Monday, April 6, 2009

California Dreamin....

We didn't have to dream anymore! Our trip to California was so relaxing and fulfilling! We went for Lily's Cochlear Celebration.....which was at Disneyland! The girls had been to Disneyworld and Seth was in-utero the last time we this was his first experience! And none of us had been to DisneyLand! It was a blast! We stopped off in Hollywood first to see the sights and spend the afternoon with Jason Brunk, a friend from our home town. We checked in to our fabulous hotel and were pampered from there on out! My 2nd cousin, Todd, works at the Disneyland Hotel and he set us up with the Royal Treatment! He put us in the Princess Suite....quite fitting....and the place was dream! The girls gushed and fell right into the part....Seth said, "where am I gonna sleep?" The theme of the resort was Peter Pan, so the rest fit him fine! Among other sweet comments, one of my favorite was, "Can we stay here forever?!" That pretty much summed it up! Disney is just magical! Everything is perfectly happy and surreal! I really think they pump something into your room at night so you forget what you are spending, too. I love to look at the trees that are sculted like characters, the beauty of the flowers and the trees. I love the way it smells! Like cotton candy and flowering blooms! At night, everything sparkles! The parades and the fireworks and the castle! I love it!

After 3 sunny days at Disneyland, we made our way to Newport Beach and spent our last day there. It was overcast and 70 and the water was cool, but the ocean was breathtaking! and the kids had so much fun splashing in the water (with their feet, mainly!) Lily took an early dive, so her time was spent cuddled up with Daddy on the blanket! I love watching the ocean. I love seeing how small my kids look by the ocean and how small I feel there. It is truly a picture of how big God's love for us is and how it swallows us up! I LOVE that! We spent the day in Newport with Sean's best friend from High School, Jeff Stewart. They hadn't seen each other in 12 years. It was fun to watch them fall back in to the same comfortable conversation the way old friends do.......

Our vacation was glorious and Lily's
Cochlear Celebration was enlightening.
It was fun seeing others with "hooties"
and Lily was not really interested in that.
She knew she was there to celebrate HER and
her "hootie"!

"I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance"