Thursday, December 29, 2011

Disneyland - Aria's 1st Time

A bit of a last minute trip, but we made the long drive down to Anaheim during our end-of-year break with some friends. It was Aria's first trip ever, and it was the first time in a long time for both Brian and myself. We were lucky enough to go with some "Disneyland veterans" so we were able to squeeze the best activities into the 2-day trip.

Aria was such a trooper during the trip as well. Her favorite ride was the merry-go-round, but she enjoyed quite a few of the other rides as well. Per usual, she had a hard time sticking to her sleep and nap schedule just because everything was so different and she just had to be a part of all the action. Poor thing as so tired by the end of our day in Disneyland, she finally didn't struggle when we put her into the stroller.

The holiday decorations in the park were absolutely beautiful and the special holiday editions of certain rides (It's a Small World and the Haunted Mansion - yes, we did take Aria into the Haunted Mansion :-P) were a real treat. Really glad we got this first trip under our belt and we will definitely be ready for a return trip (maybe when it isn't so crowded though) some time in the near (ish) future.

Here are just a few photos from our trip:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

We spent Christmas Eve with the family up in Roseville again this year. Aria is really starting to interact with her cousins more and she definitely has gotten the hang of opening presents. She is really good at only opening the ones that are handed to her though (and still needs some encouragement to start the ripping of wrapping paper). Most of the time, she is more interested in the already opened toys lying around (or the ones that her cousins just opened).

There was lots of snacks, food, playtime, and opening of gifts as usual. We also had the pleasure of sharing some happy news with the family as well. :-) And Aria got to decorate her first ever gingerbread house (with a little help from mommy of course).

Here are some photos from our little holiday adventure: