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Old 03-10-2010, 10:27 PM   #46
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Aw I hate being sick away from home. I hope your trip starts getting better!
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:27 AM   #47
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Awww, you poor thing. It sucks to be sick in the first place, and I always think stomach bugs are the worst. But it's even worse to be sick when you are on vacation. I hope you start to feel better soon and that it was just a short-term virus. I hope that you wake up feeling magically better!

Sonic - we tried that for the first time last month as there is only one "near" us. Probably because it's too cold for them to be out on skates up here. I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoy the drinks there. So does Lily - anything with sprinkles on it!

I think that' so cute that Dylan wanted to keep going upstairs to see you when you were sleeping. I work nights and on the weekends, my DH is always saying that Lily keeps trying to go upstairs to see me. She keeps saying "I'm tired. Sleep with mommy." Aww. They just miss their mommies - either that or they have that knack for knowing when we need rest!
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What a rough start to your trip. I hope it gets better quickly. For what it's worth, I completely relate to how you were feeling. (And I'll just leave it at that so I don't completely spoil anything coming up in my TR ) I really hope you were able to kick it quickly and fully enjoy your trip. Can't wait to hear how your next day goes!
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Lucky girl! Have a wonderful weekend trip. I hope you get just enough Disney magic to hold you over until your next trip!
Thanks! We did!

However, our trip ended much like yours started - well for Miren anyway. Now both girls are sick.

Can't wait to read more and see all your pictures though!
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:34 PM   #51
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Aw I hate being sick away from home. I hope your trip starts getting better!
Yeah, it was a real downer to start the trip. I'm just so glad it wasn't before our WDW last summer. Can you imagine flying across the country feeling like that? Yuck!

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Awww, you poor thing. It sucks to be sick in the first place, and I always think stomach bugs are the worst. But it's even worse to be sick when you are on vacation. I hope you start to feel better soon and that it was just a short-term virus. I hope that you wake up feeling magically better!

Sonic - we tried that for the first time last month as there is only one "near" us. Probably because it's too cold for them to be out on skates up here. I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoy the drinks there. So does Lily - anything with sprinkles on it!

I think that' so cute that Dylan wanted to keep going upstairs to see you when you were sleeping. I work nights and on the weekends, my DH is always saying that Lily keeps trying to go upstairs to see me. She keeps saying "I'm tired. Sleep with mommy." Aww. They just miss their mommies - either that or they have that knack for knowing when we need rest!
The Sonic is about 20 minutes south of us, so it is on the way when we go out of town anywhere. I'm lucky it's not closer or I would want to go there all the time for their drinks. The food is not bad either, but I really get cravings for those Strawberry Limeades!

I felt so bad for Dylan because I had tried to stay away from him for 2 days, because I didn't want him to get sick. Poor little kid didn't understand why his mommy was neglecting him. I finally gave in that night & read him that book. Thank goodness he didn't get sick!! I definitely felt loved.

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What a rough start to your trip. I hope it gets better quickly. For what it's worth, I completely relate to how you were feeling. (And I'll just leave it at that so I don't completely spoil anything coming up in my TR ) I really hope you were able to kick it quickly and fully enjoy your trip. Can't wait to hear how your next day goes!
Oh, I hope that you didn't get too sick on your trip. That is NO fun at all! I kept thinking that I was glad that we have been to DL many times, so if we didn't get to do very many things, it wasn't like it was our first trip ever. I would have felt more upset if we were going to WDW while I was sick!

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Thanks! We did!

However, our trip ended much like yours started - well for Miren anyway. Now both girls are sick.

Can't wait to read more and see all your pictures though!
Oh no! Isn't that the way it always goes? A good trip can lead to a hard return. I hope the girls are feeling better.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:44 PM   #52
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Day 2 ~ Griffith Observatory

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dylan woke up at 7:30. Todd got up with him and told me to try and sleep. We would just have to play the day by ear, so I fell back asleep until almost 9:00. When I woke up I felt a little better, but not great. I could smell food being made, & it was the first time that anything smelled good for a few days, so I went downstairs. They were all still at the table so I joined them & ate a biscuit with butter & jelly. I did not get sick from it but I needed to lie back down for a while.

Dylan played basketball on a little hoop that Todd’s parents had. He is a coordinated little kid. I can’t wait to see what he is interested in doing as he grows up, because he really enjoys trying all different types of sports already.

