The whole reason for taking this venture was because Reina's dance troupe performs at Disneyland every three years and this was the year. I was not planning on her dancing because you are supposed to fly down as a team and stay together as a team. How was I supposed to send her alone at seven? Nope. How was I gonna take her and Rowen by myself as she rides the rides alone? Nope. This meant the only possibility was if we all went. We got "permission" to make it a family vacation as long as Reina was there for all dress rehearsals, practices and such. Okay, will do!
Reina performed the next day at California Adventure. We will be receiving some action shots and group photos from the Disney photographers but haven't come yet...hoping they got a cute shot of her because I didn't take any pictures of her dancing, only a video. She did great as always, definitely a performer. Sometimes it's hard for me to realize I have a child old enough to be on a "team". Crazy! Very proud of her, as any parent would be.
We spent some extra time at Disneyland while Reina was practicing and doing a workshop for some rides just for Baelor. It was actually much easier with just the boys! After her performance we spent the rest of the time at California Adventure. This was all of our first time at this park. I took Rowen and Baelor on some of the smaller rides while Paul and Reina went on the big kids rides, and then we'd switch. She was not scared by "Tower of Terror" which drops you from an elevator. It was a thrill for sure! The bigger the better!
We watched a mid-day parade while the kids ate cotton candy and I nursed. It was quite perfect timing as we didn't even plan on watching the parade! Super cute with all the Pixar characters. We finished our time at California Adventure watching the "light show" that creates scenes through light on the water front. Very cool show!
We ended our stay in California hanging out with cousins Reagan, Kamryn and Ethan, their pet turtles and Eleanor, the bunny. All the kids (including the biggest kid, Paul) enjoyed playing video games. I enjoyed chatting with my sister instead.
Our final day there we went to a beach in Ventura. It was pleasant enough to splash in the water, and play in the sand with minimal layers. We are used to the Oregon coast which very few weeks can you wear less than a wind-breaker and pants! The kids had fun making "science projects" with random beach finds and running from the sneaky tides. It was actually the last five minutes before leaving that Rowen started screaming uncontrollably and didn't stop the whole drive back to my sister's house. This is when his tooth broke through, just a couple days late of his six-month birthday! He fussed a bit more on our drive home, but if you asked if I'd do it again, yes. The memories were well worth any imperfections that come with a traveling family.