Cousins at Disneyland – Last Day

Thursday was another full day at Disneyland (and California Adventure). Initially Tim thought to go to Los Angeles (to see Griffith Park and the Space Shuttle at the Science Center) on Thursday. But the consensus was another day at Disneyland.

Sarah was able to join us in the morning. She had to leave part way through the day so she could go to her evening class. Nicole finished work at 2:00 PM; Jason was able to get off early (at 2 PM); Victoria was done with her class. So the three of them along with Justin picked up Joanna from work (she got off an hour and a half early) to join us at Disneyland.

It was HOT! Sunny with a high of 96 F. They were able to do Grizzly River Run to try and cool off a bit. This was unlike Monday and Tuesday when the highs were in the 70s.

We celebrated the final evening with the cousins with a sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant in Downtown Disney, Tortilla Jo’s. Besides traditional Mexican dishes, they had a nice selection of vegan options. Plus Jason was able to enjoy his (real) fish tacos!

Jeffrey, Sebastian, Sarah, and Tim on California Screamin'. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey, Sebastian, Sarah, and Tim on California Screamin’. Click photo for full size.
Jeri, Josiah, Jessica, and Lizzie on California Screamin'. Click photo for full size.
Jeri, Josiah, Jessica, and Lizzie on California Screamin’. Click photo for full size.
Sarah on Silly Symphony Swings. Click photo for full size.
Sarah on Silly Symphony Swings. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Josiah in a Disney Shop. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Josiah in a Disney Shop. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian and Jeffrey in a Disney Shop. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian and Jeffrey in a Disney Shop. Click photo for full size.

We took a lunch break in California Adventure.

Lizzie and Jessica at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Jessica at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian and Lizzie at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian and Lizzie at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Sarah and Jeffrey at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Sarah and Jeffrey at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim at Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Tofu and Veggie Skewer for Lunch. Click photo for full size.
Tofu and Veggie Skewer for Lunch. Click photo for full size.

We headed to Space Mountain in Disneyland.

Jessica, Lizzie, Josiah, Sarah, Jeffrey, Sebastian, Jeri (hidden), and Tim on Space Mountain rollercoaster. Click photo for full size.
Front to back, left to right: Jessica, Lizzie, Josiah, Sarah, Jeffrey, Sebastian, Jeri (hidden), and Tim on Space Mountain rollercoaster. Click photo for full size.

We met up with the rest of the family while Sarah headed home. Now back to California Adventure to cool off!

(Upper left, counter-clockwise) Jeffrey, Nicole, Victoria, Jason, and Sebastian on Grizzly River Run. Click photo for full size.
(Upper left, counter-clockwise) Jeffrey, Nicole, Victoria, Jason, and Sebastian on Grizzly River Run. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie, Jessica, and Justin on Grizzly River Run. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie, Jessica, and Justin on Grizzly River Run. Click photo for full size.

After most people did the Hollywood Tower Hotel, we escaped from the heat inside of Starbucks.

Hollywood Tower Hotel. Back row from left: Victoria, Joanna, Jessica, and Jeri. Middle row from left: Jeffrey, Sebastian, Josiah, and Jason. Click photo for full size.
Hollywood Tower Hotel. Back row from left: Victoria, Joanna, Jessica, and Jeri. Middle row from left: Jeffrey, Sebastian, Josiah, and Jason. Click photo for full size.

Taking a Break at Starbucks. Click photo for full size.
Taking a Break at Starbucks. Click photo for full size.
Going around the table, starting on the left - Victoria, Jeri, Joanna, Jason, Jeffrey, Sebastian, Lizzie, and Jessica. Click photo for full size.
Going around the table, starting on the left – Victoria, Jeri, Joanna, Jason, Jeffrey, Sebastian, Lizzie, and Jessica. Click photo for full size.

We walked to Tortilla Jo’s for supper.

Nicole, Joanna, Josiah, Jessica, and Lizzie at Tortilla Jo's. Click photo for full size.
Nicole, Joanna, Josiah, Jessica, and Lizzie at Tortilla Jo’s. Click photo for full size.
Justin with His Shredded Beef Burrito (and Lizzie). Click photo for full size.
Justin with His Shredded Beef Burrito (and Lizzie). Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey and Sebastian at Tortilla Jo's. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey and Sebastian at Tortilla Jo’s. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Jason at Tortilla Jo's. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Jason at Tortilla Jo’s. Click photo for full size.
Victoria and Lizzie Each with a Veggie Burrito. Click photo for full size.
Victoria and Lizzie Each with a Veggie Burrito. Click photo for full size.
Everyone at Tortilla Jo's (except Sarah who was at class). Click photo for full size.
Everyone at Tortilla Jo’s (except Sarah who was at class). Click photo for full size.
Josiah at Tortilla Jo's. Click photo for full size.
Josiah at Tortilla Jo’s. Click photo for full size.

A balloon artist made some creations for Jessica and Josiah.

