We had a great time the next few days in California after Disney. We stayed in the L.A. area and went to the beaches. We enjoyed the beaches but didn't enjoy driving in L.A. Anywhere we went it seemed to take at least an hour (even to go 15 miles). The freeways were always stop and go and there were so many people anywhere. It made us appreciate CO so much more! We met a lady on the plane on our way home who said she has just learned not to leave her house during certain times of the day. Yuck! Anderson really enjoyed the beaches, walking on the piers, and people watching. It was great people watching!
He LOVED the sand!
The water was cold!
Beautiful Laguna Beach. Like I said, he LOVED the sand!
Of course we found a playground on the beach. Yummy!
Our first day in California we decided to go to Disneyland. Our friends who love Disney said that their daughter could ride many of the rides at 1 so we thought we would give it a try. Anderson enjoyed looking at all the sights and people watching. He didn't really seem overly excited about the rides when he was on them but afterwards he squealed and smiled. We had a good time but one day was plenty of magic. Maybe it was the crowds and long lines, but we were completely exhausted! We decided that next time we go Anderson will be old enough to remember.
Can you tell how excited he was? Riding the teacups with mommy.
Am I tall enough?
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Meeting one of the two characters we saw all day. Heading back for a nap (this was the happiest he was
Woo hoo! Fun with Daddy.
Winnie the Pooh ride. This was Anderson's favorite.
We've been in California but before I do some posts about our trip, I'll do quick 18 month post. Anderson turned 18 months on the 19th. *sniff* *sniff* It is amazing when I stop back to think about my toddler as a baby. In a way it is sad because he was such a sweet baby but things do get better and better. People always say that it goes so fast but you don't realize until it's your own baby growing up before your eyes.
Sleep has gotten better and better. Anderson sleeps 12+ hours a night and takes 2 to 3 hour naps daily. James and I were talking about how this past vacation actually felt like one because Anderson slept so well and even slept in most mornings.
Anderson continues to keep us on our toes but we love that little guy so much! He makes life so interesting and brings us so much joy. He has changed so much even since turning one year. You can tell that the wheels are always turning in his head because he seems to learn something new all the time. He uses gestures and tries to use words for what he wants and doesn't want. He is very adamant when it is something he doesn't want. For example, he will shake his head over and over if he doesn't want something on his tray during meals. Anderson's BIG personality has really developed. He laughs at himself all the time and is just plain silly. He loves music and dancing. If you ask him to dance he wills start bobbing his head. So funny! We have never really let me watch t.v. but recently he discovered the Baby Einstein dvd's in one of the baskets underneath the t.v. He will bring one over and will want to sit on our laps to watch his 10 minutes (that's about all he usually wants to watch). How can we resist his cute little face? Anderson is a social little guy and it seems like his language is really developing. He has excellent receptive language and is constantly trying to say new words. It's funny because sometimes a word will just come out of the blue and then we won't hear it again. He can identify almost anything in his books and even colors, so hopefully he will start saying more words regularly. That's about it. Here are a few pics of our busy little man. I'll get caught up in posts soon.