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California Adventure
Posted Apr 22, 2007 - 04:08 AM

Airplane Paul, Alexa, my grandparents and I went on a trip to California. Paul had to work in Orange County, California and the rest of us tagged along. Alexa went on her first plane ride and she did great. She slept the first two and a half hours, woke up for about an hour, got a bit fussy, then went back to sleep. We arrived at LAX mid-morning, picked up our rental car, and headed out to the hotel. Once we arrived at the hotel, the room was not ready, so we went to the store to buy Alexa's necessities (diapers formula, food, etc). We were all pretty exhausted after a long day of traveling plus the time difference, so we went to bed early. Alexa had no trouble adjusting to the time change.

Monday morning, Alexa and I dropped off Paul at work and we drove to Disneyland. There, we met up with Ashely, Ana Maria and Aurelio (family members of mine from California). Alexa had a great time in Disneyland riding “It’s a Small World” and “Alice in Wonderland”. She did not enjoy “Winnie the Pooh” and “Buzz Lightyear” though. I think they were too dark and noisy. Once we were done with our day, we went to pick up Paul at work. Boy were we exhausted when we got back to the hotel.

Tuesday was the day Abu and Aba arrived in California. Alexa and I spent the morning at the mall waiting for the abuelos to arrive. They arrived around noon, and we went to have lunch at Friday’s, which was across the street from the hotel. We had a nice relaxing day which was quite a change from the day before.

The next day, Abu and Aba joined us at Disneyland. We took Alexa on “Pirates of the Caribbean” since she loves the song “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirates life for me” She sobbed through most of the ride, because I don’t think she liked the cannons and the darkness. However, she did stop crying when she saw the dogs and heard the song. We once again rode “It’s a Small World” and she still loved it. We called it quits early and went back to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, we picked up Paul and went to have dinner at Red Robin. Alexa did not like the restaurant. They have a man dressed in a robin costume that walks around the restaurant. He and many waiters went to a table near us and loudly sang “Happy Birthday”. After that, all she would do was cry and keep looking at the table to see if the robin would be returning.

Thursday, we decided to take a break from Disneyland, and went to Huntington Beach to Ana Maria’s house. We walked down to the beach, out to the pier, and through town. It was a bit windy and cool, so we didn’t make it all the way down the pier. It was a very nice and relaxing day.

Friday was Paul’s last day of work. Once he was done with work, we picked him up and drove to Disneyland. Abu and Aba stayed behind and went out with Ana Maria instead. We rode “It’s a Small World” 2 times and also saw the parade twice. Alexa loved the parade. Her favorite float was the Lion King. When the rhinoceros came walking towards Alexa, her hand went up in the air and she began to scream. The other rides she really enjoyed were the Jungle Cruise, Casey the Train, and the Tiki Room. In the evening, we met up with Sasha (another cousin) and her boyfriend and rode the race cars. Alexa fell asleep while racing. Poor baby was so tired she slept through the entire fireworks show, and there were some real loud booms and music that I was sure were going to wake her.

We spent Saturday at Huntington Beach at Ana Maria’s house. Paul, Alexa and I went walking along the Pacific. We got adventurous, and got our feet wet along the seashore. The water was a chilly 58 degrees. For lunch, we went to our cousin’s restaurant and spent some time with more family members.

Sunday, we headed to West Hollywood to see the American Girls Doll Store. It is in a beautiful open air shopping mall called The Grove. Alexa left the store with a Bitty Baby and stroller. She had so much fun pushing the stroller in the store we just had to buy it for her. If you have never been to an American Girls Store, it is just amazing. They have a beauty parlor for the dolls, a restaurant for you to eat with your doll, a theater, and a doll hospital. It’s a little girl’s heaven. Then we went to Paul’s heaven, the Apple store. It was a nice one also, two stories. You don’t see those very often. For lunch, we went to a Mexican restaurant called The Gardens. We left there stuffed. It was a 5 or 6 course meal. I can’t remember, all I know it was a lot of food and delicious.

Monday, we once again returned to Disneyland. This time with Abu and Aba. We decided to give Pirates of the Caribbean a second chance. We had to wait to wait in line for about an hour, but it was worth it. Alexa really enjoyed it this time; she was constantly looking around to see what was coming next. We once again went on “It’s a Small World” and saw the parade yet again. “Pinnochio” and “Dumbo” were the new rides for the day. Both were a hit. Paul and I also went on Indiana Jones while the abuelos and Alexa rode the Jungle Cruise. We had lunch at Goofy’s Kitchen. It is a buffet where the characters come to your table and say hi. Alexa got to see the Mad Hatter, touch Dale’s nose, play with Goofy’s whiskers, and stare at Snow White. She loved to see the characters, and was not scared one bit. In the afternoon, we said our final goodbye to Disneyland.

Tuesday, it was time to return home. Luckily we were able to switch to the earlier flight that Abu and Aba were on. Once again, Alexa behaved great on the plane. She had an excellent first vacation.


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