Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Wow! It has been a while since I have posted. I think I forgot I had this blog. Sorry folks. Well, I finished my first year of teaching June 7th 2013 and now it is summer. We are still living in the same place and it is HOT! Boy, our small AC window unit does not cut it here with the 100+ degrees. It just makes you want to sit around and do absolutely nothing! However, I am happy to say, I've been accomplishing a lot. I've figured out how to keep the house in order. (make it your full time job) I've also had a chance to read, get a quilt going, do some work for school and even take a couple online classes with my district. We don't have many summer plans which is nice in a way. We will likely be taking a trip to AZ for a wedding the end of July, first of August. Otherwise, nothing else is new. Life is Good!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Alex and I were married just before Christmas so our honeymoon got cut a little short. We decided we would do something this summer for fun. We had been thinking either a cruise or Disneyland. When Alex's mom called and said they were going to Disneyland in June our decision became easier. We decided to join them, after all we always here that going just yourselves is kinda boring anyway. We planned, budgeted and even bought a car to get us there. Luckily we paired the California trip with our friend Kevin's wedding in Arizona saving us 12 hours in the car. By the end, we were so grateful to have done that.
We awoke Friday morning, got somethings done to prepare and then loaded up our car and got on the road. We weren't in much hurry because my brother was up in Utah and we were headed to say at his empty house. It was nice to kinda take our time, however by the end we just wanted to be there. We did however stop in Barstow at the Tanger Outlets. It was fun and Alex was so nice to let me look. I found a cute belt and pair of sandals at Gap for under 7 dollars, thanks to my mother and grandmother's influence.
Monday, we awoke bright and early, prepared for a day at Knott's Berry Farm. We went down to the hotel's continental breakfast which consisted of cheap donuts, two kinds of bread, two cereals, coffee, milk and juice. We ate and then left for Knott's. We drove there with the Briggs's and couldn't find the parking lot. Luckily we were there about 45 minutes early. We waited in line with hundreds of teens, excited to get into the park.
This ride was called the Perilous Plunge. It dropped you at about a 75 degree angle and goes down into a harbor FULL of water. No one gets off dry, in fact everyone gets SOAKED! It was nice on a hot day though.
We ended up quite wet as you can see if you look close.
Another roller coaster was called Pony Express. The seats were horses that you would get on and ride the coaster as if you were on a horse. Clever I'd say!
The Silver Bullet left me most sick and dizzy but was probably my favorite. Your feet hang down while you are twisted and turned through corkscrews and loops. I could only do this one once.
Boomerang was my least favorite. It was a coaster that brought you up backwards, then dropped you through corkscrew thing and a loop then up again. It then took you all the way backwards again. I just shut my eyes all the way through the second part (I'll admit it) because it was so bad.
Here is a picture of Alex and others going a second time (Alex is the top left)
Alex wanted to go on this one so much, but I couldn't do any more thinking about Disneyland the next day still. Luckily, both his brothers also wanted to go. Here is a video of what it was like. Can you see why I didn't want to go?
Disneyland was the next day. We woke up early again, got dressed and ready to go. We were there before they let us in to the rides. We hurried to get to Star Tours. This one was redone to have multiple scenarios that you randomly get. (Overall we went on this one lots of times, it made me motion sick by the end though... 3D + rocking motion = sick feeling).
Main Street Disneyland
The Jones Family!
We made it to the submarines. It had been a long time since I had been on this ride. It was fun to go through the finding nemo show while in a very very small squishy space.
Down the row, it kinda shows how squishy it was.
Henry's Funny Face.
Friday we had to leave to drive to Arizona. We were packing up the car and they decided to check out our new car. It was so funny because they thought they were so awesome in the front seat.
Alex forgot his razor charger. He shaved the second day of the trip and that was the last one his razor had. He just kept growing out his beard while at the theme parks. I insisted he shave for Kevin's wedding. It was an adventure to find a charger. Luckily Kevin had the same razor so he borrowed it. Here a before shaving picture. It was about 1 week of growing....
And here is after! I was so grateful. Beards are too scratchy for kisses. The wedding was wonderful! It was so amazing to go to another sealing that wasn't our own. I learned SO much! Kevin and Taylor's faces were just so happy!
Mr. and Mrs. Hinton
These are Taylor's littlest sisters. They were so cute. The youngest, about 1, was loved getting her picture taken. The other, sadly, wouldn't look up.
I had to hold the bouquet for a few minutes, standing in for the bridesmaids... they were busy chatting.
Sadly, the night was over which meant a long drive the next day. 11+ hours later on the road through nowhere and we made it home just in time to go to bed again. It sure was a blast to spend tons of time together having fun. Can't wait for another vacation :)