Saturday, February 11, 2017

San Diego 2017

We had flooding rains the first 3 days - leftovers from earlier in the month.  Parts of the freeway were a little scary with potential closures.  But we really didn't care.  We were so used to sub freezing temperatures in Idaho.  50 degrees felt like heaven!

It was refreshing to see San Diego looking so green again, especially after many weeks this summer of dead brown hills.  The second half of our trip was glorious and sunny!

The video below was shot at the outlets at the Mexican border.  We waited out a particularly hard rain while singing our family's most crazy songs.   

We found these North Face shirts on clearance at the outlet.  We bought one for my dad and Roo - perfect memory of their trip.

(Above) Oh yes - that's Hoarders on pause in the background.  The 2-hr season finale was on while we were there and it took us 4 days to get through it.  I'm missing the season already.

Our cute niece, Courtney (fellow fan) is on an LDS mission in Missouri and she writes that every day of her mission is an episode of Hoarders.  She walks into horrible, smelly homes with piles of garbage everywhere.  But the minute she sits down with the people she is overwhelmed with a great deal of love and a strong desire to help them as much as possible.  She's a smart girl - she's channeling those therapy skills from watching countless episodes.

So if I ever had any doubts this show isn't beneficial for my children.... Ha! 

Our drive to Los Angeles (that horrible city).  Check out the snow in the background - a result from the tremendous rains/floods hitting California lately.  I have never seen snow on these mountains before.  It was beautiful!  (even though Los Angeles is NOT).

And then there was Disneyland.  Oh my Disneyland!

It's been 5 years since we were here.  That's about how frequently we can handle it.  Our goal is to make it one more time before James leaves on his mission.  

Cars Land was a definite highlight.  It was touching to see my slightly cynical second son's eyes go wide and hear his awe struck expression, "Mom, they did a really good job here." 

(Below) I got a few people looking at me with raised eyebrows.  And I highly doubt my personal protest against Disney for their lawsuit against VidAngel will do a single thing.  But I will not be silent against corrupt, immoral practices.  

(Below) When you have to pull out a heavy sword but you don't dare let go of your cotton candy.  #priorities.

(Above) By sheer good luck, we ran into one of Pretty Girl's best friends from Utah.  It was awesome!  The two girls hung out for a few hours and rode a bunch of rides together. It was Cloud 9 for a while.

(Below) See that net behind our table.  It's effectively blocking where Disney is building Star Wars Land.  But this is ME they're trying to block.  And I have sons who think their "geekness" surpasses Mom's.  So of course we found a way around it.  And what we could see - it looks beyond our wildest dreams!  Like we were visiting Tatooine.  Yeah, this is going to epic.   

Our trip back home was less than epic.  Major protests at the airports.  I was grateful the protesters were peaceful and cordial to my little children struggling to pass their picket lines with heavy suitcases.  

We got trapped in the middle of Delta's computer disaster.  Our trip home took 12 hours, sleeping in various airports along the way.  And they lost Greg's bags.  Horrible stuff - but grateful to get home when all was over.  

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