Jessica with Her Fire-breathing Dragon and Her Mickey-Dragon Pin. Click photo for full size.
Jessica with Her Fire-breathing Dragon and Her Mickey-Dragon Pin. Click photo for full size.
Josiah with His Sword. Click photo for full size.
Josiah with His Sword. Click photo for full size.

After supper, we headed back to California Adventure to use our Fast Passes for Radiator Springs Racers (one of the most popular rides in the park). Then back to the California Screamin’ rollercoaster. Although we were planning to catch the Fantasmic show at 9:00 PM, one group (including the cousins) headed home. The rest stayed and did Midway Mania a few more times.

Joanna, Josiah, Jessica, Stranger, Victoria, and Nicole on Radiator Springs Racer. Click photo for full size.
Joanna, Josiah, Jessica, Stranger, Victoria, and Nicole on Radiator Springs Racer. Click photo for full size.

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With Cousins at the Beach

After two long days at Disneyland on Monday and Tuesday, we had a more leisurely Wednesday. The kids relaxed at home and played with their electronics.

Because Sarah, Joanna, and Victoria had class that evening, they had to leave around 5 PM. The rest of us ordered carry-out food from one of our favorite Chinese restaurants. (One of the reasons that we like it is because they give HUGE quantities.)

After supper, we went to the beach. The cousins hadn’t seem the Pacific Ocean before; so they were able to watch the sun set. We walked out on the Huntington Beach Pier. We didn’t stay long; then, on the way home, we stopped at Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt store.

We ordered some treats. While we were there, Sarah, Joanna, and Victoria joined us.

Jeffrey, Sebastian, Jessica, and Josiah on the Huntington Beach Pier. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey, Sebastian, Jessica, and Josiah on the Huntington Beach Pier. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian and Jessica at the Huntington Beach Pier. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian and Jessica at the Huntington Beach Pier. Click photo for full size.
Sunset at Huntington Beach. Click photo for full size.
Sunset at Huntington Beach. Click photo for full size.
Jason, Jeffrey, and Sebastian Leaving the Pier. Click photo for full size.
Jason, Jeffrey, and Sebastian Leaving the Pier. Click photo for full size.
Jason, Josiah, and Sebastian at Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Jason, Josiah, and Sebastian at Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Jessica at Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Jessica at Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.
Justin and Jeffrey at Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Justin and Jeffrey at Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim at Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim at Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.
Jeri, Sarah, Joanna, and Victoria at Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Jeri, Sarah, Joanna, and Victoria at Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.
A Menchie's Treat. Click photo for full size.
A Menchie’s Treat. Click photo for full size.
Everyone at Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Everyone at Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Jessica Outside of Menchie's. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Jessica Outside of Menchie’s. Click photo for full size.

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Cousins at Disneyland – Day 2

After wearing ourselves out at Disneyland on Monday, we changed our plans and decided to do it again on Tuesday. Primarily because the weather was supposed to remain comfortable for another day. So here’s what we did:

  • Got Fast Passes for World of Color.
  • Got Fast Passes for Hollywood Tower of Terror.
  • Rode Monsters Inc.
  • Watched the live Alladin show.
  • Spent time in the animation workshop.
  • Had a sit-down lunch at the Carnation Cafe.
  • Watched a show at the Golden Horseshoe Corral.
  • Rode the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
  • Took the Disneyland Railroad.
  • Saw the new Mickey and the Magical Map show.
  • Went back to California Adventure to ride the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
  • Sat in Carsland for a short bit until they turned on the lights to Sh’boom.
  • Waited in line, ate popcorn, and rode Goofy’s Sky School.
  • Rode the Zephyr ride.
  • Rode the Silly Symphony Swings.
  • Went back to Disneyland to ride the Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • *Ran* back to California Adventure to watch the World of Color. (We got to our reserved area with two minutes to spare.)
  • Headed home.

Here are some photos:

Jessica and Lizzie watching riders get wet at Grizzly River Run. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Lizzie watching riders get wet at Grizzly River Run. Click photo for full size.

Jessica and others ready to watch the live Alladin show. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and others ready to watch the live Alladin show. Click photo for full size.
Jessica drawing her animation. Click photo for full size.
Jessica drawing her animation. Click photo for full size.
Jessica drawing. Click photo for full size.
Jessica drawing. Click photo for full size.
Jessica videotaping her hand-drawn animation. Click photo for full size.
Jessica videotaping her hand-drawn animation. Click photo for full size.
Jessica's animation artwork. Click photo for full size.
Jessica’s animation artwork. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Sebastian watching an animation. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie and Sebastian watching an animation. Click photo for full size.
Josiah, Jeri, Lizzie, and Jessica at the Carnation Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Josiah, Jeri, Lizzie, and Jessica at the Carnation Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie getting ready to eat. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie getting ready to eat. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Sebastian at the Carnation Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Sebastian at the Carnation Cafe. Click photo for full size.
The Vegan Burger at the Carnation Cafe. Click photo for full size.
The Vegan Burger at the Carnation Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Tim's Birthday Cupcake. Click photo for full size.
Tim’s Birthday Cupcake. Click photo for full size.
Watching the show at the Golden Horseshoe Corral. Click photo for full size.
Watching the show at the Golden Horseshoe Corral. Click photo for full size.
The Golden Horseshoe Corral. Click photo for full size.
The Golden Horseshoe Corral. Click photo for full size.

