We had a wonderful time visiting Disneyland for a week in November. It was a first-time visit for our three youngest family members, and the rest of us had never been to Disneyland as a family during the holiday season. We went in mid-November, and it truly was the perfect time to go - the weather was nice and cool (yet we could still swim in the ocean... well the kids did anyway!), the holiday lights and decorations were beautiful, and since we went before Thanksgiving, the parks were not crowded at all (comparatively speaking anyway since we usually have gone in the summer). Another highlight of this trip was that my mom (aka Grandma), was able to join us. It was so nice to spend the week with her, and having another adult along to help with the kiddos was invaluable :) (Thanks Mom!)
We rented a 12-passenger van for our trip so that we could spread the kids out a bit, not use a carrier for our luggage, and fit Grandma of course! Micah felt like he was back in his youth leader days... minus the carseats, and stopping to change poopy diapers. :)
Ready for the first day in the parks... five Disney shirts, two first-timer buttons, and one baby on a leash!
We were definitely impressed by our first visit to CarsLand in California Adventure - well done! I think we rode the Radiator Racers ride about 5 or 6 times thanks to the Child Swap option and FastPasses :)
We stayed at a property that was within walking distance from the parks, and we could choose to walk through Downtown Disney, which was decorated so festive! This tree was even surrounded by an ice skating rink!
At night we enjoyed the "snow" that fell on Main Street, watching the holiday light display on the Sleeping Beauty Castle, and the holiday fireworks show.
I found these cute Disney Santa hats at the dollar store before we left on our trip... perfect!
You might think these three are on a rollercoaster... but no, just the monorail :)
Lunch with Grandma and my "big kids" at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney.
Mid-week we took a break from the theme parks and spent a day hanging out at the beach. It was definitely cooler than the summer months, but that didn't stop the kids from jumping waves and getting completely soaked. We had a wonderful lunch at "Ruby's Diner" on the pier - can't beat that view!
After lunch we decided to explore a bit more and found some incredible tide pools surrounding some large boulders at the edge of a beach. We had a great time climbing around and admiring all of the sea creatures!
I am so thankful for my family and for the blessing of being able to take family vacations and make memories together. Can't wait for the next adventure :)