A glimpse into our crazy life

California Dreamin’ August 18, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — emilyandfrank @ 4:26 pm

In June, Frank’s grandmother and step-grandfather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. When we heard they were having a celebration in LA for the big event, we decided to make the trip and turn it into a family vacation.
We rented a condo in Dana Point, along with Frank’s sister and her family. It was a beautiful location- right near the beach, away from a lot of the traffic craziness, but only 30 minutes from some of the destinations we wanted to visit.
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And it allowed for lots of cousin bonding time.
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We couldn’t go to California without hitting some theme parks. First up- Disney’s California Adventure.
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It’s right across from Disneyland and has a lot of Pixar and Disney Junior-related rides and characters.
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One of the highlights was the “Disney Junior Live” show- all of Alaina’s favorite Disney Junior shows in puppet form.
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It was my first time to a Disney park so it was really cool to just be walking down the street and have a character appear.
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It was Alaina’s first time riding amusement park rides. We found that she enjoyed the outside rides, but wasn’t a fan of any rides that involved going into dark places and having unexpected things jump out at her.

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Another highlight was the “Aladdin” show- it was as impressive as a Broadway show with great singing and an amazing flying carpet.
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The Pixar Play Parade was also amazing and helped rejuvenate Alaina after a long day without a nap.
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