Saturday, May 2

When you realize your child is just like you.

We just got back from a week in Southern Utah and California - our first and last vacation with just the three of us!

La Jolla Shores - perfect beach for kids!
We spent two days in La Jolla, California and made it a point to be at the beach as much as possible. At La Jolla Cove we shared the beach with two dozen sea lions! We spent the next day at La Jolla Shores. Sam loved the ocean, and we loved having no schedule, no plans - nothing to do but relax and enjoy our time together with just us three. Sam was in heaven. La Jolla is spectacular - we couldn't get over the incredible beaches and views.  

Sunset at Windansea Beach. 

Then we went to Disneyland. 

Disneyland was our big cost of the trip - we spent most of the vacation eating peanut butter sandwiches and cooking dinner in the hotel so that we could afford to go! We knew we wanted to take Sam while he was free (kids are free until they're three), and the two of us hyped up Sam's first Disney experience the entire drive to California. We were so excited that we were able to go, and couldn't wait to see Sam go crazy over Mickey Mouse, Nemo, and other Disney characters he's seen in movies. 

Well, this is what we got:

Sam: "Is this supposed to be fun?"
Taylor: "What were we thinking?"

We were next in line when Mickey Mouse got swept away for his "lemonade break," which meant we couldn't get a picture. We were proud of Sam for giving him the cold shoulder. The Disney folk run a tight ship! When you gotta smoke, you gotta smoke, I guess. 
Taylor and I are not the biggest Disneyland enthusiasts, and I'm afraid Sam inherited that. Sam loved the rides (especially Nemo, Dumbo and the Tea Cups), but we didn't get the crazy enthusiastic Sam we were expecting. In fact, we got the opposite. We had a couple "I want to go home!" tantrums, the first being while we were walking to Disneyland from the hotel. By the end of the day, the three of us were exhausted and over Disney. To quote Taylor: "I think every ten years is about right." 

So, Disneyland - we'll be back. When we're in our forties. 

We drove back to St. George the next morning and spent Saturday in Bryce Canyon.

Taylor had never been to Bryce Canyon, which I couldn't believe! I think I was more excited for him to experience Bryce than I was for Sam to go to Disneyland.

Well, I think Sam prefers National Parks and the great outdoors to amusement parks. Kind of fun to see your child is just like you.