"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, September 25, 2008


This week has just been insane! I wanted to get my pictures up on Monday...no such luck...Tuesday was worse! Wednesday got away from me and here we are on Thursday and I'm bound and determined to get our Disneyland Vacation up and out there for the world to see...okay maybe it's just like 2 of you who take a gander at this here blog every so often...mom!!:)
Either way...let us begin!!!
We left at 5am on Thursday morning...boy do I NOT do mornings, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Keat didn't sleep, and Lilee took a little snooze just before stopping for breakfast! It was the perfect time to stop because the kids got to get out, but there was still a good hour and a half to drive so they BOTH slept all the way to the hotel! We stayed at a hotel that we stayed at before and found out that it was undergoing some construction. Oh well...because of the upheaval...they provided breakfast every morning, a shuttle to another hotel's pool and other little goodies that we really didn't take advantage of!! It was great! We also talked them into giving us a free refrigerator...Yahoo!! Got slightly unpacked, organized the backpacks, and boarded the shuttle to Disneyland about noon. Keat was so excited we thought he might just pee his pants...oh wait, he did...good thing he's still in diapers!!:) The park was DEAD! It was wonderful...we got to go on ALL the kiddie rides that are usually so ridiculously packed we've never even TRIED to wait in line! The kids loved it and were so great!! We stayed till about 7 that night and then went and got a quick bite to eat. While there, Keaton showed us that he can sleep WHILE sitting completely upright...it was hilarious...poor tired little guy!
He RAN up to Buzz and gave him a hug...it was SO cute...we didn't even tell him to...a boy and his HERO!!

Riding the cars...you can only see the top of his head!!:)
Meeting Mickey...Keat was SO happy
He gave him a BIG kiss on the nose...so cute!

Aren't they SO cute?!

Next day, Friday, we were on the shuttle to D-land by 9am. We did CA Adventures this time and Keat had a GREAT time on the new Toy Story Mania ride...it's definitely a new favorite of the Becker Family...hands down! It was H.O.T. and while there they have a little splash pad in the Bugs Life area. Keat was SOAKED!! Wish we'd brought his flip flops THAT DAY! His shoes were dripping, socks were undryable, diaper burst from being so wet...it was insane. We eventually had to buy $12 socks just so his feet didn't peel right off from being so pruny! The day really kinda got away from us...it was a lot of fun. We watched the Pixar parade at CA A and the fireworks at the end of the night at D land! The kids had pretty much had it by then and we were all eager to get back to the hotel! LOooooooooooNG wonderful day!
Keaton thought it was Mickey again...he figured it out pretty fast though!!

They have this whole area to just climb around and such...Keat loved it!

This is how we got such good seats for the parade...they slept and we ATE for an hour!! It couldn't have worked out more perfectly!!:)
Saturday, we got ready and met some friends at Newport Beach! IT WAS AWESOME!! I forgot how much I loved the beach when I was younger. Last year we took Keat to the beach and he HATED the water, LOVED the sand...it is truly what inspired us to build him his sand box! Well, when we pulled up to park, he saw the water and yelled, THE BEACH! We didn't know he knew what it was...and then he said, "it's a sandbox"!! So funny! Incidentally, when we came back home and he looked at his sand box, he said, "no beach"! :) Well, this year was TOTALLY different. Keat ran so fast into the ocean we could barely catch him and eventually fell completely under. Didn't phase him...he loved it! Lilee INSISTED on CRAWLING in, she didn't want us to "walk" her in...she wanted to do it on her own...and she did! She'd crawl as fast as she could, when a wave came in, she'd turn her back to it so it wouldn't splash her face, then as soon as it went back out, she'd crawl further into the water!! How did I get such dare devils!?
Look how EAGER my kids are. This is Lilee before we thought she'd even wanna go in...notice the cute outfit, NO swimsuit...yeah, wait to see how she ended up!

I LURVE this picture of my cuties!!

Despite my booty sticking WAY out, I love this photo of our cute little family!!
Awwwww...cute cute cute!

And HERE is how she ended up!!:)

That night my friends were gracious enough to let us stay at their house...even through Lilee's fits at night...really, Lilee's sleeping was the ONLY downside of the whole trip! We all got up and my friend Ashley suggested that we go to this Apple Orchard up in the mountains...we are SO glad we did! It was one of my favorite parts of the trip...it was so incredible to be at the beach one day and the CA mountains the next...it felt like FALL, we even got to put sweaters on the little girls!! It was awesome! The boys picked apples and berries, which are DELICIOUS, and we all just had a great time! THANKS again Ashley and Jake for showing us such a good time. Sorry again for the horrendous dining experience and long night...we'll know better next time than to take a child who hasn't had a nap AND spent the entire day at the beach to a nice restaurant!!:) After the apple picking, we packed up and headed home! We got home later than planned but it was expected!! It really was a GREAT VACATION!! We can't wait to go back!!
Lilee and Ashley's little lady, Ella
Just Monkeying around!!

Keat rode the horse ALL BY HIMSELF...he was so cute!
Ashley and Ella...this picture needs to be FRAMED!



Best Buddies

Me and Ash...thanks again guys!!
*****DISCLAIMER*****If you liked or even LOVED the bows you have seen in today's post, be sure to check out the link to Ashley's blog(ashley and jake). THERE, you will find a link to her WONDERFUL site where you can buy her VERY reasonably priced bows...she whipped two up for Lilee in 5 minutes flat!! She's amazing!


The Q Family 5 said...

awwww so cute! I'm glad you guys had so much fun. I LOVE the pic of K and L when L is looking up at him and smiling. SO ADORABLE. Your kiddos look SO TALL! But you and dh are both tall so I guess it makes sense. lol. Thanks for sharing all your pics! The vacay looks like it was a BLAST!

Rochelle said...

What a COOL trip!! We're going there in October. Can you give me any tips for a crazy trip with 3 crazy kids? (my ornery mother in law will be with me, so I'll have to have a serious plan!:)) I love the pics...your fam is too cute. I'm hoping to see "we're pregnant" post soon too! :)

Mark and Karen said...

Looks like a fun trip. I miss being so close to Disneyland. Thanks for sharing all the pics. They are great.

Amie said...

Great picture taking Nikki! Glad you followed my orders! ;)Looks like a great trip...aside from the sleeping issues! You guys are such QT pies!

ASHLEY said...

It was so fun!! Thanks for coming!!

Whitney said...

CUTE FAMILY! Looks like a FUN TRIP! Oh...the pump I used was just a hand pump borrowed from my sister-in-law. I'd still LOVE to borrow yours if possible. The hand pumped worked well enough for me to pump to go to the temple though!

Ren & Anna said...

Wow..I have been way behind! I'm SO SORRY you had such horrible headaches. Mine were nothing like that and they still drove me crazy. I'm glad Lilee is ok, and it looks like you had an amazing trip to CA!!!!

Kristi said...

sooooo fun! WE are hoping to go in Oct! I can only hope it as dead as it was when ya'll went!
I LOVE the pics on the beach!

mshjwj said...

It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!! Cute pics!!! I do love those bows! I really miss that about having baby girls!!