Disney Land

After we had a little time to enjoy the water we felt ready to brave Disney Land with four kids. We opted to do a 3-day pass (2 at Disney, 1 at California Adventure). For simplicity’s sake I’m including all Disney pics in this post.

Our first day at Disney was a total bust. In fact, we almost didn’t go back. It was PACKED! We learned a couple hours in that while we chose this week because it was NOT a busy one, Disney offered a Groupon for locals this week specifically for that reason! I spoke to one local mom who said she goes all the time and had never seen it so crazy! Wait, what?! We only got on a few rides the whole day and were totally worn out (and a little grumpy).

I’m so glad we did go back though. Our second day was pure Disney magic. By then we had all the fast passes and rider swaps figured out, and we went on tons of rides and met lots of characters. I’m so glad we had that second day, because it completely changed our impression of Disney Land. We all had a fantastic time!

Dumbo

Splash Mountain

Avery & Kieron did Jedi training in the morning

This pirate sang a special sea shanty just for Layla using her name in it

Saying “hi” to some friends. Silas was STARSTRUCK!

Thunder Mountain

Space Mountain was a little scary for Silas. Looks like Daddy loved it though!

I’m tall enough!

We went through Tarzan’s treehouse a bunch of times. The boys loved it.

At Toon Town. Surprisingly, the boys loved it. They ran around for a long time checking everything out.

Finding Nemo Submarine. Not that exciting.

Ewoks

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Sailing

Although theme parks were on the agenda for our trip, we were in no hurry to get to them. First on the to-do list was some time on the water! The boys had never been sailing before, and we were excited to show them what it was all about. Uncle Brad directs the sailing program at Orange Coast Community College, so he was all over getting us on a boat. Here are some pics from a couple of our outings.

Oops! Poor Kieron took a boom to the head before we even set sail the first day! Poor guy!

The boys were naturals at the helm

Layla was quite comfortable on the water

Uncle Brad, Avery, & Uncle Brian

We had lunch at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club a couple of afternoons.

They are in the middle of building a new club, so the current location is a temporary one. Here the boys are checking out the site of the new yacht club.

The temporary yacht club consists of a small beach portion and the rest of it is on the yacht pictured here, the Barney Lehman.

Avery found a coupe of sea slugs while he was digging on the beach. He brought them up to our table to show us. Wish I’d been quick enough to get a picture of Uncle Brad holding it up at the table! Eeeew!

Playing on the beach with Uncle Brian

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SoCal

At the end of May we flew to Newport Beach to visit my uncles and take the kids to Disney Land. It’s a trip we’d been meaning to take for ten years, but we just kept putting it off. Either Avery was too young, or we were expecting, or we had a newborn. Now, four kids later, it was finally time. We had an absolute blast, and I’m just sorry we didn’t make the trip sooner!

My Uncle Brad (and new Aunt Julie!) graciously offered to host us. I snapped this photo of my entourage after we arrived in California and collected our bags.

Layla snoozing on the plane. I wish I could do this!

Happy baby after a nap!

Off the plane, almost there!

These Dutch doors are one of my main memories of visiting Uncle Brad’s when I was a little kid. I always thought they were SO cool, still do!

The kiddos on the porch

Shopping at Target before our first beach outing (notice the photo bomber in the background).

Getting ready for dinner with Uncle Brian

The big boys reading during some quiet time

Sleeping baby pic

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May

It is almost October. Between putting our house on the market, moving a family of six to a new town (more on that in a later post), getting settled in the new house, and school starting, it has been a crazy few months for the King family. It’s now a month into the school year and I am just starting to feel slightly “normal” again and like we’re settling into a groove. (Just in time for the holidays.) So it’s time I catch up on blogging. Expect a ton of posts over the next couple weeks with hasty writing and waaaay too many photos. Sorry, I just don’t have the time or energy to cull them as much as I should! But I’m glad to make the family blog a priority again. I do love having the record to look back on!

I present to you: Early May

Layla loves playing peek-a-boo from under her crib

Avery with a temporary pet salamander

Cute sleeping baby pic!

I took the littles to Sno Valley Coffee Company for some cocoa and treats

Then off to a local park

Look who likes to cruise around the playground now!

The boys enjoying iPad time together

At another park, this time in Issaquah Highlands

And this time at Lake Sammamish’s new and improved park

These two!

Silas was SOOOO excited for his kindergarten screener at Timber Ridge Elementary

Here he is practicing locking up his bike

Riding on the little train

Kieron’s 1st Grade concert. He’s in a blue shirt in the middle row, toward the left side

Won’t this be fun to move?! (But too good a deal to pass up at the local garage sale.)

This girl loves strawberries!

Sleepover with the cousins. We found Avery and Andrew like this:

And Silas was totally passed out

Avery at parkour

Meanwhile Kieron and Louis were having a ball in the waiting room

School day mornings with Hamza. Really going to miss him!

What can’t you learn from YouTube? Here’s the boys trying to learn to blow bubbles.

Little lady loves swings

Avery is so sweet with his little sis

Another park photo

On a hike

Found this gem on the camera roll. She was mad about something!

In this pic Layla is dancing in front of the fireplace, watching her reflection in the glass!

Flowers for Mother’s Day

At Paddle Fest at Lake Sammamish

At Jim & Renee Warrick’s house for a crew BBQ

Layla loved this creepy little remote control dinosaur

WWU Varsity Crew team

And with their coxswain!

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Layla – 11 Months Old

Sweet Layla turned 11 months old last week. It’s hard to believe we’ll celebrate her first birthday in less than a month. She is such a sweet, cheerful, expressive, social little girl, and she loves hanging out with her big brothers. She is changing every day and it is so fun watching her grow!

Blowing kisses

  

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