Tuesday, August 16, 2016


We're in California for the next month. Surprise! All of Jason's clinical rotations for his PA program have been local to us in North Carolina, but he was able to arrange one with his old family doctor in California and so we're out here staying with our parents for five weeks. We're really happy for this opportunity to be able to spend so much time with family.

We flew out last Thursday, from Raleigh to San Francisco to Orange County. The girls did so good on the flights - especially Susie! She slept almost the whole time. My dad and my brother Banks picked us up from the airport.

Banks and his family just moved from China to California this summer. It's the first time he's lived in the US for like six or seven years (he's been living in Thailand and China) and the first time his wife and children have ever lived here. They've visited before, but this time it's long-term, and it's awesome.

So on Thursday we flew to CA, saw Nan (Banks's wife) and the kids at my dad's house, and then crashed at the Thomas's house. On Friday we settled more into the Thomas's house and then had dinner with my dad and Banks and his family at the mall and then all went to Barnes and Noble.

And then, on Saturday, we went to Legoland!

Our group consisted of me, Jason, our girls, my dad, Banks, Nan, and their kids. It was the first time any of us had gone. And it was really fun! It was so well designed for little kids.

Starting at the entrance at the bottom of the map and going around counter-clockwise, our path around the park on Saturday looked sort of like this:

Highlights of our day included the dragon rollercoaster (the first rollercoaster Ellie's ever been on - she loved it!), the "horsie ride," the "hidewaway" fort/playground, the pirate splash pad, the airplane ride, the firetruck ride, and the the "Duplo playtown."

All around the park they had statues made out of legos:

And play areas filled with big and little legos:

These play areas were strategically placed next to some of the lines, and they were super helpful. The one pictured above was next to the dragon roller coaster and Saya and Zelda played with the blocks while Ellie and Max went on the ride.

Ellie and the horsie ride:

Zelda and Grandpa waiting for the airplane ride:

This next picture is Ellie on the little go-kart ride. This ride was sooo funny to watch. Ellie could drive the little car pretty good - she pushed the pedal with her foot and steered around the track. Zelda and Max (and like four more little kids) on the other hand - the two ride operators were running around trying to help them push the pedals and move forward. It was really funny, and all the parents watching on the sidelines were cracking up.

The "duplo playtown" was where we finished off the day. It was a perfect playground for all the cousins, and I think they could have played there for hours more. In addition to all the play buildings and slides, it had a little train with a *super* short line that we went on a couple times. It was perfect.

Legoland was so fun, and we hope to be able to go there again before we go home to North Carolina. :)

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