The Happy Place

We just got back from a little trip to California and Disneyland. Every time we head out that way, the beach is always top on my list. Even though it was probably warmer at home while we were there; there is just nothing like being at the beach.

Don’t let this guy fool you, it was chilly out. Although, I do thank him for the entertainment.

We stayed at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas while we were there. Avery loved seeing all the fish in the koi pond.

My mom came with us on this trip and she stayed with Avery so we could go out on our Anniversary. She took Avery (and her underpants) swimming. -Whoops!
Thanks Mom, we loved having you with us for part of the trip.
Last year Kyle’s Mom came with us. I think it will help Avery remember that her first two times to Disneyland were with her Grandmas.

We ate way too much on this trip, and it was so fun! Sometimes, it’s just all about the food.

Last year Avery wasn’t quite tall enough to go on a lot of the big rides, but this year she could go on most of them and she loved it! After Space Mountain, she said “I call we go on that one again!” It was so fun! We were there at a great time of year too, I think the only ride we waited in a line for was Finding Nemo…it’s new.

I think this was the last year that Avery would be into the characters. At the Princess Breakfast she was at a loss for words, which is a rare thing for little Miss Talky Talkerton. I suggested that she could ask each princess a question and my mom said, “How about… How Much Do You Weigh?” (That Deb, she’s a hoot.) I asked Kyle if he thought we should get Avery one of those autograph books to have each character sign, and he said, “Na, I can sign Ariel just as good as the next guy”. I believe him.
We sure got good mileage out of our little Tinkerbell costume. I think it helped get a kiss on the hand from Goofy and bones from Grumpy at the parade. The parade is my favorite thing about Disneyland. This year they have a Pixar Parade over at California Adventure, and it was really fun too. I love a Parade!!

We had a blast, thanks for all the suggestions!

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  1. Pedaling says

    kami, those are great shots, really, some of the best i’ve seen!
    Looks like so much fun and how nice that your mom was there too.
    you all are the cutest!

  2. Jori says

    What a great trip! I think you should move forward with that foot blog. You’ve got some great lookin’ feet.;)

  3. sylvia says

    I’m glad you had such a great trip. It was a lonely week without updates to your fun blog;-) Your photography is amazing. I especially love the last photo of Kyle and Avery. Disney really does know how to do happy. I’m glad you had a great trip and spent time making memories. I laughed out loud at the ask the princess how much she weighs question! So funny.

  4. Mean It - Love It! says

    I agree, amazing pictures (you are very talented Kami). Glad you guys had such a fun time. That one of Avery & Kyle spinning on (tea cups?) is my fave!

    p.s. part of a fun trip is all the yummy food – you just gotta do it!

  5. Andrea W. says

    Great photos! What a cute family. Sounds like a fabulous trip. I agree the beach is the best!

  6. Mindi says

    when i grow up i wanna be kami..:)

    my love for you has just increased (as if it could anymore) because we both share a love of men in speedos..NOTHING BETTER!!!

    fabulous fotog, as usual–glad you had fun!!

  7. Tiffany & Co. says

    What a fun vacation. I love Disneyland, I’m sure it’s so much more fun when you’re with kids. Good thing to do with Avery before the baby comes. The time is coming! Exciting!

  8. Shauna says

    The pic of Kyle and Aves needs to be framed or something it is so cute. Glad you guys had fun and we had fun with Rukkus.

  9. Staci says

    You capture such great photos. That looks like you all had such a fun time. I think vacations are for sure all about the food. That is what I look forward to.

  10. Debbie says

    Thanks Kami for the fun trip.
    My favorite part was being with Avery. (Oh, and you too, Kami and Kyle.)
    My second favorite part was the beach.
    I hate Space Mountain!

  11. Colleen Bigler says

    If Avery’s getting tired of the princesses, I’ll dress up next year and go see them. Besides, I’m dying to ask Debbie’s question!
    Looks like such fun, I’m glad you got to fit the trip in before the real fun begins!

  12. amanda says

    I just noticed that you titled your post “the Happy Place” too. I didn’t even see that before. Funny!!

  13. Michelle C. says

    How fun!! I never get tired of the beach and D-land. Sorry the weather was not so hot. I love taking my Mom with us on vacation, too.

  14. Bethany says

    soooooooooo FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! these pictures are absolutely amazing!!! especially the food board…mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  15. Alis says

    I absolutely love your pictures! The ones of you guys at the beach are my favorite, but of course Avery looks precious in all of them…she’s so cute!

  16. Tiburon says

    What fantastic pictures! Looks like you had a great trip – all that food looks heavenly. Thanks for sharing!

  17. kingwritergirl says

    What a great thing to do before your little boy comes. =I am so jealous! It looks like you guys had soooo much fun!

  18. Lorilee says

    I stared at the food photos for about 10 mintues. It all looked so yummy.
    Great pictures…looks like so much fun. Avery’s a doll.

  19. The Roberts Family says

    Looks like fun! Happy Anniversary! What camera do you have? Those are great pictures. Did you photoshop them?

  20. Moreau's says

    it sounds like you had such a fun time! we won’t get there until next year! Don’t you just love the smell of that ocean air? I love to sit on the beach and smell the smells, and hear the sounds of the waves. It is sooo relaxing! I have only one word and that would be
    I miss it so much!
    We are glad that you had so much fun, and had a Happy Anniversary!

  21. heather says

    those are some great pictures. it looks like you all had such a great time! and that hotel is so beautiful, how fun to stay there!

  22. Julie & Matt says

    It looks like you guys had so much fun. And your pictures are awesome. You are really getting good.

  23. berlinwritergirl says

    Looks like you had a blast! I love the socks. I have a sock fetish. I would love some with my initials!

  24. The Raybould Family says

    Fun! I love that facial expression of the lady sitting behind avery on the coaster. Nice!

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