Published: June 29th 2010May 10th 2010
: May 5th -8th 2010 Places covered
: Anaheim, Laguna Beach and Artesia in CA
When I found out I had to go to a conference for a week, K had no choice but to take off and watch V; unless of course I took him with me to the Soft Error Sessions
And my sister and brother in law decided to come spend the weekend with us so the deal was sealed.
We did not have too much time to spend and I was at conference sessions all through Wed and Thurs. So the boys did their own thing and went Whale Watching with the Capt. Dave Whale watching safari
. V had a blast and saw a lot of dolphins. But he was too drained out and the sea breeze lulled him to sleep before they actually saw a whale. K says they saw a huge grey whale but only its spout and not much of it.
On Friday, we hit Disneyland
. We had a blast overall. I think some of the rides scared V, mainly the sound and the darkness. It was funny that every time, he
would cry when he were doing the ride and then once we got out want to go again and again. He enjoyed the street parade a lot. His main food ended up being strawberries and fruits. He also really enjoyed a Mickey shaped chocobar. Disney is paradise for kids but I would personally think he would enjoy more when he is a bit older. However it was free entry for him, so I am not complaining. My older child K rediscovered Disney some and agreed that it was indeed better than Universal Studios, not really! V was so drained out that he slept at 8 ish on my head without eating dinner
As a result the fireworks were very loud for him and he woke up startled and bawled. We did the train ride after and this kid did not sleep until 12 or later when we got to the hotel. He was really bonding well with his uncle Vijay which was very cute for us to see. My sister and I kind of relived our love for Disney and all the rides. But at the end of the day, the twinkle in V's eyes is what made us
smile. This day then led to one of the greatest tales in our family that kept getting repeated over and over for V of What sound did the fireworks make? " Patash
" and What was V doing then? "Thaachi!
The next day, Saturday we wanted a relaxing day after the really long day at Disneyland. We really wanted to try Adventure City
, but chose to do Zoomars
instead because of the lack of time. We were very glad we did. Zoomars is a small petting zoo with rabbits, hamsters, goat, ducks, turtles, birds, horses, ponies and a small play area. The goat liked Anitha's skirt best. K enjoyed the train ride as much as V did, and kept going round and round. V cried to go on the pony first, we had to coax him pointing to a bigger kid who went on it first. And then as always he refused to get off and we had to take him twice
It was so cute to see. This is perfect for smaller kids to feel the joy of petting animals.
From there we headed to Laguna Beach
finish the day. It was a beautiful day and the weather was gorgeous but the water, well that is a different story. It was ice cold. We all settled to enjoy the sun and sand and of course the gorgeous sight of the sea and only K ventured into the water. After some sand castle building and V getting sand in places one cannot imagine, we decided to head to dinner.
The only way I can describe dinner is as as event in itself. Our Aunt and Grandma highly, very highly recommended this restaurant Rajdhani
in Artesia, CA. This was about a 40 min drive from Laguna beach and we got there more like 7 ish. The restaurant is small but packed with people. We had a decent wait but the owners were kind enough to give me some pooris and dahi for the little Mister when I spoke to them with my broken Hindi. He was almost done with the pooris when we got our turn. And man, were we waiting. This is a restaurant that has an unlimited thali. They offer in addition to everything else, jain kind of food and ghee and non-ghee rotis
and a few choices for dessert etc. With lassi and dahi vada and papad, we dove right in. V had reached his limit by then and was extremely slippery like an eel at that time and refused to stay put. That kind of made it hard for us to enjoy the meal thoroughly but nevertheless we did not give up! A true wedding style dinner that is making me want to head there right now as I sit typing this. Artesia
by itself is a different story. The place where this restaurant is, is a mini-India. There are hoards of stores and shops and it is unbelievable that you suddenly are in India in the USA. I have never seen anything like that before.
And Sunday morning we boarded the flight to get back to PDX and an empty home. Sigh, vacations should last forever. Hotels
: During the conference we stayed at the Hyatt Regency
which was a high end over the top hotel. But nothing was complimentary including the internet. For the remainder of the trip we stayed at Quality Inn
which was really value for the money.
What an awesome hot breakfast it was, sigh..I do talk a lot about food.
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