Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Longest Post Ever - A Trip Report on Santa Monica and Disneyland & Caroline's Spring Break Visit!

Caroline's week long visit has come and gone and we had a great time together.

Started off en route to Santa Monica at the Shake Shack off Pacific Coast Highway. Gorgeous views for lunch.


The longest rainbow loom kept the littles tied together.




Checked into this no frills, but quaint little motel just blocks from the Santa Monica Pier.

Fun fact: This tiny motel room cost the same as a large, high end one at Disneyland.

Location!


We walked to the pier to check things out night 1.







Day 2 brought us back again and Laine shocked everyone by climbing up this exercise rope effortlessly.


These pictures are from the original Muscle Beach, just south of the Santa Monica Pier.




Littles helped out in a magic show!



And, we saw the end of the famous Route 66, which we've been on before during our Griswold trek years ago from KC to Dallas to San Diego and back through the Grand Canyon and Telluride.








After looking at the pictures, Blake sent me this gem from when Lainey and Jack were just 1 and 2.

Still having fun together.


Zoltar's fortune telling machine was unplugged!







We left the L.A. area and headed back south to Anaheim. Had to stop for sunblock and Caroline treated Lainey to a fringe suit so they could match.


We swam and slept and prepared for an early start at Disneyland the next day.



We were there for Rope Drop and Carter secured our spot in line to meet Anna from Frozen.





Elsa was not there, so Lainey filled in. Anna told her she couldn't wait to tell her sister about Lainey's darling dress.


After a 16 month refurbishment, Big Thunder Mountain....one of our favorites.....is back and better than ever!









While waiting for our dinner reservation, Laine enjoyed the band.



We enjoyed dinner at the very pricey Blue Bayou in celebration for Caroline's birthday....and Jack's, too!


Everyone was fast asleep.....even Lainey, who sleeps like a princess.


The next morning, Lainey buckled in new friends and we set out for the parks again.















Our Disneyland visits with Caroline are so special. 

The rest of the week was low key with a movie, some shopping, baseball and more.



So glad Caroline was here for so much!

Next time we see her will be at Orlando International when we land around the same time in July for our mega trip to Disney World and the Florida Keys.

We're so excited!!!!!!

Now, it's Spring Break for the Starnes children and I'm busy making plans. Back soon!

28 comments:

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Your family goes on the best adventures! The weather looks so nice and warm there. It is still cold here with a chance of snow this week.

Jodee said...

What a fun Spring Break! I may or may not be just a tad bit jealous! Adorable pictures!

Jo said...

In my next life I want to be a Starnes!

Dee Stephens said...

I can't see the 2nd half of your pictures for some reasoN? Weird. They're all black holes.
Anyhoo.. Laine climbing that rope!! OMG!!! Craziness! Love her MJ outfit. I need to order from Court. Maybe the next paycheck :) Jack is getting sooo big! Crazy.

Anonymous said...

Wow -- that looks like so much fun! Maddy would love to see Anna! Have a great week.

Emmy said...

That looks like such a fun fun week. I have never been to Santa Monica pier, definitely want to go now.

Did you wish to be big??

So crazy that the hotel cost so much, definitely location location location.

Katherine P said...

What a great spring break! Looks like everyone had a fun time and what a huge number of different things you were able to get done in a week. Gorgeous pics!

Sara said...

What a fun trip!! I love Jack's snaggle tooth grin...when he actually shows his teeth. Such a cutie!

Looks like everyone had a great time! So awesome to have a fun aunt like Caroline come visit!!

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