Garrett, Mandy, Nora & Bella

Monday, January 2, 2012

Santa Barbara / Disneyland Trip (part 2)

After spending most of the week in Santa Barbara, we decided to drive to Disneyland for the last few days of the trip.  We were planning to go back to Disneyland a few months later so we ended up buying season passes while we were there.

Nora was a bit too young to enjoy the rides, but she LOVED the Tiki Room.  We had to take her back a few times.  Other than that, she was most interested in, well, the rock walls in the lines.  That’s one of the extra benefits you won’t find in any of the brochures.  We won’t even charge you for that insider tip.  Good thing we have season passes so we can bring her back when she’s a bit older.

 

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Don’t look to the left of us.  I said, “DON’T look”!  You just looked, didn’t you?  I tried.

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She snuck out of the bedroom so she could climb onto the coffee table and steal chips (which apparently give you demon eyes).

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Ahh, the siren call of the…rock…walls.  Sigh. Good thing her admission was free.

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Huge crowds full of huge people

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Yikes.  What did they put into Dad’s pineapple whip?

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On the plane ride home.  Nora didn’t stop squirming once. At least she looked good, though.

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Santa Barbara / Disneyland Trip (part 1)

Mandy had a week-long work conference at University of California at Santa Barbara in August, so Garrett and Nora tagged along. During the day while Mom was at the conference, Dad and Nora did touristy stuff. 

 

At the Hotel

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Unbeknownst to Nora, we took some of the new toys she got for her birthday. We had the suitcase unzipped, but closed.  Nora had been crawling around in the living room and Dad turned his back for a minute.  When he turned around, Nora was gone.  He went into the bedroom to find this.  To say she was excited would be an understatement.

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Santa Barbara Mission

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Enterprise Fish Company

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Santa Barbara Zoo

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Nora and Dad stopped at a church to let a newly-walking Nora play on the lawn

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Maww! Tell Paww Nora got into the moonshahn aginn!

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Nora’s First Birthday

Mandy put together a huge bash for Nora’s first birthday.  We invited friends and family to our house for a BBQ, opened presents, made Nora her very own cake and then lit fireworks in the street.  Mandy lobbied for a pony, but was vetoed by Garrett.  Nora got extremely spoiled by all the wonderful people in her life.  Thanks everyone!

A custom cake by Mom

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Opening presents.  She had lots of friends who were eager to help.

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A little unsure at first…

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…but I’d say she got the hang of it.  She spent a good 20, uninterrupted minutes on this thing.

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Hill Air Force Museum

We took Nora and were joined by Angie, Bennett and Asher.  The adults and Winegar boys had fun.  Nora, not so much.

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