I finally took a shower a couple of hours later & slowly got ready. Man, did that shower feel good after being so sick! I finally got all packed up and went to find everyone. Todd had taken Dylan outside to see the ducks. His parents live in a really cute community that has a man-made lake. All of the houses are right on the lake & there are quite a few fish & ducks that are in the water. Dylan loves to feed the ducks. It was cold this morning and Dylan was only wearing a diaper & a t-shirt but the cold doesn’t bother him. We left him outside with Todd’s mom so that we could pack the car. We were leaving our dogs at their house while we were in LA, & they figured out pretty quickly what was going on when the suitcases started going out the door!

We went out to get Dylan and we couldn’t find either one of them. We looked around and I saw Dylan leading Connie around the lake, following a pack of ducks that had come up on the grass. They were about 10 houses away & he was still just in his diaper! I started laughing because I was just picturing all of the neighbors going, “Who would let their kid outside like that?” Um, yeah….that would be us. He was so happy, and the ducks were letting him walk right up to them. Crazy!!

We finally got on the road by 2:00. We stopped to get some food on the way out of town & Dylan was asleep before we hit the freeway. I ate a couple of chicken nuggets and did not get sick again. I was making progress. Yay!



It was extremely cloudy on the drive down. Usually you can see the mountains leading into the Grapevine from a pretty far distance, but the clouds were so low that you could not see much of them at all.

This is right before you hit the slope to go up. You can see how the clouds are cutting the mountains in half!





This drive is a little crazy because you climb almost 4,000 feet in about 15 minutes. It is very steep, but it is so beautiful. I always get nervous when we drive this pass because on a past trip to DL we got stuck overnight on the top of the Grapevine during a snowstorm. They closed the roads and we just sat there for hours until they could get the roads salted. The wind was so bad that it was literally blowing cars into each other because the roads were so icy. We saw a big rig jack-knife in the middle of the road right next to us, and other cars (with stupid drivers) would lose control of their cars and drive right into it. It was one of the worst nights of my life and I always think about it when we drive through this pass now. Do you want to see how drastic the altitude change is? Here is about 10 minutes later than the last picture. We have risen above the clouds to a blue sky!





We got to the exit for the Griffith Observatory about 3:45 and found our way off the freeway and onto the road leading up to it. It was really congested with traffic and it took us a while to get there, but we got to drive through some really pretty neighborhoods with interesting looking homes & apartments. We have never been to this area of LA before so it didn’t bother us to have to drive slow.

As we got closer, we could see a lot of people parking and walking up the very steep hill to the Observatory. There was no way that I could walk up that hill, being that I was still sick, and we would have to push Dylan in his stroller. We almost decided to give up and leave since it was so crowded, but Todd just kept on driving until we reached the small parking lot at the top. It was completely packed & there were people everywhere. We drove around a few times and we got lucky when someone pulled out of their spot right in front of us. Wooo hooo! We pulled in and got out of the car.

What a VIEW!! I am so glad that we did not skip this. The Observatory is at the top of a mountain and on the edge of a cliff, so you can see almost a 360 degree view. You can see the Hollywood sign, all of the buildings in downtown LA and beautiful areas of nature. Not to mention the Observatory itself is so unique looking.

We started taking pictures of the Hollywood sign and we realized that it was really close to sunset. Then we noticed all of the people that had cameras set up on tripods and it all became clear. A lot of people were here to watch the sunset.







Dylan found some telescopes & wanted to use them. So cute!





Walking towards the building.







So beautiful!





Love this picture.






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Old 03-22-2010, 11:47 PM   #53
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We went inside & it was packed with people. The inside of the building is not that large, but the architecture was amazing. There is a pendulum in the middle of the entryway and it was fun to watch it for a while.

The lobby



The ceiling



You are allowed to go up on the roof of the building, and we wanted to watch the sunset so up we went. It was pretty windy up there so it was cold but the view was worth it. We were probably up there for 30 minutes or so as we waited for the sun to go down.

















Most people left right after the sunset so we stuck around for a while to avoid some traffic down the hill to the freeway. Todd was saying how he was so glad that we decided to go there, because it combined a lot of his favorite things…architecture, a great view, historic location, etc. We were there about 1 ½ hours and we could have stayed longer. There was a lot of stuff inside that we didn’t do. I’m sure that we will go back again.

We finally got in the car and headed back towards the freeway…and hit a lot of traffic.

