Monday, May 2, 2011

Arriving in Salem

On May 2nd, we flew home from California and drove to Salem to our new home for the first time.  We were so excited!  The first thing we did was run around in circles shouting in every room (just because we could - no downstairs or upstairs neighbors to worry about anymore!).  Alice enjoyed and participated in all the enthusiasm of the moment:

Ringing the doorbell:

Snuggling with Millie the next day - it had been a while since we had seen the kitties and it was so nice to be reunited with them:

Our wonderful new front door!

The gorgeous view from Alice's bedroom window.  We imagine she will enjoy waking to this view over the years!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


We spent our final day in California in grand fashion - at Disneyland!  We thought Alice might be overwhelmed with the park, but she really loved it.  We had a fantastic day and it was a fun way to wrap up the vacation.

Here is Alice sporting her personalized Mouse ears (Thanks, Uncle Dan and Auntie Chris!):

Riding the carousel:

Alice LOVED meeting Minnie Mouse!  She did not really know who she was before meeting her, but she was so excited to meet her and gave her lots of hugs and kisses on her nose!

Similarly, she enjoyed meeting Mickey Mouse and gave him lots of big hugs and kisses as well:

Here are Alice and Daddy on the "It's a Small World" ride:

Alice was a bit more apprehensive with Pluto for some reason (no nose kisses for Pluto), but was still excited to meet him!

Mommy received her "driver's license" from Autopia in Disneyland!

Alice and Auntie Bethany particularly loved riding on Auntie Bethany's all-time favorite - the Dumbo ride!

We arrived when the park opened in the morning and stayed until nearly closing time - rode most of the rides, met the characters, and really thoroughly enjoyed our last day in California.  Here is a cool shot of the teacups ride that evening:

We will so miss Auntie Bethany and Uncle CJ and can't wait to see them again soon!  Here is a link to the rest of the photos from Disneyland!