My cousin Gabriela came to visit from Uruguay!!! It was SO wonderful to see her after a few years. (Pictures in the next section). We did lots of activities in our last week in Cali, but she stayed with y parents for two more weeks after that (one of those weeks they went to Hawaii! LUCKY!).
I LOVE Max's reaction when he saw the truck. He absolutely loves vehicles!
Max liked to push this stroller around the house.
My brother brought a model rocket to shoot off and this was the best picture I could get of it. I wasn't expecting it to go so fast and so high and so far! Unfortunately, since my parents live on a hill, the rocket was taken by the breeze over many streets and houses and was never recovered.
Bryan and nephew Henry playing my other brother's new Xbox Kinect.
All I wanted this vacation was to go to Disneyland! We were so lucky to have that chance thanks so much to Bryan's parents who surprised us with tickets for Christmas. They very unfortunately weren't able to come with us, but my cousin Gaby joined us instead. We had the joy of visiting Cars Land for the first time, but as it's still pretty new, we only managed to go on one ride: Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. There was actually a height limit for this ride, which Max BARELY reached. The guy was really nice and made me stand him up super straight and lift his head up so he could make the limit. They had a whole bunch of "props" from Max's all-time favorite movie, Mater's Tall Tales. It was pretty awesome. *The Radiator Spring's wait time was two-and-a-half hours long! That's like sitting through a whole showing of Les Mis!!!
Max absolutely LOVED this ride! When we got off the tractor, he kept pointing and whining towards them and when we walked away from them, he started crying.
P.S. The song for this was ride so unbelievably catchy! I wish I could find it to download!
I had never been to Bug's Land before and wasn't even sure where inside California Adventure it was located. I took Max here while Bryan and Gaby rode Tower of Terror. All the rides we so perfect for Max.
-Heimlich's Chew Chew Train (left). The only time Max didn't like it was when we were stopped, waiting for the train in front of us to unload: he kept trying to stand up.
-Francis' Ladybug Boogie (right). Bryan and Gaby found us again just as we were getting on.
That's my cousin Gaby from Uruguay (who speaks perfect English by the way). Isn't she gorgeous?!
Max finally fell asleep after about 7 hours. He's not good at sleeping anywhere other than his crib or playpen and only slept for 45 minutes before he stayed awake for another 5 hours or so.
In line for Jungle Cruise. Max wanted me to hold him instead.
We wanted to take Max on some Fantasyland rides, but it was way more crowded than we would have liked.
We rode enough rides to keep us satisfied, but would have like to ride way more. Next time, we will have to go BEFORE the week of Christmas because anytime after is too full of people.
Rounding Off Our Trip
Staying up past his bedtime to play with Grandma Jones.
Max and Kilika.
My dada took Kilika out so Max could play with her better, but Max made sure to keep at least a 5-foot buffer between them. I was kind of surprised, considering how much he like touching her through the window.
Max gets so excited when he can sit in the driver's seat. I think they played like this (with Aburla and Gaby) for at least a half an hour.
Max and Gaby.