Troy and I spent Christmas in Vegas this year. My grandma, who can't move around very well, was staying with us so we spent most of the time just hanging around the house, watching movies, and playing games. Troy and I did get to play the 2nd annual Christmas frolf game though. I'm pretty sure I won, duh. Also we ate a lot of bagel sandwiches and are now searching for a place that sells good bagels in Utah...which apparently doesn't exist.
After Christmas, we headed off to California. Troy's brother Kenny was geting married in San Diego so his family was all going to be there for that. Also, for my birthday, Troy got me two of these bad boys
and we were pretty excited to use them finally! Basically it includes 3 days at Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World AND the Zoo. Best. Gift. Ever.
We left Vegas Monday morning and went straight to Universal Studios. It was PACKED. Neither one of us had been there before but I'm not sure we were all that impressed. We only got to do 2 rides the whole day...but we did really enjoy the ones we did.
Clearly Troy particularly enjoyed Jurassic Park.
That night we met up with Troy's family and got to stay at a swanky hotel with them. The next day we all went to Disneyland together and had such a great time! It was busy but I think we did a pretty good job at making sure we did everything. That night, we introduced Kyle and Olivia to beignets, which I'm sure they are eternally grateful for. We saw the fireworks and stayed pretty much all day. We did awesome, lets just put it that way.
Wednesday was the wedding. It was raining and freezing which was kind of a bummer but it ended up ok. The sun came out for a bit while they were taking pictures so that was good. Courtnie looked beautiful and we were so excited to be able to see their sealing! Right after we left the temple, we went to Blue Water to get some famous fish tacos and then headed to the reception. Troy danced with me even though he wasn't feeling well so I call it a success.
Thursday, Troy's family left because they had to get to Idaho to drop Corinne and Olivia off for school in Rexburg. It was sad to see them go but we enjoyed the time we had with them. That day we drove down to San Diego and went to Sea World. We saw all the shows and got to feed the sea lions (my favorite thing EVER). Sea lions are hysterical. Thats all there is to it.
I seriously love Sea World. While we were in San Diego, my cousin Sally and her husband Eter let us stay with them for a few days. That night we went to dinner with them at this awesome little Mexican restaurant. Loved it. I wish I had taken pictures though. The food and company was great. We got to catch up with them and hear about their cute little baby thats on the way.
The next day we went to the zoo. We were getting a little tired of walking around all day, every day (clearly we are not pioneers), so we made this our rest day. I think our favorite thing was laughing at the monkeys. All monkeys are funny. Its just a rule of nature or something. Troy was super excited to see the hippos as well, but naturally the hippo was sleeping. We did have a panther come talk to us though and we danced with a sloth bear. It was a pretty epic zoo trip now that I think about it.
After leaving the zoo, we headed to Seaport Village, one of my favorite places in San Diego. We ate some pizza and walked around the shops. Troy got me some cute decorations for our little aparment. Oh, we also got Ben & Jerry's as well...in a fancy chocolate-dipped cone. No big deal. Zoo day also happened to New Years Eve. We were trying to stay awake so we went and saw the movie True Grit after shopping. We both really liked it. After that we went back to Sally's and watched the Twilight Zone marathon with her and Eter. Troy and I are lame though and fell asleep 15 minutes before midnight. We both knew it was bound to happen. Maybe next year?
We spent New Years back in Anaheim...and it was EMPTY. We started at California Adventure and got to do Tower of Terror twice...in five minutes. Empty, I tell you. We finished up all the rides we wanted to do there and then went back to Disneyland. We basically did all the rides again, just in a shorter amount of time. We were done around 5 so we decided to just drive back to Vegas. We spent the night with my family and left early Sunday morning to come back to Utah. It was a really busy vacation but super fun too.