January 23, 2012

honeymoon recap #3- DISNEYLAND!!!

when i was little my family went on two vacations to disneyworld in florida. we went once when i was in in 2nd grade and again when i was in 7th. both were cool for different reasons. when i was in 2nd grade we went with a bunch of my dad's military friends who had kids close to my age so that was fun, i got to hang out with kids and meet disney characters. when i was in 7th grade we went with a program from our middle school where 2 teachers lead the trip and you get to learn things while having fun. also cool. we got to go on space mountain with the lights on as a science lesson. it's scarier with the lights on. that ride is seriously on top of it self and all scrunched together.

anyway, both times we were there i saw girls with minnie mouse bride ears. well they were probably in their mid-20's so not really "girls". and i knew that i wanted those ears one day. i knew right then and there that i wanted to either get married at disney or go there on my honeymoon. it was still mine then, not ours because i didn't know who i'd be marrying.

fast forward 13 years (gah!!) and i'm the one getting married and trying to plan a honeymoon. thankfully, my mr didn't also have a plan in his head that had been there since forever about where he wanted to go. thankfully, he was game for disney :) love him.

so, without further ado, here are the disneyland pictures that i know you have been dying to see:
we got to anaheim on sunday afternoon and we didn't want to pay for a whole day at disney just to see it at night (and they don't do 1/2 day or twilight tickets- whats up with that?!). i was bummed because it was the 8th of january and the last day that they're really decked out for christmas and the last night that they do the christmas parade. and there weren't going to be any parades or fireworks on monday when we had planned on going there. i pouted a bit, not gonna lie. but the mr said we could just go to downtown disney and see the decorations there, have dinner, and go back to our hotel where we could probably see the fireworks. we were seriously walking distance to disney. a 20 min walk but walking distance none the less. so that's what we did. we wandered around downtown disney, i got my minnie bride ears (i had to talk myself into, because let's be honest, who wants to spend $20 on ears that you'll really only be able to wear once. but they were the reason that we went to disney, so i got them- so happy!) and i tried to talk to mr into the mickey groom ears but he was not having it. he tried them on in the store and let me take his picutre but that was it. he told me that if i bought them for him, he wouldn't wear them so it would just be a waste of my $20. party pooper.

and we were able to see the fireworks for our hotel. in fact, we sat in the hot tub and watched them.
hello disneyland :) this was the 1st picture i took on monday
i feel like you just have to take this picture when you go to disney. it's iconic with the train station and mickey in the flowers.
here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy
they still had the tree up on main street!! ahh!! i was so excited!
the mr and i in front of sleeping beauty's castle
my bride ears :) yes, i wore them all day. i put them on at the hotel when i got dressed and only took them off when we went on rides.
first ride of the day- space mountain
it's a small world was still decked out for christmas :)
the lady working this ride was so funny- she gave the mr so much shit for not wearing the mickey groom ears
the clock had a santa hat on and the ride sang jingle bells and deck the halls along with it's a small world
i'll spare you all of the pictures from inside- each world was decorated according to their winter/christmas time holiday. so cool! i had my camera phone out the whole time.
minnie's house
us with minnie. we seriously had to wait in line to meet her. we were the only ones in line without kids.
the mr was embarassed.
minnie was jealous of my ring. the lady working with her (since minnie doesn't talk) told minnie that she should really talk to mickey about getting a ring like mine :)
mickey's house
us with mickey. mickey was in his "studio".
walt and mickey on main street
when we were getting a snack at disney, the guy working asked why the mr didn't have the mickey ears on. i told him the whole story. then he offered the mr his own just married pin. we had gotten one from minnie and mickey when they send us a picture of them for our wedding gift (if you invite them to your wedding- they'll send you a personlized autographed picture of them!). so the guy working got one for the mr too.
it's a small world.
i told you it was all decked out still. amazing!
disneyland: let the memories begin
as we were leaving we got our picture taken in front of the trainstation all lit up

