Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2924 Miles Traveled

We're home!
It feels so good to be home safely after a fantastic vacation.
We managed to see and do everything on our list.

Here are some highlights...I was finally able to attend the Rose Bowl flea market. We shopped for 5 hours in the gorgeous California sunshine.Lots of fun things to look at. I was shocked at the prices! I guess I was expecting flea market prices, not antique dealer prices. Things were pricey! I was kind of discouraged at first, but I did manage to find a few good deals so I didn't come home empty handed after all... I'll share my finds soon.
Next on our list was Disneyland!
We arrived at 10 am along with what seemed like a million other people.

Sydney had drawn this picture map of what she imagined she'd see in Disneyland. She carried it around to each site she visited and compared her drawing to the actual site. It was quite cute, and her drawing is one we'll save forever.

Daphne loved the carrousel. Dumbo was a big hit too.

Sydney was beyond excited to pose (not to mention get their autographs) with Mary Poppins and Bert.
I cried when they got to hug Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger.
We stayed for the Parade of Dreams. I cried again. hehe
It was so beautiful. Watching my girls so caught up in the moment was just the sweetest thing ever.
As we were walking out, the night lights were just starting to come on.
It was such a magical day. We can't wait to go back!
On the afternoons we didn't have places on our list to visit, we'd spend at the pool.
The weather was magnificent the whole trip!

We spent one day down in San Diego at SeaWorld.

We all loved the dolphin show! Even though we sat in the splash zone, we managed to stay dry.

We watched lots of fun shows. The girls loved all the animals. It was another glorious day.

Before we headed back up to L.A. we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants on the bay in San Diego. It's always yummy at Anthony's!!!
I was able to do some antiquing on Pomona's Antique Row.
Still quite a few good shops, but a lot are gone. I always manage to find a souvenir. I'll share what I found here soon too.
The last thing on our list was the L.A.Roadsters show.
It's a really fun show to attend. All of the big named car builders attend,
and there are lots of beautiful cars to see.
My dad trailered down his 32 roadster, and we towed it home for him.
He just had the bop top made and put on the car on their way down.
I love how it turned out - so very cool!
All along the trip, I tried to keep track of gas prices. This was the most we paid. Ouch!
It's hard to believe we're home. We all had such a great time. My Daddy told me what my Grandpa always used to tell him. He'd say, "you should enjoy your trip 3 times... first - have fun planning it, second - have fun doing what you've planned and third - enjoy looking back at it".
We definitely achieved all 3 for this trip!


LiLi M. said...

Hi Karoline! It's good to have you back here safe and sound and to see that you guys really had a great time! So now you can enjoy the third part of your journey (wise words from your grandfather and dad!) and the good thing is we can enjoy that too! Thanks for sharing!
Can't wait to see your fleamarket finds!
xoxo LiLi

Kathi said...

Good morning Karoline. I'm glad you are home. Your trip looks so fun and filled with great memories. What a great way to start your summer. Your girls will always remember the fun at Disney. Have a pleasant day. Thanks for your sweet note on my blog. I enjoy yours too. Kathi

Lisa Johnson said...


So glad you are back home safe and sound. I'm so jealous you got to go to the Rose Bowl Flea. I'm sure the prices were high. Everyone told me that they are higher there than LB and LB prices were pretty high. Just have to work harder to find those treasures. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you have two of the most adorable little girls that I have ever seen. I loved seeing the pictures of them at Disneyland. What fun! Well, someday we are going to have to meet in person. (We haven't yet, have we?) Okay, I'm losing it. Have a great weekend!


Paula said...

Welcome Home! It looks like you had a great trip!!!

So about Disney...did you cry as soon as you reached the gates and heard the music??? ;o)

Nic would have LOVED the car show. Ryan took him to one here on the island last week and he can't wait to go to more.

Glad you had a fun time!

Nora Lee said...

Karoline, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your wishes for my daughter and her new husband. I loved the pictures of your trip; your girls are just the cutest!! What wonderful memories. Thanks so much for sharing. Now that I have the wedding behind me I hope to stop by and visit more often :)

Unknown said...

What fun! One day I would love to take all the kids there... long trip.
Glad you made it back safe :)
And thank you for stopping by my blog and seeing her pics :)

Michele said...

I LOVED all the wonderful pictures from your trip!!! It looks like you truly had a fabulous time!!! Isn't Disneyland just the most awesome place ever??!! I so love it there!!! Glad you had a great trip and made many special memories for your daughters.