Up next…how long does it take us to drive 30 miles to Disneyland?
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I'm enjoying this!! The pics are amazing. Loved seeing the
Hollywood sign, have always wanted to visit Ca. I think I'll
just live some of that dream through you!!
Can't wait for more, more more!
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Wow, that observatory is such a beautiful building. It looks so perfectly situated too! It looks like you got there at the perfect time. Glad to hear that you were starting to feel better.

The picture where Dylan is walking with Todd on the sidewalk - he looks so grown up! Time is flying by. He looks like a little boy there, not just a toddler.

I also love the photo of you and Dylan (it's a view of your backs) looking at the view with the Hollywood sign. But then again, I think I've mentioned before on your other TR how I love those kind of photos and it's always rare to get the mom and child shot since we're always the ones taking the photos!
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HI I'm home!

Aw..looks like such a nice way to end the day. The views were beautiful way up there!
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Nice update! First off, glad to see you seem to be feeling a little better. I hope it keeps up.

That drive looks really pretty (of course, I'm sure it was not on that winter night you mentioned...). I love driving through scenic areas like that.

Good timing on the observatory. You got a great parking spot and a great sunset view! How cool. That looks like a neat place to visit. Glad it worked out for you.

Looking forward to your Disney arrival!
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Can't wait for more, more more!
You SHOULD visit CA someday. It is a beautiful state and you can see so many things in a short amount of time. I get spoiled living here, but when I do something new like the Observatory, it reminds me how lucky we are to live here.

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Wow, that observatory is such a beautiful building. It looks so perfectly situated too! It looks like you got there at the perfect time. Glad to hear that you were starting to feel better.

The picture where Dylan is walking with Todd on the sidewalk - he looks so grown up! Time is flying by. He looks like a little boy there, not just a toddler.

I also love the photo of you and Dylan (it's a view of your backs) looking at the view with the Hollywood sign. But then again, I think I've mentioned before on your other TR how I love those kind of photos and it's always rare to get the mom and child shot since we're always the ones taking the photos!
I'm glad that we got there when we did. We had not planned to see the sunset, but because I was sick we got a much later start than anticipated. Silver lining on the cloud!

Dylan just keeps growing. He was 3' 2" at his 2 year old doctor's appointment, and I'm sure that he has grown at least 2" since then. Everyone asks if he is 4 y.o.! It makes me sad because I want him to stay small, so I can at least pretend he is still a baby for a little longer. I love that photo of us too. We were having a "moment" and Todd caught it with the camera. He was facinated by the blimp that was circling the Hollywood sign.

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Aw..looks like such a nice way to end the day. The views were beautiful way up there!
Yay! You're back. How was your trip? I'm going over right now to check into your TR.

The view was amazing up there. I wish it was a little less smoggy, but that is LA for you. Rarely is there a nice, perfectly clear day.

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Nice update! First off, glad to see you seem to be feeling a little better. I hope it keeps up.

That drive looks really pretty (of course, I'm sure it was not on that winter night you mentioned...). I love driving through scenic areas like that.

Good timing on the observatory. You got a great parking spot and a great sunset view! How cool. That looks like a neat place to visit. Glad it worked out for you.

Looking forward to your Disney arrival!
I was definitely feeling a little better at this point. It got a little better each day of the trip, but I definitely was not feeling like myself for most of it.

The Grapevine drive is really pretty. What was so weird about the night that we got stuck was that it wasn't even snowing. The wind was blowing so hard that it was blowing the snow off the tops of the mountains & down onto the road. It was so scary & I hated it. Even when we drive in the summer now, I check the weather forcast for the driving conditions. LOL.
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Ok, I was just looking at your observatory pictures again...is Todd wearing those sunglasses he got at WDW? Sure looks like it! Funny! Just had to comment on that.

Looking forward to more. I've only been to Disneyland twice (1 day each time), so really excited to experience it again through your family!
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Ok, I was just looking at your observatory pictures again...is Todd wearing those sunglasses he got at WDW? Sure looks like it! Funny! Just had to comment on that.

Looking forward to more. I've only been to Disneyland twice (1 day each time), so really excited to experience it again through your family!
Yes, those are his lame glasses from WDW. Ha, ha, I hadn't even noticed until you said that. He leaves them in his car for emergencies (b/c he forgets his in the house all the time). Yes, they still haunt us, even now!

Disneyland feels like home to us. We are fortunate to get to go frequently and it is so comfortable. WDW is exciting because we don't get to go very often. DL is much easier to plan for, and I just love it!
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