|Babies helping pack!|
THE FLIGHT THERE
|A &S ready to fly with Nana!|
|Scott with Nana, Adam with me! Snoozing!|
|Adam flying in the plane|
|Scotty and Nana|
|Scott was much more excited than Adam to be in California!|
ARRIVING AT THE HOTEL AND DAY 1
We got off the plane (into the warmth!!) and caught the Disney Magic Express to take us to our hotel. Luckily, the timing was perfect and we only had to wait for the bus for about 10 minutes. The ride itself was good, takes about 45 minutes. Adam fell asleep in my lap, and Scott had a great time looking out the window. We arrived at our hotel (The Paradise Pier) around 12:45. Luckily, we were able to check right in and get up to our room. We had a GORGEOUS view of California Adventure and the room was huge. It was awesome. We unpacked, I fed the babies and (finally) we headed off to grab some lunch. We weren't going to hit the parks that day, just walk around Downtown Disney and get settled in. We wandered and wandered, and everything was so busy. We eventually put in our name at the Rainforest Cafe and they brought us upstairs after a little bit... Not the most well organized place in the world! It took about 15 minutes for them to get us a table after they led us to one that wouldn't fit two high chairs. The hostess said she'd move us to another table, and walked back to mark it down... and came back seating other people instead. Haha! Either way, eventually we got seated and could order. Too bad by this point, the boys had had enough of lunchtime and they were long overdue for a nap. We scarfed what we could, packed up the rest and loaded the boys back into the stroller.
|Amazing view from our room!|
|Cuties hanging out on the floor|
|Scott was so hungry he was eating a napkin|
|Adam was looking for some service!!|
|Adam and Scott - 8 months old!|
FIRST DAY IN THE PARKS!The boys woke us up nice and early (way too early) in the morning so we headed down for breakfast. There was a little cafe in the hotel and we got some toast, eggs, bacon, yogurt etc and shared most of it with the babies, along with some puffs. These kids love puffs! Back to the room, showered, and off we went. The park still didn't open for about 45 minutes so we went through security (where you just get your bags checked) and were waiting around for a bit. We figured we had a ton of time, so we went back over to Downtown Disney, thinking it would be easy to just pop back in. Not the case! There was definitely more of a lineup the second time around. Eventually we made it through again and entered into California Adventure. We had a 'magic morning' so we were in an hour before the the general public could get in. Seems great, too bad most of the rides aren't even open yet! My Mom and I both managed to walk on to the rollercoaster and get in a 'grown up ride' while the other one of us waited with the napping babies. Because I didn't take quite as many (time stamped) photos that day, there is no way I can try to remember everything we did, but memories include Starbucks (my iced green tea is crucial), the little mermaid ride, the train in 'A Bugs Land', and Scott sleeping with his arm above his head (adorable).
|It's like the boys went on the rollercoaster too! S & A|
|Scotty snoozing with his arm up|
|Naptime in the afternoon! Love the sunshade!|
|Some downtime back in the room! A & S|
|Back at the park in the evening, Scott was EXCITED!|
|Hitchhiking in Carsland! S &A|
|Nana & Scotty in front of Mickey's Fun Wheel|
|Two little bugs (Scott back, Adam front) asleep in playpens|
SECOND DAY IN THE PARKSThe next morning the boys woke up early - like 5:30 AM early- and there wasn't much of a chance of getting them back to bed. We laid around with them for a little bit and then decided to get up and sieze the day. We had breakfast on the table downstairs by 6:30. We ate and the boys were getting sleeeepy. Decided to go for a quick walk and hopefully let the boys get a bit of a nap in before we started our day. We walked for 45 minutes and I don't think the boys did sleep, can't win. Got back to the room and they both napped on me for a little while, I might have even had a bit of a snooze myself. Showered, and we were in Disneyland by 9:45. Started off with Starbucks, and checking out the castle. We walked through and looked at all the kiddie rides again, but the lineups were huge on that day too. Made our way over to Critter Country and went on the Winnie the Pooh ride, which the boys loved. Lots of bright colours, so fun. After this the boys napped again, so Mom and I walked walked walked, and found a few neat little areas of Disneyland off of the beaten path. I had no idea they had a petting zoo!
|Breakfast with my boys! Scott & Adam|
|Starting the day with some mum mums and toys. A & S|
|Can't have a morning without my iced green tea! A & S|
|Nana with A & S in front of the castle|
|Nana with Scott in line for the Winnie the Pooh ride|
|Hungry boy Adam|
|When Indiana Jones broke!|
|Picture with Mickey! Scott left, Adam right.|
|Big smile from Scotty in the room|
|Heading back to the park, more mum mums! A & S|
|In the animation building at California Adventure with Scott|
|Nana and Adam (snoozing) on the Casey Jr. train|
|Scotty and I on the train.|
The last morning came early once again. We had a quick breakfast, got the boys dressed and were packed, ready, and waiting in the lobby by 7:45 for our bus. The bus back to the airport was good, both babies napped after staring out the window at the cars driving by for a while. Check in at the airport was nice and easy again; it was pretty quick to get through security, thanks to us all having Nexus cards. The terminal is pretty small, so there wasn't a whole lot of choice for snacks before the flight. At least there was a Starbucks! We actually saw three other sets of twins (all toddlers) in the airport before our flight, that was fun. Glad to see we weren't the only crazy people taking young twins on a plane. Stopped into the duty free store (you're welcome, Jamie) and then waited to board the plane. Both boys were pretty restless, so I was 'that' Mom who lets my baby crawl on the floor in an airport. Oops. We boarded early again, and had a whole row to ourselves, right at the back of the plane. This time the boys were asleep before we even took off. They woke up after a bit and had fun eating puffs, chewing on Sophie, pretty much just being babies. I successfully tandem fed both babies on the plane, which is a great way to keep both babies silent for a bit. The flight actually went by pretty quickly, and we were home before we knew it! Oh, and we managed to spill the puffs AGAIN upon landing. Crap. There was a small snafu with the Nexus machines not working, but we made it through customs pretty quickly, and off to see Daddy!
|Ready to leave the hotel! A & S|
|Scotty getting his move on in the airport|
|Adam standing with Nana|
|Sleepy babies on the flight. S & A|
|Almost home! Adam with me, Scott with Nana|
Overall, it was a very successful trip! We had a great time. Even though the boys won't remember it, they will have the photos to look back on as they get older, and it was a really special time for all of us. My Mom and I have travelled together many times, and it was so fun to bring along two amazing little people this time, even if it meant we couldn't do the 'open-to-close' style of Disneyland like we did in 2012. It was nice learning to slow down a bit, and to take the time to see different parts of the park we had never really stopped to look at before. The boys seemed to really enjoy themselves, and it was a great test to see if they would sleep away from home, which they really did fantastic on. I am so thankful for my Mom and the amazing relationship we have, and it's awesome to see how she is with the boys. She must have been exhausted after 3 days straight with them, I know I was! I don't think we'll go back until the boys are probably 3 or 4, but I can't wait for next time where they are able to do a little bit more, they will have SO much fun.
Babies first trip - AWESOME!!!!!!