Wow, what a holiday! 7 weeks away from home, a camera full of pictures, and now we are finally back home.
There are a lot of pictures in this post… just thought i’d let you know before you were surprised by them.
Ok… on to my trip:
We went to Los Angeles (California) to visit my mom for 3 1/2 weeks.
We went through Washington DC so the flight was 18 hours plus 5 1/2 to Los Angeles. I was alone with both kids but since it was a night time flight it was pretty easy. The kids slept 14 of the 18 hours on the first flight and Deen slept for 4 hours on the second flight. Aaliya on the other hand stayed up during the second flight but it wasn’t too difficult.
My secret weapon was stickers. Stickers kept her busy during take off, landing, and anytime the seat belt sign was on. I came out of the flight with stickers on my ears, nose, forehead, and hair…
During the transit time I had Deen in his Maclaren stroller and I had Aaliya in a baby carrier on my back while she slept. Whenever she was awake she would walk. Deen preferred to sit in the stroller.
As soon as we got to the Washington Airport I got a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. (We don’t have a Starbucks here in South Africa)
Gosh, it felt great to be back in LA where I grew up and spent most of my life. I loved taking the kids to the park although I have no pictures to show for that. I did record a lot of video there though! They also enjoyed going to the library and choosing books as well as going for the library story time!
I shopped till I could shop no more in Los Angeles. I bought like 12 pairs of Jeans… That’s the problem with online shopping. You really don’t realise how many of something you are buying until they arrive in the mail. I got some J Brand, AG,Â Current/Elliot, Paige Premium, 7 for all mankind and Citizens of Humanity. None of which you get here in South Africa. (Isn’t that the best excuse?)
Deen hated the shopping but Aaliya on the other hand loved it! When I would walk into a shoe store she would run in with a huge smile on her face and choose which high heels she wanted to try on.Â It didn’t matter to her that it was in my size and not hers. She was in heaven!
I got my choice of a LV bag …
Then we went to Orlando on our Cruise. We went on the Freedom of the Seas Cruise to the Bahamas. That was an interesting experience. The water was a bit choppy but thankfully none of us got sea sick.
The best part of the cruise I would have to say was dinner. It was amazing. Each table has its own head waiter and an extra serving waiter. You get to choose whatever you want from the menu. The Caesar’s Salad was delicious, the main meals were amazing, the desserts were divine, and the service was the best I have ever seen. We were served lobster on one of the days and the head waiter opens it up for you so precisely… it was great.
There was a show(musical, magic show, ice show, etc.) every single night to keep you occupied as well as parades.
The pools and water features were amazing on the boat. Unfortunately though it was so windy while the boat was moving around that it was too cold for the kids to swim. They did get a chance to use the water area one of the days when we docked on one of the islands.
This was our best day on the cruise and definitely the most memorable.
Here we docked off on one of the islands… it was the hottest day ever!
Here is Deen and Laika at one of the night time parades. Deen was a night owl. He would get to bed later than me! He enjoyed the night time family disco’s and activities.
I had the best sleep on the cruise… the boat kept rocking me through the night.
We returned to Orlando and split our stay between the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian. I personally preferred the hotel like atmosphere of the Contemporary whereas my sister in law and her kids preferred the theme of the Polynesian.
Here we are relaxing while we watched the fireworks above us.
I tried to get reservations at Chef Mickey the day we arrived but it was completely booked out. I called 4 times each day and surprisingly I was able to get 4 different bookings. I kept one though and we went one of the mornings for Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s.
What a fun experience! I will definitely book for this in advance next time. The kids got to eat Mickey waffles while Mickey and friends came around to each table, signed autograph books, and took pictures with us.
The kids hated the lines! Some of the lines were two – three hours long. We didn’t even bother waiting in those long lines, we just skipped those rides. Fast Pass tickets were sold out by the time we got to the theme parks.
Deen would say, “Mama.. i don’t want to wait in the line! I’d rather sleep.” “Mama, why do we have to wait? I don’t want to wait”
I heard this over and over and over until we finally got into the rides.
I was surprised that Deen went on the tower of terror! Wow… what a scary ride! I couldn’t believe that he did it and I was so proud of him!
We took the kids to Denny’s for breakfast twice. There were balloon makers there who did the most amazing characters out of balloons. Deen wanted Mickey Mouse, Laika wanted Shrek and Aaliya got a monkey in a heart.
Aaliya loves monkeys!
Deen painted his face while Aaliya took a nap. My precious son… he looks too cute!
Our last stop was in New York and it was freezing!
We stayed at Trump Towers right across Central Park. The picture above is the view of Central Park that we had.
We went to the Toys R Us on Times Square and the kids enjoyed going around on the small carousel. It was really too cold to do much in New York since we only stopped off for two days. I don’t think we were prepared enough for the extreme cold.
All in all it was a fun filled holiday but I am so glad to be home. We are busy settling down and getting back into the groove of school, activities, and normal every day life.
Blog posts should be back to being regular now… Thanks everyone for your patience.