April 10, 2010

Got Legos?

Plans for Spring Break started 6 months early.  A countdown started 8o days before.  And t-shirts were made 2 nights before departure.  'Where did we go?',  you ask.
LEGOLAND California!
We packed up all the kids @ 6:00am and traveled 9 hours to Newport, California with the Workmans!  What an exciting day.   The kids were great!  They were so excited to finally be going to Legoland.  And after 6 long months of waiting...I was even excited.
We made really good time.  We stopped for lunch at Aunt Rebecca's home in Ridgecrest, where the kids ran around outside in the nice 'California sun'.  We couldn't have asked for better travel weather.  We experienced some roller coaster roads, car sickness, funny pics on the computer, movies, music from our iPods, and didn't need half the snacks we brought!
We finally got to Marriott's Newport Coast Villas and were so excited to see the ocean, Aunt Meme, and miss the after shocks of Baja's 6.7 earthquake.
Jenni and I prepared a special Easter Feast upon arrival (Tri-tip, baked potatoes, salad, homemade rolls, Emily's High Calorie But So Yummy Fruit Salad, Green Bean Casserole, and Nutty Buddies for dessert.) and while everything cooked...we went out on our traditional 'tour of the property'. Newport couldn't have been more beautiful.  Aunt Meme got us 'to-die-for villas' with breathe taking views of the ocean and close to the basketball courts, put-put golf, sandbox, and playground.  Everything was gorgeous!  We were going to have a great Spring Break.

We decided to take in the resort today.  The kids were dying to go swimming...so after tennis, fun at the arcade, a game of giant chess and pool, painting fun in Triton's Cave, and a light rain shower...Jenni and I got to play tennis.  In the rain.  After getting soaked we headed back to the villas to shower.
Makinley, Kennidy, Kobey, Ford, Adam, Kirsten, Raquel, and Oakley

Adam trying to get the fish to bite his finger.

Wayne and Brandon
Our adventures were just beginning.  I got dressed and headed down to the pool where my kids were happy as clams swimming in the hot tubs.  Jenni and I watched the kids play while Brandon and Wayne played in the 2 man Ping Pong Tournament.  I don't know who won...but they took 1st and 2nd.  Good job, guys!

I couldn't believe how long the kids stayed in the pools when the weather just wasn't ideal.  Our pool fun ended when Ford lost his inner tube and freaked out in the middle of the hot tub.  As I yelled to Brandon to grab him I found myself jumping in to rescue him...fully dressed.  He never actually went under but was really scared...so we headed back to the villas to get changed and to get warm.
Jenni and I finally got away to go grocery shopping.  And the clouds started to part and 'let the sunshine in'.  It was turning out to be a really pretty day.  When we got back from shopping there were 4 Easter baskets in eack of our rooms.  Jenn Nooney, Brandon's counterpart here in Newport, gave us the leftover baskets from an Easter Activity the resort put on earlier this weekend.  The kids were thrilled and were so excited to see what was in them.  

They all got a beach towel, sand bucket, shovels, a bubble wand, and tons of candy.  They are so spoiled and I told Kennidy so.  She said, 'Dad can never leave Marriott!'  Thanks so much, Jenn.  You sure know how to put smiles on little faces!
We BBQed for dinner.  Hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, soda...and no calls to help anyone move.  

Legoland Day!  The much anticipated day of our break.  The kids woke up early and got dressed in their 'got legos' t-shirts!  We were all excited.  And after many Legoland signs, traffic, and a strawberry patch...we finally arrived.
Creswell Family
This giant giraffe was amazing. All made with legos!
Kennidy and Raquel
Kobey, Adam, Ford, and Oakley ready to eat!

Makinley, Adam, Ford, and Kobey
Kennidy and Raquel
Makinley, Ford, and Raquel with Bob the Builder!
Ford, Makinley, and Kirsten in Washington, D.C. These 'Midtown America' cities were super cool and very detailed. The kids really liked the marching band in front of the capitol building.
Other cities they built included New York, San Fran, New Orleans, and Las Vegas. 
Ford and Staci
Kobey and Jenni
Check out this fire breather! 'WOW', is all I could say.
Oakley and Kennidy

Princess Kennidy
Jenni and Raquel waiting in line for a ride that Raquel wouldn't be able to go on. Poor Raquel had the hardest time because so many rides required you to be 4 or older and at least 40".

Kennidy found her Knight in Lego Armor!
Just before Driving School. Kobey, Kennidy, Makinley, Ford, Adam, Raquel, Kirsten, and Oakley.
'So Happy Together'
Not so happy, Raquel.
Pull Jenni and Ford!
Pull Staci and Kennidy!
Choo Choo!
Kobey with Elvis
On the ride home, we stopped at the Automobile Dinner.  It was heavenly!  Huge burgers, all you can eat fries, sodas, hot cocoas, fish and chips, chicken fingers...oh it was all so yummy.  What did everyone else order?  LOL.  It was simple the perfect ending to a fabulously fun day.

We woke up to another beautiful day in Newport. After tennis, Brandon, Wayne, Jenni, and I were off to the Newport Temple. It was so pretty. Jenni and I loved the dark wood arched doors. I felt like I was in a castle. The wait for initiatories was 30 min. We ended up only getting to do 5 each. But we didn't mind. It was just nice to be there.

I totally look fat at this angle!

 After the temple we packed up all the kids and headed for Crystal Cove.  We had so much fun!  The waves were awesome and the kids enjoyed body surfing and the little ones ran from them.  

Ford and Brandon

Aunt Meme

Kobey and Adam

Brandon blowing bubbles!

Wayne beached!  Love that blue water.
We didn't get enough swimming at the beach so we ended our day poolside.  And thanks to Jenn Nooney, we had $50 to spend at the Bar and Grill.  Hello Pina Coladas and Strawberry  Smoothies.  The youngest ones loved them so much...they were mostly gone by the time the older ones knew about them.  Thanks, Jenn.
Jenni and Staci

Kirsten enjoying that Strawberry Smoothie!
Brandon and Ford

Makinley being thrown by Brandon


Ford lovin that Strawberry Smoothie!

Well, after a fun filled week we headed back home to Dayton, Nevada.  4 days later we got snow and rain.  Gotta love the desert.  You never know what kind of weather you're going to get.  But we sure enjoyed the sunshine in Southern California.  What a great Spring Break!  Thanks for spending time with us, Workmans!  Your family rocks!


foxie4 said...

Looks like a fun trip. We love the Newport Beach Temple it is so pretty and unlike any other. Your cute family is growing up so fast!! AND you are gorgeous Staci!!

The Seaquist Family said...

What a fun trip. It makes me miss So. Cal so much. My kids would love Legoland. Maybe we'll get there one day.

Dru said...

Legoland is awesome, yes!? Matrim loved it, we were there until late, just before closing, and he got to drive the cars over, and over, and over.... get the picture! We had so much fun -- reading about your adventures brings back those fun memories! Thanks for sharing

Johnson Family said...

love the pictures, love the shirts, LOVE the accommodations! Doesn't sound like you needed to go anywhere else! ;) Glad you guys had a good time, those Workmans are good company, and so are the Creswells!

Kat & Joe said...

wow that was a fun trip or what! I want to go to Legoland, crazy! I wonder how long it took to figure those huge lego creations? Fun to see all the pics of the kids. Miss you all