the next day we went to knott's berry farm which is also an amusement park but it has bigger, faster rides. disneyland was fun but it didn't have the big, tall, fast rides that the mr was looking for. he likes the kind that you need straps over your shoulders for. knott's berry farm has rides like that. and it was seriously the best time to go there. we didn't have to wait in line for anything except for the horse and buggy ride (which was a 10 min ride & they only had one buggy). we went on all of their big coasters- some of them we went on 2 or 3 times. they have one that goes from 0 to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds. we went on that one 3 times.
the whole place kind of had an old west theme to it
the mr found a new girl friend outside of the saloon
we went on a train ride in a trian car that was pulled by an old school but called the galloping goose.
they have a building that is made entirely out of old wine and whiskey bottles. it's called the bottle house.
sorry that's hard to read- it just tells you about how they built the bottle house and why.
a knott's sign at night. the o turns into a berry!

on the last day of our honeymoon we went to manhatten beach to enjoy the beach one more time. i love the ocean, and the sand. i love walking in the sand barefoot. if i could be barefoot all the time i would, or at least wear flip flops all the time :) so here you have one last shot of the beach:

yes, i stopped walking in the middle of the cross walk to take this picture :)

before we had lunch, we walked around for a while and i saw this store. i couldn't resist taking a picture:
designer shoes AND fine chocolate?? yes please!

while we were having lunch in manhatten beach, i googled "things to do in LA" on my phone. we were looking for something fun to do for our last afternoon and we had no clue what to do. as you can see in the picture, it was kind of cloudy & a little chilly so we didn't want to spend the day on the beach and the shopping in manhatten beach was a little expensive for our taste.

the first link that google gave me was the top 100 free things to do in LA! then the website broke it into different catagories like museums, parks, art & culture, music. we picked the california science center. it was free to get in but the website didn't tell us that we'd have to pay $10 to park there... it's ok, $10 for an afternoon of fun wasn't bad.

the california science center is basically an interactive science museum- you should check it out. while we were there we:
picked up a truck. no joke- the mr really picked it up using the fulcrum. and it was a real truck!
rode a snowmobile and pretended we were at home
the white wall off to the left is a wall of ice!!
we also saw a huge human- they have this big simulator thing named tess that they use to teach people about the human body, i think she was 50 feet tall, but she way laying down. we also walked thro an aquarium, learned about sound & light, tried to fly an airplane like the wright brothers, and lots of other stuff. but we ran out of time! the museum is on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the building and they have a big imax screen, we only got to do/see the stuff on the 2nd floor. no 3rd floor, no imax screen. so if you go, give yourself the whole day, not just the afternoon.

then we took the rental car back, we did the option where you can bring the car back empty. according to the info button on the car, we had 8 miles until empty when we pulled into the garage at thrifty rental car :) but that last 10 miles from the science center to the airport were kinda scary- "are we going to make it??" then we took the shuttle to the hotel, had dinner at el pollo loco (the crazy chicken?), and tried to go to bed early since we had to leave for the airport at 4:30 the next morning! who thought at 6:50 am flight home was a good idea? oh yea, that would be alligent air, that's only time of day they fly from LAX to fargo. awesome.

it was such a fun trip! it was the first time the mr and i had really gone on vacation together. last winter we drove to southern mn to spend a few days with my grandparents and to share that part of my life with him (i was born there) but we'd never gone away together. now we have :) i'll probably never take another trip like it (a-honeymoon, b-no planning), but it was great.

so there you have it- our honeymoon :) and no, we did not come home preggers :)

in other news- i have been nominated for my first bloggy award!!! thanks Cindy!!! she nominated me for the "liebster award". in german liebster means 'dearest' or 'beloved' or 'favorite' and this award is for our favorite blogs that have 200 followers or less. this post has already gone on for to long so i will share the details and my nominations tomorrow but i just wanted to let you know cuz i'm so excited! thank again Cindy from Living... Laughing... Loving...!!

hope you're having a great day!
love, mrs. k

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