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Cousins at Disneyland – Day 1

On Monday, March 23rd, we didn’t get out of the house until around 10 AM. We were at Disneyland/California Adventure by 11 AM. We stayed through the fireworks show leaving the park around 10 PM. So by the time we made it home, we had been gone almost 13 hours! Here’s a synopsis of what we did:

  • Did the Boudin Bakery Tour.
  • Picked up Fast Passes for California Screamin’ (roller coaster ride).
  • Waited in line at Goofy’s Sky School until they shut the ride down due to a malfunction.
  • Did Arial’s Underwater Adventure.
  • Rode Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
  • Tried the Hollywood Tower Hotel but it was closed.
  • Lunch at the Pacific Wharf Cafe. Jessica got Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl; Sebastian got a Loaded Potato in a Sourdough Bowl. The rest of us shared a loaf of sourdough bread (with butter) and an Asian Tofu and Vegetables dish with Mandarin Orange sauce.
  • Got Fast Passes for Grizzly River Run.
  • Went to Disneyland and got Fast Passes for Star Tours.
  • Went back to California Adventure for Grizzly River Run. We all got wet; some got soaked!
  • Waited in line for about an hour to do, Toy Story Midway Mania.
  • Left the park and went to a small vegan restaurant called “Vegan Pizza.” Guess what they serve. We had a great feast: two calzones, hot wings, breadsticks, corn dogs, and a pizza!
  • Returned to Disneyland and did Star Tours.
  • Got ice cream and hot chocolate.
  • Watched the fireworks show.
  • Finally we head home!

For those who might be interested. Tim wore his pedometer all day and logged over 20,000 steps! That was a new daily record for him and represents probably six to eight miles of walking.

Here are some photos:

Jessica and Lizzie on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Lizzie on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Click photo for full size.

Josiah and Sebastian on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Click photo for full size.
Josiah and Sebastian on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Click photo for full size.
Jessica, Jeri, Lizzie, and Josiah at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Jessica, Jeri, Lizzie, and Josiah at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie, Jessica, Sebastian, and Josiah at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie, Jessica, Sebastian, and Josiah at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian, Josiah, and Tim at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian, Josiah, and Tim at Pacific Wharf Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Jessica at Tomorrowland. Click photo for full size.
Jessica at Tomorrowland. Click photo for full size.
Jeri, Josiah, and Sebastian preparing for Grizzley River Run. Click photo for full size.
Jeri, Josiah, and Sebastian preparing for Grizzley River Run. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Lizzie preparing for Grizzley River Run. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Lizzie preparing for Grizzley River Run. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian, Jessica, Josiah, and Lizzie at Toy Story Midway Mania. Click photo for full size.
Sebastian, Jessica, Josiah, and Lizzie at Toy Story Midway Mania. Click photo for full size.
Josiah, Lizzie, and Jeri at Vegan Pizza. Click photo for full size.
Josiah, Lizzie, and Jeri at Vegan Pizza. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim with their vegan Philly Cheez Steak Pizza. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim with their vegan Philly Cheez Steak Pizza. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Sebastian getting Ice Cream. Click photo for full size.
Jessica and Sebastian getting Ice Cream. Click photo for full size.

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Broomball!

Quite a few guys (and one gal) from our church joined up with another church’s youth group to play broomball. For everyone from our church, it was their first time…except for Tim who played in college (and LOVED it). Our group rented the rink for an hour. We were on the ice for only 40 minutes or so.

Each team had 11 players. Although we didn’t follow the “official” rules, it was a lot of fun! Of course there was a lot of slipping, sliding, and falling. Tim and Jason were prepared and wore knee pads. Tim was blocking shots and sliding on his knees. Once he crashed into the wall and broke his glasses. He went to the front desk, got some Scotch tape, fixed up his glasses, and got back on the ice. There were a lot of bruises. Justin pulled a muscle in his back.

Here’s Jason who is wearing a grey flannel shirt.

Jason Playing Broomball. Click photo for full size.
Jason Playing Broomball. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a photo with Tim (on the left wearing a navy warm-up with a white stripe), Jason (center), and Justin (second from the right in the back, wearing black jacket over a burgundy shirt).

Tim, Jason, and Justin Playing Broomball. Click photo for full size.
Tim, Jason, and Justin Playing Broomball. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a group shot with both teams.

Group Photo after Broomball. Click photo for full size.
Group Photo after Broomball. Click photo for full size.

Addendum: And a VERY special thanks to our photographer and videographer, Elizabeth Pau!

Josiah’s First Poem

Yesterday, Josiah was inspired to write a poem. Here it is:

My Friend, Katlyn

    I once had a friend named Katlyn,
    oh, fun we did.
    We ran around and sprayed each other,
    We ran around and hid.

    Then, terror struck. Moving.
    She did not wish to be happy.
    She wished to be sad
    and I felt BAD.

Josiah's First Poem. Click for full size.
Josiah’s First Poem. Click for full size.