Rose Bowl Trip-Part Seven

I cannot believe I’m still talking vacation recaps from our trip a month ago!  I tried to give some breaks in between just in case you’re not a fan of these posts.  #peoplepleaser  

If you’re new here my husband is a college football official and had the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.  We made it a family affair by turning it into a big family vacation to sunny California for a week.


After six days of fun, we were exhausted to put it mildly.  Knowing how our game day would go down, I planned a super chill day afterwards to recoup.   A late checkout was just what we needed and then we made our way to Laguna Beach.

I know I’ve said this during every single recap but the weather could not have been more perfect.  We dined at The Cliffs Restaurant in Laguna for lunch.

The food was great and that VIEW!

It’s a good thing those glasses were taking up most of my face because this mama was tired!

After lunch we walked around the area just a bit before making our way to the BEACH!

Nixon magically produced a football he’d been carrying {because he always has one on him at all times} and they ran, threw the ball, chased each other, and enjoyed the day!

I can’t say we’ve ever worn Uggs at the beach before.  

These two could have played in the sand until it was dark outside.

And Ebby Lee would have been fine with that as well.

Nixon isn’t pictured because he’s still back there playing in the grass. 

The waves would roll in and all the kids would yell, shriek, and jump up on the sand.  

Needless to say our afternoon on the beach was glorious. 

For nostalgia purposes…2020

2011…same fence, same beach, just a different angle.

See it now?

The California sunset was not disappointing on that drive over to Anaheim for the last leg of our trip.  On this leg we stayed at the Anaheim Marriott.

The lobby/restaurant area had pool and shuffle board plus football games were playing so we hung out for the evening downstairs.

While these two did this on repeat.

And the next day was….DISNEYLAND!  Can’t wait to share it all with you!

Remember-if you have a question about this trip, please e-mail me {}or leave it in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer in a little Q and A post soon!


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  1. 2.5.20
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    This was such an amazing trip! And we still get to see Disney!

  2. 2.5.20
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I've been waiting for the next post!!! BRING IT ON!!!

  3. 2.5.20
    Tracy Robinson said:

    Love the comparison photos!

  4. 2.5.20
    Vicki said:

    Love hearing all about y'all's trip!

  5. 2.5.20
    Unknown said:

    We were also in Newport, CA when you were there and I have to agree. The weather was perfect!

  6. 2.6.20 said:

    Laguna is my favorite! I only live about 40 minutes from there, but I hardly ever make it out there. I need to plan a day trip asap 😊

  7. 2.6.20
    Unknown said:

    What a fun trip!!! This day looked perfect!

  8. 2.6.20
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    I have LOVED your trip posts! Those beach pics today are GORGEOUS!

  9. 2.6.20
    Mactoyourcheese said:

    So fun…I love reading your trip recaps. We are headed back to Laguna for 10 days this summer, with a day trip to Disney and Universal Studios. The Cliffs restaurant has some pretty views…We are staying right up the street at The Pacific Edge Hotel…Laguna is one of our favorite laid back vacation spots. ☀️⛵️🏖 Thanks for sharing!!!