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Old 10-07-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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California, Here We Come! DLR, Hollywood, and San Diego *OCTOBER 15-23, 2011*

Welcome! I am so excited to share about the great time we had in California! Please feel free to join in!

There is a Table of Contents with links in post #2.

The Who:

DH: Stu is a test engineer that is looking forward to some time away from work! We have been to Florida the past three years and he decided that it was time for a change. He loves me enough to know that Disney needed to be involved in the decision on where to go, so California was the perfect choice!

My DD Erin is a second grader this year who loves soccer. She can't wait to see World of Color!

My DD Ava is so excited to be able to ride almost all of the rides this year. It is so hard to explain to her that she is too short for some rides because she thinks she is "big."

My name is Heidi and this will be the first time I have visited California! Needless to say, I am pretty excited. I work part-time as a Dental Hygienist and full-time as a Mom.

An exciting addition to our trip is my MIL Sandy! You hear all the stories about how awful mother-in-laws can be, but she is awesome. We have a lot of fun when we are together and she is so excited to go on a trip with two of her grandchildren. She has been faithfully hitting the gym since January to prepare for the trip. Here is a picture of Sandy with Stu.

The What: 9 days in Southern California!

The When: October 15-23, 2011

The Where: We will be spending 5 nights at the HOJO in Anaheim and 3 nights in San Diego.

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Table of Contents:

October 15-Travel, Howard Johnson, and DTD:
October 15-Day 1
HoJo kids suite
Can we go swimming Mom?

October 16-Hollywood, LaBrea Tar Pits, Farmers Market, The Grove, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach:
Hooray for Hollywood
Hooray for Hollywood continued
What is that smell?
Beach babes
Stu, you need to break this mess up!

October 17-Magic Morning, Bill Hill and the Hillbillies, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Flag Retreat Ceremony, and the rest of our day at Disneyland!:
A Magical Morning
A Magical Morning-Part Two
She is going to be mad that Tink is on my shirt!
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies
Mickey's Soundsational Parade
Mickey's Soundsational Parade-Part 2
Mickey's Soundsational Parade-Part 3
Flag Retreat Ceremony
Flag Retreat Ceremony Part 2

October 18-Park opening at Disneyland, California Adventure, and World of Color:
The Rebel Spy
Rockin' and Rollin' with Phineas and Ferb
Hey Big Boy
Grandma Sandy's Promise and World of Color

October 19-Toontown Morning Madness and our last day at Disneyland and California Adventure:
Toontown Morning Madness Part 1
Toontown Morning Madness Part 2
Toontown Morning Madness Part 3
Lovely Ladies
Revisiting Favorites
Saying Goodbye to California Adventure
A Very Magical 90 Minutes

October 20-Our day at Sea World:
Sea World Part 1
Sea World Part 2
Blue Horizons Part 1
Blue Horizons Part 2
Pets Rule!
One Ocean
Bayside Skyride
Sesame Street Bay of Play

October 21-Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego, Cabrillo National Monument, Tide Pools, Coronado Island, and Hotel del Coronado:
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego Part 1
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego Part 2
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Deigo Part 3
Holiday Inn Bayside and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Cabrillo Part 2
The Tide Pools
Coronado-Part 1
Coronado-Part 2
Coronado-Part 3

October 22-Trolley tour of San Diego with Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Old Town, and Seaport Village:
Touring San Diego By Trolley-Gaslamp Quarter and Coronado
Touring San Diego By Trolley-Coronado and the Trolley Ride
Touring San Diego By Trolley-Balboa Park and Old Town
Life Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

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have a wonderful trip.
cant wait to read all about it
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Originally Posted by albertamommyof4 View Post
have a wonderful trip.
cant wait to read all about it
Thank you! I can't wait to share our adventures.
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Beautiful family! Can't wait to read about your trip. Wish I was leaving next week too... This is the longest month ever and it's only the 7th.
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I'm in! The trip sounds great!
Kelli, mom to four awesome kids! (14, 13, 10 & 7)
Nov '06: Pop Nov '08: POFQ Dec '09: OKW Sept '10: AsMo Oct '12: POR

Just me and my girl…a very special 13th Birthday trip!
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