a great time.

Terry Family said...

I love California!! I'm so glad that you guys had such a great time. You got some great pictures. The boys look like they had a blast in the sunny weather. I am longing for the sunshine right about now...

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