Saturday, July 13, 2013

California Staycation.

Since we live in such a beautiful state, this year Grant and I decided that we are going to do a few staycations. With that said, the first place was chosen by Grant. We originally were going to head to Palm Springs, and with the weather being around 118 (I'm not even exaggerating... that is what the weather station was reporting for the weekend of the 4th of July), Grant decided to surprise us and book a weekend Friday through Sunday at Disney's Grand California. We are season pass holders, and have been to the hotel for brunch, and walk past it every time we're at Disneyland, but have never stayed. I always say how fun it would be to stay there for the weekend... So, Grant decided to surprise us Thursday evening. I was actually all packed for Palm Springs... So, I repacked the kids and I... and got all ready for our 20 minute away staycation.
As pass holders we have early entrance (an hour earlier than regular guests), but as hotel guests you can even enter an hour earlier than that. Pretty sure Jake and Grant went on every ride. We usually go for a few hours here and there... and we did the same with staying there. Only this time, we went into the park for a few hours, went to our hotel for pool time and naps, and then went back for the World of Color... which is amazing. If your going to Disneyland... go and get fast passes in the morning (that way you get a spot in a good location for the show) and check it out! 
We even called our friends Josh, Lex, and Eloise meet us on Friday for pool and park fun... and then they got a hotel room on Saturday evening to staycation as well. We always have a fun time with the Levenshus family.

Here are our kiddos. Yes, I bought the kids matching 2013 Disneyland shirts. I'm a sucker for fun things like this. ;)

Pool time.
Getting ready for World of Color.
A little something I learned... Don't buy a 2 1/2 year old a balloon right before dinner, and then expect him to put it down to eat. Baby melt down. Ugh. Learned a good lesson. he he
Brunch at Story Teller Cafe. One of our favorite spots for the kids. My kids go crazy for the characters that walk around, and the dancing they can participate in.

Carousal fun!

Buzz Lightyear ride... so fun!
Jake loves him some Mickey Mouse.
Jake is hitting the age where he doesn't want to sit in the stroller, but he still gets tired. Good thing Grant is a very strong man. ;)
More pool time fun. My boys. 
Jake has the same pose as Grant. 
Our little Disney family! Until next time Disneyland!
Excited for our next staycation!!

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