Saturday, September 29, 2012

AZ Museum of Natural History/Organ Stop Pizza

I looked online to find an adventure for us today, and discovered it was free museum day, so we decided to take the crew to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, because who doesn't love dinosaurs!  We took our time and got there after lunch.  We spent a couple hours browsing the exhibits and exploring!  The kids panned for gold and E decided to jump in the water, and when we told him to get out of the roped off water fountain area, he went in more.

Kids outside of the museum

J with a meteorite

M posing with her cool green rock and the girls checking out amethyst
Dinosaur head

Kids with an Allosaurus bone

Boys checking out a scary set of dinosaur bones 

Putting together a mammoth puzzle

Making a wooden pot

In the jail

Panning for gold with dad

E crosses the rope and then climbs in the water and gets wet up to his neck . . . crazy boy!

J panning for gold and making friends

E and M searching for tiny bits of gold

M inside a hive at the museum

 Making movies at the green screen room and playing on the rocking pterodactyl

Posing with the mammoth

Meeting Humpty Dumpty!  There are so many cool random statues in Mesa down town.  (Love that J is picking his nose . . . that kiddo is such a silly character)

M had this great idea that since we were headed into Mesa, we should totally go to Organ Stop for dinner.  We hadn't been there forever!  It was a lot of fun!  The kids really enjoyed the yummy pizza and dancing to the music and eating ice cream. 

Organ Stop Pizza for dinner 

J, Me and E listening to some fun music!  They played our requests.

E giving dad a kiss :)  Aw!

M really excited about the dancing cats

E, Dad, and M loving Organ Stop and eating ice cream

Ice cream M and E and J posing with the big wooden pipes upstairs

Monday, September 24, 2012

Disneyland - September 21st, 22nd, 23rd

I was really excited for Disneyland this month because I knew that the holiday (halloween) stuff would be up!  I love Haunted Mansion at Holiday time.  It is more happy than usual.  It makes me smile.  I also love all the pumpkins and harvest stuff that is up!  It makes me smile!  I love autumn!  We didn't get to the Harvest Party at Big Thunder Mountain Ranch, but we will in October when we go with the kids grandparents!  

We stayed at Portofino Inn & Suites this time, a new hotel for us.  It was older, but clean and comfortable.  The reviews online made me nervous, but it turned out to be pretty decent.  We walked to the park most days, as it was super close.  I took SO many pictures this month, perhaps to make up for last month where I took very few.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Halloween at the Entrance Gate to Disneyland

Halloween inside on all the light poles (I really need to take a full shot of Main St. USA Halloween Decor)

Meeting Tigger, Pooh and Eeyore

Halloween Haunted Mansion with Nightmare Before Christmas

Well hello there Mr. Skellington *smiles*

Halloween is the best time of year at Disneyland, in my opinion. 

Meeting Jake from Disney Jr. and exploring Cars Land again -- lots of fun!

Meeting Pinocchio for the first time and keeping cool with frozen lemonades during a heat wave! 

Girls being girly and meeting the princesses . . . love the new location across from It's a Small World.  Perfect use of that space there! 

Feeding the kiddies SUGAR -- love seeing their happy faces and love seeing all the smiles from older peoples at Disneyland when they see their sugar coated faces!

Meeting Pluto and Mickey!  I love character meetings, it really is what makes Disneyland the happiest place on earth.  It makes it superior to other theme parks!

Downtown Disney at the Lego Store . . . love to see the Master Builder creations they always have there.