So, we surprised our kids and took them to Disneyland last week. We stayed at our favorite hotel (Del Sol) and went to Disneyland and California Adventure on wednesday, thursday, and friday. The weather was perfect, and wednesday and thursday the crowds weren't bad at all. My mom and dad, Carlie, Emily and Kyle all joined us on thursday and friday. Shandi also flew in friday to be with us. Our kids loved every second of it. We got to see a lot of characters this year and the kids had fun getting their autographs in their little autograph books. The highlight of this year's trip was getting to see Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Christy had to wait in line for an hour and a half, but it was worth it. Calee was so excited to see her and even gave Rapunzel a big hug.
Cambree playing "musical chairs" with Alice, Mad Hatter, Rabbit, and the Queen
Toy Story Mania
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
My Dad and cousin Carlie acting like tards. gotta love em'
We decided we wanted to go down to Fremont Street and walk around and catch a music and light show. It was a lot of fun, but probably not the best place to take our kids. It was quite an eye opener for them. There were a lot of wierd people, drunk people, half-naked girls, and a few almost completely naked girls. We were one of the only families there with small kids, so we got a lot of strange looks. We even had old people look at us like we were child abusers for bringing them there. It was fun though, and our kids loved the music and lights show on the ceiling. They also loved the people that stand like statues until you give them money.
this picture was made out of spray paint. it was amazing to watch him.
We stayed in the Luxor this time and our kids thought it was pretty awesome that we were staying in a giant pyramid. We took them to the Rainforest Cafe in MGM for dinner and surprised them by telling them we were going to disneyland the rest of the week. They were super excited! We spent the rest of the night walking along Las Vegas blvd and shopping in the m&m store and the coke store. Our kids had a blast and Carter got to get his picture taken with HALO Master Chief, which totally made his whole night.
This year I was lucky enough to have Weber County send me to Las Vegas for INTEROP which is a huge IT Expo and Conference. Basically, all the computer geeks and techies come from all over the world to check out the latest and greatest in computer, network, and telecommunications technology. It was held in the Mandalay Bay Expo center and it took us about 4 hours to visit every booth. It was fun to see such amazing technology and to speak to representatives from so many different companies. Along the way I got all kinds of free goodies and t-shirts for my kids.
One of our favorite shows on TV is a show called Pawn Stars. It takes place in a famous pawn shop in Vegas. Last october when we were in Vegas we tried to go in, but they were busy filming, so I was excited to get to go in this time. It was fun to see the inside of the store and to recognize things from the show. One of my favorite things that they had, was a Denver Broncos Superbowl ring that they were selling for one hundred thousand dollars. I was hoping to see old man, rick, big hoss, or chumlee but I was told they are only there during the day. It was still fun to get to see the store and all the cool antique stuff they have for sell.