Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Last Family Vacation

[Warning-This post will probably be extremely long! I'll try to make it interesting]
Mom is absolutely convinced that after this fall semester, someone in our family will be married. Seems how I'm single and loving it (or maybe just too involved with Nursing school to date) I am assuming she thinks it'll be Jamileh getting married. Anyway, so mom insisted we took our 'Last Family Vacation' as just our family. We packed our bags and stuffed our car and headed to California.
Day #1/2
We first stayed a night in St. George then early the next day took a little detour and stopped at the damn Hoover, or wait I mean Hoover Dam =D Mom just loves to see the wonders of the world, so this was the part of the vacation that was just for her. To be honest, I think we were all more impressed with the bridge they were building rather than the dam.

I started a game for the vacation "your team, my team". Basically you spot out people and either call them to be on your team or other people's team. You want you're team to be the best of course. My dad's team ended up being mostly people that looked like they were foreign. Most of them were just his look-a-like.
Mom's team was the people that looked like tourists with hats. We were lucky enough to capture a picture with her AND one of her teammates.
Jam's team were mostly the crazy looking people that you'd find at walmart at 3 in the morning.
Alex's team were the ladies with saggy boobs and no bra. I could only find a cartoon to depict this, otherwise google would bring up porno pictures of old ladies that I'd prefer not to see. Sadly, somewhere during the game, mom and I were put on Alex's team.
Kameron's team were the people that will be contestants on the Biggest Loser. We got a picture of his team too at the Hoover Dam.
And my team of course are the big, muscular guys that are too sexy for their own good.
We had quite a bit of fun playing the game together, I think it brought us all closer. Also, when we were walking around calling out 'your team or my team' my dad couldn't seem to understand to keep it just between us. We'd be walking right by someone and he'll look at them and pretty much yell in their ear "ALEX's TEAM!" I apologized and said 'sorry he doesn't speak English' haha I was hoping that no one else would know what game we were playing but I'm pretty sure it's a well known game.
Day #3
Beach. All day long we Beached. We stayed at New Port beach pretty much all day long. Alex and Kameron decided to build themselves a little spa along the water to watch the girls pass by. We also bought the famous frisby to play with along the shore.

Day #4
We headed out to Knotts Berry Farm. We've never been there before so it was a nice little change to our Cali adventure. We weren't able to get any pictures for this day.
Day #5
We lived like stars up in Hollywood this day. For some reason out of all of the Walk of Stars, Jamileh decided to get a picture with the Elton John star.

Its hard to see it but you can see the Hollywood sign behind us
We came back to the car one night to find dad in this position. Not sure what we're seeing...
We decided to beach again before we had to drive to Arizona. The boys went at it again to build the modernized verson of sandcastles.

So we didn't get to our AZ hotel until 2 in the morning the night before so we didn't exactly see what we got ourselves into. We were all too tired to pay attention .All we knew was mom told us our room was a Deluxe Suite with three beds, big screen tv (with satellite) and wifi. Sounded pretty nice on paper. When we woke up in the morning this is what we saw.

Kameron didn't fit on the bed with Alex so he made up his own
After we decided that mom would NEVER pick out our hotel again, we took a little stroll through town. The little town was called Seligman on route 66, and between this little town and Williams AZ, the Pixar movie Cars was based after. Pretty cool dontcha think? We ate breakfast at this amazing cabin style restaurant, Alex declared it the best breakfast he's ever had!

After the history lessons in Williams, AZ we drove up to the Grand Canyon. Mom wanted us to experience it all together. At first, the kids weren't so excited about it but when we got there, it was pretty cool. All us kids went to the edge, sat down and took it all in. Behind us, mom and dad were freaking out telling us to get away from the edge. Haha we all felt like we were 3 year olds again. Everyone around us just stared at my parents and how scared they were.
Mom and dad wouldn't even come close to the edge for pictures so we had to go to a walled off area in order to get a family picture done.
Well, that was our awesome vacation. We really did have a lot of fun, all of us bonded and got along the whole time (except for when mom and dad argued about directions). And hopefully this won't be our real "Last Family Vacation".

For some reason the formatting is a little wierd on this post. Sorry!